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Friday, April 14, 2006

Putting the Sin in Singapore.

Have you ever been to Singapore? If you do make sure you take a taxi and ask the driver what the country is like. Chances are that he will sing the praises of the City and its people, and if you tell him you are going anywhere else (ie. Malaysia or Indonesia) his response will almost certainly be "Ohhh... don't talk to anyone there. It's not safe there! Not like Singapore. Singapore is safe. There's no crime in Singapore."

7 months ago in Singapore the body of a maid who had been killed by another was found dismembered and in several sports bags behind a train station. Earlier this year a guy was being tried for killing his wife with an axe. A few weeks back a very young girl went missing for a few days until it eventually transpired that her Step-Father had killed her. And this week we learn that a man who had taken several wives had also forced some of the teenage daughters they had borne him to have sex - often with the mothers assistance.

Details are sketchy, depending on the press you read (local papers cite 5 of the daughters were raped, this report mentions 6), but the solid fact remains that this man perverted the texts of his religion (Islam) to his own devices and utterly convinced his wives that what he was doing, and roping them into, was right in the eyes of God. Shit like this is utterly depressing and heart-breaking, and the scale of it and manner in which it the rapist collaborated with his victims own mothers is, frankly, mind-boggling.

But it's not the first time is it. Remember the Branch Davidians at Waco? David Koresh, their leader, utilised Christian texts to support his 'right' to sleep with the daughters of his parishoners. And many more down the ages have done the same - and many more will undoubtedly try. The thing is, how the fuck do we protect the weak and gullible from this kind of thing?

Just as a last note - in his defence the accused suggested that by having sex with his own daughters to "satisfy them" they would be less likely to look elsewhere for sex, which he viewed as the "lesser of two evils". Less likely to look elsewhere? I would not be surprised if the girls never look toward another man for any kind of relationship after the hell he put them through.

Cheers m'dears....

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At Friday, April 14, 2006 11:32:00 pm, Blogger Kim Ayres said...

Good to see you posting again Binty.

At Saturday, April 15, 2006 3:16:00 am, Blogger Sarah said...

that would be horrible if the girls never have a relationship because of the ordeal they've been through.

from one that's been there (not by my dad, i think that would be worse) it takes a while to move past it, but it IS possible.

good to see you again. you bring a certain amount of sheen and tinglies to this part of cyberspace.

At Saturday, April 15, 2006 6:55:00 am, Blogger Cinnamon Doughnut said...

Welcome back binty!

Perverting the texts of religion - imagine that, eh?

At Saturday, April 15, 2006 12:15:00 pm, Blogger SafeTinspector said...

There are a couple of bloggers I know from Singaport.
Red Hot Heaven and Suliana (links on my blog. I'm too lazy to go and copy-paste).

I've heard from them that Singapore is a very culturally diverse little city-state. Buddhists, Islamists, Hindus and Christians of Chinese, Indian and other nationalities. I get the impression that there is some amount of decadence as well...

As terrible as those instances you referenced are, I bet the crime rate overall is still pretty low compared to, say, London or Detroit.

AS for the daughter-fucker, that fellow should have the skin of his penis slowly removed with a carrot peeler while he is forced to fry the resulting dick rinds in a pan of olive oil and eat them with a mushroom sauce as someone rubs broken glass and bleach into the raw dick meat left behind.

My mom was a children's protective services worker, and she often said that she would rather these assholes beat the shit out of their kids than molest them. Molestation completely fucks them up forever, and in much more insidious and life affecting ways than a mere undeserved ass-whupping does.

At Saturday, April 15, 2006 12:16:00 pm, Blogger SafeTinspector said...

oh, and welcome back!

At Saturday, April 15, 2006 2:37:00 pm, Blogger Binty McShae said...

Thanks for your welcomings...!

SafeT, don't get me wrong I love Singapore and yes, it is very diverse. It's kind of nice to see a place where public holidays are split between all the religious festivals. But it is a forced integration in a lot of aspects - the government has quotas on their housing blocks to ensure no one ethnic group is ghettoised - and tensions still exist.

There is racism between the predominant ethnic groups - Chinese, Indian and Malay - and also towards the ex-pats. One proud company boss told of how he never interviews white people for jobs as he wants Singaporean jobs to go to Singaporeans. Which is kind of understandable until you look at how many white people are actually born and bred in Singapore, and also when you realise that by Singaporean he actually meant Chinese.

Inter-racial relationships are still a bit of a taboo - just walking around in Little India once with a female indian friend of mine drew a lot of glares and a Chinese friend of mine openly and casually told me of her upset that her daughter was dating an 'Ang Moh (whitey). And those attitudes are mild. A Chinese man or woman will often be ostracised from their family if they go 'beneath themselve' by dating an Indian, or even worse - a Malay!

Attitudes toward homosexuality are also akin to the US and UK in the mid-20th century, as are attitudes toward a womans role in both the home and society.

Crime is lower, yes, partly because of the very hard line the government takes on possesion of weapons and drugs, and on petty theft, but also partly because it is a small country. Per capita it probably isn't that much lower than the crime rate of your average UK town or city. I'd need to check the stats though...

The attitude that some have that Singapore is a trouble free Utopia, however, is not simply flawed but often xenophobic. The case I hinted at in my post of one Singaporean who warned me not to talk to people in Indonesia because they can't be trusted is sadly true of many Singaporeans.

Getting back to the topic of abuse... shit like that stays with you. You can move on and lead your life but that will always remain. Bruises can heal - those kind of scars never do, not properly.

At Saturday, April 15, 2006 4:59:00 pm, Blogger Kim Ayres said...

Winner of one, runner up in 2 categories - when are you putting your Smugs up Binty?

At Saturday, April 15, 2006 5:31:00 pm, Blogger Binty McShae said...

I'll get there...

At Sunday, April 16, 2006 9:35:00 pm, Blogger The MacBean Gene said...

Welcome back, Binty.


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