Friday, October 28, 2005

How Can One Love? Singapore Politics?

I am XenoBoy. I am the Political Savant.
When the first arrests of the racistious bloggers were made known to the public. There was a hue and cry. Opinions were many, bloggers were defiant, legion some said, akin to a horde of independants.
This was Before. Before the accused were subjected to the investigative-juridical process. When the precedents were sentenced, the shout became a whisper. When the youngest was mentioned, the whispers died away into a mute. This is the After.

In the Between, the State Machinery hummed along efficiently. Investigate, meet the regulations, set the dates, prepare the case and wait the End of the sentencing.

In the Between : "how much can one love, the efficient process?" (Gilbert Koh, 'Changi International Airport,

Multiple pathways of efficiency are initiated by the Singapore State Machinery in the Between. Bureaucratic efficiency. Political efficiency. Messaging efficiency. The Law begins its efficient process not de-linked but neither bonded to the other efficient processes. An efficacious Web of State ministrations in which to fatigue, programme, calibrate, efface, a sterile Silence.
In the Between there exists an efficient process. Behind this process are efficient people. Honest people whose objective is to ensure the efficiency of the process. Speeds thing up. Smooth things along.

The Poet that sees this efficient process, feels for the Soul of this process. But in so seeing, he becomes deficient. Defeated by the efficiency. Because it is a Soul placed on a sushi conveyor belt, without even the different colored plates.

The State's Apparatus, (Police, Legal) stands by the efficient process. It gets to Justice quickly. Proven, swift, decisive, effective. Mean(s) End. The State's Apparatus does not stop at only one process. Compartmentalization is the sublime level of a perfect bureaucracy. And other efficient processes are initiated. Not de-linked, easily linked, but neither Bonded. Subtle Systems.

To re-capture : Three Internet users were arrested and charged for Sedition. In the [They were subjected to the efficient process] Between. They have been sentenced.

In the Between is this efficient process. It is carried out every day. when a crime is committed, justice is subverted. It puts away the Guilty efficiently. When a policy is introduced, opinion divided. It smoothes away the Doubts efficiently.

And how much can one love? The efficient process? Children of the State Apparatus?

I am XenoBoy. I am the Political Savant.

Quote of the Day,

"Who, if I screamed, would hear me among the angelic orders? And even if one of them suddenly pressed me against his heart, I would fade in the strength of his stronger existence. For Beauty is nothing but the beginning of Terror that we're still just able to bear, and why we adore it is because it serenely disdains to destroy us." -- Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino Elegies


Anonymous Anonymous said...

how much is it worth? The efficient process?

A pound of our flesh.


9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

its getting less efficient....and not much more humane...

....there is nowadays a grand need to explain things to the public while trying to do what they and will always do all along....(witness the long drawn casino debate)

or perhaps its just me - things seems to get more as more inefficient as i get older and older...or is it just me getting more and more impatient....sigh...

the soul in the process or the slow in the process?

go figure....

10:50 PM  
Blogger Beach-yi said...

Dasani, please use your own nick/log in account. You are disgracing the Singaporeclassics brand.

Casino 'debate' was a non starter. If you think that it is inefficient, well sorry, since Singapore is SUPPOSEDLY a democracy where major decisions are SUPPOSEDLY to be discussed with the citizenry.

It was never the citizens who kicked up the big debate, it was the government who threw it up for debate, supposedly again.

You have claimed in your posts that Singapore is a democracy, so wherein lies your moanings? Tsk. I'm pretty sure there are other places you can go to, or just ask the Grand Old Man to come back.

5:20 AM  
Anonymous dj pbk said...

wah hei! This entry quite limericky cool. Enjoyed it.

I counted 19 variations of the word 'efficient'. Me and gf read this out loud .. it is abit got 'efficient' cadence sial! you taking weed again har? hehe

8:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the efficiency is so subtle, that it lulls us all into a sleeping state, slumbering away our lives.

Nice writing.


8:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree. its damm nice writing - its has always been nice -

xenoboysg, sorry for disturbing your comments list - but eh Beach Yi - its me - its me - its me the clown who posted that post...its not dasani....

i am trying to say that even the so called humanity side is a bit of a "sly" method....

dun get the difference between me and dasani me meh - we sound alike meh?


10:47 PM  
Anonymous ghost said...

yea its damn nice writing. the original poem by gilbert koh is also damn nice.

1:33 AM  
Blogger Beach-yi said...

aiyah, sorry lah. your blog suddenly got the dasani mah, so I assumed it was her, this was before I read the you were back post.

Damn daylight savings is making me insomnaic...whoozy.

4:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also kena daylight saving leh...
so does huichieh loy... i woke up 5am then @#!#! only 4am...

i realise that a lot of us who are "not in singapore" blog a lot hor...

look at the number of north american based singapore bloggers..

I now call it "Singaporeans who kena daylight saving blog" phenomenum...

a lot of us - funny - how come those who go overseas blog so much....something is wrong lar

poor MDA trying to "catch" and identify all these overseas folks - they ping the IP all from North America, UK, Australia - hope my ISP privacy agreement holds strong....


12:39 PM  
Blogger clyde said...

Interesting you should mention that SgClassics. I've heard rumours myself from people who fear Big Brother is no stranger to the Internet. One I heard was that a giant supercomputer near/at the Science Centre scans a lot of data for illegal (or even seditious maybe?) activity. Another was that such a supercomputer would log bandwidth of IP addresses and those whose download bandwidth reached a certain threshold would be singled out on suspicion of illegal mp3 downloading.

8:11 AM  
Blogger Molly Meek said...

Shh... Molly invites XenoBoy to a sneak preview of her blog.

10:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would be surprising if the gahmen do not have some kind of internet surveillance capability, as to where it is, mebbe the supercomputer is in gombak????

11:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very truly 1 of the best writers in Sg blogs.

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