8/18/2008

Don't get carried away.

'We want to (continue) developing talent, be it local or foreign. One way is to get kids started playing at the kindergartens.' Lee Bee Wah So we got our silver medal. We had our fun and the opportunity to cheer and clap and shout. Now the hilarious moment is over, we should take stock and ask ourselves, 'Is it worth it?' To be able to answer this question, we need to know how much public money is being spent for that medal? This is not like keeping up with the Joneses next door. To do that you are spending your own money. But we are talking about spending millions of public money in the quest for an illusion. Fun to have. But always remember the price and how the money could be channelled for more meaningful things. When we are prepare to mean test our people for hospital admission and not prepared to provide more C class beds, should we be spending so much money to nurture foreign talents to win medals? Spending on our own sons and daughters is an acceptable thing. Spending a small sum of money for a little fun is also acceptable. Just don't get carried away.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Can anyone remember the 2010 World Cup crap, that half baked idea of us qualifying for the World Cup? What happened to all the money spent, chasing a senseless n totally clueless idea.

Anonymous said...

We get all the rejects and think we could beat the Chinese for the gold? Even overcoming the Koreans was a stroke of good luck. With the support of the Istana deity.

Mockingbird said...

The gahmen spares no expense just to get some Olympic medals, honor and glory.

Can't say the same for local talents. Has the same amount of money and effort been spent on nurturing the local talents?

Anonymous said...

After all this, it will go back to square one. Look at our football for example. After importing so many foreigners where are we now? Goal 2010? All waste of money.

redbean said...

world cup dream is within our means if we are prepared to pay the price. it is all money.

as for sporting talents, there is a huge price to be paid for nurturing them. the chinese start their young at 5 years old and full time. any singaporean parents prepared for this kind of pain and sacrifice?

Anonymous said...

After this win (or should I say loss of the gold medal) they will rerun the episode on TV again and again. Hmmm, we should now be following our neighbours by shouting 'Singapore Boleh'

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