Susie Lingham – Nurturing a local talent

In the realms of the esoterics, an area called arts, the big names are often Europeans. The big galleries and museums are managed and fronted by big European names. The few big local names in arts are generally confined to music and dance. We do have a few painters of international standing.

The gurus or regents of running art houses and museums are never Singaporeans. Fortunately in this area, we have not sold ourselves cheap by importing foreign talents except for one, if I am not mistaken. The National Museum, the National Art Gallery and the National Heritage Board are all helmed by locals. Cannot imagine the National Heritage Board being helmed by a foreigner. But it looks quite natural given our colonial history to have an angmoh to sit there, even if he is 30 year old who did not know what colonial Singapore was. We were once owned by angmohs and so it becomes a natural right of passage of sort to have an angmoh to look authentic or international.

Good God, they appointed a local lass in Susie Singham to head the Singapore Arts Museum. I am sure there must be thousands of better qualified foreigners with great CVs, authentic ones I am sure, to put Susie Singham in a corner. The decision to put Susie there must be a national one, one of pride and confidence that we are as good as the best in the world. How else are we going to have a good representation in this field if we keep hiring foreigners to screw the local talents? The locals will have no chance to be trained, to gain the experience and credentials to write in their CVs that they have taken such an appointment.

I hope our local institutions will take the cue from our arts institutions to go local and nurture out local talents to be there with the best in the world. If we don’t train our locals, if we don’t give them a chance, who will?

The painful part is to place a foreign fake to helm our national institutions and deprive our own from having a go at these positions. New pink ICs are just as sick and fake.
Hope the daft in charge are taking the hints and do not be stubborn to go foreign to prove how inadequate and incompetent they are. It would not be funny for MOM to turn out a few foreign fakes at the highest level and kicking local asses.

By the way, the title of an article on Susie Singham by Huang Lijie is titled, ‘A heart for the arts’. Luckily the heart is in the right place and not misplaced.


Anonymous said...

Well done... local or foreign

Ah neh are the sovereign

Knnccb... tink I have Indian blood in me, hey, that mean... I also an aryan.

Better brush up my ah neh words
.. for a start... chuni

Anonymous said...

Here it comes, the race card.

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

Becareful, two fellas have been hauled up by the police for questioning. Let's not make this an issue here.


Anonymous said...

Every trades in Sinkeland are now dominated by foreigners. Be it sales & retail, shipbuilding & construction, doctors, dentist & nurses, accounting & audit, finance & banking, IT, hawkers, TV broadcasters, actors & actresses, drivers, security personnel, company bosses & CEO and many more. Sinkies are becoming minority in their own country.

Anonymous said...

If Sin keeps bringing in the mercenaries and fakes, it will be duped every day, buying stolen goods or buying rotten companies to be ripped off.

Anonymous said...

Does anybody seriously think that all HE did was work as a "translator" in the Imperial Japanese Army in World War Two?

What do you call a Chinese guy working in the Imperial Japanese Army in World War Two?

Virgo49 said...

Hi Anon @ 1.44

Nanda (Landa) Thank you, think no kena haul to court right???

Ponda!! maybe kena haul to court.

Anonymous said...

In 2000 must people rely on MSM for info?

Unlike now people rely more news from the internet?

In 3 years time internet and hand held devices will be so cheap it flood the market in 2016?

Probably most will not read the MSM, because the story is too long and cant’t comment or can’t see the comment?

Many whould prefer to read shorter and interactives stories like the internet, which the can comment and see the comments for a more balance view?

Unlike MSM only one way traffic you can’t comment?

Many can show, email and share with other what happen just by a few clicks? Unlike the snail mail era?

Since 2000 the percentage of votes of the main party keep dropping due the the advent of internet and the hand held internet enabled device?

In 2000 the main party got 70 percent, 2006 got 66, 2011 got 60 if not the walkover got 57, if not the profit sharing scheme maybe much less?

It could be due to the CPF locked up schemes for life, which is possibly people only savings was locked up for life, because of influx of too many cheap foreigners?

Many economy do well without importing too many foreigners like Estonia an Nordic?

Singaporean pay were kept low by the foreigners and don’t have much savings due to inflation?

The latest election Punggol East by election clearly show the sliding popularity of the main party and some of its flaw policy of overpaying themselves too much and need lots of indirect taxes?

This election clear show that internet had a strong influence in the result as many are foreigners new citizen and middle class?

This got to much to do with the continue innovations in the internet and hand held devices making the MSM irrelevant?

The MSM were owned by the govt, so most people will share their stories with the mobile internet device with people and about the main party flaw polices appeared?

After 2011 election, the speed of internet spread through tablet and hand held device become faster and faster so sharing of info became instaneaous?

The Punggol East result can be seen with a hand held internet device in the facebook almost immediately?

So people can judge what happen and don’t rely much on the MSM now?

In 2016 election, internet could play a more decisive role, as you can see that the recent Malaysia election result is much internet influenced?

You can see the changing voting patterns due to increase in use of internet?