10 Jul '13, 4am

[LUNCHTIME MUST-READ] How easy it would be if we just blamed other nations for our problems...

Now that the haze has finally cleared (and with it the grubby cloud of smugness and finger pointing that had drifted across to Indonesia from our own shores), we got to thinking how much easier it would be if we just blamed other nations for all our problems. The intolerable arrogance that informs our dealings with all of our near-neighbors? That’s not our fault—we just picked it up from our erstwhile colonial overlords in England. That and the nasty habit of Singaporean men ignoring their spouses for the duration of the Premier League season. Don’t blame us—blame the Brits! Bad driving is another problem that might look homegrown but is actually hard-wired into our DNA. Ever wondered why all the southern Chinese emigrants ended up here back in 1850? Truth is, they were aiming for Bali but got a bit lost, tried to pull a U-turn in the Straits of Malacca, stalled, swore a f...

Full article: http://is.asia-city.com/city-living/column/despicable-we

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