"Unlike traditional Chinese dance lions, this one has a streamlined pointed snout, bared fangs, and five stars and a crescent on its forehead.
It prances to music featuring sounds from Chinese and Indian drums as well as the Malay kompang, and moves with the graceful steps of Malay dance and the stomping of Indian dance."
Why is it that for every major festival or event in Singapore, we see "news report" showing how racially integrated our society is? How this chinese family celebrated CNY with their malay neighbour. etc etc.
Yes, our society has come far since the racial riots in the past. But what is the purpose of such surface and shallow attempts at showing/reminding how "racially harmonious" we are?
I am sure that the day we are truely racially harmonious is when we don't need to be reminded of it. Racial Integration is about human to human contact and understanding. It is not creating a mulatto dancing lion.
I am sure the sole beneficiary of this whole episode would be the designers. They took 2 years to design it, and were paid for it. (again with our tax money no less).
But construction worker Koo Ngee Meng, 47, was hopeful. 'Having a new icon may be good for the economy,' he said in Mandarin.
I wonder if the interviewee was being sacarstic. Maybe the Lion can expell lucky 4D numbers from its ass. That would be a nifty feature.
After this, i am sure this "Singapore Icon" will be joining the trashheap of forgotten/failed Singapore initiatives like Singapore 21 and Speakers' Corner.