Last month, there was a case of 4 school kids (presumably playing truant) getting swept away by the strong currents as they entered the Sungei Pandan canal to retrieve a mobile phone. Unfortunately one girl did not make it as she was found drowned further downstream.
Click here for the news article
As if the situation isn't tragic enough, up sprang a blog entry from one of her school mates gloating over her death and claimed that the victim deserved her tragic end.
Click here for the news article
Naturally, this sparked a huge furore over her insensitive remarks and was blasted all over her blog as well as the blogosphere so much so that she had to delete her blog.
Unfortunately, her blog entry was captured by someone on the internet and was reproduced verbatim via an alternative URL.
Click here for the blog entry mirror
Anyway, this entry is not aimed to talk about the tragic accident. Neither is it commenting on Wong Wan Tian's entry.
Firstly, it was an accident and I believe the media has already done all the coverage that needs to be done. Anything else from me would have been redundant. Secondly, I have nothing to comment about Wan Tian as I don't see much harm in it. All the angsts are just part and parcel of the rebellious teen phase that a person goes through. In short, she is just a kid so don't expect her to be as mature as any adult. Heck, we still see adults behaving like kids. No?
Instead what caught my eye was the way she writes as well as all the comments that she got from what I presumed to be her peers i.e. around her age.
Read this (if you can):
a~ uu nahh buayy chee byee, d0nn sayy uu buayy ta hann ms k0hh 0r simii, is limm beii see till uu, ii kuaa buayy l0o liia0oxx. uu thinkk la, nahh beii chee bye. y shee alivee wanna beatt uu? uu still sayy f0rr n0o fuckingg ppl? uu nv d0nne aniithgg tt meann ppl hatee uu ppl will beatt uu ma? thinkk la h0rxx. andd yr chee bye binn, knn. UU AREE A DISGRACEE T0 GALL LA, YR NAHH BEII CHEE BYE M0UTHH ANDD YR CHEE BYE BINN ANDD YR CHEE BYE B0DYY, KNN. hw 0ldd lia0oxx? still 3 year 0ldd sii b0o? ppl buyy uu candyy, uu sayy tt guyy gd pers0nn, ppl treatt uu badd sc0ldd themm andd crustt themm? andd m0stt fuckk tupp is YY S0O HUMM JII? B0O JII SAYY WHENN SE ALIVEE ANDD D0NN DAREE SAYY INFR0NTT 0F PPL? NAHH BEII CHEE BYE LA UU. KII H0NGG KANN LA UU, H0RR KA0O KANN LA, KNN. ANDD II CANN 100% C0MFIRMM TT IF SHE ALVIVEE SHE WILL G0O AFTERR UU DE. BUTT YY S0O HUMM JII HARR UU? DEADD LIIA0OX DE SAYY? uu cann imageine la h0rxx, if uu weree a p0situdee, uu wann yr daughter t0 be likee uu as 0nee? ppl familyy 0rdyy kann sayy liia0oxx le leii. herr mumm still putt 0n a happii facee andd still cheerr up th0see wh0o is sayy yett uu chee byee kann herr, fuckk uu la. D0NN SAYY YR MUMM NT TREATT UU GD. UU THINKK LA H0RXX. UU G0TT MAKEE THEMM TRUSTT UU? BY YR TIIS CHEE BYE ATTUTIDE?
My question is: Do kids these days speak and write like that???!!
Granted that I am not asking for impeccable Queen's English standard, after all we do write, for fun, in Singlish from time to time too.
If Singlish is bad English (eventhough I am ok with it), then surely that above gibberish is bad Singlish. Granted that Singlish is not always grammatically correct but at least it is easy to read and understand (from a local standpoint).
A classic example would be that of the now-dormant Rockson Tan
. Compared his Singlish to the above. Aiyoh.... read until head can explode, can?
Problem is, this is a problem on our own end. I doubt if those kids have any trouble at all. I'd bet they would be thinking "now what is all the fuss that I am making here?"
Well, this is what worries me. These kids are the future of Singapore. If this is the standard of Singlish (I dare not even mention English yet) of our future generation, we are going to be in big trouble.
I hope readers do not misinterpret this entry as seeing people who speak like the above "no up" but I draw a line between Singlish and this. Speaking and writing like the above will do us in, from a long term perspective of us in the global competitive environment.
Before anyone accuse me of being an atas elitist. I am not. I am just wondering if the schools as well as the Ministry of Education are aware of this situation?
27. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 25 March 2008 9:25 am :: Devilcp & Yingz:
Welcome to the blog. I am surprised to still get comments for a blog entry that has been a year old. How did you find this entry? I reckoned that it was buried and lost by all the other entrys.
Er... are you two related?
I just went over to your blog and I guess the difference between you and I is that I am slightly more tolerant towards the usage of Singlish. To me, I believe that there is a time and place for each. I see you as taking the safe passage whereby proper English gets you around in all occasions while there are times where usage of Singlish is just asking for trouble.
I supposed if one is able to code-switch fluently between the two, it should be ok as it meant that the command of these two languages are under your control.
Gibberish will be a NO for me, under any circumstances. It doesn't even, in my opinion, qualify as Singlish. I am sure the teachers at ground level are aware of this but is this problem feedback up the channel to the Ministry?
I think a big portion of this problem is also the family. If the family talks like this at home, it is hardly suprising that the kid would pick it up and apply it elsewhere.