Thursday, January 20, 2011

Smugly superior

Singaporean officialdom doesn't respect the neighbours much:
Singapore-specific [leaked] cables have shown that diplomats and officials of this tiny but prosperous city state have scant regard for leaders of neighboring countries and have insulted their neighbors with disparaging remarks.
Amongst the many disparaging remarks:
Tommy Koh, a senior diplomat of Singapore, took pot shots at Japan and said that Japan was “the big fat loser” in the larger strategic matrix as China’s relations with ASEAN nations continued to improve. This is not insulting had Koh stopped at that only. However, the Singaporean diplomat blabbed on and blamed Japan’s “stupidity, bad leadership, and lack of vision.” Koh dragged in the Indians as well and called India “stupid” for being “half-in, half-out” of ASEAN.
Jeez, Singapore creates an island of economic success and straight away gets a head swell.


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