|The Thinker in the OUE building|
|Everything is very very large|
|There must be dozen of buildings which look like these|
|The old customs house - it has now been converted into several fancy|
bars and watering holes
|The view from these fancy bars and watering holes...|
|It is really impossible not to be impressed with this if it is your sort of thing|
|Yes, unfortunately for me, i find it all too much|
|What is the point, i ask|
|My mother said to me, you really don't like Singapore, do you? Why?|
That is very sad, she said.
|In a place like this, poverty feels very far away|
|The torn up world feels very far away|
|The destruction of the rainforests and the pollution|
of everything that sustains us feels very far away
It is really bleak. Unless my Indonesian friends know better.
But i would trust nothing unless i saw it with my own eyes. It is such a desperate situation in many of these plantations that there is very very little law and order. And a lot of intimidation.
Singaporeans also do not like disagreeing with each other in public. I had forgotten this. Asking pointed questions is not seen as part of a healthy debate. It is seen as rude.
I don't mind people asking pointed questions, this means that you need to defend the defensible and not defend the indefensible. It is called accountability. We all keep each other accountable, that is what being part of the human race is all about, however, Singaporeans don't really do accountability. They do, keep your head down and walk or, or passive aggressive or they do hysteria. There is very little in between. You could say that much of the human race can behave this way, but i think that by and large, if you grow up in an environment where debating and open discussions were part of the culture, there is a lot more respectful discussion.
The only way to use your power as a consumer is to STOP buying palm oil altogether. This nonsense about RSPO is a load of bollocks. When the cash flow stops then companies will have to do something serious. The problem of course is that to not buy palm oil is very deeply inconviniencing for the consumer. So if we just keep buying palm oil, but RESPONSIBLY sourced, well that's win-win isn't it?