Thaipusam 2011 noise curbs: impact on CNY
To toast the last day of Chinese New Year 2011 in Singapore, my friends and I gathered at a Yishun coffee shop.
Someone said,”You know, this Chinese New Year is very boring. Last year at least the lion dance troupes went around visiting homes and shops. Although noisy, it was exciting and made the atmosphere more festive.”
Others also wondered why they were absent.
Another said, “I heard a lion dance drum but it was very soft, like the person scared to play or something.”
Those of us who were aware of the controversy over the Thaipusam noise curbs then enlightened the ignorant ones.
“Aiyah, Thaipusam only once a year, make a bit of noise also cannot” sums up the general sentiment among us.
I recall the government trumpeting the vision of making Singapore the best home for all.
With all kinds of inane restrictions, best home for whom? For expats on fat expense accounts and PRs from third world countries?
Giving us an unsolicited perspective was this pot-bellied guy nursing a bottle of beer at the next table:”What best home? This cannot do, that cannot do.”
If the authorities insist on applying the letter of the law instead of its spirit all the time, Singapore will soon be reduced to a really dull place.
Sometimes using commonsense is wiser than strict interpretation of the law.
5 Responses to “Thaipusam 2011 noise curbs: impact on CNY”
Comments are closed.