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"One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

A nation of cheats

3 checks in 2 days. Twice on the same bus. Bus inspectors are sure getting busy, making sure commuters everywhere pay their dues.

I am actually quite surprised. With an overwhelming majority of passengers using the ezLink card, I would think it’s impossible to cheat the bus companies. Unless someone walk past the scanners without flashing or tap the scanner before their actual stop. This won’t be easy unless people are prepared to lose face.

(For my international readers, lose face does not refer to a debilitating form of facial wastage but rather a soul-wrenching social malaise since the very first Chinese first stepped on this yellow earth. For the average Westerner, you will not be able to adequately understand this concept unless you’re still fighting duels and defending the honor of fair maidens.)

Yet, the bus companies are making frequent checks.

Are we becoming a nation of cheats?

Last year, Flyingchair.net hosted the AsiaBlog Awards. The public was invited to submit their favorite blog. There was a “prolific” amount of cheating. A Singaporean site, Imprezzions, had 6 votes from the same IP address. 3 of these votes feature email addresses that used a variation of the name ‘Phua Hui Ting’.

They must have quite a big family over at .

And not-so-creative parents when it comes to names.

Flyingchair.net found that the majority of cheating came from Singapore and Malaysia.

Elsewhere on the Net, I found 158 students from 28 schools caught cheating in a national office administration exam using software programs.

And thanks to technology, unfaithful Singapore spouses are now more easily exposed. Apparently, 9 out of 10 cases of extra-martial behavior are discovered through “cellular telephone habits”.

Are we cheating more because of technology or has technology made it easier to discover cheating?

Even if we have become a nation of cheats, there is no need to worry. A casual check on the web found a list of nations mentioned in the same breath as “a nation of cheats”.

USA, Great Britain, Zimbabwe, Malaysia, Sweden, India.

We are in good company.

(Note: After I posted this, there was another check on the bus on my way back. Next time, I'll write about winning lotteries and women falling from the sky)


At 10/19/2004 03:57:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this an excuse to pull wool over sheep's eyes on your most recent cheating antic?

At 10/19/2004 04:06:00 PM, Blogger isaiah_sg said...


At 10/19/2004 05:42:00 PM, Blogger coral said...

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At 10/19/2004 05:42:00 PM, Blogger coral said...

i beg to differ about the 'first chinese walked on the face of the earth' remark. it's been called an Asian trait, and not only the Chinese are Asians...i've seen this trait in Malays, Indians, Burmese, Vietnamese, Australian-vietnamese. There's no need to take the ethnocentric point-of-view so far.

At 10/19/2004 06:04:00 PM, Blogger isaiah_sg said...

This is a joke, including reference to Westerners. No offence meant. Readers must not take thesimplelife too seriously or self will face up with disgruntled reader in a no-holds barred fight to the finish which will only mean one thing: 2 very nekked girly people mud-wrestling.

At 10/19/2004 07:34:00 PM, Blogger coral said...

hey hey hey! at least you still have readers posting on your blog~~~and to take you seriously even :) !! i'm all ups for nekked girly mud-wrestling, but funny enuff, i thot you were male

At 10/22/2004 12:45:00 AM, Blogger Ah_Hock said...

I'd pay good money to see that! There's never any good entertainment around nowadays...

At 10/23/2004 08:04:00 PM, Blogger coral said...

There's this really ancient koan that goes like this:
(just watch your mind turn somersaults with this one)

You are hanging by your teeth from a branch high
in a tree. Your hands and feet are tied, your
hands cannot touch the branch, your feet cannot
touch the tree. A person standing under the tree
asks you, "Why are you hanging by your teeth?"
If you open your mouth to answer, you lose your
life. If you don't answer, you have lost your
face and will still die of shame.

1. How do you stay alive?

At 10/25/2004 05:39:00 PM, Blogger isaiah_sg said...

Who said I was alive?

At 10/25/2004 05:46:00 PM, Blogger isaiah_sg said...

Thanks, Ah Hock for visiting and your kind words.

I'm so happy that my blog is reaching out to the heartlander, such as yourself.

I will work hard to see more visitors including, Ah Kaw, Ah Seng, Ah Biao and Ah Hui.

Many thanks.

At 10/28/2004 09:16:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah Chai was here this morning..... So you male or female? You did not answer Coral :oP

At 10/28/2004 09:16:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah Chai was here this morning..... So you male or female? You did not answer Coral :oP

At 10/28/2004 09:16:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah Chye was here this morning..... So you male of female? You did not answer Coral :oP

At 10/28/2004 09:27:00 AM, Blogger isaiah_sg said...

Why bother with labels?

At 10/04/2006 05:42:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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