February 1st, 2010

MEEK

One reason to love The Straits Times

Quote: "Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong gave credit on Sunday to resilient Singaporeans for helping to keep last year's unemployment rate low." [Source: Resilient S'poreans praised]

Molly really, really loves this sentence. Occasionally, The Straits Times does some bad reporting that turns out to be unwittingly solid. The paper telling us that PM Lee is actually concerned about the statistics (Singapore's unemployment rate) than about the people themselves. That is why he thanked the people for nice unemployment figures.

Thanks to your sacrifices, the statistics are kept pretty. It's not so much your survival that concerns me, but how you contribute to the country's image as measured by numbers.