Singapore: “Japan is a Big Fat Loser”

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A top Singaporean diplomat has called Japan a “big fat loser” and condemned it for “stupidity, bad leadership, and lack of vision,” whilst in other remarks praising China’s disregard for human rights.

Singapore’s ambassador-at-large Tommy Koh, supposedly mild-mannered in public and coincidentally the recipient of Japan’s “Order of the Rising Sun,” had particularly harsh words for Japan, say Wikileaked US diplomats:

Koh described Japan as ‘the big fat loser’ in the context of improving ties between China and ASEAN.

He attributed the relative decline of Japan’s stature in the region to Japan’s ‘stupidity, bad leadership, and lack of vision.’

Certainly an assessment few would be inclined to disagree with.

In other remarks Singaporean diplomats were said to have criticised Malaysia, Thailand and India in a similarly high-handed fashion – but were obsequious when it came to China, with Koh saying “I don’t fear being assimilated by China” and going on to praise China for propping up African dictatorships “without lecturing them about human rights and democracy as the West does.”

Singapore’s current foreign minister tried to downplay the remarks in the now familiar Wikileaks damage control exercise, even as the various insulted countries expressed outrage:

“We should not divorce, even if true, what is said from the context. That is what certain individuals said about others. There could be a diversity of views.”

The cables themselves hardly ever mention Japan, a fact which has been picked up by disappointed Japanese media, who speculate rather plausibly that it is because Japan is considered an irrelevance in international affairs.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    13:48 14/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    This guy has said what many leaders fear to say: the big fat ugly truth.

    Japan is stuck, their Yen remains high, their economy doesn't seem like it's going anywhere and their still bickering over bureaucratic issues (3 prime ministers in 5 years is proof).

    Serious every other nation is fixing their bottom lines. What's Japan doing?

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    Comment by T.O.M. Morrow
    13:52 14/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Banning manga and anime :)

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    14:46 14/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Being Western Moral Parties' bitch...

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    Comment by Yuuasa
    14:12 14/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Even so, someone who governs a country with one of the highest rates of piracy should not be talking. Does he not realize how much his own pathetic country is profiting off of Japan? Deal with your own countries affairs before speaking badly of others.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:33 23/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Piracy isn't that big a problem in Singapore now compared to a few years ago. You used to be able to find pirated games and music in neighbourhood malls, but now you have to drive up to Malaysia to get it. As for online piracy, the authorities would, once in a while, fine another 9 year old boy for downloading music or something just to scare everyone.

    As for Tommy Koh's comments... well, Singapore's history on Human Rights would speak for itself. Our government is so focused on making money that they do not really care about anything else.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:04 14/12/2010 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    It's because of those damn evil pedophile otaku! Now that they banned that shit I'm sure japan will be set on the road to recovery.

    /lolz

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:16 14/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I seriously want to know what goes on in the heads of people like you.

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    Comment by Gitami
    09:17 15/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sarcasm perhaps

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    Comment by kamiru
    18:40 14/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    trolling?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:03 14/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I'm Singaporean and I say fuck my government.

    14:26 14/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    You Anons are not the same guy or are you?

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    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    14:44 14/12/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    It seems so or they just think alike(somehow)

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:16 14/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    If you guys live in Singapore long enough, you'll know exactly how we feel about our government. The feeling, in short, will be something like this: FUCK YOU MINISTERS

    14:45 14/12/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Is one of the 7 mysteries of ANON. :3

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    Comment by makkun
    15:15 14/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Ever heard of Rule #4 of the internet?
    http://rulesoftheinternet.com/index.php5?title=Main_Page
    Anonymous is legion, and we all know that legion use collective thoughts. It's not a mystery.

    15:19 14/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    @makkun I totally forgot haven't checked the rules in ages.

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    Comment by makkun
    16:00 14/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    /b/ is 4chan's term for "random" topic.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:49 14/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anons divide into 3 parts:
    Id, Ego, SuperEgo

    We are consistently fighting within ourself..

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    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    15:42 14/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    pardon my ignorance,but,what is /b/ ?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:55 14/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    No, I'm the one that typed about governments loving foreigners. Notice the difference in our styles. I tend to type everything in full to avoid other people scratching their head over what the Hell am I typing.

    15:05 14/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Sorry but you anons look all the same to me. :3

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    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    15:43 14/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @Anon14:55,how bout making an account?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:19 15/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Totally agree with the Anon. While I understand how Tommy Koh may come up with such a degrading remark (since he's been through the ww2 and all these shit), NOT ALL SINGAPOREANS THINK THE SAME WAY!

    The Japanese Club in my school and many other schools are flourishing well. ^^ So yeah, fuck the authorities.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:21 14/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, can't blame me for that, since 2008 I have been a lurker of this site, reading interesting stuff but when I saw this article n people here talking shot about us. I Juz hav to make a comment to make sure that Juz because of this idiot does not mean we singaporeans think the same way.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:24 14/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I'm Singaporean and I approve this statement.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:29 14/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Same here. 40% of Singapore's population is like 40% or more. While we slog in NS they steal our jobs. Of course most of the foreigners are from China and America.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:33 14/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    you mean foreigners are 40% of SGs popu.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:16 14/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, you're racist, yes ?

    What race are you ? If you said that you are "pure" Singaporean, then you may have the right position to kick people out. But since your ancestor come from any races which reside on the island, you can't stop foreigner swarming Singapore.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:36 16/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is not about racism, it's nationalism.

    But then, who will build our buildings and clean our roads and eating places?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:41 15/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    singapore as self-supporting country

    fail

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:47 14/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's China (Chinese), Vietnam, Indonesian, Thailand who are snatching the low-middle level jobs..

    Kick them out..

    They are polluting my land..

    Cant even keep left on the road!

    Hello!! This's a commonwealth nations..
    We keep left just like Japanese..

    Keep right go China and US..

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    14:44 14/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Almost every country has a fuckable (not that kind of fuck) government.

    *Saying this as a Malaysian with its propaganda-filled PM.

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    Comment by kamiru
    19:01 14/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    yeah, everyday i read newspaper, the frontlines is about our "great" PM talking bout this and that, but i never saw him solved any real problem. i'll be happy as long as he doesn't create problems as a PM.

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    22:26 14/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    The local daily news will always be full of BS worth laughing that you may mistook them as a sitcom;

    BN badmouthing Opposing Parties = (self-proclaimed) TRUTH

    Opposing Parties criticising BN = (self-proclaimed) SLANDER!!

    Also, Najis pestering the whole nation to support his project in building Warisan Merdeka can already be considered as a major problem..

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    Comment by kamiru
    18:17 15/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    funny thing is i was thinking of the exact same news when i commented. though they're still are better than our neighbour countries. i read 1 news saying christians aren't allowed to pray at their own house! they can only pray at the church YET their request to build a church had been postponed for a long time....

    "oh so i cant pray at home? look at me while i do it. what? sue me then"
    ^some think like that, and got their house surrounded by certain religion group AND polices. seems that praying at unauthorized places (including your own house) is illegal. lol.

    after reading that, i am content to be living in my country lol.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:11 14/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Oh wait, thought you were talking about Mr Sodomy...

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:20 14/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Singaporean here also. Singaporean governments really love foreigners, to the point that whenever I stand in train to go home after work, out of 20 people standing around me, about 15 are foreigners. It's good to hav foreigners here to help the economy, but too many is no good. It makes singaporean males who have served in national service to question what are we trying to defend when we go to war.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:46 14/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    true i support this too

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:12 14/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Singaporean here as well...

    “I don’t fear being assimilated by China”

    If this ever happens I'm fucking moving to Japan forever.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:45 14/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Same here..... Same here

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:57 14/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Im shocked meh?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:07 14/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Agreed. I'm a Singaporean as well. Praising China? Oh yeah Singapore loves foreigners.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:45 14/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    yes i second that fuck the goverment

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:27 14/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    There's one thing you must all understand about Singapore, and that is one of our people's favourite past time is: Blaming the government.

    Unemployment? Blame the government.
    Inflation? Blame the government.
    Traffic jam? Blame the government.
    Weather too hot? Blame the government.

    And yet, Singapore has not seen any other government rise to power since its independence back in 1959.

    WHY?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:20 14/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I'm working in Singapore right now but not a Singaporean.
    One thing I noticed here that so different than my country.
    Most of the young people don't want to become politician or even PM but all they did are blaming the goverment for everything.
    And the young generation and old generation in the goverment fight each other every single day on a pointless topic like changing national anthem.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:33 15/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @15:20

    "Big" issues are not put up on the government controlled news for debate.

    The PAP has already decide what it will do, why stir up a storm over the issue and make their own life miserable.

    @15:27

    There is a reason for that.

    The only people in Singapore that actually has any power is the PAP government, and they tightly control everything.

    Singapore is considered as Authoritarian by the west for a reason.

    So it's the PAP's way or the high way.

    The country is practically a democary only on paper.
    Free speech, right to protest/strike, also only on paper - you need a permit from the police; good luck getting them to grant you one.

    Why can't you vote them out? You might ask.
    Ah, you see, you can say a lot about the PAP government, but you can't say they are dumb.

    Anyone with a good enough of a head on their shoulders to be consider a possible threat to their rule as a member of the opposition is poached by them immediately after thier graduation and offered cushy jobs.

    Now these people can take the offer and live the good life, maybe risk it our in the private sector while they continue to poach you, or they can join the opposition and end up on the PAP blacklist and have them make their life miserable - and the PAP have a lot of power in how the country operates.

    Result? All that's left to join the actual opposition parties are the loonies.

    So again it's vote PAP and do as they say or vote your country into ruin.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:55 15/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    @15:27

    There is a reason for that.

    The only people in Singapore that actually has any power is the PAP government, and they tightly control everything.

    Singapore is considered as Authoritarian by the west for a reason.

    So it's the PAP's way or the high way.

    Can you protest? Sure ... if you get a licence from the police, which is granted like never.

    Now you might say, just vote them out.
    Ah, you see, you can say a lot about the PAP government, but you can't say they are dumb.

    Anyone with a good head on their shoulders that can be consider a threat to their rule as opposition is poached by them immediately after graduation and offered cushy jobs.

    All that's left to join the actually opposition parties are the loonies.

    So again it's vote PAP and do as they say or vote your country into ruin.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:19 14/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    @ Anonymous 15:20

    Your nation is crying for your return..
    If you have time to critic other nations..
    It's time to go back and help your own nation..

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:53 14/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Anonymous 17:19
    Hahahaha.
    I'm sucking all the money here.
    Don't worry, I will return home sooner or later.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:13 14/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    All the scholars come to local schools. Sigh.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:07 14/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    well, you're not alone

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    Comment by destructorv2
    15:42 14/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Also, say "Genting" properly....

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    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    15:45 14/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    yea,that "Genting",what's the real way of reading?
    I read as "Jan-thing"

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    Comment by destructorv2
    15:47 14/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    SG: "Gent thing", guess they see it as "ladies and gent" that "gent"

    MY: "Guhh n ting" I'm going with this one tho, they made an ad and still call it the MY way.












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