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A new book on Singapore « Getting at the truth

Escape from Paradise, – A Best Selling Book!

The book’s sensational reviews!

It took me two and a half evenings to complete your un-put-downable book…it is a unique contribution to the appreciation of a life in Singapore. Thank you for having written it.” C. V. Devan Nair, former President of Singapore.

Bought the book from Select this weekend and can’t put it down! It’s a great read! And so nostalgic for me—the good old days! Glen Goei, writer and director of the Miramax film That’s the Way I Like It and who played the title role opposite Anthony Hopkins in the London production of M. Butterfly. Mr. Goei’s latest film is The Blue Mansion – Click for the trailer!

It is a remarkable story and so full of intrigue that it reads at times like fiction.Jonathan Burnham, Editor in Chief & President, Talk Miramax Books.

“It’s quite a story The legendary Alice Mayhew, Vice-President & Editorial Director, Simon & Schuster.

This book out-Dallas, Dallas. No one has written so well of the other side of paradise,Francis T. Seow, former Solicitor General of Singapore

ThunderBall Films is successfully putting together the movie production of Escape from Paradise and has received a new LOI (Letter of Intent) from actress Bai Ling who starred with Richard Gere in the film Red Cross.

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Mary Bancroft – Master Spy

“I can’t understand what the f–k you are saying.” The voice came from an elderly lady in the back row of my computer class. It was from Mary Bancroft, a part owner of The Wall Street Journal. She is the author of Autobiography of a Spy and was the woman behind the plot to kill Hitler, the lover of CIA chief, Allen Dulles, the lady who invited me to dinner to meet Woody Allen and, yes, Mary Bancroft was my computer student.

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A new book on Singapore

New book about Singapore

New book about Singapore

If there ever is a book that the Singapore Tourism Board may not want published, Singapore Sucks! may just be it.

The book consists of a forward by the enigmatic and elusive Dr. Algernon Giles French, followed by twenty-six chapters, and a very useful Glossary of Unfamiliar Singaporean Terms

Singapore Sucks! is a bouquet of sarcasm, humor, insolent honesty-and the discerning reader may even recognize more than a hint of patriotic fervor.

It is good to see Singaporeans making fun of their country and its foibles while still being proud of their heritage.

The book’s chapters contain a collection of short stories, essays, and poems that a group of mainly Singaporean writers has captured and managed to convey that peculiar frame of mind that can only be described as uniquely Singaporean.

If you have ever wondered about Singaporeans’ fascination with Western culture, the Singlish vs. English divide (Singlish being English spoken Singapore style), or what exactly is that moving target of  “Asian values” Singapore’s politicians keep trying to push—then this book is a must-read for you.

With the construction of unique buildings, and the establishment of a major gambling site on its Sentosa Island, Singapore is viewed by many tourists as an Asian Disneyland.



However, for many Singaporeans who have had to put up with strict rules for decades now, Singapore is not just Disneyland.

As in other countries, including the U.S., Singaporeans can get very annoyed with their country’s mainstream media-especially the government-owned newspapers circulating in Singapore – for their fixation on the “Disneyland” side of Singapore.

There is more to Singapore than Disneyland, and that is why the authors came together to write Singapore Sucks!

Singapore Sucks!, 134-pages, ISBN  9789834479398, is published by Gerakbudaya, in Malaysia, and is available online.

5 comments to A new book on Singapore

  • Common sense Arab

    Not really. Otherwise how can Singapore, in just a few years, attract millions of foreigners to work and stay there?

    Even rich Arabs came to far away Singapore for their medical treatment despite Europe being nearer to their doorstep!

    Which is why some private doctors here are super rich because of such clients.

    And even the legendary American investor Jim Rogers made Singapore his home!

    Of course like everywhere else, you must do the right thing in order to have a good life in Singapore. Or else you will hate Singapore and end up like Alan Shadrake.

    • Vince

      1. Most of our foreigners are from developing countries. If you are from a more developed country than ours, Singapore will not be on the top of your list of places to live, work and retire.

      2. Rich Arabs come to Singapore not because out medical standards are so great. They come here because they would rather spend their money here than pump more money into a Western country in Europe or America that has bombed countries in the Middle East.

      3. So what if a famous American chooses to live in Singapore?

      4. The “right thing”? Doing the “right thing” in Singapore will cause you to end up in jail like Alan Shadrake and that is the problem with Singapore.

  • Singa Crew

    Well Common sense Arab, the bulk of the foreign labor force in Singapore comes from even more hardcore places like China, Burma and the poorer parts of India.

    In China, based on first hand interviews with Falungong members, the Communist soldiers would kill Falungong members and harvest their organs. The political situation in Singapore sucks, but it isn’t as hardcore as that!

    And who can forget the massacre of unarmed monks in Burma?

    Most of the foreign workers in Singapore come from these countries. There are also many Filipinos working as maids and service staff here. Many of them come from shanty towns or rural villages.

    Therefore, I wouldn’t consider it a sign of success when the bulk of “foreign talents” attracted by Singapore are from even poorer Third World countries.

    As for the rich Arabs coming here to seek treatment… I can also give you examples of rich Chinese going to America and Europe for medical treatment. And don’t you think rich Arabs spending money here in Singapore could be politically motivated?

    I ever worked in a local hospital and on one occasion, had a conversation with the driver of a rich Arab who was here for an extended stay. It seems that, based on my conversation with the personal driver of the businessman, rich Arabs would rather come down to Singapore than USA or western European countries because they “did not want to spend money on countries who are always bombing the Middle East”.

    His words. Not mine.

    Not exactly a testimony to the so-called success of Singapore, eh?

    And thank you for your encouragement. Alan Shadrake is a true hero to many Singaporeans like myself, and to say that I might end up like him… Well, that’s just so flattering! 😀

    Singa Crew

    PS: If you wish to hear opinions from my fellow Singaporeans, feel free to join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Singapore-Sucks-The-Book/112417752183097

    Most of the fans on that page are Singaporeans.

  • Facts of life


    it is a fact that many wealthy foreigners come to Singapore for medical treatments and me believes that Arabs who are mostly Muslims would not go to Europe or US for treatments as security measures taken on them would have made their existing illnesses worse.
    As for Singaporeans, the more affordable ones, including political leaders and their families members, did choose to go to the US and
    other countries for treatments.
    Seriously speaking, it is either the foreign treatments are superior or the local medical proficiency gives them no comfort. Another possible reason could be that these people(who seek oversea treatments) feel uneasy meeting other locals when they or their families are afflicted with sickness. Anyway, most of them could more than afford whatever fees incurred.

    To me, it is funny that foreigners from much larger and naturally well endowed countries came to settle in a tiny sourceless land. Why do these immigrants leave behind their families, fatherland, the mountains, rivers and beautiful natural environs to come to a
    jam packed concrete jungle? Okay, for those escaping from the Authority from their own countries and those seeking safety for themselves and their fortunes, it is understandable. However, majority of the foreign settlers to Singapore are not such people endowed with water, land, resource rich.

    • admin

      Singapore would like to become a major place for medical tourism. This is why Singapore is so upset with Susan Lim for her enormous fees – they feel this may hurt Singapore’s reputation as a prime spot for medical tourism.