Who needs a participatory culture and healthy debate on public policy when you have Hello Kitty?
This after hundreds of people started queuing at 7am for the new Hello Kitty cafe to open on a weekday work day, Thursday, May 12, 2016, at Changi Airport’s Terminal 3.
The cafe officially opened its doors at 11.30am.
One Singaporean, Seow Mao Mee, said she is heartened by this show of support and solidarity by Singaporeans: “This shows that Singaporeans are united as one for a common cause, putting our money where our mouth is.”
“Who needs a mature democracy when you have Hello Kitty?”
“A participatory culture can take a back seat as long as Hello Kitty is around.”
However, other Singaporeans said choosing Hello Kitty above employment, or anything else for that matter, is a matter of choice and a sign that democracy is alive and well.
Another local, Mei Zhui Ba, said: “We shouldn’t shortchange ourselves by taking the route to maturing our democracy at more costs as it is clear Singaporeans would rather prefer a cat with no mouth.”
“A democracy where people are involved in politics all the time is quite dull. We need more pink outfits and ribbons on our heads.