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S’pore shouldn’t use SIN to represent us in sports because it’s a dirty word

S’pore shouldn’t use SIN to represent us in sports because it’s a dirty word

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Every time it is mentioned we are degraded, says The Straits Times letter writer.


Take the SIN out of Singapore

SEEING the word “SIN” emblazoned across the chests of our beaming Asian Games athletes (“Finally, a golden day for Singapore”; last Wednesday) evoked a feeling that was somewhat bittersweet.

“SIN” is the International Olympic Committee code for Singapore and is used to represent our country in sporting events. “SIN” is also the International Air Traffic Association code for Changi Airport, the gateway to our country.

Sports and travel are two of the most visible platforms through which we project ourselves to the world. “SIN” is the word projected when we make a name for ourselves on these platforms.

Sin cities of the world are well known, for better or for worse.

Whenever Singapore is elevated into focus, the image must be one that is in keeping with our cultural and social mores.

Singapore is not a sin city. But, with the use of the code “SIN”, the eye will make the association, even if the heart and mind know otherwise.

Is it in our national interest for “SIN” to be associated with Singapore?

We should consider adopting the less-used (but not lesser) code “SGP” instead of “SIN”.

“SGP” is, after all, the United Nations’ country code for Singapore.

Indeed, the Internet domain designation for Singapore is “.sg”.

Furthermore, “SGP” corresponds to the syllables that make up the word “Sin-Ga-Pore”.

It looks better, sounds better and unifies all usage and application.

Andrew Choo Ming Sing

This is a real letter published in The Straits Times Forum on Oct. 6, 2014.


Why not take the “porn” out?:

Take the porn out of Singaporean


Team S’pore athletes reminded they must never drink, have sex ever again

Team S’pore athletes reminded they must never drink, have sex ever again

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They must be as pure as PAP.


Three Singapore swimmers at the Asian Games are being probed for having fun.

Joseph Schooling, Teo Zhen Ren and Roanne Ho were said to have left the village at the Asian Games to go drinking after the swimming events had already concluded the night before, where they won a lot of medals for the country, and naturally, were in celebratory mood.

However, Team Singapore spokesperson, Lao Gu Dong, said the actions of the Singapore athletes are unconscionable: “They are young adults who are old enough to represent Singapore internationally and win medals by swimming, but they are not allowed to consume alcohol and be themselves. How hard is that to understand?”

“Team Singapore has stressed time and again that young athletes must be pure and virginal to be able to perform at their peak level. This is similar to how the PAP operates: MPs and ministers must never drink alcohol and never have sex ever. That’s why they can think straight and deserve to wear white.”

Singaporeans on the street who were interviewed said they are sympathetic towards Joseph Schooling.

One local, Yew Qian Tu, said: “Joseph Schooling won Singapore‚Äôs first Asian Games male swimming gold medal in 32 years in the 100m butterfly in a new Games record, and he also took home silver and bronze in the 50m and 200m butterfly. The 19-year-old from the University of Texas stands to win $350,000 under the Multi-Million Dollar Awards Programme (MAP) scheme.”

“He should tell the authorities to take their investigation, shine it up a little, turn it sideways and stick it up their ass.”


Sometimes why Singaporeans don’t do well at some sporting activity will never be explained:

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