I thought Singapore is pushing for environmental conservation. Despite the often publicized "Saving Gaia" campaign by Channel News Asia, I witnessed the most horrible environmental onslaught last Friday.
It was the day when some brainless yellow creatures think that the gate of hell is opened. Hence these creatures burn innumerable special sort of cheap papers to ... er ... actually I also don't know for what! I bet they don't even know it! Probably some would say it's for the ghosts that wander out from hell. The burning of these papers help keep the ghosts from disturbing humans.
There is a weirder thing I observed on that day. When I walked pass a group of young executives who were in long sleeves and pants along the Lavender-Bugis area, I found them not only burning those papers but also throwing the paper around while shouting, "Huat Ar!"
"Huat ar" could mean several things in Hokkien. Probably they meant it something like, "Get rich ar!". Can you fathom the connection between these sights?
1) A group of well-dressed male and female young executives in their 20s and 30s,
2) Burning and throwing papers by the road side,
3) Shouting, "Huat ar, huat ar!" ritualistically as if they are praying;
4) And all these happened in Singapore, a 1st-world country that has the best science, education, and medical facilities in the region. And also a country that encourages its citizen to go "green" with all the advertisement in cinemas, MRTs, buses, TV, radio etc.
Do we really have to put up with these environmental terrorizing practices every year?
BTW, when I first saw Channel News Asia's Saving Gaia, I puzzle at the dubious noun it uses to represent earth... Gaia... A term popularized by Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. I always thought that a news channel should be pertinent and mature. My mistake, perhaps.
At anytime, "Creation" is much more articulate and unambiguous than Gaia.