Apparently Inch Chua, one of Singapore’s most talented young artists, has decided to leave Singapore because there is “minimal government support” to the (local) music industry (ie the Govt didn’t give her any money).
TOC reports Inch saying that “she has no other choice but to leave Singapore, (because) she has to constantly prove her worth and contributions to the nation.”
TOC adds that “in a previous interview with Channel NewsAsia, Inch said she had applied for various grants from several Government bodies like National Arts Council and Singapore international Foundation, but that they had not replied to her.”
Inch Chua is a full-time indie musician, a rarity in Singapore. She’s one of the four 四大天后, along with Sarah Cheng-De Winne, Ling Kai and Olivia Ong.
She’s quite talented actually.
But unfortunately, like most Singaporeans, she suffers from the Govt-dependency disease. She blames the Govt for not helping her, but she doesn’t see that it’s not the Govt’s job to help her, and she shouldn’t even be asking the Govt in the first place.
Let’s put it this way.
Did Nirvana have any help from the US govt, or even the California state govt? Did the Hongkong govt ever help Beyond? Did the Swedish govt ever help ABBA?
And going beyond music: Did the US govt ever give grants or funding to Microsoft, or Google or Facebook or Amazon or Yahoo?
I think the point is obvious. Most people in other parts of the world rely on themselves, not on their govts to make things happen.
Not only in music, theatre or art, but also in business, in sports, ie in almost every field of endeavour.
Only in Singapore do we find entrepreneurs bitching that the govt doesn’t give them grants, singers complaining the govt doesn’t give them funding, theatre companies ranting that NAC just cut their funding because it didn’t like their works criticising the Govt, and artists complaining that the Govt just yanked their subsidised rental studios.
Somehow a lot of Singaporeans think it is the Govt’s duty to help them in their personal endeavours.
How did Singaporeans end up like this?
This is the legacy of the PAP govt. LKY created a govt so powerful and so entwined in Singaporean’s lives that they now turn to it for everything.
Singaporeans want the govt to do everything, and they want to blame the govt for everything.
But in the process they’ve forgotten how to rely on themselves. More importantly, they’ve lost the attitude of self-reliance.
In other words, Singaporeans think that if I don’t succeed, it’s because the govt didn’t do enough to help me.
This is not the way for Singaporeans to move forward.
I believe Singaporeans want a freer, more open and more democratic society. For that to happen, the Govt has to become smaller and occupy less of Singaporeans’ lives.
This means Singaporeans have to take greater charge of their own lives, stop relying on the Govt, and start telling the Govt to butt out and stop sticking its nose where it doesn’t belong.