Saturday, July 23, 2011
What's The Safest Country In South East Asia?
You want mind games ahead of this evening's World Cup Qualifier between Singapore and Malaysia then I'll give you mind games.
Wrapped in cotton wool by an over protectitive government and left shaking in fear of their neighbouring countries by an unquestioning media, many Singaporeans sit secure in the knowledge that their country is safer than anywhere else.
Malaysia is filled with parang wielding maniacs while Indonesia is, well, Indonesia is Indonesia. So sits the prevailing view among the chattering classes.
Now comes a story that them perceptions may not be what they are cracked up to be!
A recent survey suggests that in fact it is Malaysia that is the safest nation in South East Asia, not Singapore!
I'm not normally of fan of much of the regional media and I'm bored with surveys generally but the timing of this is awesome and believe me, had this been printed in the UK media concerning say England and Germany ahead of a vital international it would have caused a firestorm!