Old regional rivalry turns into a video song contest on YouTube

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 26 July, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 26 July, 2008, 12:00am

The war of videos continues as YouTube netizens carry on a lively debate about whether the Lion City or the Pearl of the Orient is the superior city. It was started by Singaporean amateur musicians Katie Oh and Taz the Raz with their quirky self-parody of a music video that purports to show the city state in all its glamour and glory, with its democracy and freedom.

They might have inadvertently achieved the opposite. The four-minute clip, written in classic Singlish, has now met its match. 'Wokstarz', an anonymous Hong Kong patriot, has struck one for our beloved city. Katie and Taz clearly show more comic flair, but at least wokstarz' lyrics are written in proper English. It begins:

A typical day at our house

I was eating chewing gum

Dad was reading the Far Eastern Economic Review

Mum was moaning about the government.

Good thing we don't live in Singapore. We'd all be arrested.

One person - obviously from Singapore - commented on the website: 'You wouldn't actually get arrested for doing those things, especially if you did them at home ... There's a big grey area. Singapore is actually ... run in a much more hands-off way than people realise.'

Well, doesn't that rather prove wokstarz' point?