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Dbs Bank : Triumphalist Bigots Intrude On Private Grief

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DBS Bank, based in Singapore, is currently running adverts on TV here proclaiming "This is Asia's time, this is our time" which cuts from an Asian family enjoying happy times, to Paris where cafe-culture Parisians go about their lives. The giggling Singaporean child in Asia stomps his foot causing the Parisians to receive a rude interruption with coffee cups rocking about. (Parisians of course being a proxy for Westerners). The advert also shows a map of the world with Asia proudly standing out.

The insinaution is obvious; DBS makes no attempt to hide its smug triumphalism over the West.

While Asian countries do indeed enjoy growth relative to the West, it should be remembered that much of that growth is achieved by the use of slave labour living in grinding poverty and middle-class Asians are educated in the West.

The little Asian boy might like to take his poverty sticken peers's circumstances into account and also learn some good grace before assuming the supposed mantle of top dog.

I am going to see if I can send a copy of the video to Western news agencies so they can draw their own conclusions. Doubtless Westerners won't take to the offence kindly; a Western boycott of Singaporean goods and services would ruin Singapore's economy overnight giving DBS the bloody nose it so richly deserves.

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it should be remembered that much of that growth is achieved by the use of slave labour living in grinding poverty

Don't we benefit from the same slave labour in the form of cheap good, clothes and food?

The insinaution is obvious; DBS makes no attempt to hide its smug triumphalism over the West.

Who can blame 'em?

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I trust you have not yet seen the advert?

Don't we benefit from the same slave labour in the form of cheap good, clothes and food?

Agreed, but Western ethics mean Western consciences are pricked by that fact as your video shows whereas DBS conveniently ignores it for triumphalist reasons. Those abuses are taking place in their backyard, not in the West where human rights are respected. DBS uses the success confined to a very wealthy, very tiny Asian minority to suggest it applies to all Asians. It doesn't. They would have you believe that all Asians are living happy prosperous lives when, as your own evidence points out, the fruits of Asia's economic success are very unevenly distributed.

Who can blame 'em?

DBS could have chosen any theme but instead the theme they chose can only be interpreted one way.

That Asia is succeeding at a time when the West is struggling isn't the point, that DBS has shown gross disingenuousness and a crass lack of good grace is.

True globalisation means trading with anyone, anywhere without predjudice. DBS haven't understood that.

If you're going to dine at the international table bring impeccable manners.

Domestic Worker Abuse: Singapore Home

DOMESTIC WORKER ABUSE IN SINGAPORE(PDF).

Salaries for house maids in Singapore: £125 a month. Maid works 6 days a week, 24 hours a day on-call. Yep, its Asia's time alright.

Employing foreign house help.

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While Asian countries do indeed enjoy growth relative to the West, by the use it should be remembered that much of that growth is achieved of slave labour living in grinding poverty and middle-class Asians are educated in the West.

So Singapore is at the same level as us in the 19th Century then?

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DBS Bank, based in Singapore, is currently running adverts on TV here proclaiming "This is Asia's time, this is our time" which cuts from an Asian family enjoying happy times, to Paris where cafe-culture Parisians go about their lives. The giggling Singaporean child in Asia stomps his foot causing the Parisians to receive a rude interruption with coffee cups rocking about. (Parisians of course being a proxy for Westerners). The advert also shows a map of the world with Asia proudly standing out.

The insinaution is obvious; DBS makes no attempt to hide its smug triumphalism over the West.

While Asian countries do indeed enjoy growth relative to the West, it should be remembered that much of that growth is achieved by the use of slave labour living in grinding poverty and middle-class Asians are educated in the West.

The little Asian boy might like to take his poverty sticken peers's circumstances into account and also learn some good grace before assuming the supposed mantle of top dog.

I am going to see if I can send a copy of the video to Western news agencies so they can draw their own conclusions. Doubtless Westerners won't take to the offence kindly; a Western boycott of Singaporean goods and services would ruin Singapore's economy overnight giving DBS the bloody nose it so richly deserves.

Oh... Singapore... perhaps you would like to invite the Parisan to launch a class action suit of defamation against DBS ? That may bankrupt them eh?

But then DBS may be able to defend that it is a factual assertion? Asia is growing fast - like it or not. Work harder rather than boycott is the way..

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but Western ethics mean Western consciences are pricked by that fact as your video shows whereas DBS conveniently ignores it for triumphalist reasons. Those abuses are taking place in their backyard, not in the West where human rights are respected. DBS uses the success confined to a very wealthy, very tiny Asian minority to suggest it applies to all Asians. It doesn't. They would have you believe that all Asians are living happy prosperous lives when, as your own evidence points out, the fruits of Asia's economic success are very unevenly distributed.

Have you checked the ultimate owners of most MNC in Singapore/Asia?

Also, you may want to check the conducts of Western MNC when operating in most Asian/Africa/Latin American countries?

(Some may outsource those to local contractors and then pretend not to know anything about what the contractors do)

DBS could have chosen any theme but instead the theme they chose can only be interpreted one way.

Perhaps they should be more sensitive.

Salaries for house maids in Singapore: £125 a month. Maid works 6 days a week, 24 hours a day on-call. Yep, its Asia's time alright.

Employing foreign house help.

And how about those British / Western expats who have no moral problems hiring these maids when they are in Singapore, HK, Dubai or elsewhere..

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dunno where you get the 125 quid a month from , 425sgd seems to be the going rate = about 205 pounds ... and on top of that there is the 165 sgd levy which is in effect the employer ( or owner as some like to say ) paying the maids taxes.

To be honest why should dbs not have a dig , having put up with colonial rule by superior Europeans and then most of Asia been given a very hard solution from the imf to over leverage in the Asian crisis compared to the kicking the can down the road the imf allows the western nations being bailed out they have every right to be smug,

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Why would you like to give them a bloody nose? Is it because its the truth?

It is Asia's time and there is some sort of seismic shift going on in the west.

My interpretation is that its a quite accurate portrayal of what's going on.

They're not rubbing your nose in it - you are!

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