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  Recently, another official website promoting Singapore went online. On its links page, it listed several useful websites but Getforme.com wasn't in the list as usual. Why do I say "as usual"? Because, I have trawled all Government-linked websites to look for a link to us, but only found one - and that one, at www.sg, listed us simply because we requested a link.

  If I sound frustrated, it is because I am. But, not for the reasons that some of you may have in mind - ala we think we are bigwigs on Singapore and should be listed on every Government website promoting Singapore.

  Rather, I lament the lack of attention by the various Government agencies in promoting made-in-Singapore websites. Here we are trying our level best to promote Singapore to everyone on the Internet, and there we have the agencies not lifting a finger to help us do our job.

  We are not looking for recognition of our efforts. What we ask is that the Government agencies take the initial to list us on their Links webpage so that anyone surfing these agencies' websites know that the Government knows we are around. Period.

  It is little wonder, then that here in Singapore, we lament the loss of our local talents to overseas procuring agencies. I put it to you that if the Government agencies turn a blind eye to local talent, what do they expect such local talents to do? Be thick-skinned and come up to them to say, "Hey! I am a local talent; promote me!" ?

  Now, I am not bragging that Getforme.com is a local talent. If I have given that mistaken notion, I apologise. What I do say rather is that Getforme.com has come a long way in its work promoting the island to all and sundry. 

  We started off with scores of pages attracting a mere 400 hits way back in end 1999. Since then, we have accummulated some 3,800-plus pages of information on Singapore. We now attract some 25,000 hits daily. That volume of visitorship in itself tells us that we are on the right track in our goal of promoting our Singapore.

  But, it appears that Government agencies do not think much of us, at least not yet anyway, save for the National Library Board (NLB). Is it the fault of the people at the top rungs of the establishment? That is a question that oftentimes has popped into my mind.

  I venture to say, "No! Not them." From my readings of their speeches, I gather they have a sincere wish to make sure local talents are nurtured and not slighted by the official agencies.

  How then, has this situation come about? I feel it is the people in the middle rungs of Government - those charged with the daily routine of running the agencies - who need some wakening up.

  Until then, we Singaporeans will just have to get used to the idea that we are not worth anything here in Singapore until the outside world tells Singapore otherwise. Which is rather sad, because more Singaporeans will shy away from the Government agencies, and yet more will not have second thoughts about looking for greener pastures overseas.

  If we keep looking outside Singapore for foreign talent, and ignore what we have within the island, we can't very well blame our fellow Singaporeans for looking outside Singapore for an ideal place instead of within Singapore - after all, they are just copying what we are doing. So, don't be the proverbial "pot calling the kettle black".

  What about Getforme.com then? Well, despite the official apathy towards us, we will continue to do our job here in Singapore. We will stick to our guns, so to speak, for we want nothing but to offer Singapore to the world and here at Get For Me Singapore, we believe we can continue to do that superbly.

 You can e-mail to us your comments on the above FRONTPAGE STORY. Quote this number 150402 on the subject heading and address your e-mail to editor@getforme.com. Your comments will appear HERE!

 

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Ginflowers.com  is a florist established in 1997. It started online but now has both an online website and a brick-and-mortar shop in Katong Shopping Centre. It now supports a growing world-wide customer base. Ginflowers specialises in hand bouquets, floral baskets and special gift items. It provides delivery in Singapore only.

SculptureSq.com.sg  is the website of Sculpture Square – a non-profit, independent arts organisation. It is Singapore’s only art space dedicated to sculpture and other contemporary 3-dimensional arts. Their mission is to be a viable hub where contemporary art can be viewed, critically evaluated, promoted and presented to the public.

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