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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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".
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
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