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Singapore is a relentlessly G-rated experience, micromanaged by a state that has the look and feel of a very large corporation. If IBM had ever bothered to actually possess a physical country, that country might have had a lot in common with Singapore. There's a certain white-shirted constraint, an absolute humorlessness in the way Singapore Ltd. operates; conformity here is the primedirective, and the fuzzier brands of creativity are in extremely short supply.
Many local people in Singapore seemed to feel the need to half-apologize to me about the Singapore government. And every last one of these lamenters was, insome sense or another, affiliated with the Singapore government.