Thursday, July 06, 2006

Big Brother is Coming to Town!

Oh! You better watch out,
You better not cry,
You better not pout,
I'm telling you why:

Big Brother is coming to town!
Big Brother is coming to town!
Big Brother *IS* coming to town!

He's making a list,
He's checking it twice,
He's gonna find out
who's partisan or conservative constructive.

Big Brother is coming to town!

He sees you when you're blogging,
He knows when you're "hiding" behind a pseudonym.
He knows when you've been seditious or good,
So be good for goodness sake!

So...You better watch out,
You better not cry
You better not pout,
I'm telling you why.

Big Brother is coming to town!

Little seditious columns,
Truth is distorted.
And more good years!

Big Brother is coming to town!

Little columns terminated
soothingly and calmingly silent.
Newspaper, television
and soon blogs too.

Big Brother is coming to town!

The young and old in Singa land
will have a jubilee.
They're gonna dance with the
raise in bus, taxi and electricity costs.

Oh....You better watch out,
You better not cry.
You better not pout,
I'm telling you why.

Big Brother is comin'
Big Brother is comin'
Big Brother is comin'
To town!

And Big Brother is watching ... YOU!

(Sing along the tune of 'Santa Claus is coming to town')
Related cartoons - Out of sight, out of mind

Update (5/9/2006) : Prophecy? =D


Comrade Anonymous burp said...

haha! who's Big Brother???

Thu Jul 06, 07:50:00 PM GMT+8  
Comrade Blogger chr said...

Big Brother is the face of The Party depicted in George Orwell's 1984. the term "big brother is watching" refers to thoughtcrime, where The Party gets its thought police to clamp down on anybody who might have inclination to think bad about The Party itself.

The party's mottos?
War is Peace.
Freedom is Slavery.
Ignorance is Strength.

It's definitely worth a read. =)

Thu Jul 06, 08:07:00 PM GMT+8  
Comrade Anonymous sue said...


Thu Jul 06, 08:43:00 PM GMT+8  
Comrade Anonymous Anonymous said...

whoah.. *claps* perhaps u might wanna provide a link to mr brown?..

Thu Jul 06, 10:24:00 PM GMT+8  
Comrade Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thu Jul 06, 10:55:00 PM GMT+8  
Comrade Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isnt TODAY guilty of politicization of the issue and being partisan by dropping Mr Brown?

I mean Mr Brown gave some private opinions and PAP replied. End of story.

Let the people decide who is right and who is wrong.
Not PAP or Mediacorp.

There is no need to drop Mr Brown and make this issue a political fight between PAP and Anti-PAP.

In fact, it is Mediacorp who is politicising the whole issue. It is Mediacorp who is partisan.

Fri Jul 07, 12:50:00 AM GMT+8  
Comrade Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear En and Hou

I am impressed that young people today take an interest in political developments and actually have an informed opinion and sharp analysis about how Singapore Inc. is run.

Another book that would be of interest is "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley. There are chilling parallels in the way the PAP is developing its own elite leadership the way the Alphas were developed in Huxley's novel.

"Brave New World" is not fiction, it is Uniquely Singapore.

I am Singaporean.

So say we all.

Fri Jul 07, 01:06:00 AM GMT+8  
Comrade Anonymous Anonymous said...

This would not have happen if PAP did not politicise everything deem to their advantage.

PAP should not politicise the media.

I mean it is like PAP have politicise everything including NDP.

But why the need to politicise?

Is controlling Singaporeans right down to the bone that important and advantageous to PAP? Nothing more is important to them?

This would not have happen if the media was not politicise. The determination by PAP to control all things is scary.

They want to control but refuse to be responsible or apologetic when things go wrong is even scarier.

All we ordinary people can do is vote Opposition in every election even if the Opposition loses. I cannot think of any other way to make PAP eat humble pie.

Then no one would have the need to feel fear,tension and paranoid in their own homeland.

PAP has to be Opposition for some time for Singapore's culture and climate to change, that is the only way.

My vote is nothing but many votes is something.Please do not forget today's lesson even if PAP loosen control come GE 2011.

Fri Jul 07, 01:19:00 AM GMT+8  
Comrade Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess only PAP is right and citizens are wrong in these KIND of situation. These KIND of situation have repeated many times over the years.

What is more scarier is that PAP took the most popular blogger in Singapore to put on chopping block and use it to show as an example to everyone who wants to blog about politics. (Kai Dao: Open Knife)

It is a very good political move by PAP.It has increased the fear factor by many notches. We are back to the 70s & 80s again.

Most probably after this episode, there will be less activity on political blogs and Singaporeans will be apathetic again which PAP always 'advocates'.

Maybe Mr Brown might even fizzle out.

Fri Jul 07, 01:20:00 AM GMT+8  
Comrade Blogger sei-ji rakugaki said...

keep up the good work.

Fri Jul 07, 08:27:00 AM GMT+8  
Comrade Blogger John Riemann Soong said...

Ayah, not enough laughs for me. Keep the politics hilarious, can? The others can go in the notebook.

Fri Jul 07, 04:32:00 PM GMT+8  
Comrade Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please suspend all the Pro PAP Journalists as well for being partisan and politicised.

There are train loads of them. Everyday churning out Pro PAP news until like PAP is God.

They paint Opposition like demons so they are partisan as well.

Please be fair in implementing laws(if any) and policy.

I can name some for you: Chua sisters, Loh Chee Kong, Aaron Low, Nicholas Fang etc.

Please suspend all of them as well.

Fri Jul 07, 09:37:00 PM GMT+8  
Comrade Anonymous Liang said...

I find it amusing that (unlike the comments on previous posts), posts directly pertaining to the issue discussed are not signed off.

the Man all got to you already? Shame. (:

Sat Jul 08, 07:14:00 PM GMT+8  
Comrade Anonymous GEP Alumni 2000 said...

Heya... been enjoying your blog, even though you had a painfully long hiatus. Love the Christopher Robin comic... take care and watch out, guys, don't let Big Brother get to you too.

Sat Jul 08, 10:37:00 PM GMT+8  
Comrade Anonymous mou said...

big brother could well be reading this, for all you know.

Sun Jul 09, 06:59:00 PM GMT+8  
Comrade Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guys, standard dropped a little since hiatus leh.
Come on guys y'all can do it!

Sun Jul 09, 09:00:00 PM GMT+8  
Comrade Blogger Freak Father said...

Hey but you guys realised that we may not be here if the political arena was run differently.

So I guess we'll have to wait and see.

Sun Jul 09, 09:09:00 PM GMT+8  
Comrade Blogger Amon said...

I am actually beginning to feel a tad scared and anxious. Would MOI be next? SOB sob sob.

Mon Jul 10, 02:34:00 PM GMT+8  
Comrade Anonymous a. said...

We study George Orwell's 1984 for lit and will be doing Brave New World too. Chilling dystopias. But thankfully these dystopias are largely one-dimensional and Singapore hasnt degenerated to that extent. But I was definitely appalled when I read that mr brown's column would be suspended...

Wed Jul 12, 12:13:00 AM GMT+8  
Comrade Blogger suhui said...

hey great parody. thanks for making it a big deal. because it really is! but judging from the kind of comments here and on miyagi's and brown's blogs, i would definitely say that changes are in effect, albeit very slowly...

Wed Jul 12, 12:36:00 AM GMT+8  
Comrade Anonymous Anonymous said...

No more Mr Brown, still got all these..........


Fri Jul 14, 12:08:00 AM GMT+8  
Comrade Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excerpts from the AFP:

Supporters of a Singaporean blogger have gathered at a busy subway station for a silent protest at the suspension of his weekly newspaper column after the government criticised his latest satirical piece about high living costs.

At least 30 supporters turned up at City Hall station at 2:00 pm dressed in brown attire in support of the blogger, who goes by the moniker Mr Brown.

Unfortunately for the news wire agency, the real news wasn't that 30 people in Singapore bothered to take part in a flash mob for a proscribed blogger-columnist. I could think of several more newsworthy stories on the top of my head, such as:

How did a secret SMS-only invite leak out to the press, which turned up in battle positions and recording equipment shoved up the noses of participants, even before the flash mob was scheduled to begin?

Or how's this for a more newsworthy story:
Plainclothes police accost flash mob participants at end of event

At least 2 participants were approached Citylink mall by 4 plainclothes police operatives after the flash mob event concluded. The operatives presented themselves to the duo, requesting a "short and private discussion at a more private place".

The operatives, marshalled in a line formation, herded the two to a remote corner of the underground mall, where they proceeded to ask the following questions:
Who organised this protest?
How did you know about this protest?
What are the names of the people who informed you of this protest? What are the names of the people you informed, in turn?

And the winner: Look, we know all about this protest. You better cooperate with us and tell us the truth.

Thankfully one of the cornered persons did read up on his rights, as well as the extent of cooperation citizens are bound to give to plainclothes operatives presenting themselves without a warrant or charges, and gave them his name, his lawyer's contacts, and told them to **** off.

Several, even more newsworthy issues present themselves in the aftermath:
1. Flash mob sparks police actions by government
2. Seeing the flash mob as a bona fide protest, Wong Kan Seng, the Minister for Home Affairs, does not send in the riot police.
3. Instead, the clown show is mobilised.

Apparently there is no formal investigation, no indication that said flash mob is an illegal and destablising event, so what the MHA and Wong can do is send in the clown squad and hope that the idea of plainclothes operatives asking questions and claiming to know everything about the event... will actually scare off the participants, make them piss in their pants, and scar them for life. Remember, kids: for real protests and destabilising events, the riot police is used. When the authorities want to stage a political comedy, they send in plainclothes operatives!

But really, this flash mob was rather lame. People showed up and stood around. No silly waving, cheers, synchronised actions or what have you. No immediate and sudden dispersal. And the best part? People who didn't get the message won't get the message at all. So much for a flash mob for Mr Brown.

Don't get me started on the organiser's horrendously unironic satorical decision wear brown shirts to support a columnist who was unfairly axed. This is what you get when Singapore's artistes pose as political activists.

Ladies and gentlemen, the continuing clown show from Wong Kan Seng. As if the dropping of the police investigation against Char isn't embarrassing enough, they send in a clown show against a not-very-successful or well-planned and conceptualised flash mob.

Fri Jul 14, 12:10:00 AM GMT+8  
Comrade Anonymous liang said...

BRAVO, it seems that some people have learnt how to utilize the Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V commands!

Before you copyandpaste, perhaps you would like to actually state your point in quoting these articles/links?

I mean, everyone /totally/ loves lack of opinion, don't you?

Sat Jul 15, 07:46:00 PM GMT+8  
Comrade Anonymous noobface said...


Sat Jul 15, 10:52:00 PM GMT+8  
Comrade Anonymous Han Milo said...

Hey, since there's no comments link for the last post, i'll just blab abit here:
So winnie the pooh's gonna hang in grey and stucked at part 1? haha. all the bestest and stay alive.

Sun Jul 16, 02:25:00 AM GMT+8  
Comrade Blogger John Riemann Soong said...

Yes, after your A-levels.

Maybe when travelling in the MRT can do a little also what.

Mon Jul 17, 06:50:00 AM GMT+8  
Comrade Anonymous Anonymous said...

PLS PLS PLS CONTINUE AFTER YOUR As!!!!! Its crucial and beneficial to all students out there hahaha!

-student in the east

Mon Jul 17, 05:07:00 PM GMT+8  
Comrade Blogger De La Chretiens said...

Can I request a Victoria School one for us VS guys and alumni? I really support your worx, thanks y'all!

Mon Jul 17, 06:53:00 PM GMT+8  
Comrade Anonymous Anonymous said...

i dont think anyone would want this to end. you can always continue it after your exams. pretty please...

Mon Jul 17, 09:23:00 PM GMT+8  
Comrade Blogger En & Hou said...

Perhaps, perhaps not. No drawing before the exams, that's for sure.


Tue Jul 18, 12:35:00 PM GMT+8  
Comrade Anonymous burp said...

sad sad not to see any entries.. i'm addicted le...

nxt yr u guys going NS oso... dunno if hav the time to update...

Tue Jul 18, 07:36:00 PM GMT+8  
Comrade Anonymous n00bcake said...

aiyah dont go ns la. just get excused for national interests which is drawing

Tue Jul 18, 07:57:00 PM GMT+8  
Comrade Anonymous someone from your sch =P said...

let someone to take over the second generation of students sketchpad =P too bad i dont have tablet PC ... sobs


Sun Jul 23, 12:07:00 AM GMT+8  
Comrade Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even young students like yourself knows what rotting with Big Brother.

I'm happy now ... we DO have a future.

Tue Aug 01, 05:02:00 PM GMT+8  
Comrade Blogger the ornitier girl said...

Apparently anyone who wrote to TODAY about the mrbrown incident was turned away.The newspaper in question would have nothing to do with the incident.
Yup we're slowly getting to the Oceania stage!
Anyone for conquering Malaysia?lol.
They can't catch all of us.
Not if they have Thought Police.
I'll be Winston,if you'll all be Winstons with me.
I'll get shot in the back of my head in a windowless place where there is no darkness,if only I get to blog about my life,and all the injustice.I'll find a way to let my blog remain.I'll be The Last Persons In Singapore.
I only just finished the book,and it kept me awake ten minutes in bed.
I hate politics.Would never get involved in it if I could.
I'm falling asleep just watching them!
Shall we begin a Brotherhood?One with a book by Chiam See Tong?

Fri Aug 11, 10:22:00 PM GMT+8  
Comrade Blogger the ornitier girl said...

*one of The Last Persons In Singapore.

Fri Aug 11, 10:30:00 PM GMT+8  
Comrade Blogger Mr Wang Says So said...

Hey, En & Hou, there's this art competition which I thought you MIGHT be interested in participating in.


Wed Aug 23, 10:04:00 AM GMT+8  
Comrade Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey you guys, all the best for your A levels! Hopefully you'll come up with more entries after your exams! =)

Fri Oct 06, 08:58:00 PM GMT+8  
Comrade Blogger En & Hou said...

Anonymous : Thanks a lot, appreciate that! Glad that someone still checks out our webcomic. :)


Wed Oct 11, 01:27:00 AM GMT+8  
Comrade Blogger Ling said...

Heh, that was so farneeeeeeeeee! Gd on u!

Wed Oct 25, 04:45:00 PM GMT+8  
Comrade Anonymous AuntAgony said...

Dear En and Hou, just wanna say that i think you all are absolutely FABULOUS. seriously. how you combine politics with humour efortlessly is beyond me.and its done in such an easy -to -read manner too! please dont stop writing these webcomics!it will really be such a waste of your talents and we cant appreciate them! just wanna let you know that a lot of people like myself are waiting for your hiatus to be OVER!all the best for your 'A's! and i beseech again, PLEASE come back and blog for people with an unsatiable crave for your webcomic!haha.and when you come back,can you all do a piece on TKGS? thanks! once again,keep up the excellent work and good luck mugging for your 'A's. :)

Thu Oct 26, 09:50:00 PM GMT+8  
Comrade Anonymous Harro! said...

I can see you... :)

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