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More local men should marry Caucasians
by S M Ong

IN the 1995 book Revenge Of The Sarong Party Girl, sequel to The Official Guide To The Sarong Party Girl, I was listed No 4 among “Local Desirable Men”.

The top three were entertainer Najip Ali, footballer Fandi Ahmad and TV host Bernard Lo, who’s now with Bloomberg.

I managed to beat Mr Johnson Lock, famous for his roast duck, who came in at No 5 (the man, not the duck).

So as you can see, I have no reason to feel insecure that all these local celebrity babes are eschewing local men and hooking up with foreign Caucasians.

On the contrary, I applaud these women’s excellent taste.

It would be hypocritical of me to criticise them since I too have eschewed local men and hooked up with a foreign Caucasian.

Like Carole Lin, my marriage to a white person lasted about a year.

Unlike Carole, who married a Frenchman, I married a French Canadian-Irish American.

No Khek for you

I did so because my Hainanese mother forbade me to a marry a Khek. Her reason: Hainanese and Khek don’t mix. Huh?

Whatever. But since I can’t identify Kheks by sight, I decided to avoid marrying all Chinese people just to be safe.

Perhaps these celebrity babes also have Hainanese mothers.

The question is not why so many local female celebrities are marrying Caucasian men.

The question is why aren’t more local male celebrities marrying Caucasian women. Is Adrian Pang the only one?

Unfortunately, my own marriage to a Caucasian woman failed, so I decided to give Chinese people a shot. My present wife is Hokkien.

Could she have done better than me? Most definitely.

I believe Najip Ali is still single. (By the way, Happy Valentine’s Day, dear.)

But, honestly, for the rest of you ladies, if you can’t get any of the top five “Local Desirable Men”, don’t bother with the rest of the local guys.

As the Government has reminded us time and again, to survive, Singapore needs foreign talent – both male and female.

Roast duck can only get you so far.

This article was first published in The New Paper.

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