Is there a correlation between heaven and earth? Is it a coincidence that in the history of Singapore, we are having the driest month ever since 1869 and it just after the soft launch of the four hotels in Resorts World on 20 January 2010.
The opening of these integrated resorts in Singapore is significant. It represents the beginning of a tectonic shift in culture, thinking and value system that had been the foundation upon which our nation was built.
The term “integrated resort” is a clever if not compact word for a resort that will open up a whole new type of lifestyle for Singaporeans. Geared for fun, leisure, pleasure and even business, it comes with hotels, shopping malls, theaters, parks, museum and convention centers, all integrated with casinos of course.
I suppose the coming of the integrated resorts is inevitable. It is a sign of the times and something we will have to bear up to. Someone said, we can avoid reality but we can’t avoid the consequences of reality. With the revenue stream coming in through gamblers who will flock to Singapore, a whole lot of other activities will stream in too. Singaporeans never had to face this before. While the heavens dry up, I fear there will be tears of sorrow drenching this land in days to come. May God have mercy on us.
The Straits Times, Singapore | 2 March 2010
Last month’s parched conditions here were one for the record books. February was the driest month in history and one of the hottest months on record.
The National Environment Agency’s Meteorological Services Division said Singapore received just 6.3mm of rain from Feb 1 to 28 – the lowest amount of rain collected for that period since 1869 when Singapore started recording the amount rainfall it receives.
Previously, the lowest rainfall for any month was 8.4mm, recorded both in February 1968 and February 2005.
NEA said February falls in the dry phase of the Northeast monsoon season when the ‘rainbelt shifts southwards away from Singapore’.
Experts are also pointing their finger at the El Nino weather phenomenon, which occurs every two to seven years, and is likely to last until May.