A tanjong & katong exclusive – the true Merlion story
For decades Singaporeans thought they knew the Merlion’s little secret – that it is not a real Singapore symbol. They had known that it was birthed by Singapore Tourism Board and Mr Fraser Brunner.
Today, as you read this blog post, you will know the true Merlion story – the Merlion is a symbol of British colonialism. If you look at the two creatures flanking the shield in the British East India Company’s coat of arms, they have heads of lions and bodies of fishes. The British EIC preceded Singapore’s independence, so it’s not hard to guess which came first – the EIC coat of arms was decades before the Merlion.
Now go forth and refute Edwin Thumboo, picket in front of the statue because Brunner violated IP laws, or “merlion” in front of your clubbing pals. Whatever you do, remember we haven’t shaken off British colonialism yet, that architecture contracts are still awarded to Sir Norman Foster even though his works have hardly progressed our tropical architecture. That the Vegas sands is being built even though three vertical towers look inauspicious (no one taught Safdie about not sticking chopsticks upright in his bowl?)