31 August 2000

Dear Diary:

There was something I forgot to mention on 26 August. I attended the official opening of my secondary school's new campus, and Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew was the Guest of Honour. You might have thought that he would deliver a solid, profound speech...instead he kept it short and simple. That was good, in a sense, because it was concise and to the point, but some people were surprised at the lack of food for thought. My own take would be that his scriptwriter was to blame for this comparatively forgettable speech...on the other hand, it was definitely affected by Mr. Lee's delivery. It might have had powerful content, but with the lack of energy and the frequent pauses, whatever message was totally lost. It just shows the effect of oral "storytelling"!