“Taking five weeks’ leave from work is not as difficult as one thinks.”
Perm Sec, Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, Tan Yong Soon
“The internet decentralizes power, takes it out of the hands of the elite few, and distributes this power into the hands of each of the millions. With the internet, talented journalists that Balji calls for, may no longer be needed. When something happens to you, you no longer need to wait for a talented journalist to tell the world your story – you can do it yourself. And if everyone involved in your situation does so, we would have the same story told from a hundred different angles, and the reader will be the determiner of the truth. No longer do we have to hear only one or two reporters’ version of the story, with all the bias – with the internet, the ideals of many many independent news providers are achieved, because everyone can now be a news provider.”
“As leaders of our nation and caretakers of our economy, they should have a keener sense of business acumen and judgement of characters. But then again, Singaporeans aren’t too smart themselves to be keeping this bunch of half-baked potatoes in the government for eons.”
“We are still paying golden peanuts for stupid monkeys.”
This week’s roundup and recommended reads after the break.
In Memory Of JBJ
– Voices Sg: CSJ Sings, in memory of JBJ, at New Year’s eve “Opposition Party” [Thanks Jude]
– Princess from the Planet of Venupitarius: In Memory of JBJ
– The Singapore Enquirer: JBJ memorial service at St Andrews Cathedral. Grandchildren and nieces tribute
– TOC: Service of celebration and thanksgiving
– News Release by UncleYap: families & friends held memorial for Mr. JBJ
– Sgpolitics.net: Photos of JBJ Memorial at St. Andrews Cathedral, 03 Jan 2009
– TOC: In celebration of JBJ’s birthday
– Jaslyn Go’s Blog: Countdown at Hong Lim Park…
Truth, Justice, and the Singapore Way
– Balderdash: CJ Chan says courts’ authority must be respected by all [Recommended]
– Mathia Lee: Justice, Law and the Courts
– Mollymeek: Forbidden Questions, Or:Tactics of Persuasive Denial
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Protecting the integrity and independence of our courts…
– Mathia Lee: Justice, Law, and the Courts II
– Wayang Party: Double standards in application of laws: Do foreigners have more rights that locals?
– Sgpolitics.net: Dr Chee Soon Juan responds to CJ, AG and Law Minister
– Sgpolitics.net: Dr Chee’s response leaves CJ, AG and Law Minister in the dust
– The Kway Teow Man: On Capitalism and the Free Market
– EastStop: The Aftermath of Financial Crises
– My sketchbook: Singapore’s economy slides again…
– TOC: Disappointed with NTUC chief’s top 3 priorities
– The Singapore Enquirer: Earlier allowance payment
High Notes and Minibombs
– TOC: Fidrec – more symbolism than substance?
One-Party to Rule Us All
– The Secret Political Blog: Vote Wisely. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
Fixing the Opposition
– The one dimensional island: 2009 – the year of change
– Sgpolitics.net: US trade union interviews SDP Chairman Gandhi Ambalam
Do We Have Strong Leaders?
– The Singapore Enquirer: Few changes expected in Singapore’s political status quo in 2009
– TOC: Empathy, where?
– Wayang Party: Perm Sec Tan Yong Soon openly boast about spending S$46,500 to learn French cooking
– Bohemia Bunny: Is Straits Times inviting guest journalism? [Thanks udders] [Recommended]
– Singapore Dino: Permanent Secretary Slammed for boasting about expensive holiday during recession
– Just Stuff: Why the Elites Take a Wrong turn – The Evil Power of One
Universal Declaration of Human Rights 60th Anniversary
– Singapore Social Activist: Making a Commitment (2009)
Strangers In a Strange Land
– Aussie Pete: Are ‘Ang Mohs’ Welcome To Live In Singapore?
Freedom, Choice and a place for my Voice
– groundnotes: Finally, an argument for the ISA
– Digital Terrorist: SAF Clamping Down on NS Facebookies
– Everyday’s Life in a Snapshot: blogging will destroy our nation
– Moving Higher In Souped-up Heuristically Agon Moment: Of SAF “fixing” Social Application Personnels
Lee vs Chee
– Jaslyn Go’s Blog: Reflections of 08 and Expectations of 09
144th and falling: The Internet Is Not Reliable!
– The Singapore Enquirer: Credibility: an inverse relationship between the New and Old media
– Feed Me To The Fish: Political Orthodoxy and Respect!
– TOC: Disgrace – The life and times of Chua Lee Hoong*
– Mathia Lee: The truth in blogs and between the lines [Recommended]
ERPains, Trains & Automobiles
– Simply Jean: Petrol prices: Here we go again… same old *beep* again…
– Sgpolitics: The Singapore Change – Real or Illusion?
– Wayang Party: Hidden message behind PM Lee’s New Year address
– Singapore Life and Times: The Old and the New
– Mathia Lee: Freedom of expression, offense and anger [Recommended]
– Just Stuff: The Expert Needs To Be Destroyed In Our Brain! – A Singaporean Study in the Cult of Elitism
– Readings From A Political Duo-ble: Death Penalty Watch – Singaporean, Fajar Taslim & Ghanaian, Stephen Obioha
– Singapore Indian Voice: Singapore sentences Ghanaian drug trafficker to death (Reflection and report)
– Everyday’s Life in a Snapshot: staying together, moving ahead, wait, 2 dollars first
– Tan Kin Lian: Rating of political leaders
– The Secret Political Blog: New Health Threat: Third-Hand Smoke and the Smoking Campaign Debate [Recommended]
– Singapore Enquirer: Rising Cost of Consumption: 9 prices to track in 2009
– Military Life: Blanket Party in the Singapore Armed Forces?
– Anonymous_X: Update on Ren Ci Probe: The Venerable (?) Ming Yi to go on trial in April
– Chemical Generation Singapore: Who is Lee Wei Ling
– Gerald Giam: Perspectives on the situation in Gaza
– Singapore Enquirer: 2.1% training places taken up: MOM offers more courses under SPUR
– Anonymous_X: To Eu Yan Sang: Xia Ku Cao herbs sans cigarette butts, please?
– Singapore Complain Hub: 2 singaporeans gunned down in Denmark!!
– Information Read By Me: These Days it’s about SPURs [Thanks Daniel]
– Wayang Party: EDB CEO Teo Ming Kian and PAP ministers must be seeing red over Satyam’s fraud
– Nomadism: EZ-link card REPLACEMENT BEGINS
– Hard Hitting in the Lion City: Not Good for Taxi-Drivers
– The Singapore Enquirer: Singapore to develop new ways to get citizens to work longer
– Rambling Librarian: NLB Announces Library Policy Changes To Encourage Responsible Library Usage and Prompt Return of Borrowed Library Materials
– Simply Jean: Now, don’t forget your US visa
– My sketchbook: Retirement age to be raised…
– Blowin’ In The Wind: Top Asian think tanks
Life, the universe and everything
– cavalierio: Writing home | To the memory of JBJ
– Jacob’s Weblog: Singapore’s last village to disappear; Short film on Kampong Lorong Buangkok
– Midnight Monkey Monitor: Food for All 2008 Report
– thegreatsze: The Potential Bias [Recommended]
– A long and arduous road of an entrepreneur: Gahmen Agencies
– The Death of a million is just a statistic: The True Meaning of True Love
– The fire in my life: Worms in CNY oranges? [Thanks ecko]
– eastcoastlife: Are You My Type? – RT /WW
– Rambling Librarian: “Singapore – Crossroads of the East 1938”
– Angry Angmo: Who Else Wants Cheap Holiday? – The Complete Guide To Singapore Budget Airlines
– Yesterday….Today….Tomorrow: Changi Boardwalk
– Empty Vessel: Music gets its mojo back [Recommended]
– Just Stuff: The Day, The Yellow Brick Road Turned Red – A Singaporean Study in Living with Uncertainty in a Certain World / Part 1
– Tattooed Banker: Liar Liar [Thanks ST]
– A L V I N O L O G Y: How would Zhang Ziyi fare in a battle of the celebrity beach nudies?
– Angry Angmo: How To Get The Most Out Off Your Singapore Public Holidays 2009
– Aussie Pete: The Wildest Festivals Of 2009
– Dee Kay Dot As Gee: Bloggers’ Calendar 2009
– eastcoastlife: Singapore first to launch Sony VAIO P in Asia!
– a writer’s blog: my life, my thoughts: The political elements of Milk
– a writer’s blog: Assault and Flattery
– Moving Higher In Souped-up Heuristically Agon Moment: UTTERLY ART presents its first show of 2009: The Stage
– Angry Angmo: Everything You Need To Know About “Singapores 1st Tattoo Convention 2009