Weekly Roundup: Week 44

..this area [the political domain], far from keeping up with the other domains of industry, trade, business, education, the arts, etc. has shrivelled into a backwater..”
Catherine Lim

“Diversity in Singapore, in this case, obviously excludes the girl with poor spoken English.”
Sam Ho

“Ours is a fascism that works.”

“Calling people to stand up and fight for your future is impressive. BUT as long as reality and education says that you will never make a rat’s ass in terms of difference, it just remains flowery rhetoric. Or “highfalutin”, as some octogenarian would tell you.”
The Truth

This week’s roundup and recommended reads after the break.

Mainstream vs X-Stream Media | Truth, Justice, and the Singapore Way
– journalism.sg: Why RSF’s Press Freedom Index is flawed – and why it works
– The Temasek Review: Shanmugam peeved at Singapore media’s pathetic rankings on the World Press Freedom Index
– Readings From A Political Duo-ble: Comments on Singapore’s press rankings
– Today In Singapore: Rule Of Law, Or By Law?
– Seelan Palay’s Blog: Law Minister says criticisms of Singapore are “Divorced from reality” [Thanks Seelan]
– My Thoughts..: ST’s Typos Get Grander [Thanks Ganga]
– The Temasek Review: Singapore Chief Justice: No basis for allegations that Singapore’s judiciary lacks independence
– The Temasek Review: Singapore ranked 86th out of 104 countries in “democratic institutions”
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Shanmugam : Low ranking for press freedom here absurd!
– The Temasek Review: Correcting Minister Shanmugam’s misperception that Singapore is a “stable democracy”
– Singapore Dino: From credible to absurd: PAP views on press freedom ranking
– The Temasek Review: Shanmugam: Press can criticize (but will they dare to?)
– TOC: Law Minister defeats “Reporters without Borders’” straw man
– Sex sells, so does Politics: Press Freedom Index is pure rubbish
– Mr Wang Says So: Trembling in the Tropics

Road to Perdition Election
– The Kent Ridge Common: The candidate that does substantial damages at the polls
– Die neue Welle: I am Singaporean Vol. 3, I – On Apathy
– TOC: A peek into PAP politics – present and future
– The Kent Ridge Common: Current election dates a deterrent to youth participation
– Random Thoughts Of A Free Thinker: NUS PSSoc: Partisan or Not?
– The Temasek Review: MND continues to throw smoke bombs over role of PAP “grassroots advisers”
– Times They Are A-Changin’: Let’s Not Politicise LUP Anymore!
– The Grand Moofti Speaks: Singapore’s Opposition Parties – Time for Some Backward Integration?
– The Temasek Review: Town Council Act (CAP 329A) States Clearly That Govt Must Work With Town Councils (Run By MPs) To Implement LUP
– Singapore Dino: PAP probably thought no S’porean would bother to check

The Gospel of Harry
– Gerald Giam’s Blog: Chinese leaders afraid of losing control: LKY
– The Kent Ridge Common: Questions you would have liked to ask MM Lee at the Kent Ridge Ministerial forum
– The Temasek Review: Lee Kuan Yew: The Singapore Strongman
– Singapore Democrats Blog: Spoken like an emperor (with no clothes): Part 2 [Thanks Seelan]
– Asian in America: Lee Kuan Yew on Singapore, Asia and America’s place in the world
– The Campus Observer: Students disappointed with Ministerial Forum
– Gerald Giam’s Blog: Balancing an emerging dragon
– Today In Singapore: Fair Weather Friends
– POLITICO 44: POTUS, Lee Kuan Yew sit down [Thanks Gerald]

Strangers in a Strange Land
– The Secret Political Blog: A colonial hangover, or very flawed reasoning?
– My Little Corner: Singaporean vs PR
– Today In Singapore: Seeing Is Believing
– The Temasek Review: PAP MP Ho Geok Choo Against “quota System” To Ensure Even Distribution Of PRs
– Tales Over Coffee: Talking Politics With A Cab Driver
– The boy who knew too much: The secret Singaporean teleportation device.
– The Temasek Review: Thoughts On PRs Usurping Jobs Meant For Singaporeans

Recession over?
– The Secret Political Blog: 2010: Pay hikes are going to be a pittance
– The Temasek Review: Irish Luck had ran out – But are we on the same route to disaster?
– Blowin’ In The Wind: Singapore output falls, bucks advance estimates
– Temasek Hedge: Singapore’s “jobless recovery” turning into “jobloss recovery” [Thanks Bink]
– The Temasek Review: Paradox of Singapore Economic Growth: Economy has grown fast, labour income share remains dismally low
– Temasek Hedge: Top called: is the global sucker rally about to end?
– Asia Pacific Voices: Will Asian Assets Really Outperform Globally?

– Singapore Watch: Ever wonder why HDB prices keep going up?
– The Star: Buyers Feeling The Squeeze

Singaporeans are fed, up with progress!
– Singapore Peak Oil: Wanted: Biophysical Economists in the Singapore Government

Twilight in Paradise. Growing Old In Singapore
– Singaporean Skeptic: Life at 50 is painful (if you live in Singapore).

GIC, Temasek State Fund Investments
– Temasek Hedge: Temasek and GIC Longfor some action in China property bubble

– The Temasek Review: Gan Kim Yong says “No” to restoring CPF for older workers

Healthcare & Healthcare Providers
– The Gigamole Diaries: What??? No regulation for stem cell products also? !!!
– Mathia Lee: Is it more ethical to lie or tell the truth?
– Singapore Life and Times: Cheap cheap
– Life’s simple things..: Where do we draw the line? [via Singapore M.D.]

ERPains, Trains & Automobiles
– Singapore Aspirations: On traffic congestion and car ownership
– Today In Singapore: More Road Woes
– Hard Hitting in the Lion City: Hardly LTA’s Fault

Re education
– The Temasek Review: PSLE furore: who is to blame?
– The Secret Political Blog: PSLE too tough? We can’t all be geniuses, but we need to beat Hong Kong in TIMSS [Thanks Chuan Yi]
– Yawning Bread: Tough tests serve a positive purpose

Little Green Dot
– Singaporean Skeptic: Environmentally Unfriendly Singapore?

– TOC: Civil Society, QUANGOs and ASEAN
– The Temasek Review: Singapore causes stir by selection of “substitutes from government-sponsored agencies” to the Informal Dialogue with ASEAN Leaders
– NYTimes: Asean Inaugurates Human Rights Commission [Thanks Gerald]
– Yawning Bread: Throwing fish
– TOC: Human Rights in ASEAN: An Economic Perspective

Daily Discourse
– TOC: Fascism that works [Recommended]
– The Temasek Review: Singapore’s missing pillars of democracy (Part 1)
– Zach’s Thought Blot: The Domino Effect
– Sam’s thoughts: The mob has spoken: Ris is over, who’s next? [Recommended]
– Rojo Cancer: Free To Exploit
– Singaporean Skeptic: The myth of your mandarin heritage.
– Rachel Zeng’s blog: Rachel Zeng’s blog
– Singabloodypore: Let’s Talk with Alex Au
– The Kent Ridge Common: Upfront with Dr. Catherine Lim
– The Temasek Review: Singapore’s missing pillars of democracy (Part 2): What are we actually missing?
– Sam’s thoughts: Gay rights in Singapore and the double-edged sword of science
– Rachel Zeng’s blog: World Day Against The Death Penalty (Singapore) – Videos [Thanks Seelan]
– SilentAssassin’s Archive: Wet Markets must stay
– Temasek Hedge: Irony: The cost of Shell’s ‘$1 promo’ to Singapore taxpayers [Thanks Bink]
– TOC: Is Singapore = PAP?
– The Temasek Review: Singapore’s missing pillars of democracy (Part 3): Building the most important pillar right now
– The boy who knew too much: The urgings of Singaporeans.
– TOC: World Day against Death Penalty
– according2ed: In retrospect : on the Fascist state of Singapore & how it taught me to fear the BNP [Thanks Tracy]
– TOC: The Myth of Asian-style Democracy
– The Grand Moofti Speaks: Singapore: Progress, History and the Wet Market Controversy
– according2ed: Case study: How de-racialisation can deliver a fascist racialisation of politics [Thanks John]

Life, the universe and everything
– The Bosonic State: 350? Too Audacious a Target?
– Loh and Behold: Body Worlds Exhibition? No thanks!
– The fire in my life: Queue for Shell.. [Thanks Joel]
– Dee Kay Dot As Gee: Flash Mob at Raffles Place
– flaneurose: A Surfeit of Shopping Malls
– theory.isthereason: theorycast 59 & 60 :: Michelle Thorne’s walkabout with Creative Commons Singapore
– Dee Kay Dot As Gee: HTC Flash Mob at Orchard Road
– Senang Diri: Blue on Blue: Part 6 – A Father’s Pain [Thanks Mike]
– utopia8787: ypap facebook war
– LIANAIN FILMS: Because There Will Always Be Hope
– Random Thoughts Of A Free Thinker: A short documentary film about food and poverty — “Chicken a la Carte”
– Seelan Palay’s Blog: One Nation Under Lee website updated!
– Letters to Bobo: Letter 2 [Thanks Gwee]

– Maruah Singapore: eFlyer – Youth Human Rights Workshop 31Oct Final1
– Deep thoughts of a Singapore Critic: FLY BY NIGHT Challenge is here again!!
– Dee Kay Dot As Gee: Borders 30% off
– TOC: VJ – Myanmar through the lens

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