Weekly Roundup: Week 47

“As Singaporeans, do we really possess the heart and mind of a twenty first century individual?”
Reena Devi

“..since when did the People’s Action Party have real ‘activists”. I mean what is their protest or dissent for? “
Ravi Philemon

“There is a realisation that too many [foreigners] have been brought in over the last two years.”
Hui Weng Tat

“At the back of the Chinese migrant’s mind is an idiom that is ingrained in them when young: 衣锦还乡。This means ‘To go back to one’s old home in silken robes.'”
Wong Wee Nam

“The biggest mistake is not putting an educator as the head of MOE, but a politician, or a surgeon, or a Rear-Admiral.”
The Truth

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

Strangers in a Strange Land
– Tansitioning: Slowing the flow of foreign workers to Singapore (ST 13 Nov)
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Prof Hui Weng Tat: Slow the foreign influx.
– Sam’s Thoughts: Uniquely Singapore, Specially Sinophobic [Recommended]
– Asian in America: Of immigrants and a more equitable Singapore
– Frankly Speaking: Goal 2010: I’m sure slow to realising how dead it is
– Seelan Palay’s Blog: Is Government favouring foreign students? [Thanks Seelan]
– TOC: New immigrants’ loyalty to S’pore – SM Goh’s amazing conclusion
– Sgpolitics.net: Loyalty and the Singaporean
– Frankly Speaking: Zaobao: Most PRC scholars are still here. Really?
– according2ed: Singapore Indian Shocked that Daughter is now minority in Indian Kindergarten – comment
– Seelan Palay’s Blog: Singapore Indian shocked that daughter is now a minority in Indian kindergarten [Thanks Seelan]
– Frankly Speaking: How Singapore appreciates a PRC talent who tried to integrate
– TOC: Deconstructing the Singaporean – foreigner and local alike [Recommended]
– The Temasek Review: Open letter to PM Lee expressing unhappiness at his pro-foreigner policy – Foreign workers (Part 3)
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Some Singaporeans become a minority in Singapore..

Re education: To Bi or not to Bi
– TOC: MM Lee’s admission – a good time for govt to reflect on policy
– Die neue Welle: I am Singaporean II: Bilingualism is Bad(?) [Recommended]
– Urbanrant: Why I think MM Lee is wrong about the learning of the Chinese language
– Gerald Giam’s Blog: My struggle with Chinese
– My sketchbook: MM Lee on Singapore’s bilingual policy
– The Rot Within: Lee Kuan Yew and Bilingualism
– Today In Singapore: On Learning Chinese

Re education
– Gerald Giam’s Blog: How schools kill creativity
– Ramblings of DarkMirage: Why I did not accept my PSC Scholarship offer [Recommended]
– Master Of The Obvious: When Fear and Hope collides
– Kelvin Teo Writes: The government’s role in improving the quality of our educational institutions

Road to Perdition Election
– TOC: NSP to adopt “minister-specific” strategy in next elections
– Ravi Philemon: It’s ok only if you’re a PAP activist
– TOC: Remember GE2006 – Sylvia Lim’s Tenacity
– Gerald Giam’s Blog: Lower voting age to 18 before next election
– Kelvin Teo Writes: Should upgrading decisions be even placed in the hands of politicians?
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: The Economist : A PR problem
– The Temasek Review: Lee Bee Wah vs Sylvia Lim in Nee Soon South next GE?
– Kelvin Teo Writes: The Fasincating Question Of What The Voters Prefer In A Walkover Ward

APEC 2009
– Asia Pacific Voices: Key Points from APEC CEO Summit 2009
– Gerald Giam’s Blog: Pandas can be dangerous if provoked
– Zach’s Thought Blot: The Urgent Case for ASEAN Integration – Part Three
– Today In Singapore: Sheriff Ignored
– AngryAngMo: Racist And Useless Security Checks At Singapore’s MRT Stations
– Singapore Angle: US Size Matters and the ASEAN Way
– Gerald Giam’s Blog: Was our phenomenal GDP growth worth selling our soul for?
– TOC: Lawyer for death-row inmate denied access to client
– Mathia Lee: NKF in the red & Sustainable Charities: Good people need fair salaries
– Mr Wang Says So: The Rationale for Banking Secrecy

Healthcare & Healthcare Providers
– Singapore Social and Political Thoughts: Whos’ heads will roll for the wrongly calibrated cancer drug pump at KK Hospital?
– I Wrote This For..: Drug Blunder at KKH – Filled With Outrage & Disgust (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4) (Part 5)
– The Temasek Review: Interview with Mr Ng Chun Kiat, son of KKH medication error victim Madam Ng on what really happened
– The Gigamole Diaries: Chemotherapy errors – human factors design, management problems
– flaneurose: The KK Chemo Misdosage Incident
– The Gigamole Diaries: H1N1 mortality risks

Mainstream vs X-Stream Media
– TOC: Letter on ethnic stereotyping gets heavily edited by Straits Times
– Singaporean Skeptic: Geithner meets with Bloggers. Would such a similar meeting happen in Singapore?

– Urbanrant: We should be concerned with skyrocketing HDB prices
– Singaporean Skeptic: Foreigners drive up the price of housing.
– Sam’s Thoughts: The water stains on my master toilet ceiling
– according2ed: HDB housing and the true meaning of ‘affordability’ [Thanks lary]

Twilight in Paradise. Growing Old In Singapore
– Salary.sg: What’s not good about Supplementary Retirement Scheme (SRS)
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Structural Unemployment in Singapore

GIC, Temasek State Fund Investments
– Blowin’ In The Wind: Transparency plea to sovereign wealth funds

Recession over. A jobless recovery
– Blowin’ In The Wind: Singapore growth driven by biomedicals, construction, business services

Truth, Justice, and the Singapore Way
– Yours Truly Singapore: Fundamentals to S’pore’s progress

Lee vs FEER
– TOC: Dow Jones ordered to pay PM & SM S$400,000
– Seelan Palay’s Blog: Amnesty International: Singapore Defamation case threatens press freedom [Thanks Seelan]

The Gospel of Harry
– Singapore Recalcitrant: Flash in the Pan

Little Green Dot
– Urbanrant: We, Singapore, can do more for the climate change effort. Here are 8 things I like to put forward

Daily Discourse
– TOC: Are Singaporeans 21st century individuals? [Recommended]
– Yawning Bread: Fogged lens
– Kelvin Teo Writes: Analyzing Mr Philip Yeo
– Kelvin Teo Writes: Kelvin Teo catches up with Reverend Dr Yap Kim Hao
– Only “objective” and “factual” political films please, we’re Singaporeans: Singapore’s 2nd longest-held political prisoner speaks out
– Temasek Hedge: The US taxman hits Hong Kong. Next stop, Singapore? [Thanks Bink]
– Simplicity: The Ugly Singaporean [Thanks John]
– Irreligious: Do Christians in Singapore discriminate against homosexuals? [Thanks Terence]
– Kelvin Teo Writes: The vicious cycle of high rental costs of foodstalls
– Feed Me To The Fish: A Few Good Men
– My Thoughts..: NTUC: Union or Members’ Club? [Thanks Ganga]
– TOC: Singapore refuses to renew foreign journalist’s visa
– Singapore Short Stories: Singapore Nomads
– Jacob 69er: {Video} SDP’s Let’s Talk with Dr Wong Wee Nam

Life, the universe and everything
– Tales Over Coffee: Prostitution in Singapore
– The Singapore Sports Fan Says: How Singapore’s athletes are faring at the Asian Athletics Championships
– Dee Kay Dot As Gee: Fan brushing teeth at Chelsea vs Man UTD match
– Empty Vessel: Teach your kids how to count money
– The boy who knew too much: A Singaporean Chinese person on Malaysia.
– Dee Kay Dot As Gee: Orchard Road Christmas Light Up
– Fresh Brainz: Scientist, Programmer and Prostitute
– mrbrown: The Letterbox Trash Pit of Laziness
– No buns no life: BURN-E, a Hidden Animated Scene from WALL-E.
– I’m TOO JUNYE!: The day when Singapore “flooded”
– Temasek Hedge: Possible model for US taxman’s crusade against dodgers in Singapore? [Thanks Bink]
– Singapore Fountain Pen: Being Fined for Body Odor, Stinky Tales and Fishy Questions
– Anonymous_X: Singapore Universal Studios theme park ticket prices

– Work Class Historian: Seeking Stories of the British Bases and Military Withdrawal [via Singapore Life and Times]
– Klik.tv: Which Singaporean tourist treasures should Google Street View Trike visit? Vote now.
– Mathia Lee: People with disabilities can do well, given the same educational opportunities everyone has [Invitation to Focus Group discussion on Compulsory Education for Children with Disabilities]

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