Weekly Roundup: Week 49

“The latest call to be “cheaper, faster and better” may be the last straw that breaks the proverbial camel’s back of Singaporean workers.”
Leong Sze Hian

“It would seem then [that] we are handicaps when it comes to languages of persons. We only have languages of functions… a prosthesis of bankrupt selves instead of being integral to these selves and enriching them… Perhaps our bilingualism is nonlingualism.”
Molly Meek

“Papmandering – a form of gerrymandering unique to Singapore.”

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

Road to Election: An Extra Cooling Off Day for the Fixing
– Asian in America: Time to think before voting rationally?
– Gerald Giam’s Blog: Fixing a problem that doesn’t exist
– Today In Singapore: Dirty Harry Would Be Proud
– journalism.sg: Pre-election “cooling-off” period should not freeze citizen journalism.
– Singaporean Skeptic: PAP Already Has An Unfair Edge.
– The Temasek Review: “Cooling-off” day for voters to reflect “calmly” on their decisions or for the PAP to do last minute campaigning?
– The Temasek Review: Low Thia Kiang: “Cooling-off” period will give PAP an extra day of campaigning
– Singapore Democrats: Proposed Cooling-off Period Designed To Benefit PAP
– Sgpolitics.net: Polling day cooling off period is just another distraction
– Kaffein-nated: Coolin’ off period for General Elections?
– Article 14: Papmandering alert: SPH will brief Singaporeans on the right way to vote on the day before polling day. Every other person: Shut up and Sit Down!
– Kelvin Teo Writes: Why the reason behind cooling off period may throw past elections results into disrepute
– Chee Wai’s Random Musing: “Mixed” Reactions as defined by Channel News Asia
– The Rot Within: Cool off but watch your TV
– Yaw Shin Leong @ WP: WP: ‘Cool Off Day’ Reduces Opposition Parties’ Already Limited Electoral Outreach Channels
– Today In Singapore: Be Careful What You Wish For
– an aberration in pronunciation: Blame it on the 66.6
– Seelan Palay’s Blog: My blog will disregard the “cooling-off” day election regulation
– la nausée: 3 Perspectives on the Proposed Pre-Election ‘Cooling-Off’ Period [Recommended]
– Mediated Society: Cooling Off? [Recommended]
– Singapore Alternatives: Does PAP really care about Rational and Informed Voters’ Choices?
– TOC: ‘Cooling off’ does not mean ‘no talking’
– ErniesUrn on Xanga: My thoughts on ‘Cooling Off’ day
– The Temasek Review: How will the “cooling off” law be enforced in cyberspace?
– Musings From the Lion City: Much Ado About Nothing [Thanks Ernies]
– Molitics: 24 Hours to Remember [Thanks chorusy & Ernies]
– TOC: Blogger says he will not observe “cooling-off” period
– the mrbrown show: National Cooling Off Day
– 1001 Rules for the Singaporean: Only the state-controlled media is allowed on cooling-off day. [Thanks Ernies]
– The Reform Party: The Reform Party Opposes PM’s Proposed ‘Cooling-Off’ Period
– Kelvin Teo Writes: Two potentially different battles during the next elections

Road to Perdition Election
– Singapore Alternatives: Vote for Change – The Lost Generation
– Kelvin Teo Writes: How GRC Fits Into The Picture Of PAP’s Electoral Strategy [Recommended]
– Kelvin Teo Writes: Own victim of the GRC success
– Sam’s thoughts: Singapore General Elections in 2010
– TOC: Will PAP send a Minister to contest Potong Pasir & Hougang?

Singaporeans are fed up with progress!
– Kelvin Teo Writes: Tweaks and totally re-inventing the wheel
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Cheaper, Better, Faster : Recycling a failed strategy..
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Meritocracy and an unequal society.. [Recommended]
– Blowin’ In The Wind: 60 per cent of Singapore households earn less than national average
– Civic Advocator: What Today is trying to tell us
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Meritocracy Transformed to Elitism & Inequality
– TOC: Household Expenditure Survey 2007/08: How many poor people in Singapore?

Strangers in a Strange Land: Falling Productivity
– Sgpolitics.net: There is a productivity revolution sweeping the world and Singapore is not part of it: WHY?
– TOC: “Cheaper, better, faster” may just break the camel’s back [Recommended]
– Temasek Hedge: Falling productivity: Krugman may be right about Singapore after all [Thanks Bink]
– Under the Willow Tree: PAP’s Quick-Fix Mentality will Exacerbate Singapore’s Economic Challenges [Recommended]

Strangers in a Strange Land
– The Temasek Review: New citizens in grassroots organizations: Serving the interest of the community or the PAP?
– nofearSingapore: English proficiency for foreign frontline service workers
– My Little Corner: Complusory for Foreigners to take English course for service staff. How about Lecturers?

Mainstream or X-Stream Media
– Asian in America: Ben, I know the problem. Tell me what we can do
– The Asia File: Why people need to speak out about censorship in Singapore
– TOC: Press Muse: Age of extremes
– mrbrown: What happened to my “mrbrown and the flood” column
– Blowin’ In The Wind: Singapore & the Economist: After the sentence cut
– Gerald Giam’s Blog: Where is Singaporekini?
– Jacob 69er: Singapore: Censorship city – The real victims of this repression are Singaporeans
– Singapore Dino: Deja vu: Govt interferes with mr brown’s work again
– according2ed: Why Singaporekini? Thou art Singaporekini!
– Dee Kay Dot As Gee: It must be something worth reading

Re education: To Bi or not to Bi
– Me and my thoughts: Chinese Part 2
– Today In Singapore: Mad About Chinese
– according2ed: Is it Mandarin-Teaching methods or Qin-ese Thinking methods that require address?
– Balderdash: idon’t understand why LKY said bilingualism caused hatred towards chinese..”
– Molitics: The Oedipal Fantasy of Father Figures (A Slice of Satire) [Recommended]
– Chee Siok Chin’s Blog: Wakey wakey Mr. Lee
– Today In Singapore: A Daughter’s Dilemma
– Times They Are A-Changin’: Truth Hurts..
– The Temasek Review: Singapore’s bilingual policy: a success or setback?

Re education
– TOC: Why I prefer Canada’s education system – world-ranking or not
– Singapore Alternatives: Education Hub of Degree Mill?

We are against capital punishment
– TOC: President rejects clemency petition for Yong Vui Kong
– Rachel Zeng’s blog: Standing against the death penalty in Singapore
– Who Moved My Singapore Cheese: Shooting the messengers
– Rachel Zeng’s blog: Final court appeal for Yong Vui Kong
– Jaslyn Go’s Blog: To err is human; to forgive, divine – Yong Vui Kong is human too!
– TOC: High Court grants rare stay of execution appeal
– Rachel Zeng’s blog: Yong gets one week stay of execution
– innersanctum: an open letter to fellow Christians on the death penalty
– Jacob 69er: The late Anthony Yeo’s letter in support of M. Ravi
– Irreligious: When bad things happen to bad people
– Rachel Zeng’s blog: Attorney-General is challenging the stay
– Sg Pirate Game: Thou shall not kill – a logical argument

– The Temasek Review: An analysis of Singapore’s property market this year
– The Temasek Review: Immigration and public housing: Should the govt or the people plan ahead?

Healthcare & Healthcare Providers
– The Gigamole Diaries: Hospital errors – more details necessary
– The Temasek Review: MOH: one error a week in Singapore’s hospitals

ERPains, Trains & Automobiles
– Ravi Philemon: Transport Ministry and PTC washes their hands-off public transport subsidy for people with disability issue

Truth, Justice, and the Singapore Way
– The Temasek Review: Thai expat: Singapore corruption ranking is a joke

Twilight in Paradise
– Singapore Social and Political Thoughts: Why mostly old folks became plates collectors and table cleaners?

A jobless recovery
– Blowin’ In The Wind: 5.9% Singaporeans jobless, most new jobs are for less than three months
– Blowin’ In The Wind: DBS’ Dubai loans exceed most foreign banks’ UAE loans

Little Green Dot
– AsiaIsGreen: True or False: Singapore to Reduce Carbon Emissions Growth by 16% from 2020 BAU Levels
– Readings From A Political Duo-ble: Debunking Singapore’s government claims on climate change action – is a target of 16 percent reduction good enough? [Recommended]
– The Gigamole Diaries: Climategate – the unravelling academic scandal that threatens the credibility of the anthropogenic climate warming position

– The Lionheart: Politics of Fear

Daily Discourse
– The Temasek Review: Minimum Wage – The Good, the Bad and the Truth
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Ultimate Apathy?
– Singapore Life and Times: Juvenile Depiction
– Singapore Dino: Singapore has the world’s most expensive mediocre government
– My sketchbook: No bonus for civil servants..right
– Mathia Lee: Non-biblical preaching from the pulpit
– SilentAssassin’s Archive: More equal than others
– Mathia Lee: World AIDS Day
– work class historian: The Weakening of Empathy: A University Case
– running legs: We are one!
– journalism.sg: IPS Report Refutes Criticisms Of Straits Times’ Aware Coverage
– Seelan Palay’s Blog: The art of diversity [Thanks Seelan]
– Knowledge@SMU: Thio Li-ann on Free Speech, Social Values and Sustainable Democracy [Thanks Jack H]
– utopia8787: reflection of a typical singaporean
– Sam’s thoughts: Unite for Diversity of Values
– Singapore Aspirations: On restricting employees from competing or soliciting
– The Temasek Review: Gopalan Nair reveals circumstances surrounding JB Jeyaretnam’s conviction in 1985

Life, the universe and everything
– Singapore Sojourn: Early Singapore – Before Raffles
– The Singapore Sports Fan Says: Canada is second country to pull out of Youth Olympics swimming competition
– Reclaim Land: Barber in the alley [via TOC]
– Ian On The Red Dot: Welcome To Singapore … Here’s How We Don’t Do Business
– SGEntrepreneurs: RIP CrunchPad [Thanks BL]
– Icarus Flew Too High: “Haven’t I Seen This Somewhere Before?”
– Ian On The Red Dot: There Is Being Inspired, And There Is Copying [Thanks DK]
– Andrew: Inside & Insights: Green Opportunities for SMEs amid challenges from Climate Change
– Moving Higher In Souped-up Heuristically Agon Moment: Getting Lost in Singapore Will Now Be Impossible!
– Otterman speaks: Google Streetview Singapore is here!
– My Thoughts: First Attempt at Creating a Comic Strip [Thanks Ganga]
– Dee Kay Dot As Gee: Free Starbucks Coffee on 3 Dec 2009 (5 – 7pm)
– Bernard Leong: The Audacity to Win by David Plouffe
– Otterman speaks: National Geographic’s International Photography Contest 2009
– Boleh! Boleh!: Live Fireworks Display Across ViVoCity
– UniqueFrequency.com: Social Media Trends and Predictions for 2010
– The Journey of a Decade: STB’s VisitSingapore.com now has new blogger page [Thanks DK & Benjamin]
– My Singapore: Mr. Lee, the barber in the alley [Thanks DK]

– AngryAngMo: List Of Singapore Clubs/Bars That Charge For Tap Water! (Please Help)
– TOC: Reform Party: Discussion session on Singapore’s economy

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