“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.”
“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?
– 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?
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
– 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