Weekly Roundup: Week 50

“I will definitely spend the 24 hour cooling period to reflect on what the PAP has done in the past 4 years..”

“The PAP operates on the basis of fear; The Opposition campaigns on anger.”
Liau Chuan Yi and Norvin Chan

“If society justifies the death penalty by the necessity of the example, it must justify itself by making the publicity necessary.”
Albert Camus

“..if people treated us like everyone else, they would respect us as human beings and recognize and try to anticipate needs.”

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

We are against capital punishment
– TOC: Media’s Silence On Yong Vui Kong A National Shame [Recommended]
– The Asia File: Why Singapore hides the human face of the death penalty [Thanks Ben]
– Irreligious: A personal appeal to all my friends (yes you!): Time to speak out against death penalty for drug traffickers
– Rachel Zeng: Vui Kong, we care (photo and updates)
– Today In Singapore: Criminal Law In Singapore
– LIANAIN FILMS: The Story Of Yong Vui Kong
– Singabloodypore: Hung: A Briefing on Singapore’s Death Penalty
– TOC: Calling for an end to the mandatory death penalty
– Cavalierio: Reflections on the guillotine [Recommended]
– Blowin’ In The Wind: The heart of the case of young Vui Kong
– Singabloodypore: Let’s Talk with M Ravi
– Singapore Alternatives: Anti-Mandatory Death Penalty
– Jacob 69er: {Pics} Behind-the-scenes at Vui Kong, We Care
– Rachel Zeng’s Blog: Court of Appeal grants Yong a second stay of execution
– Rachel Zeng’s Blog: Regarding the positive outcome of Yong Vui Kong’s appeal
– LIANAIN FILMS: Vui Kong’s Story – The Hearing
– Today In Singapore: Yes, Virginia, There Might Be A Santa Claus After All
– Singabloodypore: Stay of execution of Yong Vui Kong
– Irreligious: Of Yong Vui Kong and Buddhism
– TOC: Open letter on drug trafficker to be released
– The Asia File: Outlook for Yong Vui Kong still bleak despite rare reprieve [Thanks Ben]

Road to Election: An Extra Cooling Off Day for the Fixing
– TOC: The treason of reason [Recommended]
– The Secret Political Blog: The poison chalice: the PAP finds another trick in the book
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Cooling day for RATIONAL decisions..
– The Temasek Review: How Will The “Cooling Off” Law Be Enforced In Cyberspace?
– To Fix a Mocking Peasant: Exchanges With See Nao I
– Today In Singapore: Running The Internet Gauntlet
– Kelvin Teo Writes: Would the cooling off period affect foreign media?
– The Temasek Review: Singapore does not need cooling-off day due to lack of genuine political competition
– Singaporean Skeptic: This is the quality of writing by a YPAP minion!
– The Temasek Review: YPAP P65 blogger supports “cooling-off” day and condemns netizens for spraying “venom” at govt
– Today In Singapore: Trying To Fathom Fanthome
– Seelan Palay’s Blog: Young PAP member and P65 blogger Fredric Fanthome is a new citizen from India

Road to Election
– The Temasek Review: Sylvia Lim learning “White Crane” boxing as GE approaches
– Today In Singapore: Secrets At The Grassroots
– The Temasek Review: A short chat with Kenneth Jeyaretnam, Secretary-General of Reform Party
– The Temasek Review: Why democracy is crucial for good governance and strong leadership
– Ian On The Red Dot: Dr Chee Soon Juan – A Tale Of Two Hawker Centers
– The Temasek Review: Dinner bash for opposition MP Chiam See Tong this Saturday
– TOC: Reform Party hopes to “level the playing field”
– TOC: Reforming the NMP Scheme
– Singapore Alternatives: Sports & Politics
– Kelvin Teo Writes: To co-opt or not to co-opt?
– Singapore Manisfesto: Anonymous Singaporean Thought #9 [Thanks sgmanifesto]

Little Green Dot
– The Bosonic State: Crying Over Nothing
– My Little Corner: Covering rooftops of Singapore with solar panels only provide 20%+ of the total electricity needed. How about indirect benefits?
– ECO @ COP 15: How old will you be in 2050? [via TOC]
– The Gigamole Diaries: ClimateGate – a small critter’s view
– TOC: Put an end to Carbon Colonialism, says Singaporean
– TOC: Analysing Obama

Singaporeans are fed, up with progress!
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Emergence of an ultra-underclass..
– Sg Pirate Game: Hero-Worship

Strangers in a Strange Land
– Loh and Behold: Foreign Workers in Serangoon Gardens
– The Temasek Review: NMP Teo Siong Seng: SMEs need to hire more foreign workers
– Animation Xpress AsiaPac: Singapore woos Australia and New Zealand digital media influencers [Jeremiah: “Once again, companies may prefer foreign talents even in this design media industry.” Thanks Jeremiah]

Strangers in a Strange Land: Falling Productivity
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Falling productivity : Need to wean off Foreign Labor..

Re education: To Bi or not to Bi
– The Temasek Review: Lessons learnt from Singapore’s Bilingual Policy
– TOC: Let’s not forget our multilingual roots [Recommended]

Mainstream or X-Stream Media
– Kelvin Teo Writes: When a media entity is considered a supplemental extension or alternative to the mainstream media
– Kelvin Teo Writes: “Feel good” propaganda is like unhealthy food
– journalism.sg: Unfazed by brickbats, Temasek Review aims to boldly go where no blog has gone before

– TOC: S’poreans more able to afford larger flats?

ERPains, Trains & Automobiles
– TOC: Transport subsidies for the disabled – passing the buck?

The Gospel of Harry: Harry Lee and the Men in White
– Singapore Recalcitrant: The Sobering View of an Ex-ISD Officer

Daily Discourse
– TOC: When is a Family Not a Family? [Recommended]
– Gerald Giam’s Blog: Training real “thinking soldiers”
– Kelvin Teo Writes: What A*STAR can really learn from the Taiwanese
– Singaporean Skeptic: To returning S’poreans- Be prepared for a cultural shock!
– A Pill for Life: The Art of Forgiving [Thanks Jann]
– Singaporean Skeptic: Punished for taking initiative.
– The Temasek Review: Time to make public the KPIs of Singapore ministers
– Today In Singapore: Winning Back The Public Trust
– Seelan Palay’s Blog: The PAP government is illegitimate (My comment to former ISA detainees)
– Ian On The Red Dot: A Response To Young Pap’s Recruitment Ad
– Singapore Aspirations: On internet security in Singapore
– Under the Willow Tree: Singaporean Businesses Need to Buck Up – Innovate or Die! [Recommended]
– FWD/Forward: Accommodation is Not “Special Treatment” [via TOC]
– AngryAngMo: Does Singapore Not Like Handicapped People?
– TOC: Remembering those who helped build our nation
– Dee Kay Dot As Gee: Happy 25 years Mr Chiam

Life, the universe and everything
– The Grand Moofti Speaks: SISTIC, an update on the numbers
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Sino-Environment : Mystery bankers, dodgy deals, missing millions
– Musings From the Lion City: The World Cup Draw
– Seelan Palay’s Blog: Global hunger reaches record high of 1 billion
– The Journey of a Decade: Today…. I Discover Singapore at a Centre.
– The Temasek Review: Gallery: Reform Party Forum on 5 December 2009
– Readings From A Political Duo-ble: Top 10 Human Rights Reports on International Human Rights Day
– UniqueFrequency.com: Starhub, M1, Singtel And The Iphone Pricing In Singapore- Turning An Industry On Its Head
– The Temasek Review: My Dad is Right: Women are Cats
– The Gigamole Diaries: Third Medical School – Quo Vadis?
– Moving Higher In Souped-up Heuristically Agon Moment: Get Your Sexy Back, by drinking responsibly
– Tales Over Coffee: Western Names in an Eastern Country

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– Majulah Singapura: Free coffee!
– TOC: Human Rights for Migrant Domestic Workers
– Maruah Singapore: Me and My Friend [via TOC]

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