Weekly Roundup: Week 52

"It is pertinent for anyone who wishes to participate in any form of public discourse to (re)consider the dichotomy between right and wrong as well as to question the necessity of this particular schema which is anything but inevitable."
Molly Meek

"How does our Law Minister propose to promote greater political awareness in schools when there is active censorship and restriction of expression of political ideas?"
Ng E-Jay

"..even if their foreign employees want to rent any flats, they should do so from Singaporeans instead of direct from HDB! HDB’s job is to take care of Singaporeans’ housing interests and needs FIRST!"
Goh Meng Seng

"Are the poor better off after getting the extra help from the GST increase?"
Leong Sze Hian

This is it! The last weekend of year 2009! This week’s roundup and recommended reads after the break.

Road to Election
– Kelvin Teo Writes: The great GRC paradox
– The Temasek Review: Opposition should emulate Pakatan and adopt a common policy platform for next GE
– Musings From the Lion City: Chiam’s Last Hooray
– TOC: Milder but more credible
– Kelvin Teo Writes: Does the issuance of electoral handouts contravene our electoral laws (for arguement’s sake)? [Recommended]
– The Temasek Review: Netizens unimpressed by “half-hearted” measure in school fee change to “enhance” privileges of being a citizen
– The Temasek Review: The use of “Asian values” by the Singapore government to defend Singapore’s penal system and society at large
– Seelan Palay’s Blog: “Milder but more credible”…for whom? (My response to an article on the WP Youth Wing)
– a blog day’s work: Mildly different or credibly different?
– TOC: Exchange of letters between Kenneth Jeyaretnam and TOC

Housing
– Singapore Alternatives: Singaporeans have lowest priority in HDB’s rental flat policy?
– The Temasek Review: Letter to Mah Bow Tan on the conversion of two blocks of flats in Toa Payoh into worker dormitories
– The Temasek Review: What do HDB numbers say?
– TOC: Higher HDB prices good for Singaporeans?
– Singapore Watch: Is Dawson BTO worth subscribing for?

Re education
– TOC: Loosen stranglehold before providing political education [Recommended]
– Ong Jiin Joo: Education cost going up (but the causeway jam is still there)
– Today In Singapore: Bah, Humbug
– Sam’s thoughts: Teach Political History with Different Accounts
– Singaporean Skeptic: Is more education really a good thing?

Strangers in a Strange Land
– Molitics: Forgetting Foreigners For a While

Singapore Coloring
– Random Thoughts Of A Free Thinker : Ethnicity-based statistics — how useful or accurate are they?

A jobless recovery
– An Average Heartlander Speaks: More graduates being laid off

Singaporeans are fed, up with progress!
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Hong Kong : A cautionary tale..

Mainstream | X-Stream Media
– Civic Advocator: Why don’t our ministers blog?
– World Through Spider’s Eyes: Riffing on MDA’s Television Code Part 2 [Thanks Kenneth]
– World Through Spider’s Eyes: Riffing on MDA’s Television Code Part 3 [Thanks Kenneth]

Healthcare & Healthcare Providers
– nofearSingapore: Singapore Healthcare- A Personal Perspective
– Today In Singapore: Be Grateful For Small Mercies
– Singapore M.D.: H1N1 vaccination part 2

National Service
– Gerald Giam’s Blog: Military is no place for foreigners
– Sam’s thoughts: NS deaths: Confidential Operational Matter or Issue of Public Interest

We are against Capital Punishment
– Molitics: Leadership and the Sanctity of Death [Recommended]

Little Green Dot
– ECO @ COP 15: Singapore Government MUST act against climate change
– TOC: Meet our ECO Heroine – Amira Karim

Lee vs Chee
– Sgpolitics.net: Ministry of Law contradicts District Judge over whether political criticism in Singapore is a crime
– Jacob 69er: SDP: Miscellaneous Offences Act abused to target and criminalise legitimate political activity by Opposition
– Rachel Zeng’s Blog: So contradicting.
– Chee Siok Chin’s Blog: Judge agrees that it is illegal to criticize Govt without permit [Thanks Seelan]
– Chee Siok Chin’s Blog: Guilty(?)
– Vinyarb: Dumb or Dogged?
– Singaporean Skeptic: So is it a crime to criticise or not?

Daily Discourse
– The Secret Political Blog : In defense of the PAP: How fair is it to blame everything on them?
– Sam’s thoughts: Coming to terms with our past
– The Temasek Review: A rebuttal to Shanmugam’s assertion that “liberal democracy” is not suitable for Singapore
– Singapore Life and Times: That Lie
– The Temasek Review: YPAP member Sear Hock Rong challenges netizen to make report against him and taunts his online critics for not revealing their identities
– The Asia File: Why John Kampfner is the perfect straw man for Singapore [Thanks Ben]
– TOC: Tilting the playing field in favour of lower income group? [Recommended]
– Ian On The Red Dot: Conflicts Of Interest – And Making That Extra Dollar
– The Temasek Review: YPAP member Sear Hock Rong threatens to take “serious” action against 3in1kopitiam forumers for posting his personal information online
– I’m getting personal: Religious Tolerance
– Singapore Life and Times: The voices of the few
– Singaporean Skeptic: YPAP Issue Distracts You From The Real Problem- The PAP
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Humiliation of the poor..
– Today In Singapore: The Pact With The Devil
– The Lycan Times: The Singapore Dream
– Singapore Dino: Why is the PAP government so STINGY when helping Singaporeans?
– The Singapore Sports Fan Says: ST letter-writer calls Singapore Athletic Association ‘despicable’
– My Thoughts: Comic Strips on Singapore Politics

Life, the universe and everything
– Singapore Aspirations: On the closure of hotel spas
– Blowin’ In The Wind: World Cup: Give the viewers a (commercial) break
– ALVINOLOGY: Hua Song Museum (华颂馆)
– Seelan Palay’s Blog: SDP’s Christmas Message
– Dee Kay Dot As Gee: Wendy is back in town
– SGEntrepreneurs: 5 Tech Entrepreneurship events that rocked SG in 2009
– Singapore Fountain Pen: Taking Part In The North Face 100 Singapore [Thanks Major]

Now Showing
– The Temple Of Thoughts 3: Avatar Movie Review
– Dee Kay Dot As Gee: Avatar

Infoblogaramous
– TOC: TOC Special Event – 2009 Year In Review

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