Weekly Roundup: Week 03

“..we are all Singaporeans – should race matter at all?”
Leong Sze Hian

“So, Singapore, please keep on lying – and your citizens will keep on leaving.”
Valentine Cawley

“The Singapore Story is hardly a history of Singapore, much less the history of Singapore that we have read about. It is a fantasy that we’re living in.”

“Singaporeans who needed homes paid for someone else’s poor planning and policies.”

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

Road to Election
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Opposition Election Strategy – Part 2 [Recommended]
– The Temasek Review: Yes Singapore, you deserve a dose of incompetent government
– Dee Kay Dot As Gee: New Media: Where the most intensive fights will be
– On Nation and State: The difference between local level elections and a national election.
– On Nation and State: The 2006 PAP Scoreboard
– ST Forum: Surprised by ‘cooling off’ idea [Thanks Anthony]
– On Nation and State: The 2006 opposition party performance and the opposition voter profile.
– TOC: Fairness – not patronage!

– TOC: HDB housing policies – tilting the advantage towards PRs?
– My sketchbook: The insatiable demand for flats
– Singapore Alternatives: People of the Tents — Joshua Chiang [Recommended]
– Tan Kin Lian’s Blog: HDB flats and population growth
– TOC: People of the tents
– TOC: HDB’s reply on flats for foreigners – a conflict of interest?
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: High HDB Prices : Curbing the surge
– Tan Kin Lian’s Blog: Prices of HDB Flats
– The Temasek Review: Mah Bow Tan claims that HDB flats remain “affordable” and asks Singaporeans to buy a flat “within their means”

Strangers in a Strange Land
– Singaporean Skeptic: The PAP still doesn’t get it.
– The Temasek Review: Singapore primary schools “swarmed” by PRs and foreigners
– WSJ: Singapore’s Expat Surge Fuels Economic Fears [Thanks Anthony]
– The Temasek Review: WSJ: Influx of foreign workers decrease wages of Singaporeans, labor productivity & quality of life
– Singaporean Skeptic: Singaporeans are returning not because we have the best government in the world.
– utopia8787: Influx of Foreigners: Employment

GIC, Temasek State Fund Investments
– Blowin’ In The Wind: GIC faces $575m loss in ‘biggest US real-estate blunder’
– Temasek Hedge: GIC at forefront of impending CRE disaster in America: Singapore boleh!
– Kaffein-nated: GIC, Temasek State Fund Investments
– The Temasek Review: GIC may lose more than SGD$20 billion dollars of Singapore’s reserves
– The Secret Political Blog: Straits Times has not praised GIC enough
– The Asia File: More woes for Singapore sovereign wealth funds

Re education
– The Temasek Review: Shanmugam’s grand design to “politicize” Singapore schools: The fine line between political education and indoctrination
– The Temasek Review: Straits Times continues to spread its “propaganda” in Singapore secondary schools
– The boy who knew too much: Singapore’s love of lying.
– TOC: Rebutting Law Minister K Shanmugam [Recommended]
– The Temasek Review: Political education: Teach our children the real meaning of the National Pledge first

– Irreligious: The Malaysian ‘Allah’ controversy: A matter of liberty
– The Magic Within: The politics of choice, faith and inclusiveness
– thrills, spills & flatliners: The Day The Music Died
– Gerald Giam’s Blog: Silver lining in the church attacks
– Desparatebeep: In the Name of Allah:Yahweh and so on.
– My Thoughts: One Country’s Misfortune is Another’s Political Mileage [Thansk Ganga]
– Irreligious: Politics in Malaysia’s ‘Allah’ debacle
– TOC: Are evangelists religious extremists?
– TOC: The edge of tolerance
– TOC: Youth wing leaders from S’pore & Malaysia condemn attacks
– All Things Singapore: Of the word that Malaysian non-Muslims cannot say [Thanks Jim]

Ronald McDonald: Pigs Out
– Singapore Life and Times: Religious Fear
– Nomadism: Singapore Mac Donald’s unilateral decide to drop the “Pig” from its zodiac collectibles
– Dee Kay Dot As Gee: McDonalds Singapore remove pig from the Chinese zodiac
– Kaffein-nated: Food for Thought: Amusing piggy issues
– Let’s Go To Speakers’ Corner: Lobby Mcdonalds to restore the PIG; 16 Jan 2010
– la nausée: The McDonald’s Doraemon Pig Toy Controversy
– The Grand Moofti Speaks: Muslims boycott McDonald’s in Singapore

Singapore Coloring
– TOC: We are Singaporeans, race should not matter?
– Mathia Lee: Choosing my race
– Today In Singapore: A Rainbow Nation

Twilight in Paradise
– TOC: CPF: the risk of living too long
– The Temasek Review: PAP MP Lee Bee Wah: Paying retiring workers creates “hardship” for employers
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: EAP – Employment Assistance Payment

The Gospel of Harry
– Times They Are A-Changin’: To Be Or Not To Be…
– Feed Me To The Fish: Am I grumbling?

Healthcare & Healthcare Providers
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Sickness in Wealth and Poverty
– The Gigamole Diaries: H1N1 pandemic? Now we know what a sham it had been
– The Gigamole Diaries: Dr Devathasan’s run in with the Singapore Medical Council

ERPains, Trains & Automobiles
– Musings From the Lion City: Revised OPC
– Insane Polygons: Gahmen Thinks We Stupid

Lee vs Chee
– Chee Siok Chin’s Blog: Going to jail is least of Chee Siok Chin’s concerns [Thanks Selan]

We are against Capital Punishment
– la nausée: Capital Punishment in Singapore: Preliminary Statistics

Little Green Dot
– ECO: Our Response to NMP Assoc Prof Pauline Tay’s questions to Parliament

Daily Discourse
– Growing your tree of prosperity: So Singapore is not good enough for Singaporeans. Now what? [Thanks Wai Chung]
– TOC: Unraveling his story
– Kelvin Teo Writes: Fear factor that gets really bad
– Singapore Life and Times: Kopi same
– Furry Brown Dog: Productivity and Singapore’s economic growth model [Recommended]
– Barnyard Chorus: “the world becomes a nastier place for women”
– The Secret Political Blog: Taking “National Identity” to ludicrous heights
– TOC: The tabernacle of respect
– Jacob 69er: {Video} Part 1 of SDP’s Let’s Talk with Michael Fernandez
– Today In Singapore: Kids Say The Darndest Things
– Seelan Palay’s Blog: 2010 and the path ahead for activism in Singapore
– Readings From A Political Duo-ble: Working Paper – Neoliberalism and its human rights impact on Singapore (Part II) [Recommended]
– Jacob 69er: Message from Singaporeans For Democracy
– Blowin’ In The Wind: Malaysia more ‘free’ than Singapore: Freedom House
– Sgpolitics.net: SDP’s Let’s Talk with Dr Wong Wee Nam
– Sgpolitics.net: My views on the SDP’s stand on civil disobedience and political reform
– TOC: Deep sympathy and solidarity with the people of Haiti
– Jacob 69er: Singapore: The politics of inventing national identity

Life, the universe and everything
– Dee Kay Dot As Gee: Nexus One 3G connectivity issue
– The Crunch Time Blog: 10 reasons I prefer Nexus One (Google Android Phone) over Apple iPhone.”>10 reasons I prefer Nexus One (Google Android Phone) over Apple iPhone. [Thanks Andrew]
– Frankly Speaking: MioTV: Big on screwing preschoolers
– Who Moved My Singapore Cheese: Words of wisdom from a 59 year old taxi driver
– Bernard Leong: Some Thoughts on Google vs China
– Sg Pirate Game: Be hungry, be foolish
– Brad’s Blog: Why did it have to be said? Singapore movie quality.
– The Useless Tree: Disability and Disease
– Anonymous_X: Friday solar eclipse (coming soon in the sky above you)

– Barnyard Chorus: 2010 Asia Internet MSM Sex Survey
– Seelan Palay’s Blog: Join Singaporeans For Democracy for a discussion this Thursday (Jan 14)
– Gerald Giam’s Blog: YouthQuake 6 – The Influence of Online Media on Singaporean Youths
– Dee Kay Dot As Gee: Ling Kai performing at Starbucks
– Seelan Palay’s Blog: Reminder: Join Singaporeans For Democracy for a discussion this Thursday (Jan 14)
– Loo Zihan: Threshold in 1st SSFA

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