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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.”
KJ

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

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!

Housing
- 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

Religion
- 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)

Infoblogaramous
- 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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