Weekly Roundup: Week 12

“Concessionary travel for the disabled is merely a question of moral imperatives that strikes deep into our hearts, and the answers in Parliament on Thursday suggest that we have none.”
Khairulanwar Zaini

“..both public transport and public housing are BASIC SOCIAL SERVICES. Entities that provide these basic social services have more social responsibility that just mere private enterprises.”
Goh Meng Seng

“But today, the driver has long forgotten that the car is not just for the young and adventurous – it is for the children and for the elderly; for the handicapped and the unlucky too.”
Gangasudhan

“It is often one’s flaws that makes us human, and thus beautiful. As you desperately try to hide your flaws, you also hide yourself. Singapore, isn’t it about time that you let us see the real you?”
Surya

..”the liabilities of entrenching a generation of Singaporeans who are ‘barely have their heads above water’ have dire social and economic consequences for the next generation.”
Ian Choo

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

Budget 2010 Debate
– Gerald Giam: Sylvia Lim asks for concessionary travel for disabled on public transport
– Gerald Giam: Raymond Lim once proposed a way for “completely free” public transport
– TOC: Lonely out of the gravy train [Recommended]
– Singapore Alternatives: Transport Minister vs HDB Minister
– The Temasek Review: Why PAP MPs are no more but a “wayang” in Parliament
– Mr Wang Says So: The Strange History of Productivity in Singapore [Thanks Gerald]
– My sketchbook: How many civil servants to fix a light bulb?
– Jacob 69er: Singapore’s Court of Appeal reserves judgment in Vui Kong’s appeal hearing
– TOC: M Ravi: Death penalty should not be dispensed ‘in an automated, robotic, spasmodic approach’
– TOC: Discretion to the judges – judgment reserved
– covered in his blood: A Bleak Take of the Court of Appeal and Yong Vui Kong [Thanks Paul]
– Rachel Zeng: Court of Appeal reserves judgement on Yong’s appeal
– Gerald Giam: Sylvia Lim: Tier electricity pricing to favour small consumers
– The Temasek Review: Misleading ST article on “rise” in productivity when it continues to decrease in 2009
– Trapper’s Swamp: The Bogeyman of the “West”
– Blowin’ In The Wind: Defence spending around the world
– New Asia Republic: Why not a living wage? [Recommended]
– Gerald Giam: Tackling income inequality should be Govt’s top priority
– Ian On The Red Dot: Wages & Productivity – Building A Cathedral From Scratch
– The Temasek Review: Eight Reasons Why Foreign Workers Will be Preferred Over Our Local Ones
– Gerald Giam: Low Thia Khiang: Don’t cut pay of workers who reach 60
– Gerald Giam: Low Thia Khiang: Give part-time and contract workers have good training opportunities

Countdown to Elections
– TOC: Time for someone new to drive Singapore
– The Kent Ridge Common: Does the alternative media have anything to fear?
– Majulah!: New rulings for political chatters online.
– Singabloodypore: PAP nervous about New Media, introduces “guidelines”
– The Temasek Review: No need for Minister Lui Tuck Yew to teach netizens how to “self-regulate” themselves
– Mindblogging Stuff: Heaven & Hell (political version)
– TOC: TOC Editorial: Cooling-off day may lead to heated confusion [Recommended]
– Seelan Palay’s Blog: Why bloggers must disregard cooling off day
– The Temasek Review: Comparison of LIVE parliamentary debates of 5 countries and the “wayang” in the Singapore Parliament
– Sgpolitics.net: Has Singapore a Future?

Housing Singaporeans
– Singapore Alternatives: Give us HDB Flats AT COST, NOT 30yrs mortgage Enslavement!
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Debt and Delusion..
– Trapper’s Swamp: HDB flat prices to remain high, COV to stay
– Singapore Alternatives: HDB’s Flawed Policy Direction [Recommended]
– The Temasek Review: Prices of resale HDB flats may rise further as PR quota reached in several estates
– En Bloc Block Blog: “Where laws end, tyranny begins.”
– All About Money: Oh what a tangle web..
– Who Moved My Singapore Cheese: Farce

Singaporeans are fed, up with progress!
– The Temasek Review: Wages of Singaporeans declined by 3.2% as PAP ministers increase their own pay by 8.8%
– Blowin’ In The Wind: Long-term unemployment rising in Singapore
– TOC: $2 billion in PAP town councils’ sinking funds but need to increase charges?
– The Temasek Review: Declining wages of Singaporeans and the continued denial of PAP leaders

We are against Capital Punishment
– TOC: The story of a boy
– Seelan Palay’s Blog: Yong Vui Kong’s appeal on March 15
– Lianain Films: “For Me, I’m Hoping For A Miracle” [Thanks Seelan]
– TOC: Do we not have room for remorse, repentence and conversion?
– Rachel Zeng: Merely a co-incidence?

Strangers in a Strange Land
– Blowin’ In The Wind: More locals than foreigners hired after 2 years
– The Temasek Review: GLC Keppel Corp mass-recruiting Malaysians for jobs in Singapore

ERPains, Trains & Automobiles
– TOC: COE: Another solution that may make more money, but may not solve the problem?
– guanyinmiao’s musings: Elevating Singapore’s Public Transportation By A Notch
– Brad’s Blog: MyTransport.SG: Why LTA Really Killed the ‘Park-a-Lot’ iPhone App
– TOC: Re-tune the COE quota [Recommended]
– department of crappy engineering: manned but unmanned

GIC, Temasek State Fund Investments
– The Asia File: Temasek’s Malaysian governance problem: what happened next
– Yours Truly Singapore: ‘Not realistic’ for GIC to avoid making any losses
– The Grand Moofti Speaks: Singapore, Temasek, good governance and the Linaburg-Maduell Transparency Index

Healthcare & Healthcare Providers
– Singapore M.D.: HIV in Singapore
– The Gigamole Diaries: Unethical screening – a timely warning
– The Gigamole Diaries: Cord blood banking – should you, or shouldn’t you?

Re education
– Random Thoughts Of A Free Thinker: “From an elite school”;《名校出身》
– The Temasek Review: 3 local varsities raise fees for Singapore students again

Lee vs Chee
– TOC: ST and LHZB censor Chee’s letter on PAP undermining Singapore’s interests

Woman No Enough
– Irreligious: There’s a Jack Neo in all of us
– Cooler Insights: The Age of (Im)Morality and Immortality
– Dee Kay Dot As Gee: Jack Neo Affair Scandal Press Conference
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Morality is not so easy..
– Icarus Flew Too High: Jack and George, o..
– The Lycan Times: Give us a break!
– TOC: Getting into bed with Jack Neo
– AWARE: AWARE’s comments on the Jack Neo affair [Thanks Gerald]
– The Star: Backseat frolics backfire [Thanks Gerald]
– Singapore Aspirations: On the Jack Neo sex scandal and sexual harassment in the workplace [Thanks singaporeaspirant]
– Trapper’s Swamp: It might be real news now
– TOC: Gagged by the church – Foyce Le Xuan
– Singapore Recalcitrant: The Misguided Heroism of Minister George Yeo
– The Sketch Times: Ohhh… Jacky Boyyyyy…
– Jarrod’s Infernal Emissions: I’mA brief interlude.. [Thanks Seelan]

Daily Discourse
– TOC: Press Muse – Singaporeans dreaming
– New Asia Republic: Rights: The foundation of a free society
– guanyinmiao’s musings: Cease The Climate Change Lethargy
– Singapore Life and Times: A sharing we will go
– Singaporean Skeptic: Some Singaporeans are Real Bastards.
– New Asia Republic: Finding our way in New Asia [Recommended]
– The Rot Within: Two orthogonal distinctions
– Icarus Flew Too High: The Human Rights Paradox [Recommended]
– Barnyard Chorus: This is STupid
– Silent Eloquence: Singapore, the misunderstood child
– journalism.sg: Independent Judiciary requires respect and support of public
– The Temasek Review: Why do we need so many PAP strawberries MPs in Parliament?
– Michael Fernandez: The Scars of Detention [Thanks Seelan]
– The Temasek Review: Why are surveys and rankings about Singapore always spectacular?
– TOC: Don’t stand in the way of evolving social workers
– Trapper’s Swamp: Broad definitions make for bad laws
– New Asia Republic: On rights and freedom of action [Thanks Donaldson]
– The Temasek Review: Only 11 cases of successful Public Assistance (PA) applicants from July 2008 to December 2009
– guanyinmiao’s musings: The Same Old Chinese / Mandarin Dilemma
– The Kent Ridge Common: KRMF 2010 takes a positive turn

Life, the universe and everything
– Growing your tree of prosperity: If women are not choosy, men will have no standards. [Thanks Wai Chung]
– Eco WALK the talk: Knock, Knock, your Green Postman is here! [Thanks Bhavani]
– Dee Kay Dot As Gee: Singapore National Figure Skating Championships to be held in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
– Good Morning Yesterday: Central Business District Petrol Stations
– Wild Shores of Singapore: What do you think about diving in Singapore?
– The Temasek Review: Singapore National Football Team: Let’s talk about statistics
– The Long and Winding Road: My stroll through the streets of that made up the Mahallah: Selegie Road
– The Pattern Trader: Why Traders Fail – Lesson 1
– Small steps for Social PR: Are Starhub MaxMobile Elite Users Getting What They Are Paying for?
– The Long and Winding Road: The magical hill with a fairy-tale like mansion that was Mount Sophia
– Singaporean Skeptic: It is called football (not soccer)!

Now Showing
– Open Contours: Beyond the Model [Model Citizens]
– Cooler Insights: Of Love, Loss and Luscious CGI [The Lovely Bones]

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