Weekly Roundup: Week 17

“There is one C that describes our society so well – that C is COMPETITION.”
Lucky Tan

“…Singapore’s political system was just one economic crisis away from collapse.”
Yawning Bread

“…because of its unintellectual and patronising delivery of message, religion, in the hands of the government, becomes either a bogyman to worry over or a spoil child who must be appeased.”

“But how does a fare hike become a fare cut?”

“The Singapore system of education must recapture the meaning of “moulding the future of our nation”.”

“…he is going out on a whim and looking like just another civil servant.”
Tau Hua Boy

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

Countdown to Elections
– TOC: That RP CEC meeting – Ng Teck Siong reveals more
– Seelan Palay’s Blog: Protecting minorities and their rights in Singapore
– The Temasek Review: Reform Party attacked again over its “internal politics” in Straits Times
– The Temasek Review: Five Reasons Why It Is Difficult To Dislodge The PAP From Power (Part 1) [Recommended]
– Tan Kin Lian’s Blog: Personal sacrifice by Goh Meng Seng
– The Temasek Review: Five Reasons Why It Is Difficult To Dislodge The PAP From Power (Part 2)
– TOC: NSP’s Goh Meng Seng pledges to sell flat to fund election bid
– Seelan Palay’s Blog: Sham elections and the fear of voting for the opposition
– Sgpolitics.net: SDP to PMO: Leave Bukit Panjang as a single-seat constituency
– Singapore Recalcitrant: The Subtlety of Gutter Politics
– choongyong.com: Vote18 Campaign
– Singapore Alternatives: Politics as Public Service – Just a little Sacrifice
– Suppoert Site for the Unemployed: Temasek Holdings Secret: $8 Billion Incurred In Administrative Cost in Year 2009! [Thanks lim]
– The Temasek Review: Temasek Review to set up Policy Forum to provide alternative vision for Singapore

Housing Singaporeans
– On Nation and State: Property market fever: What can we do?
– The Temasek Review: Why Mah Bow Tan’s policy of high HDB flat prices is wrong [Recommended]
– Sgpolitics.net: HDB Caught Red-handed Bending Its Own Rules
– Singapore Aspirations: On housing and wealth creation
– Who Moved My Singapore Cheese: Looking deeper into Singapore’s real estate administration
– FOOD fuels me to talk: Nuts to promise affordable homes for all
– Blowin’ in the wind: Old geezers, young hopefuls and dream homes
– Salary.sg: Property Prices Are Too High

ERPains, Trains & Automobiles
– Tan Kin Lian’s Blog: COE and car prices
– Singapore’s Land Transport: New MRT map… updated with Circle Line Phase 2 Opening
– TOC: Transport fares reduction: For better or for worse?
– Blowin’ In The Wind: When is a fare hike a fare cut?
– FOOD fuels me to talk: LTA, gimme seamless travel lah!
– Tan Kin Lian’s Blog: Public transport fares
– TOC: 2.5% fare reduction for all – except for when it rises!
– Trapper’s Swamp: Public transport fares vaguely revised
– Musings From the Lion City: The One To Blame
– My Little Corner: Distance Based Fares from 3 Jul 2010
– ST Forum: Bus, train fare system must be fair to all
– Blowin’ In The Wind: The Great Singapore Transport Overhaul
– Tattooed Banker: Public transport

Strangers in a Strange Land
– TOC: Differentiating between PRs and S’poreans? [Recommended]
– Random Thoughts Of A Free Thinker: The Singaporean-PR gap
– TWC2: A letter to the National Wages Council
– My sketchbook: Welcoming immigrants
– Singapore Recalcitrant: The god has spoken

Charlie Rose with MiniLee
– The Temasek Review: PM Lee: Our (political) system is based on “meritocracy”
– TOC: Tired of the government’s libel suits
– Singapore Recalcitrant: A Plausible Revelation
– Charlie Rose: with Lee Hsien Loong Transcript [tab next to Comment tab]
– Yawning Bread: Singapore’s political system a one-legged stool [Recommended]

Singaporeans are fed, up with progress!
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Understanding the Singaporean Dream… [Recommended]
– Sgpolitics.net: SDP meets Teo Ho Pin; MP rejects call to stop Sheng Siong

Gahmen and New Real Media
– TOC: Astroturfing – a nuisance, or a brave new world of activism?
– TOC: Have we lost our ability to appreciate?

Re education
– funny little world: Who deserves a university education?
– singularity industries: Do We Really Need To Teach Politics?
– Zach’s Thought Blot: A Foolish Fiasco [Recommended]
– deadpris: Reply to Mr Lee Beng Tat (Tard)
– Singapore Life and Times: Do your math

– TOC: CPF restoration now – is it really good news?

Healthcare & Healthcare Providers
– TOC: Worth implementing Pre-Employment Grant
– Doctor and Hospital Watch: Doc Drugs

– Yawning Bread: Where religious freedom ends [Recommended]
– groundnotes: Religion in the public sphere
– Chemical Generation Singapore: Intrusion into Common Space, Tolerance and Respect
– Trapper’s Swamp: Don’t legitimise government intervention in religion
– Irreligious: Shifting grounds

Lee vs Chee
– Simply Gab: SDP Acquittal Recinded — the very definition of poor judgment

Daily Discourse
– Trapper’s Swamp: Ionescu, political scapegoat?
– I’m getting personal: Towards becoming Little China
– TOC: The elephant in the bedroom: Talking about sex
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Goldman charged with fraud by SEC
– Because you’ve got eyes on you: Why I don’t read The Tema-suck Review anymore [Thanks logna]
– ambiguity: The Words of Wisdom, Let Them Be.
– Small steps for Social PR: Audi Fashion Show 2010 Open Casting Not So Open To Local Models And Comments
– voix.deviant: dragged by gender role? [Thanks Ian]
– It’s all about Amelioration: Of Policies & Contradictions [Thanks Nabs] [Recommended]
– guanyinmiao’s musings: Reaching Everyone For Active Citizenry @ Home (REACH): The Experience
– Jacob 69er: Singaporeans for Democracy to highlight PAP’s political discrimination to UN Special Rapporteur
– Singapore Donkey: Mah Bow Tan falls into Straits of Johor after mistakenly thinking that Singapore is landlocked
– TOC: Here to provide a listening ear
– My Thoughts: Ezycash – enabling you to pay more than necessary [Thanks Ganga]
– Singapore Peak Oil: Recent Peak Oil Headlines Ignored by Singapore Media
– Singapore Bikers Forum: Facebook comments on Riders [Thanks BT]
– EDMW: (GPGT) Does anyone have a friend like this? Are you proud to be his friends? [Thanks BT]
– Want some tau huay?: Just another civil servant after all.
– Trapper’s Swamp: This is nothing short of shameful
– guanyinmiao’s musings: Increasing Art Appreciation In Singapore
– funny little world: So I have an Engrish name.

Life, the universe and everything
– Small steps for Social PR: Twitter conversations about Eunos bus accident
– Wild Shores of Singapore: More flaring up at Pulau Bukom
– Dee Kay Dot As Gee: Seriously people, Flashmob doesn’t need to be just dancing
– The Long and Winding Road: Saying hello to an old acquaintance
– pinkdot.sg: When one door closes, a closet door opens: A Singaporean mother’s appeal to parents of LGBT sons and daughters [Thanks J]
– Siew Kum Hong: Feeding community cats
– Open Contours: Green Revelation
– Singapore Fountain Pen: Singapore 360 – Day 31: Wave House Sentosa [Thanks Major]
– Small steps for Social PR: Andrew Peters, Singapore’s resident social media marketing guru, moves on to Heaven 2.0

– SGEntrepreneurs: Events For The Week – 17-24 Apr
– Dee Kay Dot As Gee: @HTC having a contest on the 10th anniversary of the iPAQ

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