Weekly Roundup: Week 18

“What they are blind to see is that money cannot a real nation make.”

“The PAP should not only tolerate disruption, disturbance and disorder, but for their own survival, encourage it.”
Catherine Lim

“If you want the public to form a different opinion, you have to give them the reason to change that opinion. After all, this is what public opinion is all about.”
Tan Kin Lian

“Treat these people humanely. They’re not sub-humans to be herded around, put to work like plow animals and then penned up at night.”
Brad Farless

“Hardly anyone calls these xenophobic people out for their horribly prejudiced and hurtful behaviour and we all quietly support them with our silence.”
Flying Low

“..using the information collected about one homeless couple to dismiss the issues of all homeless families is a weak and juvenile stand.”
Callan Tham

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

Countdown to Elections
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: What the next General Election is about.. [Recommended]
– TOC: MPs’ views ahead of parliamentary debate full of hot air
– The Asia File: Singapore opposition politician sells flat to contest election
– Sgpolitics.net: Young Democrats keep up campaign at Bukit Panjang
– The Itch To Write: Vote 18 Campaign
– I’m getting personal: Singapore Youth Parliament
– ST Forum: Have TV debates before election
– Chill Out: On UK PM Elections Debates
– TOC: GRCs and gerrymandering – the root causes of problems: Sylvia Lim
– Gerald Giam’s Blog: Parliament is not a Feedback Unit, says Sylvia Lim
– The Temasek Review: Time for the Singapore opposition to go for the juggernaut in the next General Election
– The Anti Neo-Democracy Theorist: NCMPs and NMPs; Structural Limitations or Liberating Agents?
– The Kent Ridge Common: Beware of the NCMP Trap
– Thinker, Writer, Magus, Man: Beyond words [Recommended]
– Musings From the Lion City: The NCMP Scheme
– Trapper’s Swamp: Are hollow arguments, noise?
– Want some tau huay?: Tyrannical government at it’s best
– The Asia File: Singapore and the perils of political domination
– Dee Kay Dot As Gee: Cooling off day
– Feed Me To The Fish: Botox or Bollocks or Both?
– Trapper’s Swamp: Sylvia Lim and her NCMP experience
– The Temasek Review: The PAP’s greatest fear: An aware, active and adversarial citizenry
– Trapper’s Swamp: Good news, bad news?
– News Asia Republic: Parliament is not an Opposition MP incubator, says NMP Calvin Cheng
– Times They Are A-Changin’: Too Good To Be True?
– The Kent Ridge Common: Edelman Statistic based only on 200 respondents
– Singapore Recalcitrant: Can there be a level playing field?
– The Lycan Times: Short Takes
– TOC: NMP speaks up against restriction of non-mainstream opinions
– Trapper’s Swamp: Follow-up to “Good news, bad news?”
– Orenji Kun: Don’t Blame the Leaders [Thanks Orenji]

Re education
– Siew Kum Hong: Politics and policy-making [Recommended]
– Want some tau huay?: Polytechnics vs Junior Colleges: Will the debate ever end?
– Gimme Some Truth: Moments When You Curse Your Singaporean Education [Thanks Alastair]
– The Lycan Times: Priority to JC Students for University?
– Vinyarb: MOE disinvites hearing impaired teacher to conference
– Trapper’s Swamp: This is nothing short of shameful, continued
– Gimme Some Truth: MOE’s apology leaves vital questions unanswered
– ST Forum: Different forms of sign language explained
– Sex sells, so does Politics: MOE reinvited Susan Elliott and apologised for not knowing her well enough!
– Sex sells, so does Politics: The truth behind why MOE is reducing weightage of mother tongue in PSLE

Strangers in a Strange Land
– Yaevlejunce Pilgrimage: The solution to a leaking tank is NOT to add more water.
– Kaffein-nated: Here’s looking at you, Singapore
– TOC: Degree-holders easier to get retrenched. True?
– The Temasek Review: PMETs see largest increase in number of workers made redundant
– Unraveling Singapore: The Serangoon Gardens Worker Detention Facility [Recommended]
– TOC: Overreaction? Or under-reaction on issues that matter?
– TOC: Certain ethnic groups marginalised by government policies, UN expert says
– Flying Low: Because foreign workers aren’t really human
– The Temasek Review: Singaporeans having “integration” forced down their throats by the PAP

Housing Singaporeans
– Yours Truly Singapore: On keeping public housing affordable
– My Little Corner: Why the figures show HDB is affordable
– ST Forum: Worry over ‘stretch’ valuations
– Blowin’ In The Wind: The Singapore alternative

Homeless in Stingypore
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Minister Balakrishnan scolds Al Jazeera and bloggers
– TOC: Al Jazeera responds to Vivian Balakrishnan’s accusations
– TOC: TOC’s response to remarks by MCYS minister – Part One
– funny little world: The productivity of the MCYS.
– Sgpolitics.net: No lack of sophistry from the government concerning the homeless
– Trapper’s Swamp: Why oh why can’t we have a better press corps?
– Musings From the Lion City: A Poor Rebuttal
– Want some tau huay?: Come on, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, what’s the real story?
– journalism.sg: Government not a fan of Al Jazeera – but denies censoring it
– Asia Calling: Singapore Homelessness

ERPains, Trains & Automobiles
– department of crappy engineering: pay by displacement
– Tan Kin Lian’s Blog: Subsidy for public transport
– My sketchbook: Lower fares for public transport
– ST Forum: What’s lacking in new fare system
– Kaffein-nated: When size and distance do NOT matter for a Little Red Dot
– ST Forum: How will change affect seniors?

UN Spec Rap Raps SG
– The Sun Shines on Singapore: How Much Affirmative Action? [Thanks thesun]
– The Asia File: UN envoy’s Singapore visit ends in row [Thanks Ben]
– Blowin’ In The Wind: UN human rights official raps Singapore
– Balderdash: Singaporeans will forever be infantile
– Earth Times News: UN official urges Singapore to ensure human rights for migrants

Opposition meets UN Special Rapporteur
– journaism.sg: Activists tell UN that racial harmony here is a media myth
– Singaporeans for Democracy: SFD written submission to UN Special Rapporteur
– Jacob 69er: {Photos} SFD meeting with UN Special Rapporteur on Racism
– I’m getting personal: Discrimination in Singapore is institutionalised
– Jacob 69er: ‘I want to remove Race from my IC’ advocacy campaign

Signapore Coloring
– TOC: Why associate race with sports?

– TOC: CPF has worked well for Singaporeans’ retirement?

Gahmen and New Real Media
– TOC: Astroturfing — stamp it out

The elite uncaring face
– Civic Advocator: Antidote to the oft unwitting elitism

Lee vs Chee
– Yawning Bread: The procession that wasn’t, or was it?
– Sgpolitics.net: SDP calls on High Court to look into PAP abuse of the law

– Chemical Generation Singapore: An Anglican Leader For A Time Such As This?
– Mathia Lee: What we can learn from the Catholic Scandal
– Irreligious: My impression of New Creation Church
– Irreligious: Singaporeans: Apathetic about inter-faith dialogue?
– Mathia Lee: Gay is NOT = Paedophile
– Irreligious: Four out of six sex ed vendors are Christian organisations

Daily Discourse
– catherinelim.sg: The Dirtiest Words In The PAP Vocabulary [Thanks Gerald]
– funny little world: Be gracious, or else…
– TOC: Give up your seat – CCTVs are watching
– AngryAngMo: How Singapore Failed the Vulcano – A story of greed
– New Asia Republic: Nuclear option a necessity for Singapore
– Tan Kin Lian’s Blog: Public Opinion on the Mainstream Media
– It’s all about Amelioration: Banking Shenanigans [Thanks Nabs]
– Cooler Insights: How to Manage “Gen Y” Workers
– Singapore Sports Fan Says: My take on Loh Lin Kok asking Subhas Anandan to run for the SAA presidency
– Writing-Yoga-Living With Dogs: More Shit on Singapore’s Stand on Sharks Fins..
– Wild Shores of Singapore: Dredging and massive reclamation next to Labrador until Oct 10
– Seelan Palay’s Blog: An Opinion about Singaporean Business Culture
– New Asia Republic: Singapore joins IAEA board this September
– Tan Kin Lian’s Blog: A social democracy
– Singapore Law Watch: Police sought Google user info [2010] 23 Apr_ST
– TOC: Never mind what the people think
– still me: Oi! Cheebye! Be moderate can???
– ST Forum: Have Singaporeans arrived?
– It’s all about Amelioration: Singapore for Singaporeans [Thanks Nabs]
– Trapper’s Swamp: A simple majority is enough
– Tribolum.com: Singapore is more than just PAP
– Sgpolitics.net: SDP’s May Day message 2010

Life, the universe and everything
– still me: Game theory and the job market – why it never pays to be honest in the interview
– New Asia Republic: Transitioning from a salaried worker to a student
– ambiguity: Further Analysis
– Aussie Pete: Lest We Forget – ANZAC Day 2010, Singapore
– Balderdash: Singapore: world capital of the city-dormitory (Part 1)
– TOC: Director Ivan Heng of W!ld Rice on his Animal Farm
– Cooler Insights: Earth Movie Review – Spectacular and Sobering
– Dee Kay Dot As Gee: You can’t make fun of Hitler on Youtube anymore
– Mindblogging Stuff: How to pronounce Eyjafjallajokull
– Subba’s Serendipitous moments: The push and pull models – Not business models, but a mindset!
– a day in the life of a BE@RBRICK: Singapore: The Helix Bridge & Marina Bay Sands
– pinkdot.sg: From son to daughter: A Singaporean family’s transformation
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Market in panic and the real dangers ahead..
– EDMW: Profitable Group – is it credible? [Thanks BT]
– Imagethief: Report from Singapore. The short life and long death of Games Online [via FOOD fuels me to tallk]
– Wah Lau Blog by Maik: Malaysia vs. Singapore
– FOOD fuels me to talk: Cowboys in Paradise?

– Rachel Zeng: Labour Day Picnic
– SGEntrepreneurs: Events For The Week – 24 Apr-1 May
– Midnight Monkey Monitor: Workshop on Cruel “Animal Liberation”
– Moving Higher In Souped-up Heuristically Agon Moment: Call for Film Submissions
– Seelan Palay’s Blog: Labour Day Picnic @ Speakers Corner
– Dee Kay Dot As Gee: VOILAH!!!!

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