Weekly Roundup: Week 19

“…he felt like he “was talking to an agent of MOH and not a reporter of a newspaper.””
Ravi Philemon

We need minds to be humble and reflexive, and able to understand the implications of their privileges and actions in a multi-valued society.”
Sam Ho

“It is a common weakness: victors ascribing moral superiority to themselves.”
Yawning Bread

“I ache for our future, because today will never change.”
Jeremy Chua Jiakai

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

Countdown to Elections
– The Temasek Review: Will the NCMP Scheme Be Truly Representative of The Opposition Voice?
– Singapore Alternatives: GRC, NCMP vs Proportionate Representation
– TOC: NSP’s sec-gen will not take up NCMP seat
– The Grand Moofti Speaks: Does my MP live in Woodlands?
– The Asia File: British TV debates making waves in Southeast Asia
– ST Forum: Are they well thought out?
– Yawning Bread: An elastic band here, a clothes peg there, part [1] [2]
– Chemical Generation Singapore: NCMP – The Gauntlet Perhaps Left Unpicked on the Floor
– Singapore Alternatives: CNA Talking Point: NCMP Scheme
– guanyinmiao’s musings: Election Debates In Singapore: Beyond The Gloss
– Trapper’s Swamp: “Politics is not only for old people”
– ST Forum: Media should observe cooling-off rules
– choongyong.com: Applied for Police Permit
– TOC: Good news about jobs almost everyday, really?
– Trapper’s Swamp: A Simple Majority Is Enough, Continued
– Want some tau huay?: ‘Run by young people for young people’
– TOC: Reform Party seeking alliance with SDA
– Sgpolitics.net: Demanding transparency and accountability from the opposition

Homeless in Stingypore
– TOC: TOC’s response (Part Two) – A “tidy sum”?
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Minister Balakrishnan scolds Al Jazeera and bloggers …Part 2
– guanyinmiao’s musings: The Al Jazeera Saga: Who’s Calling Who Out?
– Trapper’s Swamp: More stenography from TODAY
– TOC: My clarification on the Al-Jazeera issue
– FOOD fuels me to talk: Homelessness & homes in S’pore
– Kaffein-nated: MCYS = ARMY?
– Stupid Genius: Homeless in Singapore

UN Spec Rap Raps SG
– Singapore Kopi Tok: Muigai, Mugai, Why You Like That?
– Simy TC: Response to ‘Tak Boleh Tahan on his/her comment on the article ‘ Certain ethnic groups marginalised by government policies, UN expert says’ in TOC [Thanks lary]
– Free Malaysia Today: Human rights lessons from Singapore
– Flying Low: Just a quick one
– Times They Are A-Changin’: Isn’t GRC system affirmative action?
– ST Forum: UN official’s remarks

Re education
– Sam’s thoughts: Singapore Sex Education: It’s not just about sex [Recommended]
– Random Thoughts Of A Free Thinker: Sexual Education: Where to draw the lines?
– Flying Low: Sex Education in Schools
– TOC: A sore lack of trained sexuality educators in Singapore
– TOC: Government grossly under-budgeted for special needs education
– New Asia Republic: Four out of six MOE sex-ed vendors are Christian organisations [Recommended]
– Sam’s thoughts: Sexuality Education for Multi-valued Singapore
– Illusio: MOE and sex ed: let the culture war begin! [Recommended]
– Trapper’s Swamp: If it’s convenient, it must be right, continued

Housing Singaporeans
– Boleh! Boleh!: Is HDB flats really affordable?
– Singapore Dino: The Sunday Times’ subtle criticism of Mah Bow Tan?
– Boston Experiance: Public housing in Singapore
– Yawning Bread: Mah Bow Tan exposes reason for low birthrate
– Who Moved My Singapore Cheese: Property agents talking up the resale market

Strangers in a Strange Land
– The Grand Moofti Speaks: Foreign workers, English and the Singapore – Malaysia special relationship
– Sex sells, so does Politics: Did Singapore just imported more hookers?
– The Temasek Review: PR: An invited guest who acts like a host!

Ministars: Get Rich or Die Tryin’
– TOC: Better benchmark needed for Ministers’ salaries

– TOC: CPF restoration: Good or bad news?

Healthcare & Healthcare Providers
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Healthcare burden worsens inequality in Singapore.
– Trapper’s Swamp: Universal healthcare coverage

Singapore Coloring
– TOC: Group wants “race” removed from NRIC

GIC, Temasek State Funds Investments
– TOC: GIC / Temasek — What is the best way forward?

Sin City Singapore
– The Asia File: Some worrying early signs for Singapore’s casinos
– WIT at TheTransitCafe: Lawyers and construction site do not mix, as MBS finds out

– Irreligious: When intra-faith harmony can harm inter-faith harmony
– New Asia Republic: Speak Up or Be Spoken For! [Recommended]

Labour Day 2010
– Gerald Giam: Workers’ Party Labour Day Message 2010
– Singapore Alternatives: [NSP] May Day Message 2010
– Jacob 69er: {Videos} Labour Day Picnic @ Hong Lim Park
– TOC: Reform Party outlines its labour policies in May Day message
– Yaw Shin Leong: Do Your Part For Singapore

Daily Discourse
– Singapore Recalcitrant: Is Straits Times a government mouthpiece?
– Barnyard Chorus: China One outright discrimination against transgender Marla Bendini.
– Civic Advocator: Should competitive TKD for kids be limited?
– Irreligious: Boobquake
– New Asia Republic: ASEAN’s Readiness in Achieving the ASEAN Economic Community 2015: Prospects and Challenges
– Seelan Palay’s Blog: The Charade Of Meritocracy in Singapore
– funny little world: A person is not a commodity. [Recommended]
– Singapore Dino: Al Jazeera investigates Malaysian press freedom: Parallels with Singapore?
– Sgpolitics.net: The case for a minimum wage
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Penang and Selangor pursue FOI (Freedom of Information) Act
– TOC: Burma on the brink of civil war
– The Sun Shines on Singapore: The New US Ambassador
– Carpe Diem: Singapore cuts funds to theatre company
– The Temasek Review: Why are PAP leaders so intolerant of criticisms?
– guanyinmiao’s musings: Singapore Talking? Still A Long Way To Go (Part 2)
– Trapper’s Swamp: Just one of those things that won’t go away
– Yawning Bread: Entry to clubs “on the basis of … testicles”
– TOC: Are more Singaporeans financially stressed?
– The Temasek Review: Pushing for Freedom of Information laws in Singapore
– It’s all about Amelioration: The Free Market Rhetoric..
– Fridae.com: Transgender women in Singapore launch campaign to end discrimination

Life, the universe and everything
– TOC: One year on, AWARE ‘reinvigorated’ since saga, says president
– flaneurose: The flaneur’s guide to dining alone
– Balderdash: Singapore: world capital of the city-dormitory (Part 2)
– Open Contours: Politics is Theatre
– motochan: Kampong Buangkok: Last Village of Singapore
– The Lycan Times: 2 years after a traffic accident…
– Dee Kay Dot As Gee: YOG Cheer #1 – You Are The One Singapore
– For Want of a Better Title: The Internet: Perfectly suited for Singaporean Culture
– ambiguity: For her friends, family, acquaintances…
– Rachel Zeng: On euthanasia
– pinkdot.sg: Brother to brother: Standing by your family through the tough times
– Dee Kay Dot As Gee: Internet might fail on 5th May 2010 (6th May for those in Singapore)
– Chemical Generation Singapore: Humanitarian Affairs 101
– Dee Kay Dot As Gee: Choose a good security question for your online services
– Loh and Behold: Hanoi’s Most Prominent Clown, Bobby Chinn

– TOC: Can young S’poreans afford public housing in S’pore today?
– SGEntrepreneurs: Events For The Week – 1-8 May

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