Weekly Roundup: Week 28

“…see, when society starts to chase Wealth as her only God, the individual becomes devalued. You don’t use society, society uses you. Your happiness never counts, the society’s happiness counts.”
The Truth

“Crowded trains today? I suspect we ain’t seen nothin’ yet.”
Au Waipang

“Here’s a reality check, how many of our parents have actually fully paid off that HDB loan today even though prices were more affordable back then?”

“It is time not distance that is important to the commuter and they have started off with the wrong basis for the new fare structure..”
Lucky Tan

“..everything is going according to plan. Yet that fails to assuage the disquietude in so many of us, that there are things happening here which are viscerally wrong…. Of how this Singapore … this place, just doesn’t feel like home anymore.”

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

ERPains, Trains & Automobiles
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Importance of the Public Transport System
– Tan Kin Lian’s Blog: Space in MRT trains
– TOC: The Great Crush Load Challenge
– Feed Me To The Fish: Board & Squeeze for Progress
– TOC: Bukit Timah bridge incident – commuters left stranded
– ST Forum: Satellite-based ERP not the answer
– Yawning Bread on WordPress: Forward urban planning not as good as vaunted? [Recommended]
– WonderPeace: Is Our Crowded Trains Safe?
– My sketchbook: Singapore’s satellite based ERP system
– TOC: Why Saw Phaik Hwa has missed the point
– Want some tau huay?: SMRT CEO: I ‘push my way in to trains’ too
– Yaw Shin Leong @ WP: So That We Pay Even More?
– flaneurose: Coping with Public Transportation
– Molitics: Multispeak: Why SMRT has yet to push people into trains

Distance Based Fare Hike
– Furry Brown Dog: Distance fares or transfer fares? [Recommended]
– The Lycan Times: Distance Based Fare System
– Dee Kay Dot As Gee: Distance Fares
– Singapore Alternatives: NSP Press Statement: Fare Increase in Disguise
– TOC: Taken for a ride
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Was it just a fare increase….?
– Musings From the Lion City: A Fare Increase

Countdown to Elections
– Gerald Giam: Opposition wards achieve more with less
– Singapore Recalcitrant: Are Singaporeans Paying For Monkeys?
– TOC: Opposition party fined for selling party newspaper
– The Temasek Review: The Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Act 2010 in effect
– The Star: Politics of gratitude
– Singapore Dino: PM Lee free for qigong, absent for everything else
– guanyinmiao’s musings: The Lowdown On The Town Council Reports
– Sgpolitics.net: Future generations will pay for the sins of PAP
– Singapore Recalcitrant: A Redeeming Feature of the PAP Government
– Singapore Alternatives: NSP Public Statement with regards to Summon issued by NEA
– The Temasek Review: Paul the Octopus predicts results of next Singapore General Election

Ministars Get Rich or Die Tryin
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Those Minister Salary Hikes in Retrospect…
– The Economist: Leaders of the fee world. How much a country’s leader is paid compared to GDP per person
– Furry Brown Dog: Are extravagant ministerial salaries screwing Singaporeans? [Recommended]

Singaporeans are fed, up with progress!
– The Temasek Review: A change in the economic policy goal? Too little too late? [Recommended]
– ST Forum: Surprised by sharp tax hike on owner-occupied homes
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Beyond Public Transport….
– Die neue Welle: I am Singaporean IV – Never Good Enough [Recommended]
– TOC: Singaporeans – never good enough

Filial Sons & Daughtes of Singapore
– guanyinmiao’s musings: The Banality Of Enforced “Moral Education” In Schools
– ST Forum: Educate people about filial piety, don’t demand it
– ST Forum: Filial piety comes naturally

S’poreans – a dying breed
– Singapore Kopi Tok: The Parental Leave Question from Sweden to Singapore
– Yawning Bread on WordPress: Demography, not immigration, part 3
– Forbes: Singapore’s Demographic Winter

Twilight in Paradise
– TOC: Even GLCs are cutting older workers’ pay?
– TOC: How many companies re-employ older workers?

Housing Singaporeans
– It’s all about Amelioration: The HDB Conundrum II

Strangers in a Strange Land
– Barnyard Chorus: It’s not like people are dying or anything [Recommended]
– Tan Kin Lian’s Blog: Developing our own talents
– My Sinchew: The Singapore quandary

The Great Flood of Orchard, Thomson, Boon Lay, Bukit Timah, Telok Kurau, Tai Seng, Kampong Ampat, MacPherson
– Chee Wai’s Random Musing: An intent to mislead or a failure to fully explain?

We are against capital punishment
– TOC: Death row case: M’sian Parliament to debate emergency motion
– TOC: Malaysia to seek clemency for Yong Vui Kong
– The Star: Govt to appeal to S’pore for clemency in Yong’s sentence (Updated)
– TOC: Malaysian FM: “If I save one life, it will give me great satisfaction”
– The Asia File: Malaysia seeks clemency for drug mule facing gallows in Singapore
– TOC: \Death row case: S’pore’s media buries its head
– TOC: Death penalty book banned by MDA

Fricker and Loyld Do Singapore
– SpotlightOnSingapore: SMRT vandal Oliver Fricker: is caning really a deterrent in Singapore?

Re education
– New Asia Republic: Lessons from Singapore & China
– Blowin’ In The Wind: World university rankings and their differences

Our war on Terror
– Global Geopolitics & Political Economy: Singapore and Al Qaeda
– The Sun Shines on Singapore: Another ISA Detention for Jihadi Aspirations
– The Malay Dilemma: Misguided into Thinking about Armed Jihad
– Military Life: How many wolves are there in Singapore sheep? [Thanks Panzer]
– Unbranded Bread n Butter: ISD Employs Paul the Octopus

GIC, Temasek State Funds Investments
– Thoughts of a Cynical Investor: Temasek: Results Analysed
– My Very Own Glob: Channelnewsbetter always looks on the bright side
– WSJ: Temasek Profit Drops
– The Corporate Observer: Temasek’s mixed season: Profit down, portfolio up
– Reuters: Temasek Factbox

DBS – Too big to fail failed
– The Lycan Times: Outsourcing Went Bad
– ST Forum: DBS network meltdown. A failure to communicate
– Reuters: Singapore bank suffers massive IT failure
– Tan Kin Lian’s Blog: Decentralising of risks

– TOC: YOG budget balloons – S$104m to S$387m
– TOC: YOG budget over-run, Comcare budget under-run?
– The Temasek Review: Singapore helping to repair Jamaica’s stadium in exchange for marketing for YOG
– My Very Own Glob: OK, the Yoof Ollumpics is getting to me

Kong Hee Doing The Ming Yi
– Sze Zeng: Prosperity theology adherent speaks his mind
– Sze Zeng: Original language and preaching
– Cultwatch: How Pastors Get Rich [Thanks MH]
– The Logical Christian: What Is The “Prosperity Gospel”?

Daily Discourse
– Loh and Behold: Ban my Vuvuzela? [Recommended]
– Yawning Bread on WordPress: Beyond the crooked bridge [Recommended]
– Blowin’ In The Wind: Singapore incomes to rise more slowly than before?
– It’s all about Amelioration: The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same
– Balderdash: The nonsense that passes for Op-Eds in the Temasek Review
– Under the Willow Tree: IRS Money Laundering Investigation Comes to Singapore
– It’s all about Amelioration: A Fallacy – The Singapore Dream – We are all just GDP Oompa Loompas
– Sgpolitics.net: Chee: Have clear guidelines of what constitutes speech
– The Temasek Review: First world country, third world govt-citizenry interaction
– The Rot Within: Forbes loves Singapore
– flaneurose: Liquidated – Parallels between Wall Street and the Singapore Civil Service [Recommended]
– Yawning Bread on WordPress: Democracy opens spaces; religions take advantage
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Ultimate Apathy? ….Part 2.
– Feed Me To The Fish: Do no harm? Sucker, suckerer, suckerest?

Life, the universe and everything
– Ian On The Red Dot: Paying To Pitch
– Sgpolitics.net: The Legacy of Reputation
– The boy who knew too much: Top 10 countries for child prodigy. [Thanks Valentine]
– The Asia File: A genuine slice of Malaysia in the heart of Singapore
– Lianain Films: Maestro’s Daughters – The Film
– Temasek Hedge: Archive: Collection of useful items on Profitable Plots / Profitable Group scam
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Soccer ….Fooled by Randomness…
– It’s all about Amelioration: Of Vuvuzelas, Jabulanis & Tshabalalas
– Otterman speaks: My first floppy diskette – a single-sided, double density 5.25″ Verbatim

– SGEntrepreneurs: Events For The Week – 3-10 Jul
– Wild Shores of Singapore: Wetlands magazine now online!

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