Weekly Roundup: Week 29

“We cannot rely on a select group of cultural intellectuals in the academic world to answer these questions. Conversation needs to permeate society.”
Rui An

“There was such a blatantly unthinking spin-job (or absolutely rubbish journalism) in today’s Sunday Times, that I simply had to blog about it.”
Siew Kum Hong

“Everywhere, it seems, Singaporeans are getting more and more frustrated at little things that get in their way.”
Christopher Ong

“All in all, it is a rather oppressive month..”
Joshua Chiang

“I hereby declare that the film is no longer in my possession, and its ownership will from now on be given to all citizens of the Republic of Singapore.”
Martyn See Tong Ming

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

– Only “objective” and “factual” political films please, we’re Singaporeans: Here we go again – Govt bans another Martyn See’s film
– Want some tau huay?: Singapore Government bans another political film which is ‘contrary to public interest’
– Anonymous_X: Dr Lim Hock Siew: “…that there is judgement, there is justice”.
– The Kent Ridge Common: Why ban Lim Hock Siew’s footage?
– Singapore Alternatives: A month of barring and banning – Joshua Chiang
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Dr Lim Hock Siew Video is now banned..
– Anonymous_X: Dr Lim Hock Siew: “…that there is judgement, there is justice”.
– Singapore Notes: A Distortion Of Reality
– flaneurose: Revisiting the Streisand Effect
– New Asia Republic: Transcript of banned video “Dr Lim Hock Siew” [Thanks Donaldson]
– Only “objective” and “factual” political films please, we’re Singaporeans: Martyn See complies with MDA’s order but video goes viral
– Siew Kum Hong: Why censorship is evil [Recommended]
– Ravi Philemon: MDA please clarify how ban served public interest
– Singaporean Skeptic: Thank you PAP for promoting Dr Lim Hock Siew!
– becktan: On Despair
– Civic Advocator: 2 Lefts, only 1 Right
– My sketchbook: Why are we so afraid of Martyn See’s video?
– Barnyard Chorus: The public is interested
– Singapore Notes: There Are Experts, And There Are Experts
– Feed Me To The Fish: Are Ex-ISD detainees in the limelight to radicalise us? Or wake us up from our slumber?

Strangers in a Strange Land
– Siew Kum Hong: Doesn’t one-third passing mean two-thirds failing?
– Singapore Dino: PAP uses comic to promote pro-foreigner policies
– TOC: It is not about just providing food
– The Temasek Review: Proposal to prevent racial enclaves from forming in Private
– Freak Thoughts: Xenophobic Singapore
– Blowin’ In The Wind: Singapore on a record high, here come the foreigners!
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Singapore is the fastest growing economy in the world!
– The Kent Ridge Common: Should new citizens serve compulsory time at the grassroots level?
– Under the Willow Tree: Singapore Economy is Booming but Guess who is Benefiting? Duh… Foreigners!!!!

Countdown to Elections
– The Temasek Review: WP – What has become now of a party that was the champion of the underdogs?
– Balderdash: Free Elections vs Fair Elections [Recommended]
– TOC: Gerald Giam – taking politics beyond the Internet
– Chemical Generation Singapore: Punishing All for the Disgusting Acts of the Few
– TOC: Public pressure key to opposition working together
– Sgpolitics.net: A lesson for the opposition

We are against capital punishment
– Yawning Bread on WordPress:New book puts death penalty on trial
– Singapore Notes: Refining The Art Of Mocking The Law
– Rachel Zeng: A case of amnesia?
– singularity industries: Death Penalty Book Banned In Singapore
– New Asia Republic: Cabinet should not usurp Elected President’s Constitutional powers
– TOC: Law Minister’s comments prejudicial to Yong Vui Kong’s clemency appeal
– TOC: Malaysian lawyer denied access to Yong

– TOC: YOG – another farce?
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Why the YOG will be a big success…
– Ravi Philemon: Why invite former stripper to choreograph part of opening ceremony of YOG?
– Musings From the Lion City: The YOG Budget
– The Temasek Review: YOG’s S$ 387 Million budget, do we really need to spend so much?
– TOC: Straits Times – “accurate, timely and balanced”?

ERPains, Trains & Automobiles
– guanyinmiao’s musings: Putting Overcrowded Trains In Perspective
– department of crappy engineering: Going the distance fare
– Singapore Commuter: Transport crawl
– guanyinmiao’s musings: Taking The Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) System For Granted

Distance Based Fare Hike
– Blowin’ In The Wind: Old and new bus fares compared
– The Temasek Review: Lim Hwee Hua’s fare change justification flawed

Singaporeans are fed, up with progress!
– Singapore Life and Times: Broken Words

Ministars Get Rich or Die Tryin
– The Mind Game: The link between salaries and corruption?

Twilight in Paradise
– i have succumbed to peer pressure: High Growth Rates vs Total Fertility Rates.
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: France to raise retirement age to Singapore’s…

Healthcare & Healthcare Providers
– nofearSingapore: Singapore Healthcare- Collective response from some Gleneagles specialists
– Ravi Philemon: Unfair discrimination of overweight staff in Singapore hospitals

Re education
– Don’t sue me: I love the system
– Under the Willow Tree: Pioneer JC Girls’ Deaths – The Cost of Singapore’s SocioEconomic System

Housing Singaporeans
– Furry Brown Dog: Who really benefits from rising HDB housing prices? [Recommended]
– The Temasek Review: HDB asking more than $300,000 for 4-room BTO flats in Punggol

Our war on Terror
– Singapore Notes: Spotting The Bad Eggs
– The Temasek Review: PAP’s idiosyncratic methods to stem radicalisation have failed

The Great Flood of Orchard, Thomson, Boon Lay, Bukit Timah, Telok Kurau, Tai Seng, Kampong Ampat, MacPherson
– Loyalty is Orange: The Orenji Headlines: More good natural disasters ahead

The Gospel of Harry
– TOC: Do not print pictures of me smiling – Lee Kuan Yew

GIC, Temasek State Funds Investments
– WSJ: Seatown at the Fore as Temasek Diversifies

DBS – Too big to fail failed
– Tan Kin Lian’s Blog: MAS and DBS computer glitch
– Blowin’ In The Wind: DBS cutting costs? ATMs replaced a full-fledged bank

High Notes and Minibombs
– Singapore Alternatives: Minibond Saga in HK – Role of Democratic Pressures
– Reuters: DBS Hong Kong to pay $84 mln in Lehman settlement

Re education
– ST Forum: Community Involvement Programme
– ST Foum: Review community scheme in schools

National Day 2010
– ST Forum: Displaying flags to set record? That’s going overboard

Kong Hee Doing The Ming Yi
– Irreligious: Why they hate megachurches
– Irreligious: Cell group leaders earn commission? Seriously?

Daily Discourse
– Open Contours: Arts Engage: The Bigger Conversation [Recommended]
– Readings From A Political Duo-ble: Time to question ISA detention (again)
– TOC: NKF – the neverending need to raise funds?
– New Asia Republic: The Wandering Swordsman on Singapore Society
– ST Forum: Give kids space to play
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Without Vision or Purpose..
– The Kent Ridge Common: Are Singaporeans becoming more easily irritable? [Recommended]
– Yawning Bread on WordPress: After sixteen years, police resort to entrapment again
– carkenn92: Sex Trafficking in Singapore Home
– ST Forum: Give drivers access to accident database
– New Asia Republic: 读万卷书,不如行万里路
– Yawning Bread on WordPress: Policing propriety as an abuse of human rights
– Singapore Notes: Ruthless, Shameless and Ignorant
– New Asia Republic: New Media & Democracy
– Under the Willow Tree: Singapore’s Addiction to Gambling – in More Ways than One
– ST Forum: Puzzled by tax rationale on owner-occupied homes

Life, the universe and everything
– guanyinmiao’s musings: Catherine Lim’s Little Ironies: Stories Of Singapore
– Cooler Insights: We Are All Stars @ Singapore Blog Awards 2010
– TOC: Things we forget
– After Post Modernism: A Perfect Equilibirum
– ErniesUrn: Lord Of The Rings Game: Singapore Inc Edition PC Game

– blankanvas: access all areas
– work class historian: Book Launch: The Makers and Keepers of Singapore History

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