Weekly Roundup: Week 36

“Every old person in Singapore who is struggling to survive is one too many.”
Gerald Giam

“Oh smoke from people burning incense bothers me, oh government, ban the burning of incense please!
..Oh flyers at my door bother me, oh government, ban flyer distribution please!
..It’s time we fucking grow up.”

TS Loh

“We need leaders who believe in their own citizens.”
Lucky Tan

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

2010 National Day Rally
General Responses
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: 4 Themes for PM Lee’s National Day Rally Speech
– Singapore Alternatives: Avoidance of Income Disparity…
– Insane Polygons: Save Me The Bullshit
– SpotlightOnSingapore: National Day Rally: why the Singapore Spirit is incomplete
– The Rot Within: The Irony
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: My Take on the ND Rally.. [Recommended]
– Words of the Cze: National Day Rally 2010
– Tan Kin Lian’s Blog: National Day Rally – some views
– Singapore Dino: Spotting the big holes in the rally speech
– Singapore Notes: The Speech That Need Not Be Delivered
– SpotlightOnSingapore: National Day Rally: why were these pressing concerns ignored?
– Insane Polygons: Snake Oil Salesman
– mrbrown: Tweets from National Day Rally 2010
– My sketchbook: National day rally -The persuasion
– Under The Willow Tree: Measures that PM Lee SHOULD Have Announced, But Didn’t [Recommended]
– SpotlightOnSingapore: National Day Rally: why I refuse to be reached by REACH
– Tan Kin Lian’s Blog: One angry citizen
– Yawning Bread on WordPress: My beady eyes over Lee’s numbers, part 1 [Recommended]
– flaneurose: Some thoughts on the National Day Rally Speech
– Sam’s thoughts: If Lee Hsien Loong sang the National Day Rally speech out…
– SpotlightOnSingapore: National Day Rally: why opposition ignored?
– Geek Is The New Black: The Singapore Hotel

Immigrants & Foreigners
– FTP: ‘We’ll slow down influx of foreigners but door must remain open’
– TOC: The PAP and the Malay Singaporean: Between rhetoric, reality and meritocracy [Recommended]
– The Temasek Review: PM Lee’s “out of touch” National Day Rally speech on immigration issues
– Gerald Giam: Immigrants and foreign workers: Let’s talk real numbers
– Musings From the Lion City: The Rally
– Chemical Generation Singapore: Population Bomb (Metaphor)
– TOC: New citizen issue – poor grasp, useless ideas? [Recommended]
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Singapore Population crosses 5M…
– Singaporean Skeptic: Island gets more crowed. Facts and Figures. Part 2.
– Musings From the Lion City: The Numbers Game
– Blowin’ In The Wind: Foreign-born Singapore resident population up from 18% to 23%
– Singapore Notes: Read Their Lips
– TOC: Singapore’s immigration policy and its developed status
– The Temasek Review: What are the problems behind the immigration problems in Singapore?
– Spore Says Political Cartoon: Best Springboard in the world
– TOC: Is he addressing the issue – 12 years on?
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Singapore population crosses 5M….Part 2
– The Temasek Review: 60% of grassroot leaders dissatisfied with PM Lee’s take on foreign talent
– My Sketchbook: Singapore’s population hits five million..and counting

– Blowin’ In The Wind: HDB flats can’t be resold, sublet for 5 years
– My Little Corner: The latest government measures may just work
– The Anti Neo-Democracy Theorist: Young Singaporeans Dreaming – Expensive HDB Flats and the Politics of Impossibilities
– De Leviathan @ SG: The Property Bubble & Investment Trap Part IV – Making Sense of Mortgage Default Statistics and Key to Invest
– Singaporean Skeptic: Step in the right direction
– De Leviathan @ SG: The Property Bubble & Investment Trap Part V – What now, after the control measures?
– The Temasek Review: Policy on property market unhelpful to the majority of Singaporean except 1st timer
– FTP: Are new property measures too little, too late?

$9,000 for your votes National Service
– Singaporean Skeptic: $9000 compensation for NS.
– Big Talk Singapore: Singapore Government finally appreciate our NS man?
– Feed Me To The Fish: Will $9000 make NSmen STFU and vote PAP?
– Senang Diri: NSRA: How much is enough? [Recommended]
– Military Life: Welcome the New: Frack the Old (NSmen) [Thanks Panzer]
– Sam’s thoughts: Thanks for the money! Now give me incentive for thanking you! And give me incentive for willingly receiving the incentive and giving you face!
– Simply Gab: Disappointed that NOT ALL NSmen are being recognized
– Singapore Alternatives: NSP: Leave No Man Behind

Opposition Response
– VotingRp: RP’s Response to PM’s National Day Message
– Sgpolitics.net: PM Lee’s National Day Rally Speech 2010 — James Bond is in town!
– SDA Desmond Lim Bak Chuan Facebook: A Response to the Prime Minister’s National Day Rally 2010 Speech
– Singapore Alternatives: NSP: Response to PM Lee’s Nation Day Rally Speech

Countdown to Elections
– TOC: Political fear and apathy? What fear? What apathy?
– Tony Tan Lay Thiam: Their Fears & My Fear
– A Serial Number on my Vote: Politics of Civil Un-obedience
– The Temasek Review: Transcript of Abdul Malik’s email interview with Straits Times
– Abdillah Zamzuri: Rallying Singapore for General Elections
– The Sun Shines on Singapore: SDP’s Latest Stunt Troopers
– utopia8787: MM Lee will probably disagree to an Election this year

– The Temasek Review: Mr Abdul Malik’s latest public statement on his arrest
– Sam’s thoughts: Using guns and cuffs for communications management in Singapore
– Everything Also Complain: Only cowards criticise YOG on Facebook
– Only “objective” and “factual” political films please, we’re Singaporeans: The art of violent metaphors – by Lee Kuan Yew
– Singapore Life and Times: Youth on the Balance
– The Lycan Times: Facebook Arrest & Blogger Clampdown
– My sketchbook: Chilling effect on bloggers in Singapore
– The Temple Of Thoughts 3: Special Report: Seconds from Disaster; YOG Edition
– New Asia Republic: The moth who took responsibility

Press Photographer handcuffed for his own good
– Abdillah Zamzuri: I’m borrowing credibility for myself, if I may
– Singapore Notes: An Officer And A Gentleman
– Crisis Communication in the Era of Social Media: Newspaper Photographer Held for Taking Flood Photos [Thanks Justin]

We are against capital punishment
– The Death Penalty in Singapore: Give Vui Kong a Second Chance! campaign
– Jacob 69er: {Videos} 2005 Public Forum on Death Penalty in Singapore and Appeal outside Istana for Shanmugam Murugesu
– The Star: Abolish death penalty, it’s incorrect to take someone’s life, says Nazri
– The Star: Weighing the death penalty
– TOC: Nazri Aziz’s remarks – a significant step?
– funny little world: We Believe In Second Chances
– TOC: Nazri Aziz’s remarks – a significant step?
– TOC: Vui Kong’s appeal set for Jan 2011
– Save Vui Kong: Vui Kong gets to see his next birthday

Twilight in Paradise
– Gerald Giam: Let’s deal with elderly poverty now [Recommended]
– nofearSingapore: Active Ageing Index and the plight of the elderly (Letter to Forum Page Editor)

Distance based Fare Hike
– Singaporean Skeptic: Just nationalise the damn thing!

ERPains, Trains & Automobiles
– ThinkingNectar: ERP, Foreign Cars and Taxis
– Sam’s thoughts: Taxi drivers deserve better from cab companies and LTA

Re education
– guanyinmiao’s musings: What The Tuition Explosion Reflects About Our Education System
– guanyinmiao’s musings: What The Tuition Explosion Reflects About Our Education System
– ST Forum: Quizzing children in the evening just won’t do
– New Asia Republic: NAR Teachers’ Day Message ~ Word of the Day: Performativity
– guanyinmiao’s musings: Revving Our Education System: Put The Pedal To The Medal

– Yawning Bread on WordPress: Drama of boxed thinking
– Seelan Palay’s Blog: MDA questions Seelan over Francis Seow video

Singapore Coloring
– TOC: Politics and ethnicity: framing racial discrimination in Singapore

Strangers in a Strange Land
– The Asia File: If the whole world was designed like Singapore…

Minimum Wage
– The Mind Game: Reviewing two views on Minimum Wage. [Recommended]

– TOC: Amendments to the CPF Act – did you know?

Blueprint for a Sin City
– New Asia Republic: Ex-ante barriers are non-existent

The Gospel of Harry
– My very lo soh long winded page: the MM’s mantra..

Seventh Month
– My Queenstown: Huat Arh! Let’s Makan and Watch Show With Mok Mok [Thanks Yazhi]
– My Queenstown: Hungry Ghosts are Coming Out! [Thanks Yazhi]
– Singapore Playground: Hungry Ghost Festival 2010 [Thanks Yazhi]

Daily Discourse
– Singapore Dino: ST preaching journalism ethics? Ah, the irony…
– AWARE: Singapore Gang Rape Case
– Yawning Bread on WordPress: No hostage drama here
– Balderdash: Gang rape, aggravated outrage of modesty or more than meets the eye?
– ST Forum: Why it’s not right to privatise my HUDC
– Sam’s Thoughts: Lay(person)ing the law: Section 377A’s constitutionality
– Sam’s thoughts: Singapore as a sporting nation versus National Service as the destroyer of sporting dreams
– funny little world: No need Speak Good Engrish Movement, lah.
– Loh and Behold: Want a Nation of Cry Babies?
– mrbrown: The Chief Justice gets it
– The Mind Game: Black and white in history? [Thanks L]
– ST Forum: Teaching financial sense: Vital to include impulse control
– New Asia Republic: The Real Dreams of a Nation
– Singaporean Skeptic: Singapore Economic Miracle
– Singapore Notes: Prophets In Our Midst
– Anonymous_X: The Liberating Truth will set you free…Not! [Thanks wacky]
– ST Forum: Focus on core services, SingPost

Life, the universe and everything
– blankanvas: lambo for kickslab
– Carpe Diem: Nic Marks: The Happy Planet Index | Video on TED.com
– Dee Kay Dot As Gee: Singapore in 1956
– deadpris: 21st Century Slavery of The Mind
– Otterman speaks: Did they say 1,000mbps?

– Dover Park Hospice: SUNday Walk 2010 5 Sep 2010 @ Tanjong Beach to Palawan Beach, Sentosa [Thanks Charlene]
– Substation Facebook: The Substation Love Letters Project #3 (September) – Christopher Ujine Ong [Thanks Noor Effendy]

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