Weekly Roundup: Week 38

“So discontentment builds to pressure-cooker proportions. We become self-hating citizens.”
On Nation and State

“What is not in doubt however, is that an infinitesimal step has been taken in the direction of an Orwellian future.”
Liau Chuan Yi and Norvin Chan

“The university seems to pride itself as a political organ of the state.”
Terence Lee

“..we need a living wage, not just a minimum wage, that enables the recipient to pay for his or her housing needs and feed as well as live a humble but dignified life.”
Tan Kin Lian

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

Countdown to Elections
– On Nation and State: On nation and state: The nightmare scenario.
– Yawning Bread on WordPress: Votker poll no. 1: results
– Only “objective” and “factual” political films please, we’re Singaporeans: Political fear and apathy? What fear? What apathy?
– The Temasek Review: Voice of a (Reform Party) Volunteer – Walkabout 12/9/2010 Clementi Ave 5 Blk353 and West Coast Hawker Centre
– YourSDP: Activism by a political party – A waste of time?
– Singapore Alternatives: National Solidarity Party plans to field some 30 candidates in next GE
– The Temasek Review: Playing around with statistics, PAP-style
– Singapore Alternatives: No Race-based Politics in Singapore?
– TOC: MPs to question ministers on YOG, housing and foreign workers
– Gerald Giam: WP’s Parliamentary Questions (15 Sep 2010)
– Small steps for Social PR: Singapore MP shares questions for Parliament via Facebook notes
– VotingRp: RP wants to give Singaporean option to choose
– Yawning Bread on WordPress: Votker series: Poll no. 2
– Gerald Giam: Your vote is secret
– The Temasek Review: Leaders should lead by example with minimal cost
– I’m getting personal: Exercise Lightning Block: SDP to hold election dry-run
– Singapore Alternatives: Casino levy to be RAISED after the elections?
– Jacob 69er: {Video} Chee Soon Juan refutes Lee Kuan Yew on race, politics and immigration policy
– Theng Wei Gan Facebook: Voice of a (Reform Party) Volunteer – Walkabout 14/9/2010 Blk 167, 168, 169 and 170 in Boon Lay Drive.

– Singapore Notes: Optically Challenged Minister
– The Temasek Review: Rebuttal to MCYS reasons for the termination of IRs shuttle buses
– Thoughts of a Cynical Investor: Missing the point Minister
– AFP: Singaporeans flock to casinos despite levy
– The Temasek Review: No excuse for bursting YOG budget by more than three times

Strangers in a Strange Land
– The Temasek Review: MOM official: Not true that all 80,000 foreign workers take up jobs shunned by Singaporeans
– Loh and Behold: Sail Trimming by Singapore Politicians
– Singapore Notes: Foreign Gripes
– TOC: Migrant workers one of us too
– Sgpolitics: Who Owns Singapore?
– Musings From the Lion City: Expected Rejection
– Today: 7.5m too many
– My Queenstown: Who Says We Hate Foreigners? [Thanks Yazhi]
– Today Voices: 7.5 million people too many in this case

The Gospel of Harry
– Singapore Dino: Rebutting MM Lee’s nonsense to the New York Times
– i have succumbed to peer pressure: Sorry seems to be the hardest word.
– The Asia File: Lee Kuan Yew gets all reflective in New York Times interview
– NYT: Days of Reflection for Man Who Defined Singapore
– Singapore Notes: Thinking About The Inevitable
– Irreligious: Lee Kuan Yew on his faith, or lack of
– Singapore Social and Political Thoughts: New York Times Pays Damages to Lees – Why give an Interview to MM Lee?
– TOC: Transcripts – New York Times/IHT interview Lee Kuan Yew
– The Malaysian Insider: Race relations better if Singapore not ‘turfed out’, says LKY
– TOC: When is the last leaf falling? Imagining a Singapore without Lee Kuan Yew [Recommended]

The Gospel of Harry: Harry Lee and the Evil Dr M
– Che Det: Malaysia according to LKY
– Malaysiakini: Who really sowed the seeds of racism?
– Global Voices: Singapore, Malaysia: Mahathir Mohamad versus Lee Kuan Yew
– My sketchbook: LKY vs Mahatir -who’s the winner?

Blueprint for a Sin City
– Singapore Recalcitrant: Is this an impetuous or knee-jerk reaction?
– The Kent Ridge Common: Introduce simple IC system to solve IR bus conundrum [Thanks Lester]
– Singapore Notes: September 11 Firestorm At Sentosa
– Thoughts of a Cynical Investor: Casinos: Answers needed
– My sketchbook: The road to Casino
– Today: Did authorities not know about shuttles?
– ST Forum: Curb mushrooming Toto booths
– Singapore Dino: Why does the Govt keep patronising heartlanders?
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: More than 1 million local visitors to casinos since opening..
– Alamak: Buses Disappear and Credit Claimed
– Today: A broader problem
– The Temasek Review: Dr Vivian: Stopping RWS shuttle bus service demonstrates my ability to “act decisively and quickly”

Housing Singaporeans
– TOC: HDB flats – S’poreans come first?
– Spore Says Political Cartoon: HDB bubble
– Tan Kin Lian’s Blog: Need to stabilize property prices
– mrbrown: The truth about home ownership in Singapore
– TOC: HDB policy on singles: Singaporean vs Permanent Resident
– De Leviathan @ SG: The Property Bubble & Investment Trap Part VII – Land Bid Analysis for Yishun 99 Yr LH Condo Site

– The Enquirer: Don’t just consult lawyers; talk to students too
– Yawning Bread on WordPress: Let a hundred censors bloom
– FTP: Singapore should end website ban: gov’t committee
– Tiny Island: I Never Knew Websites Were Banned in Singapore
– For Art’s Sake: Censorship Review Committee 2009 report! It’s out!
– journalism.sg: End symbolic ban of harmful websites, says Censorship Review Committee [Thanks YKWYA]
– Yawning Bread on WordPress: Censorship Review Committee regrets but affirms censorship [Recommended]
– Singapore Notes: No Sex Please, We Are Singaporeans

The peasants doth protest too much, methinks
– Empty Vessel: On complaining

We are against capital punishment
– funny little world: We Believe In Second Chances: Then… and Now.

ERPains, Trains & Automobiles
– The Lycan Times: Public Transport Improvements
– Dee Kay Dot As Gee: Transport Minister takes public transport
– Today Voices: Showing signs of stress

Speak angmo preese
– Today: A note too far?
– Die neue Welle: Auntie…erm, Miss..
– FOOD fuels me to talk: Jest wot is gut spoken English?
– TOC: The Satirist Says: Speak Good English Movement incites violence with guerilla campaign
– Loh and Behold: George Yeo a Buddhist?
– Everything Also Complain: ‘Uncles’ and ‘aunties’ not good english
– Yale Daily News: Lasman: The Queen’s Singlish
– TOC: “Please stop hum-tumming Singlish! Just leebit alone!”

Twilight in Paradise
– The Gigamole Diaries: Living to work…..or working to live?

Minimum Wage
– New Asia Republic: Min. Wage, Max. Damage
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: MOM responds to call for minimum wages
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Minimum Wage – How long must we wait?
– TOC: Minimum wage – the debate begins
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Even Tommy Koh supports minimum wage..
– Singapore Dino: Minister doesn’t want Singaporeans to earn decent wages
– Ravi Philemon: Beyond minimum wage
– TOC: Mandatory living wage – no more cheap excuses, please
– nofearSingapore: Appeal for Minimum Wage- Tommy Koh & You & I
– ST Forum: Why it’s right

Re education
– ST Form: Give weak pupils a fighting chance
– Flying Low: It’s just so strange sometimes

The great Spore flood
– Singapore Social and Political Thoughts: Congestion Affects Monsoon Drain too
– Singapore Social and Political Thoughts: Congestion Affects Monsoon Drain too – Part 2

Daily Discourse
– Thinker, Writer, Magus, Man: Clarity and Responsibility
– TOC: Servility to higher powers
– The Secret Political Blog: It is not about the metaphors
– Sam’s thoughts: Charged for drug possession and repercussions
– Singapore Social and Political Thoughts: Massive Tree Pruning or Cutting at LHL GRC
– Blowin’ In The Wind: Global rankings and how they are done
– Dealing with Shadows: Of Singapore and Freedom
– TOC: Deaf children not less deserving, says American teacher
– New Asia Republic: Top teacher shares US best practices in deaf education
– TOC: S-League – the sinking league or the successful league?
– Sgpolitics.net: Wayang Between Sheng Siong And HDB Continues!
– Sam’s thoughts: We need LGBT role models
– Yawning Bread on WordPress: Law and order questions a mile high
– Blowin’ In The Wind: Yale on academic freedom in Singapore
– Temasek Hedge: “Singapore retail market running on fumes” goes main stream media
– ST Forum: My Point
– The Quest to be Gainfully Employed: The need for privacy
– Sam’s thoughts: What (trans)wo/men want
– The Temasek Review: PAP to force divorcees to undergo mandatory marriage preparation course before remarrying
– Blowin’ In The Wind: Why Yale-NUS won’t give Yale degrees
– funny little world: My money has e*SCAPEd!
– SpotlightOnSingapore: Maids in Singapore: modern slavery?
– Blowin’ In The Wind: Singapore average earnings fall, not unemployment
– The Rebel Yell: Vicious cycle for urban biking [via mrbrown]
– The Campus Observer: NUS and Yale partnership reflects local insecurities [Thansk Joel]
– Sam’s thoughts: Gay Singaporeans within the news frames of crime
– Today Voices: SingPost must do more about junk mail

Life, the universe and everything
– Crisis Communication in the Era of Social Media: SIA Crew Warned over Facebook Use [Thanks Justin]
– just rambling: Talking Back To The State
– The Mind Game: Marshall of Singapore: The Early Years
– Eco Walk the Talk: Veggie Thursday in Singapore [Thanks Bhavani]
– Bernard Leong: A Universe Less Ordinary
– SINdie: Catch leading filmmakers, creative voices and Ris Low share their National Day video wishlist [Thanks Alvin]

– Seelan Palay’s Blog: Non-Dominant Discourse (My art exhibition this month)
– Work Class Historian: Students at Centrestage: A Seminar on Learning History in Singapore
– Thinker, Writer, Magus, Man: Survey on Blogging and Mainstream Media
– Otterman speaks: Appeal for Type ‘O’ blood donors (16 Sep 2010)

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