May 31, 2010
The hint of trouble was when TOC started doing lifestyle stories, including articles by a SEXologist... Temasek Review on the other hand was smarter. They grabbed people by the eyeballs early on, and then moved into more serious political commentary. The Apprentice is now the Master.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "A slightly weird analysis of two big political blogs The Online Citizen and Temasek Review. Looks at how sex sells, and how sex gives insight into these blogs."
December 17, 2009
To lead a society, the MM says in his precise Victorian English, "one must understand human nature. I have always thought that humanity was animal-like. The Confucian theory was man could be improved, but I'm not sure he can be. He can be trained, he can be disciplined."
Recommended by tinkertailor: "Article on Singapore culture, politics, and LKY."
December 16, 2009
December 12, 2009
Remember how LKY said he will send in the army if there ever is a "freak election" and the PAP is voted out of Parliament? In every other country, when the people vote out the ruling party, it is called a mandate. It is only in Singapore that such a vote is called a "freak election". Also, whose Army is it anyway? Is it the Army of the people of Singapore - who have just voted out the PAP? Or is it the Army of the PAP?
I list here ten out of the many other reasons why I am unable to vote for the PAP:
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "Author lists 10 reasons why he cannot vote for the PAP. A worthy read."
June 05, 2009
Hri Kumar said:
My suggestion in Parliament last week to allow the PM to appoint Ministers from outside the pool of MPs has attracted support, criticism and speculation.
Some people speculated I was putting forward the suggestion on someone else's instructions. That is not how things work. No one tells me what to say or vets my speeches. The first time the leaders knew of my speech was when they heard me in Parliament.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "PAP MP puts forward case for unelected cabinet ministers."
March 19, 2009
Singapore enquirer said:
The Singapore government’s relationship with an increasingly critical blogosphere is tenuous at best if not outright antagonistic. For a long time, it is contented to leave internet chatter on its own believing that it will have little influence at the national level as long it is restricted to cyberspace.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "No need to use REACH liao."
February 05, 2009
ABS-CBN News said:
Loo Choon Yong also suggested that because more free time did not necessarily result in more babies, people should work on Saturdays, a report in The Straits Times said.
"I have nothing against our young Singaporeans having fun and partying. But I hope they will work as hard as they play," the MP was quoted as saying.
Recommended by ketsugi: "Clearly we should cut down to a four-day work week and declare every Friday a "National Weekly Have Sex Day"."
January 26, 2009
The most critical change of all is Section 2-3(a) which changes from 'reporting of current events' to '...reporting of news by a broadcasting service licenced under any written law'.
This in itself places anyone filming an 'illegal event' who does not have a press pass in the cross hairs of the authorities (which include the Police) who, under Section 34 of this act, can search and seize any film and equipment used.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "Proposed Amendment to the Films Act: sad, sad day for a 'first world' society - when using your camera-phone to capture video in a public place can automatically become an offence..."
December 05, 2008
Yawning Bread said:
This story started with an abusive employer, but what got me interested was the role played by the government departments. From this, you can see that they were not at all interested in helping workers. Mediation became story-telling in the hope of discouraging the workers from pressing their claims. No mention is made of the company being prosecuted for violating our Employment Act. The police held people for overstaying without a shred of evidence that they were overstayers. The ICA held people in an armlock, getting them to fund their own flight home, with or without being paid their wages. They all just want to get rid of the problem, with no regard for justice, law or rights.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "The building of Singapore's Integrated Resorts (IR) is reported to be wrecked by economic uncertainties, but little do we know about the foreign workers who are denied wages, and the governmental inaction when it comes to helping them."
December 02, 2008
The Online Citizen said:
After months of consultation with various sectors of society and organizations, the Advisory Council on the Impact of New Media on Society (AIMs), finally presented its report on Internet regulations this morning.
“If the Government warmly embrace what we are suggesting…it will lead to more diversity, more choices, more space for political discussion,” AIMs chairman, Mr Cheong Yip Seng, said at the press conference which was held at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel at Kim Seng Road.
The report, titled “Engaging New Media, Challenging Old Assumptions”, is a 224-page document, neatly packaged and given out to the media. It comes after consultation with groups such as the Law Society, Government Parliamentary Committees, businesses, bloggers and individuals.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "This may change the landscape of the internet for Singaporeans."
November 28, 2008
ST’s headline was factual. The airport was occupied, thousands were stranded, flights were cancelled and chaos reigned. But it’s not in the business to only report the facts; its here to support the government construct a nation in its own image. This entails emphasizing and de-emphasizing meanings which enable the state to look good.
But the real question is not how Singaporeans recognize false dilemmas and reject them. The real question is, do Singaporeans want freedom from false dilemmas? I don’t really think so. Here are some reasons why...
Recommended by mr.udders: "A very cogent and coherent argument which shows a depth of critical thinking and wide reading. If only we had more socio-political writers like her/him and fewer pretenders to the throne!"
October 12, 2008
Seah Chiang Nee said:
When the US House of Representatives first rejected the $700b rescue package, I couldn’t help wondering what Singapore would have done under similar circumstances.
It took me a whole few seconds to conclude that the ruling People’s Action Party would have done pretty much what the Republicans did.
It would have rushed to save the major corporations – particularly the government-linked corporations (GLCs) - in order ‘to save the economy from collapsing’.
The Democratic Party had demanded a more equitable rescue, not just one that helped Wall Street firms hit by the credit meltdown.
It also wanted bail-out for American people who had lost their homes because of it and the ridiculously high salaries and bonuses for corporate CEOs to be capped.
Recommended by at82: "Over the years Singapore had been run like a large corporation, vigorously bent on accumulating profits and reserves. The city-state has, in fact, come to be called Singapore INC. At this stage of development, it needs more than just a one-party rule with only minimal opposition role. "
October 04, 2008
September 02, 2008
Andrew Loh said:
On Sunday, the PAP Community Foundation organised a ‘PAP carnival’ at West Coast Park. This was reported by the Straits Times on its front page, with a big picture of PM Lee on a bicycle. The event would be nothing out of the ordinary if not for one small detail: outdoor events by political parties are banned – or at least that is what the PAP Government itself says. This was explained in no uncertain terms in Parliament last year (2007) by the Senior Minister of State for Law and Home Affairs, Professor Ho Peng Kee, and carried in news reports by our mainstream press.
The ban, said Minister Ho, is a ‘longstanding one’ because ‘outdoor gatherings by parties have the potential to cause a public disturbance.’ (Straits Times).
Ho explained this in his reply to questions from the Workers’ Party MPs in Parliament, who asked why the WP’s application to hold a cycling event at East Coast Park was rejected by the police.
Recommended by at82: "If our society is ruled by two different sets of laws – or laws applied selectively - for different people or political parties, it cannot but fracture and disintegrate. "
August 29, 2008
While this government has finally recognized that its rules are "way, way out of date", I feel that this government still hasn't "got it" when it comes to the New Media, or Web.
Recommended by reeneho: "Fantastic article written by this Singaporean, but rejected by mainstream papers. "
August 28, 2008
The Online Citizen said:
“We decided to do the poll because no one was doing it – getting the opinion of the people most involved or affected by the way their constituency is run, the people of Jurong GRC,” said Andrew Loh, Deputy Editor of The Online Citizen. “Although it was a simple poll of 2 questions, it gives a reasonable feel of what the people of Jurong GRC think about the issue of having a by-election there, in the wake of the passing of one of its MPs, Dr Ong Chit Chung. 478 Singaporeans is a decent number to poll, considering our very limited resources.”
Recommended by mr.udders: "Nice to see The Online Citizen taking a refreshing approach towards discussing a matter close to our hearts."
August 20, 2008
Simon Tay said:
Obviously he did not calculate the ERP charges that taxed taxi riders that are currently charged ERP fees! The middle class can now OWN cars with huge installment to pay and they will choose not to drive to "save on cost".
PM Lee mentioned that people should Remove the food tray after your meal in food court and I will add to that that we should even clean the table with our own wet tissue.
We don't return our plates it's because FREEDOM allows us to do that and there is NO LAW that indicate that we must return our plates. If the law says it's ILLEGAL to leave the plates on the table after a meal then WE ARE LITERALLY IN PRISON.
PM Says that there will be more help, schemes for women to encourage babies. What about reducing stressful working lifestyles and reducing number of working hours to increase work - life balance.
Recommended by simontay78: "It's the truth and sincere counter claims on what the PM is trying to convince the locals on political issues."
August 05, 2008
The Zimbabwe Times said:
President Robert Mugabe on Friday quietly left the country destined for Singapore where he was set to receive medical attention for an undisclosed ailment. ... “He normally seeks treatment in Singapore,” said a source. “That is where he has gone to. He is coming back on Sunday morning.”
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "Welcome to tyrants and despots here! Money good can liao! "
August 04, 2008
July 02, 2008
The Guardian, UK said:
Why is it that a growing number of highly educated and well-travelled people are willing to hand over several of their freedoms in return for prosperity or security? This question has been exercising me for months as I work on a book about what I call the "pact".
The model for this is Singapore, where repression is highly selective. It is confined to those who take a conscious decision openly to challenge the authorities. If you do not, you enjoy freedom to travel, to live more or less as you wish, and – perhaps most important – to make money.
Recommended by Selfrevolution: "John Kampfner reflects on a growing trend of a new form of calibrated authoritarianism, combined with the tenets of capitalism, which is slowly taking root around the world in the post 9/11 era. And Singapore's model is a learning tool for that purpose.."