SGDaily Roundup: Week 7

The Phantom Menace. PAP mole in the mist?
– Singabloodypore: Singapore’s Shame
– The Wayang Party Club of Singapore: The Online Citizen’s reply and our stand
– Newsintercom: The Unknown Extent of the PAP’s Net Offensive
– The Wayang Party Club of Singapore: 8 questions for The Online Citizen’s Remy Choo
– The Void Deck: The Online Citizen Conspiracy Theory!
– Chemical Generation Singapore: What a Tangled Web they Wove
– The Online Citizen: Allegations against TOC
– la nausée: The Sounding of a TOCsin: Blogosphere in a Bog
– The Online Citizen: Separating fact from fiction – Addressing the allegations against theonlinecitizen
– To Fix a Mocking Peasant: Playing Undercover [Recommended]
– Singabloodypore: Baseless, Malicious, Hogwash No More
– The Wayang Party Club of Singapore: Reply to La Nausee: Why we find TOC’s agenda suspicious
– An Inconvenient Truth: remy choo is a pap boy – fact
– Nomed Letters: Infernal Affairs – Singapore Style [Recommended]
– nofearSingapore: TOC’s mole affair – My personal opinion
– Insane Polygons: What Matters Not.
– For What It’s Worth: sigh
– Wayang Party Club of Singapore: Furore in cyberspace over Choo Zheng Xi’s links with PAP
– Looking For LaLaLand: NOPE. NONE. ZILCH. NATTA.
– The world is thinking..: TOC, conspiracies, truth, and me
– The Sun Shines on Singapore: The TOC Fiasco – Truth is the First Casualty of War
– SgForums: TOC’s Choo Zheng Xi Paid by PAP MP!
– HWZ: I support the Online Citizen
– HWZ: TOC undersiege
– Sammyboy: TOC connections
– soc.culture.singapore: Beware TOC (The Online Cons) [Thanks messiah]

Not that we love Caesar less…
– BothSidesOfTheJohorStraits: MM Lee: Singapore’s population is too small for political diversity
– The Daily Backtrack: Ombudsman, what a queer little word
– Alice in Wonderland: Where is Singapore’s fourth generation of leaders?
– The Wayang Party Club of Singapore: Why MM is wrong that there’s not enough top talent for a two-party system in Singapore
– Vox: The Reasons for Singapore’s diminishing talent pool
– SOURgrAPESatSG: Lee kuan Yew and those disillusioned others
– Where Bears Roam Free: MM Lee should stop interfering with others’ business
– BothSidesOfTheJohorStraits: Long-term political planning, Singapore style

Strangers in a strange land
– The boy who knew too much: Lee Kuan Yew reconsiders population
– SgForums: SG 85,500 emigrate a year?

6 in 10 new jobs go to foreigners
– JeremyToh: The Consequence of a ‘regulated’ press [Recommended]
– mrbrown: Er, so, was it 6-in-10 or one third of our jobs went to foreigners now?
– Decay on Net: 6 in 10 new jobs go to foreigners OR a third filled by foreigners?
– Decay On Net: Newly improved title – S’poreans and foreigners gain from job boom
– EDMW: Reload this Page Goh Chin Lian! Were you under pressure to change the subject title and content??? [Thanks viceroy]
– HWZ: OMG LOL! 154th media exposed!!!
– SgForums: Q4 jobless rate falls to 1.6% – Really?
– SPUG: Jobs don’t go to Singaporeans

Singaporeans are fed, up with progress!
– Looking For LaLaLand..: Is the Prime Minister seriously out of touch?
– The Online Citizen: 5 Minutes With… Leong Sze Hian on rising inflation
– Simply Jean: Hawker prices the same… but is your food still the same?
– The Anti Neo-Democracy Theorist: High Food and Petrol prices solely due to external forces? – Accountability in the media
– Where Bears Roam Free: Like Father, Like Son – Let them buy (unbranded) annuity plan!
– Yawning Bread: Inflation has hurt poor more than rich
– sgForums: Are We Getting what We are Paying so Much For?
– HWZ: Singapore ’s food inflation is extremely high by international standards

GIC, Temasek Spending Spree
– Diary of a Singaporean Mind: GIC Buys Tokyo Westin!!!
– SPUG: Will the US govt do what President Ong failed?

ERPains, Trains & Automobiles
– Singapore Life and Times: Divorcing the car
– The Online Citizen: TOC Policy Feature: Improving Singapore’s Public Transport System – A Commuter’s Perspective
– Yawning Bread: Are the planned bus and rail improvements enough?
– Alice Cheong in Wonderland: SBS bus practise of concealing bus number caused waiting time above 40minutes
– The mrbrown show: 2 Many 2 Count – ERP Drift
– A long and arduous road of an entrepreneur: Of ERP, COE and Singapore Population
– BothSidesOfTheJohorStraits: Big-brother is putting a GPS-tracker in your car!
– Cheng’s Corner: Some Remarks..

Transport Reforms Announced
– Singapore’s Land Transport: New ERP gantries: Part II
– Alice Cheong in Wonderland: Every [Congested] Road Pay may be ready 2010

Section 377a
– Musings: Gay Anal Sex Illegal…really?
– Musings: 377A Still A Registrable Offence

The Complaints Choir Banned
– Yawning Bread: A reason to complain
– Singapore Patriot: Complaints Choir “firing cheap political shots”?

CPF & Annuities
– My Singapore News: Trust the govt with your money
– Perspective Unlimited: Talking a Policy to Death
– mrbrown: CPF (You Won’t See For) Life: Compulsorily Flexible
– Sgpolitics.net: National Lifelong Income Scheme finalized
– The Online Citizen: Uniquely Singapore – F1 or F9: Income statistics?
– The States Times: R80 Category

Get Rich or Die Tryin’
– Siew Kum Hong: OPQ 22 January 2008: GDP Bonus for Ministers

Healthcare
– Darth Grievous’ Dark Domain: Means Testing – A load of bullshit
– A Singapore Odyssey: Don’t make needy seek aid from multiple sources
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Slippery Slope : Means Testing + Healthcare Insurance
– HWZ: Owned? You PAP voters!

Pink Issues
– Yawning Bread: Leaving Singapore for pinker shores

Election Reform Public Forum
– A Partisan Guy: Forum 4 Reform

Human Rights
– Pseudonymity: Story Behind Singapore Authorities’ Attempts To Stop NUS International Students’ Walk For Burma
– la nausée: A Non-Citizen’s Constitutional (Non-)Right to Freedom of Speech in Singapore
– No political films please, we’re Singaporeans: Film ban hurts Singapore’s press freedom
– The GP Tutor: Info-pack on Censorship [Recommended]

Hacked or Mischief
– Pseudonymity: SDP Website – A Case Of Information Sabotage?
– Sgpolitics.net: SDP website problems: Systems error or mischief-making?

NKF, Charities et al
– The Online Citizen: NKF – more in reserves now than during the scandal

Singapore’s Bid for Youth Olympic Games 2010 [Thanks Brian]
– Red Sports: Moscow takes cheap shot at Singapore in race for Youth Olympic Games
– eastcoastlife: Eastcoastlife supports Singapore’s bid for Youth Olympic Games 2010
– Red Sports: Show your support for Youth Olympic Games bid
– Singapore Youth Olympic Games 2010: Singapore’s Youth Olympic Village

Ah Meng is dead. Long live Ah Meng
– YoungJedi: Ah Meng left us for a better place called heaven.
– Hard Hitting in the Lion City: Ah Meng is dead
– Singapore Life and Times: Death of a distinguished Primate
– ALVINOLOGY: Ah Meng passed away this morning
– Empty Vessel: Ah Meng

Daily Discourse
– Enblocing Singapore: Hong Kong’s Collective Sale Process – Us learning from them or them us?
– Sophie’s World: S’pore-KL budget flights take off but..
– The States Times: Not Quite The “A” Team
– Looking For LaLaLand..: YAY! No more blood will be shed for skimpily clad women!
– Diary of a Singaporean Mind: 2007 Worries about price hikes..2008..
– Journalism.sg: Government needs to invest in the credibility of the press [Recommended]
– Looking through the eyes of_ _: Distressing!
– BothSidesOfTheJohorStraits: If everybody has ‘passion’ for his/her job, would they work for free?
– Winter is Coming: Penalise those who write ridiculous letters
– My Singapore News: Halal canteen in a Singapore school!
– The States Times: Police Mentality
– e pur si muove: Respect my patois, biatch
– Musings: The Story of Section 298A
– Siew Kum Hong: OPQ 22 January 2008: Workfare Income Supplement Payment
– Yawning Bread: Keeping schools safe from religion
– Simply Jean: Another belt-related death?
– Sophie’s World: Missing MRT link, part 2
– Singapore Life and Times: Money Madne$$
– Singapore Patriot: Obama praises Singapore’s education system
– Sophie’s World: Missing MRT link, Part 3
– SimplyJean: The solution to brain drain is to draw more brains (sounds quite gross)
– Looking through the eyes of_ _: Value of Success
– The Itch to Write: First world country having ‘brain drain problem’
– utopia: brain drain problem does not lies with the people
– Singapore Patriot: Police were boh chap in their investigations: Judge

Life, the universe and everything
– nofearSingapore: Are you ready for change: What’s your Locus of Control score?
– Angry Doctor: Alternative New Year
– My Way: Answers to Common Irritating New Year Questions
– Balderdash: “Where the Hell is Matt?” in Singapore
– mrbrown: Taiwan celebrities say we Singaporean the England not powderful
– Decay on Net: Taiwan Celebrities Criticise Singaporean English
– Looking through the eyes of_ _: Safe Or Not?
– Simply Jean: Are you asking your cabin crew friends to bring in porn?
– Catholic Writings: It’s safer to download porn than to download anime?
– YoungJedi: My StarHub Cable TV – Part 1
– BlogF1: Could There Be A Problem With Wet Weather Night Racing?
– Insane Polygons: The Ladder Theory
– ringisei: Ethical campaigns leave a bitter taste

Infoblogoramus
– Luxury Launches: Singapore Flyer is the tallest spinning Ferris Wheel to date
– Odd Culture: In Singapore, No More Lookin’ Good For Jesus
– Random Thoughts Of A Free Thinker: Singapore 2030: Views from the ground
– Sayoni Speak: 3rd ILGA-Asia Regional Conference
– Singapore Budget 2008: About The Singapore Government Budget

Odex Update
– Looking through the eyes of_ _: Disturbing!

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12 Responses to SGDaily Roundup: Week 7

  1. KKP for Darkness says:

    The Chronicler Says:
    16 February 2008 at 7:47 pm

    “It’s over, finished, kaput, habit (look if you don’t believe me!) – these so called counter insurgents really need to meet up in Long John Silver and sit down before the drawing board and start from zero again. I really don’t know where their strategist got their info from maybe the NLB, but life CANNOT BE THAT SIMPLE. HOW CAN IT BE?

    FYI. if you want to learn how to really do it 1,2,3 etc, then I want $2.2 million, I promise you the head and the tail and everything in between! I sumpah!

    As for TOC, they just need to do what they have been doing all along – my advice to them is produce and produce and produce, tmr will take care of it’self – I wish them well.

    Folks this is in no way bad for blogosphere, if anything, the sleeper has awaken. We have learnt many things and the biggest lesson is life is never that simple – you dont shout and I jump – you must be shitting me. Darkness 2008″

    This has been posted by the Chronicler of the Brotherhood

    The Chronicler Says:
    17 February 2008 at 1:32 am
    “Where were the internet experts, when you really needed them? Tell me where were they? I know what some of you are thinking – this TOC thing is a non-event, childish, infantile even.

    Au contraire, it is significant ONLY because it illustrates succinctly, how fragile and ephemeral the internet actually is and how incoherent your mind is to make sense of the world for what it is, rather than what you wish it to be – don’t ever forget this – don’t ever forget this; it is Kendo, to learn, you must first see your fall, otherwise you are just deluding yourself – denying this reality with false pride does little to give currency to the other position, it simply promotes silence and silence is silence nothing more or less, no wisdom there, no mystery even, absolutely zero with no capacity to even beacon out the murk except perhaps to masturbate no end the belief in one’s overweening self importance that having lived X number years translates into some form of wisdom – the ultimate lie – it’s failure in the purest sense of the word – I want you to remember this always and never forget it. When the chips really come down, it is only you and you alone, the rest, like the chroniclers of NLB you could just throw it away and it wouldn’t matter either way – remember it’s always abt you, not them, or the the need to be part of the we, honing the ‘you’ will see you thru the storm, allowing you to make sense of a given situaton, that is the lesson of TOC vs Jasper – next time I’ve sit on a stone and just watch it burn – Darkness 2008″

    Posted by the Chronicler of the Brotherhood.

  2. Chronicler for Darkness says:

    “I have received a lot of caustic mail citing me on why I have even said it is even OK for the govt or anyone to move into the sphere of the internet. Some of you have even said to me they are disappointed because I have supported TOC. Others have said, I am selling out to the party political machinery – they have even threatened to boycott us.

    Calm down. Let me put it this way; do you take the world for what it is? Or do you take it for what you think should be? I realize it’s a subtle question but if you really desire an answer, you really need to work this out with me. If it’s the latter then you can just as well sit down in one corner and conjure up all sorts of idealistic rubbish and you would still be right enough to count me out as wrong on every turn! I on the other hand take the world for it MUST BE. There is a finality to this approach, it simply means, we can never lose sight or ignore the connection between the economics of power and politics and how it may even color the eventual shape and form of blogosphere – we can no more preserve ideal of the internet by hammering our keyboards into ploughshares, in the hope that we may even fashion such a thing as a great wall to keep out that which we feel should not enter blogosphere, that’s a pipe dream – where I feel this psyche may have it’s origins is perhaps in the traditional understanding of how we should ‘rightly’ regard and come to treat these two mediums (old and new) by separating them into mutually exclusive camps; this misconception has been propagated by the MSM and the academics no end. In my view drawing an imaginary line to separate the two, makes efficient and convenient the business of keeping journalist and derelict academics in business, but nonetheless it’s a serious omission if the imperative is to understand blogosphere for what it is, rather than what it should be – FACT: a sizeable segment of the populace (not only in Singapore but all over the world) has effectively migrated online! I have for a long time argued against propagating such convenient distinctions only because they bear little resemblance to reality.

    One doesn’t need to ferret too hard to see how this puffy illusion almost dissolves the instant we consider a few cold facts – the average age of people who get their news from newspapers is now 55 years in the western hemisphere! Over 70% of Americans regularly get their news concerning the presidential race from the net! It is fair to assume that most will also form their opinions as to who they would like to vote for in the same way. We are watching the presidential race carefully trying our best to draw the connection between blogging and how it impacts the ballot box, and we are only gamers! What more of those who form the party political apparatus? Do you believe they can continue to ignore the connection between the simple act of blogging and how it continues to shape collective consciousness?

    This is a question u would do well to ask yourself.

    The fact remains the internet is fast becoming the new domain where the battle of the minds is waged not only politically, but economically, socially and even technologically – given that this may well be the new order; the question you need to ask yourself is whether it is even a sensible proposition to believe for one moment, ANY party political machinery will simply leave blogosphere alone? Allow me to paraphrase; can they (any party political actor) even afford to ignore blogosphere without incurring penalties? Do you really believe they don’t need to square off the mathematics of necessity and reconcile themselves with this new reality? Do you even believe they would even buy into the idea of regarding blogosphere; in the way the international community has now declared and even ratified an agreement guaranteeing Antarctica an environment free zone?

    Again you need to ask yourself these questions.

    What then are the prospects of blogging in this new reality? Firstly the economics of pay out will remain a key determinant; how the game MUST and WILL be played – this is hardly even a matter for you and me to decide; if what we term collective consciousness migrates online, then it’s fair to assume the entire band wagon that makes up the party political apparatus will have to follow suit – these along with governments, the opposition, the hare Krishna and even the save the whales troupe will be making in bee line in earnest – you could try to stop them, but I say you might as well go and plough the sea or something.

    Neither will there be any shortage of reasons accounting for why these segments believe they even have an ‘elemental’ right to violate your preserve of a ‘free’ blogosphere –come in they will, plant their flag pole and stake their claim they will, vey much in the way the conquistadors of old did, in the name of God, Mickey Mouse or the planet of the apes, it’s not a question of whether, but when and how.

    In effect that will be Arkham’s razor, the Archimedean point, the battle lines so speak and where may ask is the profit of denying this reality?

    Now you know why I believe people who expect the PAP, foreigners or even the consortium of hydrogen bus drivers to remain sidelined from blogosphere are delusional. They have to be, only because they are living in their hermetically ‘closed’ as opposed to ‘open’ world – what else can account for their continued denial?

    You tell me? Please don’t call me names, it is not very nice. Thank you – Darkness 2008”

    This was written by Darkness and posted by the Chronicler of the Brotherhood.

  3. saintmoron says:

    Words Of Reasonability(Reasonableness?) though Darkly imparted!!
    Cheers!

  4. shoestring says:

    Netizens should have more confidence in themselves and trust in others to make the right judgments. Face the challenge/menace/whatever head-on instead of running away or trying to keep it out. Gold is refined from fire. Send in the clowns if they wish, fang ma guo lai!

  5. moozonoi says:

    It depends whether there’s the climate of fear wat.

    Pls don’t be silly. You say don’t have and that Cat Lim shouldn’t say got climate of fear because that reminds people of fear.

    But then, if people are afraid, it just means they afraid wat; say don’t have doesn’t mean inexistent.

    Then again, maybe I’m out-of-touch.

  6. saintmoron says:

    The foxy scents will inevitably arouse the hounds and right behind the hounds will be the hunters!

  7. Chronicler for Darkness says:

    “Dear Valued Readers,

    Recently with the CNY break, I had a lot of time to indulge in cycling and I have been spending a lot of time with the ASDF team – this is our strategic think tank. It would not be wrong to say one of them is roughly equal to 6 of me on a bad day and probably 10 on a good one – these are one of the finest brains around – during our rides there has been plenty of opportunity of discourse. I have for instance asked them, whether with the government coming in whether this is end of blogging as we know it? They have shared with me some of their thoughts and I wish to share their findings with you.

    According to the ASDF this is not the end, if anything it heralds the beginning of a new age. Let me share with you why; thought the idea of the oppositional writer has been around since the inception of the internet something that has taken longer to emerge is the idea of the oppositional reader. As the Jasper vs TOC case study illustrates, we are still very far from developing any where near critical mass in terms of winnowing fact from truth – it would not be entirely wrong to say most readers in the internet are still very much an artifact of their infancy, they aren’t producers and seekers in the true sense of the word, that worries me, as it means, if the government decides to muscle in then the possibility of being overwhelmed completely remains a very real possibility. I am sanguine about these developments. I know that the ASDF doesn’t seem to have much faith, but I do and let me share with you why.

    You see, I figured out even if the internet is invaded and eventually evolves into a free market version of the Stalinist totality to which the Bolshevik revolution gave rise, the perverse effect may be the elevation of the niche reader market – I realized this by sheer accident many years ago when I first started writing novels, there will always be a group of people who will gravitate towards their own version of the truth, that cannot be entirely true otherwise 90% of the readers in Just Stuff would still rely on aggregators and sites like the Intelligent Singaporean would have long dried up and disappeared by now – fact remains; they are still around and they still manage to garner a respectable cachet of readers; this begs the question; why? If I had to venture a guess; these are readers who will presumably prefer parfum to eau de toilette. You can even say reading is essentially a self selecting exercise, governments may display the goods pasar malam style, but not everyone will bite, if they did sales of newspapers will not be dwindling, you cannot deny there will always be a segment who will always gravitate towards their preferred content; be it haute couture or even the lunatic fringe. How they go about seeking out these boutique outlets is really a matter of conjecture, we would probably never know for certain – for example did you know there were so many anime fans had it not been for the odex saga? See what I mean, but I have always registered the presence of such a segment, they will always seek out the truth and the perverse effect of the govt actually coming into blogosphere may be the elevation of the oppositional reading status it’self.

    I am reminded of the world of the samizdat (pls goggle up this term, you will learn alot), the flowering of readership, ought to remind us that oppositional reading can not only survive, but even thrive and flourish, even in exile.

    I remain hopeful, very hopeful indeed. In short governments or whoever may come in, but there is really enough space to accommodate all, they must simply come to the realization, this is a domain that cannot be controlled as easily as the MSM, that really is the great hope of the internet – I am very hopeful, I am – Darkness 2008”

    Written by Darkness and posted by the Chronicler of the Brotherhood.

  8. Chronicler for Darkness says:

    “I have written another internet book – so far it has sold 50,000 copies, it is called the “tree that binds” with the kind the permission of the Singapore Daily, I will advertise it here, it speaks of hope lost and hope returned.

    There is hope, there always is.”

    Posted by the Chronicler

  9. Darkness says:

    Dear valued readers,

    Tell me when will you be mine? When will you say ‘yes’ to me? You mean happiness to me – let me show you the way

    I am Darkness 2008

  10. Primma Girl says:

    OK lah we forgive you lah

  11. dentist Jan says:

    the power of sex..mmmmh I am not so sure abt this one LOL

  12. shoestring says:

    Lol. That quando quando thing doesn’t work on everybody. It shouldn’t.

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