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Posted by inspir3d on August 25, 2007

Dear Readers,

Recently certain events have prompted me to re-evaluate the role & relevance of the Intelligent Singaporean in the Singapore socio-political blogosphere. These events have forced me to reconsider whether continuing my aggregation work furthers the original cause of IS.

The original intention of IS was that it would act as a mutual ground of exchange and to facilitate civil discussion about socio-political issues in Singapore. The blogosphere has however evolved rapidly in the intervening year and IS is no longer able to serve the changing needs of the blogosphere today.

I have therefore decided that this would be an appropriate time for me to redefine the nature of my participation in the blogosphere. Unfortunately, this includes the discontinuation of IS as it currently stands. Rest assured all previously published content will be retained and will continue to be accessible to the public-at-large.

It has been a privilege to have been involved in the undertaking of such a project. I would like to thank all those who have contributed to IS in one way or another, including all the readers who have supported my work. My only regret is that I will no longer be able to provide you with the same convenience in navigating the socio-political blogosphere that I have been able to with the Intelligent Singaporean.

Thank you all for your patience and understanding.

InSp.

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Suspension

Posted by inspir3d on August 23, 2007

This Blog is Suspended Until Further Notice.

All Inconvenience Caused is Regretted.

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Intro to Singapore’s Socio-Political Blogosphere

Posted by intellisg on July 17, 2007

theorycast.26 :: Intro to Singapore’s Socio-Political Blogosphere
Show Guest: Bernard Leong • Location: Geek Terminal • Show Length: 20min

Bernard Leong of SingaporeAngle shows us how we can get involved in
Singapore’s socio-political blogosphere. If you notice the markers on
the video timeline, those indicate additional comments and clickable
links to things we mentioned in the interview.

There’s also a link to a directory of socio-political bloggers
compiled by my social media students earlier this year. Their
assignment involved each of them “adopting a local political blogger”.

See http://theory.isthereason.com/?p=1761

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Auditor General’s Report: Millions Missing

Posted by intellisg on June 1, 2007

By request, this is a special announcement for TOC (The Online Citizen)

TOC (The Online Citizen) recently reproduced in full the Public Accounts Committee convened by Parliament to scrutinize irregularities highlighted by the Auditor General’s report for financial year 05-06. It gave few concrete figures to highlight the irregularities it was pointing out.

TOC tracked down a copy of the original AGO report, which gives a far more comprehensive overview of the scope of the irregularities. This is reproduced in full. We hope that members of the public will step forward to scrutinize the report and ask the necessary questions of our public servants.

In light of the limited scope of the Auditor-General’s report, TOC believes that the public deserves a more thorough audit of its public offices. Further, action needs to be taken to examine why these mistakes occurred in the first place: were there cases of corruption involved, or was it just incompetence? What were the consequences of these multi-million dollar mistakes?

This report can either be swept under the carpet to the further detriment of the credibility of the media and our government, or it can serve as a reference point for a new era in government transparency and accountability. We hope the latter will prevail.

Choo Zheng Xi

Read the entire report here

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THE GREAT HALL DEBATE IS BACK!

Posted by intellisg on April 5, 2007

GHDDear Valued Readers,

Many of you will be pleased to hear, the Brotherhood Press will be holding a session of the great hall debates again! This time it will be featured here live on the Intelligent Singaporean this coming 8th April 2007 at 9.00 pm.

The topic of the debate,

“How Should We Make Sense of What is Right?”

Touching on this subject will be issue of ministers’ pay rises, are they justified? – How should we ideally make sense of our place in Singapore? – How should we ideally learn from our mistakes or do we believe we are perfect decision makers? – Is there a better way to make sense of our present world?

On the contrarian camp will feature Darkness and on the for pro camp Dr Chandra has kindly volunteered (our esteemed critic and sworn enemy of Darkness).

Come on down and hold on to your seats as we take you on an unforgettable roller coaster no holds bar ride of a life time – only limited seats will be available. Doors will close sharp at 9.05 pm.

The great debate is back! Brought to you only by the Intelligent Singaporean and the Brotherhood Press!

(Brotherhood Press 2007 – Broadcast – EP (code unspecified) 2007)

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News Flash – Thailand’s Sondhi Wants Assets Back From Singapore

Posted by inspir3d on February 16, 2007

I think that this is a major story that all Singaporeans should know about, and that deserves its own post. (InSpir3d)

Thailand’s Sondhi Wants Assets Back From Singapore

Feb. 16 (Bloomberg) — Thailand’s Army chief said he wants to take back about 140 billion baht ($3.9 billion) of assets from Singapore, escalating a diplomatic spat between the Southeast Asian nations.

“Singapore is a very small country, but it is so rich that it can buy 140 billion baht of our national assets,” said Sondhi Boonyarataklin, who led a September coup that toppled the government of Thaksin Shinawatra. “I am thinking about whether we can take those assets back. I want our national assets back, especially the satellites.” full story >>

Other Sources

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Reply to Soci regarding Tochi

Posted by inspir3d on January 27, 2007

Serious allegations have been made against this website. Specifically, Soci of Singabloodypore has made the following statements:

Singabloodypore Allegation

(Click for full image, see here for entire post)

While this is not the kind of post i enjoy writing, it is necessary that I deal with these allegations as these comments malign the integrity and reputation of the IS. Read the rest of this entry »

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Singapore Angle: Perspectives

Posted by inspir3d on January 8, 2007

The Singapore Angle team invites all readers to submit short articles or letters to Singapore Angle: Perspectives. We are especially interested in short articles and letters that bring awareness and insights on local and global issues related to Singapore to the general public. ST Forum-styled letters complaining about public services or the Government, in general, will not be published, as ST Forum already provides an avenue for such letters. Unlike the articles for the main site, there will be no comments threads for letters and articles in Singapore Angle: Perspectives.

Find out more… HERE

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To Readers

Posted by inspir3d on October 6, 2006

A couple of loyal readers have expressed concern over this hiatus that IS is taking, and this post is meant to address this concern.

Running the IS can be quite a complex operation, and with the proliferation of content on the internet, the manual techniques of aggregation i have been using are simply too inefficient. aggregating it will require a more effective use of technology, and this will take time to develop.

As mentioned in the latest post, I have brought a very talented programmer onto the team, and we will be working together to launch an even more effective IS. I believe that this temporary short term drop in activity is necessary for the long term growth and long term success of IS. Continuing it in the way it currently is is unsustainable.

In view of the long term goals, it is necessary to take a short term dip in readership. But I have no doubt that IS performs a role that is otherwise currently unfilled. And with the greater growth of online media, the need for the work that IS does will only grow in the future.

Rest assured, when the new version of IS is up and running, it will be even better than before.

In terms of a time frame, the new platform will probably take a few weeks to develop, since we are both students and the exams are around the corner. We will try to launch a beta version as soon as possible.

Thank you for your loyal readership, and we look forward to building a better IS to better serve SG netizens.

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Uzyn Joins IS

Posted by inspir3d on October 5, 2006

IS is pleased to have brought on board talented programmer UZyn, the creator of ping.sg and the TODAY Newsfeed. Together, we will be working to create a new aggregation and community platform for SG netizens to further the mission which motivated the creation of IS.

Watch this space for new developments and updates.

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Hiatus

Posted by inspir3d on September 30, 2006

Those who have been diligently following the Singapore blogosphere in the last few weeks will have noticed a marked proliferation of content both on blogs and in the news. Today alone (Sat Sept 30), there are somewhere near 15 pieces worthy of attention.

The aggregation work of IS on the wordpress platform is running into serious limitations in terms of effectiveness and efficiency.

As such, IS will be taking a hiatus and exploring options to upgrade and develop into a more powerful aggregation platform to better serve the SG online community.

Until then, do start your day with Singapore Surf, or with your very own feed reader.

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Singapore Immigration

Posted by inspir3d on August 25, 2006

“In his 2006 National Day Rally speech, PM Lee Hsien Loong spoke long on immigration: because the low birth rate of Singapore citizens and the shortage of local talent, Singapore has to accept the importation of manpower.

While the two reasons are cogent enough, it is necessary to match them with the situation on the ground.” …more (Singabloodypore)

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