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Rereading the Best Articles on the 38 Oxley Road Saga


As the allegations among the Lee siblings abate (for now), let us take a step back and relook at articles which may help us make better sense of the escalating saga. Despite all the noise, no one can be certain of the facts. Rather than add to the speculation, perhaps it is best to stretch our lines of inquiry with a spectrum of readings.

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Is the 6-Hour Workday for Singapore?


Sweden is the chocolate factory for the modern developed world. Whenever our problems need an outlet, we crave for more endorphins. We look for the handy jar of Swedes. It was the case with education, free and rote-free. So it is now, with the 6-hour workday making the rounds on the Internet, even if it isn’t exactly news and remains the exception even in this seeming real-life utopia.

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Inconvenient Questions Down, The Online Citizen Hiatus
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The Downfall of Alternative News Sites in Singapore?


FOR WHOM
All Singapore alternative news sites, political enthusiasts and swing voters.

WHY IT MATTERS
Things came to a head in GE2011, when discontent with the ruling PAP’s perceived lack of citizen consultation led to electoral punishment and fed the emerging clout of alternative news sites, in challenge to mainstream, state-regulated ones like The Straits Times.

New platforms had emerged in the run-up to GE2015, such as The Middle Ground and Inconvenient Questions, which claim to offer a 3rd alternative. (But that assumes all existing sites are inherently biased for or against PAP.) Very well then, the more the merrier!

Not all’s well, though. Read on.

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Emotionless Smartphone Commute Singapore
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Emotionless Singapore: Not True, Not Relevant


According to Gallup, Singapore is the least emotional country in the world. This is probably worth celebrating if you were Durkheim (Mestrovic, 1993), who believed individual desires are infinite and required social control, for the good of both society and individual. Yet the survey findings are deeply problematic. I will critique the methodology before discussing the contexts of work, commute behaviour and civic participation, to provide a preliminary qualitative assessment of Singapore’s “level” of emotionality and demonstrate that emotionality is not inherently good or bad, unless they signify larger social problems.

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KTPH Visit: Hospitals Need Not Be All Doom And Gloom


Step inside Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) for a breath of fresh air. Literally, because the buildings are designed with gaps and fins, allowing winds to ventilate all open spaces. And they were spacious indeed. Yet the first impressions were formed earlier. The fashionable glass exterior is fronted by potted plants. Along with Yishun Pond and plenty of lush greenery, one would be forgiven for bypassing it when locating a hospital. It just doesn’t feel like one.
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