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.
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.
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.
Article: Foreign worker who published book started by scribbling poetry on bags of cement
Source: Straits Times (23 May, 2016)
Migrants of low privilege, Prejudiced locals, Aspiring writers, and Underdog story lovers.
WHAT IS TOLD
Md Mukul Hossine, a Bangladeshi construction worker in Singapore, published a poetry collection Me Migrant with Ethos Books on 1 May. He wrote in Bengali and received help with the translations from Singaporean poet Cyril Wong no less! He has also published 2 books in Bangladesh.
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.