« Home | National Day Rally without "Harm" Upon an anonymo... » | Senior Minister Goh Chok TongThe Benevolent Leader... » | Tribute to Lim Kim San Another great founding fat... » | History of PAP (Part IV) – Lim Chin Siong The Man ... » | Super Seven (minus one): Report Card of Ministers ... » | What Next? » | General Election: I Swear This is the Last… Yes, ... » | Two Oppositions, Two Differing Paths: Part I Story... » | General Elections: The PAP Perspectives Yes, I hav... » | Photos of General Elections » 

Wednesday, September 20, 2006 

Article from BBC: Singapore welcome raises doubts

Came across this article from BBC that I've found quite interesting, given the perspective of an outsider look into Singapore. Since there are also lots of pro-Singapore comments on local papers (why am I not surprised that those are published on local papers... =P), I am still trying to reconcile the true perception. Do let me know your views on this issue and the article. Should we or shouldn't we be so uptight over the "traditional" civil group protest?


Singapore welcome raises doubts
By Andrew Harding BBC News, Singapore


Sometimes the adverts can be as revealing as the front pages.

This week some of Singapore's newspapers have been teeming with new recruitment ads put in by the city's many escort agencies. They're all busily hunting for what they describe as "young, outgoing girls... in their twenties".

The apparent hiring frenzy has been triggered by the arrival of some 24,000 visitors - all coming to town this week with just one thing on their minds... the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

The front page headline in this morning's Straits Times boasts that this is the biggest turnout ever. The delegates do have some serious business to discuss here - in particular, plans to restructure the IMF's voting system to give countries like China and Mexico more clout. But for Singapore - a tiny, humid and tightly-controlled city state - the real issue is how well it looks after its guests.

Citizens are being urged to smile. To make sure the delegates respond in kind, they're being offered discounts on botox injections and other beauty treatments. An article in the New Paper urges visitors to venture out of their convention centre and discover the city's secrets, declaring that there is much more to this place than "rules, laws and squeaky clean streets".

Campaigners barred
But it is Singapore's laws which are in danger of overshadowing this week's meeting. It is illegal here for more than four people to demonstrate together outside. So what to do with the many thousands of international activists who usually congregate at such events?

A number of campaigners have already been barred from entering the country. Those who have been allowed in are being carefully chaperoned. They will be allowed to protest, but only in designated indoor areas. They are also being provided with special, soft placards to wave.
Thursday's Straits Times carries a small article - tucked deep inside the newspaper - which some might argue belongs nearer the front page. The World Bank has come to its critics' defence, accusing Singapore of breaching a formal agreement by barring 28 activists from the country. In a statement, it says: "We work with these representatives of civil societies, and we value their role - even when we disagree with what they say."

More criticism has come from one of Singapore's tiny opposition parties. In an open letter, the Democratic Party has accused the authorities of stifling dissent, behaving like despots. What is more, the party has thrown down a direct challenge, vowing to go ahead with a big outdoor protest this Saturday, and inviting all the visiting delegates to come along and see what happens.

Hi T,

thought u used to offer insights into the cabinet thinking. anything to offer on its views on the treatment for the IMF/WB's critics, the CSO; and Wolfowitz's criticisms of Sg govt?

thanks
locky2ky

Hi Locky2ky

Yes, I am writing on the IMF perspective from the government now. Hope to post it over the weekend.

Thanks for your suggestion!

Cheers!
T

looking forward to your posting.

personally i don't trust Wolfowitz, he is such a hypocrite!

and i think IMF/WB must have the most blissful conference, free from the harassment from the CSO and the stupid sg govt taking all the blame.

cheers!
locky2ky

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

Hi T

The conservatives in the ruling elite are really out of step with the rest of the world.

It embarrasses all of us that THEY are afraid of honest and passionate dissent.

I am no fan of CSJ, but it may be a matter of time, when he gets real sympathy from real folks!

My suspicion is that THEY are afraid that by allowing CSO's to demonstrate openly, THEY would not be able to deny locals this right ( yes it is a right)henceforth.

It is about time that THEY treat the people as adults. We are no longer children.

Cheers

Dr.Huang

Hi T,
Sorry I double posted and then when I deleted one post, both got deleted also. Hope it is not some govt gremlin trying to stop me posting! ha ha

I feel that the conservatives in the govt are out of step with the rest of the world.

Their over-reaction at the recent IMF/WB meeting had been an embarrassment for all of us.

That they cannot tolerate open expressions of dissent only emphasises what anachronistic dinosaurs some of these people are!

I am no fan of CSJ, but mark my words, he will have real sympathy from real folks in no time.

It is high time, the govt have a good look at themselves and at the people.

The people have grown and are no longer children and should be treated like the adults that they are!

Cheers ( hope this post does not get black-holed!)

Dr.Huang

Hi Dr Huang

Don't worry, your post will not be censored unless self-censorship. =)

I have to differ with your thoughts on the IMF/World bank issue. But I guess there is no right or wrong in such views. Only depends on which side of the coin are you seeing the issue on. Anyway, I've posted my thoughts in the latest post.

Thanks!

Cheers!
T

Hey I got to your site searching for conference calls and I can see that your sites not too bad! If you get a chance check out mine on how to make a conference call.

Good post and this enter helped me alot in my college assignement. Gratefulness you on your information.

I've been exploring for a bit for any high-quality articles or blog posts on this sort of space . Exploring in Yahoo I finally stumbled upon this web site. Reading this info So i'm ѕatіsfied to show
that ӏ have an incгеԁiblу
good uncanny feeling I founԁ out just what I needeԁ.
I most unquestionably will makе ѕure to don?t foгget
thіs site and pгоνidеs it a look on a constant basis.
My site: CarbonPoker Promotions

Thiѕ is νery intеresting, You are a veгу skilled bloggeг.
I have joined your rss feed and looκ forward to ѕeeking more of your great post.
Alsο, I've shared your web site in my social networks!

Stop by my page 888 Poker Offer

Gгeаt post.

my blog post - BlackChipPoker Bonus

Have yοu ever thought abоut adding a little bit morе
than ϳust your articles? I mean, what уou
sаy іs impoгtant and everything. Νeverthelеss imagine іf you addеd some great piсtures or vіdeo сlіpѕ
to gіve уour postѕ moге, "pop"!
Υour content іs excellent but wіth images and videοs, thіѕ blog could defіnitely be one of
the veгу best in its niche. Goоd blog!


Alsο visit mу websitе: High Stakes Bonus

Howdy! Would you mind if I shaгe youг blog wіth mу fаceboοk gгоup?
There's a lot of people that I think would really enjoy your content. Please let me know. Thank you

my webpage: 888 Poker Promotions

It's remarkable for me to have a website, which is useful in favor of my know-how. thanks admin

my blog ... BlackChipPoker Offer ()

Hmm is anyone else encountering problems ωіth the imageѕ on this blog loading?
I'm trying to find out if its a problem on my end or if it's the blog.
Anу feеd-back would be greatly aρprесiated.


my blog 888 Pοkеr Offer - -

Post a Comment

The Idealist

  • Thrasymachus
  • Propagating In: Singapore
  • The Critic, The Philosopher, The Pragmatist, The Moralist, The Egalitarian, The Confused, The True-Blue Singaporean
My profile

Email Me At:

    thrasymachus.sg@gmail.com

Singapore Time

Poll Your Agony!

    NEW!
    Do you support the government's decision in barring certain Civil Society Organization members from the IMF/WB meetings?
    Fully support!
    Yes, but could have been more lenient
    Don't know...
    No, the govt is too rigid
    Absolute no!
    I don't give a damn about it...
    Current results


    Which topic do you wish to read at Singaporegovt?
    SM Goh Chok Tong: Behind the Scene
    Oppositions: Singapore Democratic Party
    Super Seven: Khaw Boon Wan, Dr Ng Eng Hen
    Super Seven II: Dr Vivian, Raymond Lim
    History V: Devan Nair
    History VI: Dr Goh Keng Swee
    Who is Thrasymachus (aka me)?
    All of the Above!
    None of the Above - I hate reading!
    Current results


    NEW!
    What do you think of the General Election 2006 (GE) Results?
    Accurately reflects the political preference of Singaporeans
    Somewhat accurate in reflecting Singapore's political preference
    PAP's win was too flattering
    Oppositions' percentage was too high
    Not accurate in reflecting the political preference of Singaporeans
    Totally inaccurate!
    Current results


    NEW!
    What do you think of the Gomez Issue?
    He is guilty of deceiving!
    He is not guilty!
    The whole issue was overblown by the PAP & media
    Don't care, Don't know!
    Current results


    NEW!
    What do you think of this site (singaporegovt.blogspot)?
    Good, Fair, Objective, Interesting Read
    Above Average
    Average
    Below Average
    Total Rubbish!
    Total mouthpiece of the PAP government!
    I HATE this site!
    I LOVE this site!
    Current results


    NEW!
    Which (Senior) Minister of State do you wish to see promoted to Full Minister?
    Ho Peng Kee
    Dr Balaji Sadasivan
    Zainul Abidin Rasheed
    Heng Chee How
    Lim Hwee Hua
    Grace Fu
    Radm Lui Teck Yew
    Lim Yi Shyan
    Gan Kim Yong
    Current results


    Which Election Candidate do you prefer?
    Low Thia Khiang (WP)
    Chiam See Tong (SDA)
    Sylvia Lim (WP)
    Chee Soon Juan (SDP)
    J.B. Jeyaratnam (Formerly WP)
    Lee Hsien Loong (PAP)
    Dr Ng Eng Hen (PAP)
    Sitoh Yih Pin (PAP)
    Eric Low (PAP)
    Current results


    How do you rate PM Lee Hsien Loong's Performance (as Prime Minister) so far?
    Excellent
    Very Good
    Above Expectation
    Average
    Poor ("I can even do better!")
    Very Poor
    Current results


    Do you have confidence in PM Lee Hsien Loong's leadership and his team of Ministers?
    Yes
    No
    Too early to tell...
    Any one but them!
    Current results


    Do you think Lee Hsien Loong became Prime Minister on his own merits?
    Yes!
    Yes! ("He was the best candidate")
    No! ("He has obvious backing from LKY")
    No! ("There wasn't any alternative candidate to challenge him in the first place")
    Current results


    Which of the (Junior) Minister to you wish to see him/her step down? (Part III)
    Raymond Lim
    Balaji Sadasivan
    Ho Peng Kee
    Chan Soo Sen
    Lim Hwee Hua
    Heng Chee How
    Gan Kim Yong
    Yu-Foo Yee Shoon
    Zainul Abidin
    Current results


    Which Minister do you wish to see him step down? (Part I)
    Lee Hsien Loong
    Goh Chok Tong
    Lee Kuan Yew
    Lim Boon Heng
    Lee Boon Yang
    Yeo Cheow Tong
    Mah Bow Tan
    George Yeo
    Teo Chee Hean
    Current results


    Which Minister do you wish to see him step down? (Part II)
    Lim Hng Kiang
    Wong Kan Seng
    S Jayakumar
    Tharman Shanmuguratnam
    Lim Swee Say
    Ng Eng Hen
    Vivian Balakrishnan
    Khaw Boon Wan
    Yaacob Ibrahim
    Current results


    What is your utmost concern for the coming General Elections?
    "Bread & Butter" issues - Jobs, economy, salary, etc
    Freedom of Speech - or lack of
    HDB issues - upgrading, high housing cost, etc
    International Issues - govt's handling of foreign relationships
    Transport issues - LTA, NEL, MRT
    Change of Leadership - from SM Goh to PM Lee
    All of the above
    I'll vote any party except PAP!
    I'll only vote for PAP!
    Current results


    Which is your favourite Minister?
    PM Lee Hsien Loong
    SM Goh Chok Tong
    MM Lee Kuan Yew
    DPM Jayakumar
    Dr Vivian Balakrishnan
    Teo Chee Hean
    George Yeo
    Tharman S.
    I Hate of them!
    Current results

Faces of Singapore

    www.flickr.com
    Thrasymachus' photos More of Thrasymachus' photos

Disclaimer

    The author of this blog bears no responsibility for any misinterpretation, libel, defamation, injury and death as a result of reading this blog. Contents are high subjective and readers should read with caution. All readers should be 18 years and above, with half a decent brain to judge the validity of the articles.

Search Blog


    Search WWW Search singaporegovt.blogspot.com

Number of Visitors

Powered by Blogger
and Blogger Templates