State of the nation

Almost every other blog post this month has been about the baby, so Naomi and I have endeavoured to keep abreast (breastfeeding pun not intended) of current news and happenings here:

1) It is heartening to note that home grown brand Cedele is spelling things as they pronounce them:

Crips!

2) Just as heartening that the “Home Team” is very confident that none of these vehicles pose any security threat to the SGX building as they stop right on the No Stopping multiple zigzag lines on the lane behind it. (Makes sense – no need to sabotage a weak stock exchange):

No stopping behind SGX, or mebbe can...

3) There are monks earning $20K a month!

4) That some nominated MPs aren’t seeking another term.

And I have Naomi to thank for telling me that the Straits Times article talking about this was accurate in calling Eunice Olsen a musician. I was about to make a monkey of myself making lewd remarks about the instruments Miss Olsen might play. Apparently she plays the keyboards and is in a band.

Quite a cool band it looks like too, although I really do have a bone to pick with biographies that go, “Shahn first picked up a guitar when he was 16”, because the next logical line should be, “before that, he was only strong enough to pick up smaller objects”.

Even the foreign expert says so

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Ahead of today’s much anticipated report on the escape of Mas Selamat Kastari, Todayonline had an article talking about terrorism and what our fine nation’s efforts have done and not done.

It says William Dobson, “managing editor of global politics magazine Foreign Policy comments that “Most countries’ strategies end with arresting terrorists. However, he said, Singapore’s battle against terrorism is comprehensive and effective as it also tries to prevent extremism and attempts to reform terrorists in detention.”

See? It was always a “catch and release” program.

But the thrust of the article is of course the “C” word:

He cautioned that although Singapore has been effective in “dampening the threat of extremism”, it needs to guard against complacency. “When you’re very effective on a consistent basis, it’s easy to begin to believe that you’re relatively infallible or there are no other, better ways to do things,” he said, citing the escape of JI leader Mas Selamat Kastari as an example.

Ang Moh say what is what lor.