Singapore’s Orchid Evolution

I find myself turning to Yahoo Singapore more and more for interesting and balanced articles.  I like posting about them because my family reads my blog and right now they are consumed with the upcoming Elections. Even news about Singapore flooding is not the top story anymore.

I especially liked this one where Veteran Editor P N Baliji was interviewed. Here is the full interview and and here are some comments that stood out for me:

“I notice a certain restlessness, even restiveness, among different sections of the people,”

“Because the government has played a critical role, a womb-to-tomb role in people’s lives, now there’s a boomerang effect. They blame the government for everything that goes wrong in Singapore.”

He said there have been “quite a lot” of blunders in the past few years such as the flooding of Orchard Road, the security lapse at the MRT station and the prison escape of Singapore Jemaah Islamiyah leader Mas Selamat Kastari.

“It is like a breath of fresh air, the way the media is now reporting on opposition politicians and opposition politics,”

“Why do I think the government has tacitly agreed to this? I think the government doesn’t want readership, circulation, viewership to drop,”

“If it drops the biggest loser is the government. They don’t have any other platform which can reach that wide an audience.”

He cited how Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong’s attempt to make a joke on Facebook about PAP’s new candidate, Tin Pei Ling, fell flat.

“The new media is putting a lot of pressure on the mainstream media. If for some reason the mainstream media is not seen to reflect a kind of public opinion, they are going to be punished, and punished very, very heavily,”

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