Archive for May 2009

“I’m on page 73” – So what?

I think a lot of people are still wondering what is page 73 and why did Dr Thio Su Mien, self proclaimed Feminist Mentor, bring out that point during her speech at Aware EOGM. The someone posted a youtube video of Dr Thio’s speech. You can see that its quite a messy scene.

According to The Straits Times, Dr Thio is referring to a 2007 book published by Aware on women’s movement in Singapore. In page 73, it pointed out that Dr Thio is the first woman dean of the Law Faculty (from 1969 to 1971) at the then University of Singapore.

I think she is trying to justify her self proclaimed title of Feminist Mentor. But seriously, Dr Thio, don’t you think you are trying a little too hard? No doubt you are the first Woman dean of the Law Faculty. No doubt you have achieved quite a bit on women’s movement in Singapore. But perhaps you forgot that respect need to be earned. And from the look of it, you certainly didn’t earn the respect of those at the Aware EOGM.

And seriously, so what if you have been mentioned on page 73 of Aware book in 2007? BIG DEAL AH. I’ve also been mentioned in page 2 of The New Paper in 2007. So what?

I am not a fan of Influenza A (H1N1)

Sometimes, the wording used in Facebook can be damn misleading. Take for example this Facebook suggestion that I saw last night.

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Facebook suggesting that I should be a fan of Influenza A (H1N1). For the uninitiated (or those busy with Aware Saga), Influenza A (H1N1) is the new term for the Swine Flu that killed 100 plus people in Mexico and is spreading throughout the world. Asian countries like Hong Kong and South Korea have their first confirmed case of H1N1.

No, I’m not going to be a fan of Influenza A (H1N1). Why should I be a fan of a virus that is spreading in the wild and killing hundreds of people?

OK, jokes aside. Although the term used in Facebook might not be the most suitable, being a “fan” of Influenza A (H1N1) in Facebook isn’t that bad. That facebook page is setup to keep us informed about the latest happening on Influenza A (H1N1). There quite a lot of information about H1N1 and also things you can do to reduce the chances of catching it. I think the facebook page is setup by Health Promotion Board (Can’t be confirmed).

So come on, join me and be a “fan” of Influenza A (H1N1) in Facebook.

Update: Confirmed that this page is setup by HPB.

Update 2: Influenza A (H1N1) facebook page will be moved to Updates on Influenza A (H1N1). You can no longer be a “Fan” of Influenza A (H1N1). Sigh, no fun liao. Being a “Fan” of Influenza A (H1N1) sounds more interesting than being a “Fan” of Updates on Influenza A (H1N1).

The Aware Saga – Time to repair the damages

I guess most of you should know by know that the Aware EGM passed a vote of no confidence on the new exco by a margin of 1414 to 761 votes. Josie Lau and her team have all resigned and Ex-Aware president Dana Lam is elected to be the president again. Peace is restored. (Or should be restored soon)

So what’s next? I think there is a serious need to repair the damages done by Josie Lau and her team. During this period, there were lots of arguments both online and offline regarding religion. Singapore is a multi-religion country and we cannot allow hatred between the different religion. We must not allow this incident to disturb the peace among the different religion in Singapore. Religion should never be dragged into the picture. We should not allow a small group of people the chance to hijack a religion to push forward their views. I personally know many Christians who do not believe in what Josie Lau and her team are doing. I do not think Josie Lau and her team represent the majority of the Christians in Singapore.

And I’m glad that Josie Lau and her team are now out of Aware. They have created a hell lot of mess in Aware during this short period. Especially the $90,000 spending which wasn’t approved by the members. Looking back, they wasted quite a lot of money. Firstly, they go change the locks of the office to some high tech lock. Then they employ an event company to organise the EGM. (HELLO? You think concert ah?) They engaged legal counsel and Auxiliary Police for the EGM. And the rental at Suntec isn’t cheap. Aware is a non profit organisation. How can you any how spend money like it belongs to your grandfather? I really hope the newly appointed exco will make Josie Lau and her team be responsible for the $90k that they spend without approval from the members.

The EGM results is not a victory for the Pro-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender). The purpose of the EGM is never for Pro-LGBT. Aware is never a Pro-LGBT organisation and should never be one. The purpose of the EGM is to remove those who are Anti-LGBT and put forward a neutral stand on the LGBT issue. It does not mean that the people who support Aware are Pro-LGBT. It only means that we want to give everyone a choice. I know there are people out there who are Anti-LGBT. I don’t intend to change your Anti-LGBT ideology and I don’t think my words can convince you to change. I only wish that you would allow others to choose.

Its heart warming to see people from all walks of life come together when called for. Aware has been there for many of us out there, so it is time we return a favor. Its also amazing how the new media play a major role in rallying supporters. And interesting to see how attendees of the EGM uses Twitter to keep everyone updated.

It’s a proud day for all Singaporeans. Good job everyone.

Amazing Stop Motion – Wolf and pig

I’m always amazed by stop motion. This person really put stop motion to new heights.

Fishing… Eeeerr… I mean phishing…

OK, this is not new. But its been quite some time since I last saw fishing phishing using Singnet.

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Just becareful when you get this kind of emails. Most importantly, look at the URL where the email is pointing you to.