Not too shocked that there are annecdotes about poly students involved in terrible hazing rituals or unnecessarily humiliating orientation camp shenanigans
It kinda feels like there's some vicious cycle of terrible camp games attracting new generations of power-tripping (and probably sexually frustrated) student leaders eager to "continue tradition"
Entire house smells like smoke, and others across Singapore have been complaining about the haze smell tonight
Yet strangely the hourly PSI readings from NEA have remained low
Something's wrong with their sensors, or whatever's causing the smell doesn't even involve particles detectable by the sensors
*Maybe* the one person who still deserves sympathy might be the fiancee who got severely burnt trying to free the victims trapped in the car: even if she survives, she'd still have to deal with long-lasting pain, physical and mental
But I mean, that entire circle of friends is complicit in letting these reckless acts go on for as long as they have, being a miracle that they've not actually killed any innocent third parties along the way
Not easy to garner sympathy for the victims of the Tanjong Pagar car crash: their social media posts seem to give the impression that they've already been reckless, so it's not a one-off speeding thing
Also seems par for the course of a neglected issue (early morning hooligans revving on roads near populated areas) to only get highlighted and scrutinized by govt when a big incident blows up in the news
Wonder if the online broadcasting of the Parliamentary Sessions could get more locals involved in politics, now that people in #Singapore can see what transpires (more or less) fully, instead of the snippets we get from other news sources
Seems odd considering that several countries are doing this to keep incoming cases low, while we're noticing rising import numbers as measures ease
On further reflection, the laws surrounding police access of data for criminal investigation were long in place, but apparently the TraceTogether team didn't think to communicate that in their data use policy, and I think that's more due to negligence than intentional malice
Still think they shouldn't try to funnel everyone into using TT for SafeEntry, and cull options for those concerned with their privacy
"The revelation that TraceTogether data can be used for police investigations has raised questions over trust in government, especially in relation to data privacy, said observers yesterday."
"SINGAPORE — Singapore has secured enough vaccines for all citizens, permanent residents and long-term residents, with the supplies due to arrive here by the third quarter of this year, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said on Monday (Jan 4) as he gave an update on the Covid-19 situation in Parliament."
They've also had the gall to only amend the privacy statement *later* to reflect the extra usage of data beyond contact tracing, as though they're going with the "easier to ask for forgiveness than permission" approach
As much as we all should do our part to keep the pandemic suppressed, it's getting frustrating that the government is *really* pushing people to get onto TraceTogether, AND backpedalling on previous statements on the data being strictly used for pandemic-related contact tracing only:
The slippery slope argument is honestly not that unreasonable now that the govt is this blatant in pushing their boundaries re: data privacy...
Saw this CNA Insider feature of a former SIA attendant's job struggle in the pandemic, and kinda pleasantly surprised that they featured his male partner (though not using the label "boyfriend", and not interviewing him too)... a small step towards positive #LGBTQ+ rep in the local media, I suppose? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwezL_1jrfo