Going against Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games

Not everyone is merry over Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG). Even as the YOG comes to a closing today, I still hear the resentment. I am largely indifferent over the matter and I don’t know enough of it to contribute an opinion.

Singaporean arrested after Facebook attack on govt

In a statement, police said they had arrested a “man in his late 20s” on Tuesday “in connection with investigations into offences related to incitement of violence”.

…Abdul Malik Ghazali, 27, who posted a series of comments on the social networking site critical of how Singapore is hosting the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG).

The August 14-26 event, held for competitors aged from 14 to 18, has generated limited public interest, with many events blighted by empty seats and the host country’s athletes faring badly.

Vivian Balakrishnan, the minister for community development, youth and sports, has come under particular fire from online critics over the games.

Abdul Malik’s postings on his own Facebook page and on a separate group account called “I hate the Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee” are also critical of Singapore’s ruling People’s Action Party (PAP).

He said it was time to “burn” the sports minister and the PAP. “Rally together and vote them out!!!” he wrote.

“I did not intend for it to be taken literally. I did not mean for someone to actually burn,” he said. –AFP (Source: Asiaone)

Here’s what the group has to say and what they describe themselves to be:

We are Singaporeans who are disappointed and angry with the YOG organising Committee (SYOGOC).

The SYOGOC ballooned its initial budget of S$105 million for the YOG to S$387 million. In contrast, this government allocated only $92 million to the ComCare and Social Support Programme for needy Singaporeans in 2010.

The SYOGOC chose to fake its ticket sales results by having MOE to purchase the bulk of the tickets. This has led to the strange phenomenon of the half-filled stadiums and competition halls, despite tickets being fully “sold out”!

Students were coerced by their schools to support the torch relays and to attend YOG events. The volunteers were badly treated with substandard and even unsafe food!

It is an event organised by the politicians for the politicians to look good in front of foreigners, and the government is splurging on taxpayers’ money like nobody’s business.

We hate the YOG Organising Committee!

The group has 2,796 members currently.

Okay time for Merly:

Merly Youth Olympics Singapore 2010

(Merly Youth Olympics Singapore 2010.)

Youth Olympics 2010 coming

Ridzuan was telling me merlion is a male. It clearly has long hair and is very feminine here:

Merly Youth Olympics Singapore 2010

(Merly Youth Olympics Singapore 2010.)

The Merly soft toy is available is many malls. There’s also a Lyo.

Here’s the cheer song of Singapore Youth Olympics 2010, whatever that means:

JJ林俊杰 ~ You Are The One, Singapore (Singapore Youth Olympic Games 2010)

Meanwhile, this is the theme song:

Oh yeah Oh yeah Oh yeah Hey Oh yeah Oh yeah Oh yeah Ho. It’s hilarious, somewhat cringe-inducing too.

Singapore lost but can still sing Chinese anthem

Singapore lost, it was a good match considering that it sort of lasted quite long. Comparatively to Hong Kong’s match, it is already very good. Singapore’s table tennis team got a silver this time. This is also the first medal awarded to Singapore since our independence.

It’s a good year after all. This could well increase Olympics awareness in Singapore. It’s a little unfortunate that the table tennis team did not comprise of – ahem – too many Singapore natives. At least I can see Li Jiawei singing the Chinese national anthem too.

I guess that ends our Beijing Olympics quest for medals. I look forward to four years later.

[Note: If I could, I would have bury this post as inaccurate. It spreads around some friends and a couple of us picked it up and thought it was true.]

Difference between Chinese and USA media

Same data for the Olympics, different way of presentation:

Difference between Chinese and USA media

From Sina and CNN.

At Sina Olympic front page:

Chinese win women synchronized springboard

At CNN Sports Illustrated:

Phelps swimming freestyle win in CNN

Singapore news site, Channel NewsAsia:

Channel NewsAsia rather covers Thaksin

Singapore rather covers Thaksin in the front page. That’s because we haven’t won any medals yet. Channel NewsAsia Beijing Olympic site talks about the Olympic spirit, the dance and some Olympic history.

FW: Police Warning… don’t delete… pass it on

Got this as a forwarded message from a paranoid friend of mine:

FW: Police Warning… don’t delete… pass it on

PLEASE INFORM EVERYONE

Emails with pictures of Osama Bin-Laden hanged are being sent and the moment that you open these emails your computer will crash and you will not be able to fix it!

If you get an email along the lines of ‘Osama Bin Laden Captured’ or ‘Osama Hanged’ don’t open the attachment.

This e-mail is being distributed through countries around the globe… Be considerate & send this warning to whomever you know.

PLEASE FORWARD THIS WARNING AMONG FRIENDS, FAMILY AND CONTACTS:

You should be alert during the next days: Do not open any message with an attached filed called ‘Invitation’ regardless of who sent it.

It is a virus that opens an Olympic Torch which ‘burns’ the whole hard disc C of your computer.

This virus will be received from someone who has your e-mail address in his/her contact list, that is why you should send this e-mail to all your contacts.

It is better to receive this message 25 times than to receive the virus and open it.

If you receive a mail called ‘invitation’, though sent by a friend, do not open it and shut down your computer immediately.

This is the worst virus announced by CNN, it has been classified by Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever.

This virus was discovered by McAfee yesterday, and there is no repair yet for this kind of virus.

This virus simply destroys the Zero Sector of the Hard Disc, where the vital information is kept.

Most people use web mail these days are you can pretty much go on ahead to open that email in your browser. I wonder when they wrote this shit.

The tone is unprofessional and rather funny. I recall during secondary school, I was tempted to write my own chain letter. That didn’t happen.

I hate it when people forwarding me chain letters. And chain letters would always say something like if you forward this email 50 times you’ll find true love. If you forward it 40, you’ll be in good luck. If you forward to 30, you’ll be happy for a couple of days. And if you don’t forward, that email will put you in deep shit.

You know, I – like any other person – want to find true love. So I just couldn’t help but to email the sender back slightly more than 50 times (just in case). May true love be found.