Thursday, May 31, 2007

ICT and Singapore's Young Bloggers

You cannot emulate many things Singapore is doing for many reasons. But there are good things in the island republic that we can use as models because they can work for us too.
We just have to know which one.
Sometimes, that one thing is staring us in the face.
If I were a member of the Malaysian Cabinet, I'd know what I'd do in this age of ICT. I certainly would not want my country to be left dinosaur years behind.
Sometimes it is so okay to be a copycat.
For instance, Singapore's education ministry is going all out to make its people very tech-savvy from a young age. Really tech-savvy.
They are preparing their kids to be netizens so that when they grow up and join the real world of corporate and government, they'd know what to do and what is expected of them.
They'd be more than ready to take on the world.
(As though they aren't already!)

Blogging. Yeah. That's one of things they will be doing. Blogging is being made part of English lessons in Singapore. Check that out.
Five schools have been chosen for the integration of infocomm technology into their curriculum across all levels, for a period of four years.
The schools are Jurong Secondary, Hwa Chong Institution, Canberra Primary and Crescent Girls' and the new Beacon Primary School.
It is an ambitious programe and by 2015, the ministry hopes to have up to 15 schools to be similarly shaped through the FutureSchools@Singapore initiative.
That's Singapore for you.

You can read the story here.


kimster said...

basic problem with us:
we make 'decisions' (ahem!) without expending the necessary bandwidth for discourse and building the rationale.

agaknya sebab tu la most 'decisions' (ahem!) macam pukul rata.

If people question, we can always say: "kalau awak pandai sanat, masuk la bertanding; run for office lah." :)

Anonymous said...

Our twin tower is the tallest
Our airport is among the biggest
Our bridge is among the longest
Our court in Jalan Duta is second largest
Despite being the largest, longest and tallest
The maintenance work is the poorest
Our contractors want to complete the fastest
Fixing pipes that are the cheapest
Buying parts that probably the lousiest
Our government buildings are now the dampest
And some dumb MPs will say we are luckiest
Water flow in the house meaning we are bless the most

Our MPs thought they are the smartest
But in reality they are among the dumbest
By making remarks they thought sexiest
Smoking in parliament is very thoughtless
Shouting in parliament is very discourteous
They are probably bunch of uncultivated ruthless
Even though they thought they are cleanest
But Msia corruption index are among the worst
From lowest rank to the highest

Yes the pay rise might be the biggest
But I doubt they are honest
The gift is for BN to remain strongest
Despite all the scandalous cases of dishonest
Voters just being fed with the sweetest

Daily Nibbler said...

Blogging? Wait till they start to blog anti government stuffs!

Incidentally, I have yet to come across any blogs in Singapore that criticizes their government they way we do. If Mr Smith, Singapore Alternatives and Talking Cock are in that category, boy, they sure are tame.