Here are some reactions from the Internet to PM Lee’s National Day Rally Speech.

Xeno Boy SgTerminal loops

The rally speech, an annual discursive masterpiece, piping us like little children merrily to wonderland. A textual orchestra of sensible cadence, reasonable rhythm, looping and re-looping like that hypnotic techno riff that is re-mastered, re-assembled, re-presented as new music this year, next year and next and the year after next. A rally like last year’s rally, like last year, and last year and the year before last and that last year.

My Singapore NewsThe Hsien Loong shocker

If things are what Hsien Loong had said, we are marching into a new revolution, a New Age of Internet. And every blogger is a pioneer and active participant in this revolution. And we should be proud of ourselves to be in this movement.

One Dimensional ManPM’s National Day Rally

So what has changed? In substance, nothing much. But, I refuse to be a cynic, much like others in cyberspace. I actually think PM does want to move forward. But he is being held back by a conservative Cabinet. These rules are in place to check SDP really. I would think that if say a normal dude goes onto demonstrate, they will certainly have no problems doing so. Is this progress. Yes. Undeniably. But is it enough. No. Unfortunately.

Tan En HuiNational Day Rally speech 2008

The government will also be giving out “hongbaos” this year, due to budget surplus! 🙂 Cool! Absolutely smashing! 🙂

Article 14errrrrr..p – who wrote the rally speech?

National Day Rally speeches are not intended to be funny. I am sure, however, that any good speaker would throw in a joke or two in the speech just to hold on to the attention of the audience.

Groundnotes National Say barely speech

At the end of the day this will happen. The formal ban on political films and demonstrations will be lifted. The local media will go to town with it. But as to exactly what constitutes a political film, how it is defined and, most importantly, who defines it, will be left to the civil servants and bureaucrats. And we all know how that’s going to turn out.

Looking For WordsSingapore’s PM Lee as tech-savvy as Obama

PM Lee is a scholar, with a first class in maths from Cambridge. One suspects he will do even better if he allows critics to speak up and engages in debates with others.

Ian TanOnce again, fathers do not exist in SG

They forget it takes two hands to clap. For goodness sake, the Gahmen is not the other half that wives need as much help they can get from – we husbands are. But where are we in this wonderful Singapore Fertility Equation? We’re nothing more than the petri dish or the titration tap.

Martyn SeeOops, we were too restrictive: PM Lee

I told them that I fully welcome the changes, that it was the biggest stride taken by the Government to loosen up political expression in the last 20 years (including the opening up of Speakers’ Corner in 1999 and the waiving of police permits for indoor functions in 2004), that it was step in the right direction in meeting my dual objectives – lessening the climate of fear and a total review of the Films Act, and that the changes were brought about by the recent actions of activists and filmmakers who had pushed the envelope.

IndecorumNational Day Rally Speech

I can’t figure out which is worse… getting more locals to give birth (higher taxes and more children on the streets) or getting in immigrants. As I was discussing with my colleagues earlier, we can’t imagine which is worse.

Simply GabPM Lee Rally speech: Men in White or Men in Grey?

And of course here comes the caveat. This ‘privilege’ only remains “as long as the demonstrators adhere to basic rules of law and order, and stay away from issues of race, language or religion.” – a huge grey area if you ask me.

Mr WangEducation and the great pain of rather useless things

I like the general theme of PM Lee’s speech, but I think he still missed the point. Frankly I do not care whether our schools are more or less stressful than those in Korea, or Japan, or anywhere else. Here’s the more important question. After all that stress, what do our students actually get out of it?

Longest FlightWhat pro-family measures?

It’s not easy to juggle between finance and raising a family. While any help from the Government is welcome, but the measurements announced this year is still not going to meet my needs, and to the people around me.

SuetyNDR 2009

Sometimes, I can’t help but feel fortunate because Singapore has a PM who looks after Singapore like a father looks after his sons. Yes, prices are increasing, but probably like he say its not something he can control. Giving subsidy is not a long term solution either. Sigh.

Andy Boi RepublicPM Lee turns Prime “Matchmaker”

Fancy turning to every channel and see your favourite PM Lee appearing. My mum says “kns” in a joking manner of course, coz her 9pm fann wong show will not be appearing today. LOL.

Saucy Pine I like PM Lee

i never knew the government did so much and gave us so much money. i wonder if they receive any thank yous and if so, from who. cause all along, i’ve never heard anyone thank the government, i’ve only heard people complain and blame and resent the government. those people, shen zai fu zhong bu zhi fu. (my chinese quite pro now right!)

Andi Noordin Life in technicolour

A yet comprehensive speech by our PM Lee but its fully appreciated but i think to some the speech kinda gave them a sense of hope for the future. As for me i’m not too sure cause living condition in here will keep on updating and changing and all one’s needs to do is just play along and play it well.

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