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The Empress' New Clothes

Our story begins, as many stories do, with the fury of a woman scorned. It was <a href="http://ping.sg/">Ping.sg</a>'s first anniversary, and they held a blog awards ceremony. An up-and-coming blogger, <a href="http://eastcoastlife.blogspot.com/2007/07/and-winner-is-eastcoastlife.html">Jayne had secured 4 of the 11 awards</a>, a remarkable feat by any standards. However, as the ambitious are wont to do, Jayne <a href="http://eastcoastlife.blogspot.com/2007/07/most-controversial-award-best-blog-of.html">threw a hissy fit when she didn't win the largest award of them all</a>.
Depending on whose account you heard, you either came away with the conclusion that people ought to <a href="http://blog.dk.sg/2008/07/06/special-edition-dk-vs-pingsg-in-group/">learn how to lose graciously</a>, or that the people in "power" were <a href="http://blog.dk.sg/2008/07/06/anniversary-party-sponsors-where-are-they-now/">abusing their godlike status</a>.
Fast-forward to present day. Jayne <a href="http://eastcoastlife.blogspot.com/2009/01/association-of-bloggers-singapore.html">announces the registration of the Association of Bloggers (Singapore)</a>:
<blockquote><p>"Association of Bloggers (Singapore) is a non-profit association. It is dedicated to promoting, protecting and educating its members; supporting the development of blogging as new media. I hope eventually it can help to provide legal assistance to bloggers too. It is a professional body for bloggers in Singapore."</p></blockquote>
This association was created, if anything, to coalesce power.
<blockquote><p>"[Singaporean bloggers were] easily manipulated and even banned for standing up against the foreign tyrant from self-proclaimed 'community meta weblog for Singapore bloggers'."</p></blockquote>
And if Jayne's own blog posts are anything to go by, the association has a <a href="http://topmleehsienloong.blogspot.com/">maniacal leader</a> at its helm.
<strong>Personal disclaimer:</strong> I am a civil servant, a fact made publicly known numerous times in all my online discussions. I find Jayne's broad sweeping attacks on public servants extremely hurtful and uncalled for.
I believe that a person who judges another by the place he is born (<a href="http://eastcoastlife.blogspot.com/2008/07/eastcoastlife-banned-labelled-loser.html">Chua Uzyn … is a 'foreign talent', educated in Singapore, enjoying our subsidies</a>) should <strong>not</strong> be in a position to educate anyone.
It is my hope that the Singapore blogosphere would evolve to be an environment that fosters creativity and intellectual discourse. Starting behind a web of hypocrisy and an insatiable thirst for power is a bad place to start.

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