One casualty before the GE

Temasek Review has been down for a couple of days. It announced that it will not be in business in July. We are now still in April. Does anyone know the reason why Temasek Review is down and out? It can’t be the GE and that someone thinks that it is a threat and blocks it from broadcasting. It will be a sad day for the internet if it is so. Maybe the fear of the internet is true. Is this the beginning of a clamp down prior to the GE? How many will still be broadcasting throughout the GE? The humble internet is growing in importance to compete against the main media in the coverage of socio political news. And in the GE, its role is all cut out, to ensure a more level playing field for all parties. The opposition parties do not have the privilege of a friendly media covering and presenting their side of the story in a better light. With the internet, they practically have their own reporters and broadcasters to say what they really want to say. Then there is this dirty tactic that some like to used to attack their opponents, peeping into candidate’s key hole, sneaking in to find juicy news, digging out candidates history or things like candidates digging their noses and wearing pink panties. When candidates run foul, play foul, the internet could make it into an issue to embarrass the trespassers, to shame them for hitting below the belt, even to question their integrity and suitability to run for political office. This is the least the alternative media can do, to be the watchdog for fair play. The dirty game is just starting and more can happen without the internet to check such abuses. Let this game be a fairer game, a decent game and the better and more deserving man or woman be elected to Parliament. And let the punks be made known as punks. This is what citizen journalism is all about.


Matilah_Singapura said...

Hey dickhead,

As usual -- anyhow hantam a conspiracy theory with no proof -- not one nano particle of evidence.

TR is up and running as per normal.

Man, you seriously damage your credibility by jumping at shadows the way you do -- just have a look at the shit you wrote without first checking your facts.

It is just like religion -- find a phenomenon, attribute it to some invisible super-being and then write vast tracts on your 'theory' eventually stating that everything is 'fact' but not based on any evidence.

Get fucking real man: there are no spooks spiking the election.

The PAP win elections because the people choose them -- the people get the government they deserve.

And you ought to know by now -- if the PAP or LKY hammers anyone, it is always done in public -- out in the open. That is LKY's style -- always in full view -- make sure everyone gets the message that this fucker is a gangster.

Remember how he demolished James Gomez and Chee Soon Juan? All out in the open. That's their style.

Matilah_Singapura said...


In other words, if they want to close the TR, they won't wait until July. They would slap on a trumped-up court order, the TR would close and would have to fight the matter out in court to continue. Worse still, the coup de grace could be a hefty fine to ensure that they don't get up again.

I'm not saying that conspiracies don't exist. In the case of LKY/ PAP they like to whack people in public -- as an example. And they couldn't care less about the foreign media reporting about violations of 'human rights'.

Everyone already is well aware of S'pores one-party rule, and most folks don't give a shit -- as long as they are having a good time and making oodles of money.

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

Excuse me Toddyman. I have been trying to get into TR over the past few days but failed. I just tried again and failed again.

Incidentally if you are in Perth and using a different operator's service, you will not have the same problem as us.

Unless you are back in the hotel and using local service. Tsk Tsk Tsk.

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

And no one is saying that he/they are closing TR. Only TR said it was closing in July due to lack of funding.

What conspiracy you talking about?

Anonymous said...

There were many occasions that I could not get in. Yesterday was one.

Maybe the traffic was too heavy. At one stage something else came out, a green page advertising hosting facilities. Something odd is going on.

Matilah_Singapura said...

Tried the TR again -- no problems, no delay. My current connection: 3G Optus Mobile Broadbad routed to Sydney, NSW.

BTW has anyone tried accessing the TR thu a web based proxy?

I tried using:

No problem.

Anonymous said...

Try clearing history, cache etc. etc.

Anonymous said...

Clearing history and cache could not work. Can sbdy inform TR to do sth about it. Ask them to do some checking. Get them to check their end/server. No matter what happen, just keep us update using one of the popular sites.

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

I just managed to get in using www.temasekreview.net.

Tried using this last night and this morning but could not. I hope it is ok now.

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

Cannot get in again. and TR has posted this.

The Temasek Review
Dear readers,

TR's servers are overloaded by multiple connections per second made by Singnet's proxies which slow the entire site down.

Its IT team is banning the following Singnet IP addresses:
1. 220.255.1**

2. 220.255.2**

3. 220.255.3**

If you access TR and a flash screen appears informing you that your IP address has been banned, you will not be able to access TR from your Singnet account

Anonymous said...

Site under attack to slow it down?

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

I am just wondering is it fair game for anyone to attack a site, or is there a law against such attacks?

What if one party attacks another party's site or a govt agency attacking a private site?

Is this a grey area?

Anonymous said...

Any solution by TR? We cannot be left waiting especially we need the election news. Though there are other sites, we are too loyal to abandon TR.

Matilah_Singapura said...

Sounds like a DoS attack. If it is true, someone's trying to start some shit -- could be agent provocateurs, could be a bunch of bored kids, could be nothing.

Singapore has strict laws wrt to computer crimes. No need to get all paranoid like silly schoolgirls discovering maturbation or lose your shit and call for 'more regulation' by the govt who already has declared a 'light touch' wrt internet.

Be patient. The problem will be fixed and some story will be told. It isn;t as if the TR is some serious hotbed of intellectual discourse -- it is mostly full of noisy shitters.

Anonymous said...

TR site is inaccessible since Monday. Tried clearing history, cache etc but still down. At one point, I managed to get in for less than 5 min yesterday and then completely down. Could be some dirty tricks by losers.

Matilah_Singapura said...

2000hrs : connect to http://www.temasekreview.com/ successful

My ip:
IP Address :
Latitude / Longitude : -27.614604 LATITUDE, 152.760876 LONGITUDE
Connecting through : ISEEK COMMUNICATIONS
Time Zone : UTC +10:00
Net Speed : DSL

Anonymous said...

Am able to access to TR at 8:15pm.
Hi to all, please try now and let us know.

Anonymous said...

Yeap, it's accessible now. Tks Anon 8.19. Hope it stays that way!

Anonymous said...

I am in Toronto, Canada.

Have had problem accessing TR in last weekend until today, 20 April 10.00pm Singapore Time.

Just now tried to use a proxy site to access TR..

I use http://www.vtunnel.com with success!

Anonymous said...

While http://www.temasekreview.com cannot be accessed,

to get around the problem in the meantime,

try to access temasek review without difficulty through


notanotherspinstory said...

My theory is this. They were under DDOS attack by 3 Singnet IPs, so TR unwittingly filter off all those legit Singnet users also.
This filter kicks in only when the load start to get too high. So sometimes can use Singnet, sometimes cannot.

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

I am sure if TR has their IPs and can identify them, they can make a police report and also sue them for sabotaging their site. Then we can get to know who is the party behind the act.

And welcome to the blog, notanotherspinstory.