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Welcome to this Style Guide wiki! While the focus is on preparation of Meeting minutes, it can also serve as a reference for all other documents published by Teresa Ville.

Minutes are important to ensure everybody is kept apprised of developments, in addition to being important record-keeping. As the minutes are displayed on the notice-boards and may also go online, writing good minutes becomes even more important.

Basic principles:

  1. Accuracy: This should be pretty obvious so I shall not elaborate.
  2. Comprehensiveness: It is perfectly fine to write short minutes. Ensure that all decisions and follow-up points are minuted in short and to-the-point sentences. The discussion and rationale behind them are much less critical. Oftentimes, decisions are based on a number of different reasons which may even be mutually conflicting. If any Council Member or Committee feel it is important to lay out the reasoning behind any recommendation or decision, they are free to present them as a paper, have it approved at a meeting and then be included as an appendix.
  3. Consistency and Grammar: These are important for the simple reasons of readability and clarity. If you are inconsistent, or use incorrect Grammar, there is a danger that the reader may misunderstand what you are writing. Furthermore, consistency has the added advantage of making it more readable.

Consistency and clarity in writing style

  • Date format: Make it easy to read, e.g. 24 Nov 2012 with the optional (Fri) behind. Don’t spell out the months and days, use 3-letter acronyms: Jan, Feb, Mar, … Mon, Tue, Wed, etc.
  • Monetary format: $#,###, e.g. $1,234. “/-” suffix for monetary sums is outdated, and we can assume $ refers to SGD, unless otherwise stated.
  • We cannot have Sub-Committees because there are no Committees to be subordinated to. The MC is a Council, so subordinate bodies are Committees.
  • Blk 1003, etc, not Block 1003.
  • Get to the point: use short and sharp sentences. Where possible, use active voice instead of passive, to avoid getting tripped over convoluted sentences.
  • Spelling: Ideally, I would prefer English as opposed to American English. As such, please use utilise instead of utilize, etc.
  • Do be sensitive to SP privacy and avoid naming SP specifically.

Addressing Individual/Companies

Don’t get too hung up about formal terminologies such as M/s for companies, etc. They may be necessary for legal documents but our minutes are our records, not a legal document. Still, I do want addressing terms to be consistent, that is why I proposed the following:

  • Individuals: Full name on cover page, but subsequently, it should be just Dr Tan or Chairman, no full names, unless we encounter common surnames.
  • Companies: Company names should abbreviated to two words, such as Newman & Goh, Kone PL (short for Pte Ltd), Severus Security, etc. What is a good two-word name for IGM and Richfield ? “M/s” prefixes are very stuffy and should be reserved for legal documents.

The key consideration here is that we are clearly identify whom we are referring to. If there is more than one Mr Tan, then add either a first name (Mr Alex Tan) or add initials after (e.g. Mr Teh TY). In some cases, some may prefer to be addressed by their first name, so Mdm Preeti. Do remember to be consistent in using the same naming convention throughout.

For company names, avoid all-caps if the acronym can be pronounced like a word, hence Eelat PL instead of EELAT. This is to reduce “shouting” in the text.

Individual Abbreviation
Dr Tan Ngaip Koon Dr Tan or Chairman
Mr Ong Lin Mr Ong
Mr Koh Su Haw Mr Koh
Mr Neeraj Seth Mr Seth
Mr Teh Tien Yong Mr Teh
Mdm Preeti Bhatnagar Mdm Preeti
Ms Marsha Xu Ms Xu
Mr Seah Chee Kien Mr Seah
Mr Alex Tan Mr Tan
Mr Pan Wei Ming Mr Pan
Dr Phang Kok Wai Dr Phang
Ms Xavis Sim Ms Sim
Mr Andrew Ng Mr Ng
Mr Shawwaruldin Mr Shawwaruldin
Company/Organisation Abbreviation
Management Council Council or MC
Newman & Goh Property Consultants (Pte) Ltd. Newman & Goh or MA
Soverus Security Pte Ltd Soverus Security
First Rich-field Pte Ltd First Rich-field
Veolia Environmental Services Singapore Pte Ltd Veolia Environmental
Kone Pte Ltd Kone PL
Crystalene Product (S) Pte Ltd Crystalene Product
Antiants (S) Pte Ltd Antiants PL
Scanplus Pro Technology Pte Ltd Scanplus Pro
Ace Recycling Trading Ace Recycling
Philip Teo & Associates Philip Teo
Certis Cisco Security Technology Pte Ltd Certis Cisco
B.S. Engineering Co Pte Ltd B.S. Engineering
Aim Aircon Engineering Pte Ltd Aim Airon
F1 Recreation Pte Ltd F1 Recreation
Newstate Stenhouse (S) Pte Ltd Newstate Stenhouse
A@Risco Services Pte Ltd A@risco Services
EELAT Pte Ltd Eelat PL
IGM ? IGM ?
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Introduction

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, we were undergraduates studying in National University of Singapore at Kent Ridge. Our common interest in learning about and engaging in national politics brought us together under the NUS Democratic Socialist Club banner.

In NUS-DSC, we were fortunate to have participated in the national debates surrounding the Constitutional amendments which introduced NMPs in Parliament. We conducted a campus-wide survey to collate the views of our peers, then made a submission to the Parliamentary Select Committee tasked to review the proposals.

After graduating from NUS, a few of us channeled our political interests by establishing a low-key non-partisan political club Socratic Circle which was eventually disbanded a decade later. (Gerard: your assistance to write this up is much appreciated).

We pretty much went our separate ways although we kept in touch every now and then.

Objectives

Today, a generation later, as PM Lee has called for a review of the national political framework, I hope to collate the views and perspectives of the original group which I believe is a good sampling of our peers. It will be interesting to see how our views and perspectives have been enriched over the decades.

This idea is still in the gestation stage and open to suggestions and improvements. Do give your two cents. I have made this an editable wiki so that anybody can correct any errors and contribute your input directly into the text.

Off the top of my head, perhaps a few of us can gather to discuss and refine a series of 8 to 10 questions/issues which can then be put to the wider group. And whatever that comes back can form the bulk of the report which should make a decent record for a variety of reasons and perhaps also uses.

Trivia: If anybody recalls, we did a very amateurish version of this in the Demos bulletin to report the various aspects of the Chiam See Tong talk we had back then.

Scope

The series of Constitutional amendments which introduced GRCs, NCMPs, NMPs and the Elected Presidency transformed the political landscape in Singapore. In the two and half decades since, the ground-breaking changes have been tested and matured.

We have lived through the changes and each of us been exposed to a wide variety of experiences and learnings in our respective fields. How have our respective views been shaped over this period ?

Invite List

The people listed below are by no means exhaustive. Please feel free to nominate others to the list. Do be reminded that this is an editable wiki.

I am starting off with a longish and inclusive list. Do also remember this is only an invite list and invitees are perfectly free to decline for a variety of reasons including perhaps work-related, personal or otherwise. And I would imagine quite a few in the list below would choose to decline.

  • Cheng Sim
  • Choon Boon
  • Eric
  • Gerard Lim
  • Glen Low
  • Jason
  • Jyoti Lingam
  • Koon Kee
  • Kuang Ting
  • Maria Siow
  • Ser Guan
  • Song Chuan
  • Stephen
  • Su Haw
  • Yew Kong

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I am testing this wiki for an upcoming vacation to China.

Dragon Combo’s

  1. Smoke:Chrome+Blazing
  2. Turquoise: Poison+Swamp
  3. Seasonal: Flower+Fog
  4. Olympus: Blazing+Crystal
  5. Pollen: Plant+Air
  6. Moon: Crystal+Lichen
  7. Rainbow: same as moon

PANLONG DRAGON:

  1. Blazing and Mud / Lava and Rain / Obsidian and Rain / Fog and Obsidian

RAINBOW DRAGON:

  1. Mountain and Sonic

Archives

 Dates
  1. Fri 2 Nov: Fly Singapore to Chongqing, Stay Chongqing one night
  2. Sat 3 to Tue 6 Nov: Yangtze cruise to Yichang (3 nights)
  3. Tue 6 Nov: Stay Yichang one night
  4. Wed 7 Nov: Bus/Rail from Yichang to Wuhan, Stay Wuhan one to two night(s)
  5. Thu 8 or Fri 9 Nov: Fly Wuhan to Singapore

Cruise Itinerary

Downstream: Chongqing- Yichang

4DAYS /3NIGHTS DOWNSTREAM ITINERARY (Chongqing ? Yichang)

  • Sat 3 Nov

    • 21:30 – Depart Chongqing

  • Sun 4 Nov

    • 13:30-15:30 pm – Shore excursion to the Shibaozhai; Sailing through the Qutang Gorge and the Wu Gorge.

  • Mon 5 Nov

    • 12:30-16:00 pm – Excursion to Shennong stream; Passing through the Xiling Gorge (western section).

  • Tue 6 Nov

    • 8:00 am – Dock at Sandou Ping

    • 08:00-10:00 am – Visit the Three Gorges Dam site

    • 11:30 am – Disembark at Peach Blossom Pier in Yichang

Clan War Strategy Discussion

We have been thinking about different possible strategies to adopt. This open wiki, i.e. anybody can just edit it, even without logging in. All you have to do is to click on the icons on the right to get started.

Strategy 1: Simple and Direct

I like this strategy because it is easy to understand and implement.

Just hit your mirror in the opponent’s clan for your first attack. Then use your second attack to clean up whatever that is available.

So, the 1st-placed warrior on our side will attack the 1st-placed castle on the opponent’s side; the 2nd-placed warrior attacked their 2nd; etc.

Strategy 2: Simple groups of 5

We tried this a few weeks back, but I don’t think I am describing it completely, so any assistance to help flesh out the detail is much appreciated.

Warriors are grouped in fives, i.e. Group 1 comprise those placed 1st to 5th; Group 2 comprise those placed 6th to 10th; etc. Warriors then attack opposing castles within the same group for their first attack, and then in the lower group in the 2nd.

So, for example, the first group of 1st to 5th will attack their mirror for the first attack, then 6th to 10th respectively for the second attack.

Strategy 3: Groups of 3 hit opposing groups of 4

The idea about this strategy is a modification of the above.

Warriors are grouped in threes, i.e. Group 1 comprise those placed 1st to 3rd; Group 2 comprise those placed 4th to 6th; etc. For the opponent, we group them in fours, i.e. Group 1 comprise enemies placed 1st to 4th; Group 2 comprise enemies placed 5th to 8th; etc.

Each Group will first try to get as many stars as possible in the enemy group that they have been allocated. Then if not possible to get more stars, then go lower with the remaining 2nd attack(s) to clean up.

I shall attempt to illustrate how this works for Groups 1 to 5.

For Groups 6 onwards, the gap would have increased to 5 and it should be easier for the warriors to 3-star enemies 5 castles below their mirror. The idea would then be for each warrior (other than the last 5) to ensure they 3-star the enemy 5 castles below their mirror, then use their 2nd attack to clean-up whatever that is remaining.

Group 1: Warriors placed 1st to 3rd and Enemies placed 1st to 4th

For 1st attack, each warrior will hit their mirror. Then, one of the three warriors will next hit the 4th-placed enemy. If any of the three is somehow unable to attack or failed (i.e. zero star), then the other(s) should try to gain at least one star.

If the remaining warriors feel no more star is possible, and it is past the 12th or 18th hour mark, then attack enemies in Group 2.

Group 2: Warriors placed 4th to 6th and Enemies placed 5th to 8th

For 1st attack, each warrior will hit the enemy one down from their mirror: i.e. 4th warrior hit 5th enemy castle; 5th warrior hit 6th enemy castle; and 6th warrior hit 7th enemy castle.

If any of the three is somehow unable to attack or failed (i.e. zero star), then the other(s) should try to gain at least one star.

Then, one of the three warriors will next hit the 8th-placed enemy.

If the remaining warriors feel no more star is possible, and it is past the 12th or 18th hour mark, then attack enemies in Group 3.

Group 3: Warriors placed 7th to 9th and Enemies placed 9th to 12th

For 1st attack, each warrior will hit the enemy two down from their mirror: i.e. 7th warrior hit 9th enemy castle; 8th warrior hit 10th enemy castle; and 9th warrior hit 10th enemy castle.

If any of the three is somehow unable to attack or failed (i.e. zero or only 1 star), then the other(s) should try to gain at least two stars for all castles.

Then, one of the three warriors will next hit the 12th-placed enemy.

If the remaining warriors feel no more star is possible, and it is past the 12th or 18th hour mark, then attack enemies in Group 4.

Group 4: Warriors placed 10th to 12th and Enemies placed 13th to 16th

For 1st attack, each warrior will hit the enemy three down from their mirror: i.e. 10th warrior hit 13th enemy castle; 11th warrior hit 14th enemy castle; and 12th warrior hit 15th enemy castle.

If any of the three is somehow unable to attack or failed (i.e. zero or only 1 star), then the other(s) should try to gain at least two stars for all castles.

Then, one of the three warriors will next hit the 16th-placed enemy.

If the remaining warriors feel no more star is possible, and it is past the 12th or 18th hour mark, then attack enemies in Group 5.

Group 5: Warriors placed 13th to 15th and Enemies placed 17th to 20th

For 1st attack, each warrior will hit the enemy four down from their mirror: i.e. 13th warrior hit 17th enemy castle; 14th warrior hit 18th enemy castle; and 15th warrior hit 20th enemy castle.

If any of the three is somehow unable to attack or failed (i.e. only 2 stars or less), then the other(s) should try to 3-star all castles in the group.

Then, one of the three warriors will next hit the 20th-placed enemy.

If the remaining warriors feel no more star is possible, and it is past the 12th or 18th hour mark, then attack enemies further down.

Group 6: Warriors placed 16th and more

For 1st attack, each warrior will hit the enemy five down from their mirror: i.e. 16th warrior hit 21st enemy castle; 17th warrior hit 22nd enemy castle; 16th warrior 23rd enemy castle; etc.

For 2nd attack, look for castles which have not been 3-starred.

Group 7: Warriors placed in the last 5 places

As there is no enemy five down from their mirror, the idea is to attack early and attempt to 3-star whatever possible on their first attack. Then, if you have 3-starred in your first attack, go higher to at least 1-star a castle for loot.

Conclusion

We should ensure that all the lower half of castles are 3-starred during the first 15 hours of war so that we have a better view what castles need clean-up. So, it is important that we should use our first attack early.

While Strategy 3 looks complicated, it might help if we each focused on our respective targets and work with other warriors in the same group. To avoid confusion, leave others to take care of their groups.

I’ll see if I can tabulate the above another day.

Incidentally, the above strategy deals only with which enemy castles to attack and does not detract from the usual tactics:

Request for clan troops before attacking: State that it is for war and indicate your preferences, i.e. hogs, dragon, pekka, etc.
Draw out enemy clan castle troops first: archers are pretty effective against most cc troops.
Only Giants and Balloons zoom in on defensive structures; other troops are often diverted by clever layouts (c.f. the many gripes about stupid dragons).