Daily Archives: 2014-07-16

MDA ordered comic book withdrawn from bookstore

The Media Development Authority (MDA) has confirmed that the comic, Archie: The Married Life” Book Three was withdrawn from bookstores because its content “breached guidelines by depicting same-sex marriage of two characters.” The MDA told the media that it received a complaint in March about the book and had assessed it. It then decided to ban the book and accordingly …

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Questions on bus bridging protocol and social media annoucment

Terry Xu The Online Citizen first reported on the train fault that took place on Monday evening. A photo of a huge crowd building up at the Jurong East MRT Interchange was shared. Passengers were informed of possible train delays due to the train fault at Buona Vista MRT station. No official updates were made on the SMRT Facebook page nor the company’s twitter …

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A (very special) open letter to the NLB

By Cheryl Marie Tay Dear National Library Board, Before I begin my letter proper, allow me to provide a little relevant background: I’ve noticed that open letters are quite popular these days, and so far, I’ve managed to avoid writing any myself. You see, I’m too much of a hipster to do anything “cool”, so you must know how special you …

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MPs’ disappearing act

By Singapore Armchair Critic So it was reported that last week in Parliament, not even a quarter of our 87 elected Members of Parliament (MPs) were present to vote for the passage of two Bills. Alerted to the lack of a quorum required to pass a Bill by Nominated MP (NMP) Eugene Tan, the Deputy Speaker rang the division bell …

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Singapore Literature Prize judges resign over NLB’s book removal

By Howard Lee A number of judges for the Singapore Literature Prize have resigned from the judging panel in response to the National Library Board’s recent removal and destruction of several children’s books. Mr Thirunalan Sasitharan, Mr Romen Bose and Professor Robin Hemley have today retracted their participation in the Non-fiction Category of the prize, citing concerns with NLB’s removal and pulping …

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What’s in a poll?

By Lim Jialiang One common narrative that we have heard constantly from those in the pro-banning camp is that this is in line with the “dominant social norms” or “community values” that Singaporeans have. Minister Yaacob Ibrahim mentions that the “prevailing norms, which the overwhelming majority of Singaporeans accept, support teaching children about conventional families but not about alternative, non-traditional families, which is …

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Finland’s baby package – mother shows what’s in the box

You might have heard of the maternity package which the Finnish government gives out to all expectant mothers in Finland, but do you know what the package actually contains? Well, a recipient of the maternity gift recently posted pictures of the content of the box (which the package comes in) online and her story is going viral after she posted …

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ST report “sensational”: NLB

The National Library Board (NLB) has withdrawn only three books “as a result of customer feedback”, the library insisted. A Straits Times report which had claimed that the library had in fact withdrawn six books, instead of just three, was “sensational”, the NLB said. T Sundaraj, the NLB’s director of Communications, Relations and Development, says in his letter to the …

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