The Minister for Communication and Information Yaacob Ibrahim appointed 17 new members to the 30-member Media Literacy Council on 27 July, and that among them is its Chairman, Mr Lock Wai Han. Mr Lock is the former director of Criminal Investigations Department (CID).
Mr Lock also has served in various other Government agencies in leadership positions including Commissioner of Immigration & Checkpoints Authority and Deputy Secretary of Ministry of Information, Communications & the Arts. Mr Lock left the public service in 2011.
The new MLC is said to comprise 30 members from diverse sectors spanning business, academia, social and community organisations.
Besides Mr Lock, the 16 other new members are: Mr Alvin Tan; Mr Andrew Lim; Ms Anita Kuan; Mrs Christine Lam; Ms Gam Huey Yi; Ms Irene Ang; Mr Jeff Cheong; Dr Jiow Hee Jhee; Mr Kumaran Barathan; Ms Natasha Zhao; Ms Stephanie Hung; Ms Susan Ng; Mrs Tan Wan Yu; Mr Tong Yee; Mr Walter Lim; and Mdm Zulaiha Yusuf.
The following is the full list of new MLC members who will serve a two-year term.
|Mr Lock Wai Han|
Former Executive Director and Group CEO
|Professor Ang Peng Hwa|
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and
Nanyang Technological University
|Mr Alvin Tan|
Head of Public Policy, Southeast Asia
|Ms Aileen Tan|
Group Chief Human Resources Officer
|Mr Andrew Lim|
|Ms Anita Kuan|
Director of School of Film and Media Studies
Ngee Ann Polytechnic
|Dr Carol Soon|
Senior Research Fellow
Institute of Policy Studies
|Mrs Christine Lam|
Yangzheng Primary School
|Mr Chong Ee Jay|
TOUCH Cyber Wellness
TOUCH Community Services
|Dr Damien Cheong|
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
Nanyang Technological University
|Mr Edmund Tay|
|Ms Gam Huey Yi|
Director of Student Education and Development
and Corporate Communications
|Mr Goh Lih Shiun|
Country Lead, Policy and Government Affairs
|Ms Irene Ang|
|Ms Iris Lin|
Fei Yue Community Services
|Mr Jeff Cheong|
Tribal Worldwide Asia
Head of Tribal, Worldwide Singapore
|Mr Jeffrey Ali|
Senior Director – Youth Marketing and Insights
|Dr Jiow Hee Jhee |
Assistant Professor and
Deputy Programme Director
Singapore Institute of Technology
|Mr Kumaran Barathan|
|Dr Lim Sun Sun |
Assistant Dean (Research)
Department of Communications and New Media
National University of Singapore
|Ms Lin Shu Fen |
Family Segment and HubLife
|Ms Natasha Zhao|
Digital Management Consultant
|Mr Nicholas Gabriel Lim|
Director of Development, Education and Youth
Emergenetics International – Asia Pacific
|Ms Stephanie Hung|
Founder and CEO
Alitheia Partners Pte. Ltd.
|Mr Steve Tan|
Ong Teng Cheong Labour Leadership Institute
Social Media Team
|Ms Susan Ng|
|Mrs Tan Wan Yu|
|Mr Tong Yee|
Co-Founder and Director
The Thought Collective
|Mr Walter Lim |
Director and Editor
|Mdm Zulaiha Bte Yusuf|
“As the online environment continues to evolve and grow in complexity, the role that the MLC plays has become even more important,” Dr Yaacob added.
Other than Mr Lock, another notable person among the new appointees is Ms Natasha Zhao, age 30, Digital Management Consultant of QED Consulting.
Ms Zhao was featured in The Straits Times as being among the select few digital media consultants the People’s Action Party (PAP) Ministers and Members of Parliament (MP) used to win social media battle for voters. Commenting to the newspaper about the role she played, Ms Zhao said: “We worked on their online reputation. A good digital engagement plan is best implemented early, during times of peace.”
Her colleague at QED Consulting said that they use social media monitoring tools to “listen” in on online conversations, then let them know when action is needed.
MLC has been in the news for the wrong reasons due to the antics of its former member. Calvin Cheng, who left MLC after serving two full terms as a member, had been criticised for his comments on killing children of ISIS fighters and recently, his harsh remarks that was posted online to a professor at a local university at a Facebook comment thread, simply because their opinions are not the same. This runs contrary to the media literacy that MLC wishes to promote and MLC had chosen not to comment on the matters.