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Daily Archives: 2018-09-22

Josie Ho’s Search for Bliss

by Benjamin Cheah “Our natural state of being is bliss,” Josie Ho declared. Speaking at the Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum 2018, the Hong Kong singer and actress delivered a presentation on her documentary Finding Bliss: Fire and Ice. Set in Iceland, the 80-minute film covered her journey to find bliss in the land of fire and ice. “Bliss …

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Select Committee on DOF accuses historian Thum Ping Tjin of lying about his credentials, and ignores everything else he wrote in his submission

Historian Dr Thum Ping Tjin was specifically targeted by the Select Committee on Deliberate Falsehoods over his academic credentials, stating that it afforded "no weight" to his views, as he is not a "credible representor" in its view. In a 273-page report that was released on Thursday (20 Sep), the Committee, which is chaired by Deputy Speaker of Parliament Charles …

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SDP: Standards of journalism should not be benchmarked at the PAP’s standards

The Singapore Democratic Party has issued a statement to express its concern towards the recommendations put forth by the Select Committee on Deliberate Falsehoods. In particular, SDP notes that the call for alternative news sites to adopt the professional journalistic standards of the “mainstream media” to ensure “fairness, accuracy and integrity in reporting”, for example, cannot be taken seriously, as …

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Is knowingly accepting perks and privileges related to one’s position of power (even if legal) tantamount to an arguable case of state sanctioned corruption?

Is accepting perks and privileges which you know are related to your position of power (even if legal) be tantamount to an arguable case of state sanctioned corruption? The Singapore government frequently waxes lyrical about its lack of corruption and its zero tolerance to any form of corruption. Unsurprisingly, Education Minister, Ong Ye Kung has repeated this line at an …

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Where are we headed as our sports performances dip

by Jose Raymond Congratulations to all of Singapore’s medallists at the recently concluded Asian Games in Jakarta. Despite the many obstacles and systemic road humps put in your way, you have helped keep the national flag flying high at the quadrennial Asiad. While the chef de mission Lee Wung Yew has hailed the overall performance and called it a “very …

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Be your own hatchet man

by Teo Soh Lung The report of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods is exceedingly disturbing. I am disappointed with the contents and angry with the unwarranted and vicious attack on Dr Thum Ping Tjin at page 57, paragraph 238. Dr Thum is accused of being a liar with these words: “He has clearly lied.” The entire report reads like …

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Criminal sanctions, rigorous fact-checking, and public education among recommended solutions to spread of online falsehoods

Increased accessibility to technological social platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter has enabled the uncontrolled dissemination of deliberate online falsehoods, or colloquially known as "fake news," amongst the public. To combat the spread of such disinformation, the Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods has put forward several recommendations in a report that was released on Thursday (20 Sep). Among …

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