Daily Archives: 2019-05-09

Singapore passes ‘fake news’ law despite fierce criticism

by Martin Abbugao Singapore’s parliament Wednesday passed laws to combat “fake news” that will allow authorities to order the removal of online content despite fierce criticism from tech giants and rights groups. They give government ministers powers to order social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to put warnings next to posts authorities deem to be false, and in extreme …

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Netizens express sadness over the passing of fake news law in Parliament

After a two-day debate that lasted slightly over 14 hours, the controversial Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill (POFMA) has been passed in Parliament on Wednesday (8 May). A total of 74 Members of Parliament (MPs) supported the Bill, while nine MPs comprising those from Workers’ Party (WP) and Non-Constituency MPs (NCMPs) went against it. However, one Nominated MP …

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Fake news law is ‘a cure worse than the disease’ – WP NCMP Leon Perera

In a speech in parliament during the debate on the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) hours before the bill was passed, Worker’s Party (WP) Non-Constituency MP Leon Perera said that while ridding falsehoods from public discussion is the right thing to do, the bill is ‘a cure worse than the disease’ and it requires a radical overhaul …

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The curious case of empathy and its glaring absence in Singapore

by James Leong What do the Monica Baey saga, Aloysius Pang’s death and a Japanese restaurant in Singapore have in common? None of them knows empathy. I don’t like fussing over birthdays, particularly mine, but I do like Japanese food and found a restaurant inviting birthday peeps to eat for free on their birthday month —provided they dine with a …

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Buying or leasing a car: Which one is cheaper?

by ValueChampion Should you buy a car or lease it? We figure out which method can save you the most money. While the status quo of transportation in Singapore is public transport, cars still make up a considerable portion of travel. But cars are no affordable alternative to public transportation as purchasing a car often requires a six-figure commitment. Thus, many people …

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Is free shipping actually free?

by ValueChampion While shopping online is certainly convenient, it can be frustrating to have to pay extra delivery fees. Singapore’s top eCommerce sites offer a few free shipping options–but which offer the best value, and which could actually cost you? If you’re like most online shoppers, having to pay shipping fees on top of the original item price can be extremely frustrating. …

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