Daily Archives: 2019-05-09

Educational journey of the passage of POFMA

by Teo Soh Lung I was in parliament yesterday expecting the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation bill (POFMA) to be passed. The absence of so many People’s Action Party (PAP) ministers and Members of Parliament (MP)s, however, cast a doubt in my mind. Wouldn’t they want a full house to vote for the bill? It would be a great …

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Fait Accompli but it does not have to be a story of betrayal

by Brad Bowyer Fait Accompli, a thing that has already happened or been decided upon before those affected hear about it, leaving them with no option but to accept it. Yes, we had the theatre of the Committee, which included the grilling of any who wanted to share their POV as though they were criminals in a court of law, …

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Chilling fake news law in Singapore will ‘rule the news feed’, says Amnesty International

Just a day before the Singapore parliament passed the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POMFA), Amnesty International (AI) called for the Singapore government o ‘drop plans’ to enact a law that ‘would dramatically curtail freedom of expression in the country and beyond. The statement released on the Amnesty International website on 8 May noted that the bill, which …

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Fatburger Singapore introduces the latest Impossible Burger

American burger-chain Fatburger has launched its new customisable Impossible Burger at its halal-certified restaurants in Singapore, and it’s priced at only S$10.90 – the cheapest in the market right now. Having taken the world by storm since its debut at New York’s lauded Momofuku Nishi in 2016, the Impossible Burger made its foray into Asia just last year in Hong …

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Parliament passes Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill with minimum resistance

The controversial Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill was passed in Parliament yesterday evening (8 May) after a fierce debate that stretched out over two days. 74 Members of Parliament (MPs) supported the Bill, nine MPs comprising those from Workers’ Party (WP) and Non-Constituency MPs (NCMPs) rejected it, and one Nominated MP (NMP) Lim Sun Sun abstained from voting …

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