Daily Archives: 2019-07-31

E-Pay advertisement fiasco: YouTube duo’s “escalatory” and “cutting” response a consequence of continuous institutional racism, says WP chief Pritam Singh

Workers’ Party (WP) chief Pritam Singh has weighed in on the debacle surrounding rising Singaporean YouTube duo Preeti Nair and Subhas Nair’s satirising of an E-Pay website advertisement. The controversial advertisement, which has since been modified to remove the offending material, portrayed Mediacorp actor and DJ Dennis Chew as multiple “characters” of different races in Singapore, such as a Malay …

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Huawei to offer S$100 voucher to 5,000 customers who did not get to buy S$54 promotion smartphone

Chinese tech company Huawei said that it will be giving out S$100 Huawei smartphone vouchers to those affected by the recent S$54 National Day promotion that went south. In a media statement yesterday (30 July), the company apologised for the inconvenience and wishes to “make it right” for everyone by extending a S$100 voucher to the 5,000 affected customers who have registered …

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High costs of childcare and pre-schools an impediment to parenthood, according to position paper by PAP Women’s Wing MPs

A position paper by six MPS of the People’s Action Party (PAP) Women’s Wing revealed that 58% of respondents cited the cost of raising children as a main concern/factor when deciding to have another child. About 22% cited work-related factors such as work-life balance and employment pressures while 18% said that the decision is dependent on whether they have access …

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Online users give mix reactions to Law Minister’s response to the rap video by YouTuber Preetipls

In response to a rap video uploaded by local YouTuber and comedian Preeti Nair, famously known as Preetipls, along with her brother, rapper Subhas Nair, Home Affairs and Law Minister K.Shanmugam said that it “crosses the line” and is not acceptable. “This rap video insults Chinese Singaporeans, uses four-letter words on Chinese Singaporeans, vulgar gestures, pointing of middle finger, to …

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Underwriters Laboratories and Enterprise Singapore sign agreement to collaborate on developing standards to support emerging areas

Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a global standards development organization, and Enterprise Singapore, the national standards body of Singapore, have recently signed a collaboration and license agreement at the sidelines of the Pacific Area Standards Congress held in Wellington, New Zealand. The agreement was signed on 9 April 2019 by Ms Sonya Bird (director of international standards at Underwriters Laboratories) and Mr …

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Netizens slam Government for taking action against rap video by local YouTube star Preetipls that critics “brownface” advertisement for E-Pay

An advertisement created for epaysg.com, an e-payment website, was recently released featuring Mediacorp actor and DJ Dennis Chew impersonating different races. In the advertisement, one can see Chew dressed up as different races in Singapore such as a Malay woman in a headscarf as well as an Indian man with darkened skin. He also portrayed the role of a Chinese …

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Almost half of Singapore enterprises admit they lack sufficient threat intelligence amid rising cyberattacks in businesses, reveals study by Kaspersky

On Tuesday (30 July), Kaspersky hosted a media briefing session in Singapore and shared updates from its ‘B2B IT Security 2018’ report. The study revealed that Singapore enterprises are aware cyber threats are becoming more sophisticated, but lack of tools and insights to understand these threats prevent these enterprises from effectively addressing them. In fact, close to half (42.6%) of …

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SDP chief Chee Soon Juan releases video critique of PAP policies in Cantonese, reiterates plight of elderly Singaporeans living in poverty

Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) chief Chee Soon Juan has released another critique of the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP)’s current policies — this time in Cantonese. Citing Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s election promise in 2015, in which Mr Lee said that elderly Singaporeans “deserve peace of mind in their golden years” and “to live out their years with dignity”, …

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Escape from the lion’s paw, reflections of Singapore’s political exiles

by Function 8 In the year 2000, Lee Kuan Yew published his memoirs From Third World to First, The Singapore Story: 1965-2000. At pages 172-173, Lee justified his decision to close down Chinese schools as well as the arrests under the Internal Security Act in early 1970s of Lee Mau Seng, the general manager, Shamsuddin Tung Tao Chang, the editor-in-chief …

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