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Does the Fake News Bill carry the weight of moral authority?

I guess it was of no great surprise that the arguably controversial “Fake News Bill” has passed. Despite the valiant attempts of the Workers’ Party (WP) Members of Parliament (MP) to fight against the passing of the bill, they were but a minority in an overwhelmingly Peoples’ Action Party (PAP) dominated Parliament. Many of the concerns that have been raised …

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Do the Police appear to prioritise VIPs over ordinary folk?

It is rather heartbreaking to have to see student Monica Baey (Baey) having to go public in order to get some measure of recognition for the trauma that she has had to endure as a result of fellow student Nicholas Lim (Lim) attempting to film her as she took a shower. Now, I don’t condone vigilante justice but it is …

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Is having an opinion also akin to “fake news”?

Reading an article which talks at length about how historian PJ Thum (Thum) has been misquoted by a Facebook page gave me some food for thought. Thum had said in earlier times that “Equally, your post could be completely accurate and factual, but could be deemed “misleading” because you omitted a fact (accidentally or otherwise). Given that it is impossible …

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Are the authorities using fake news to educate the public on fake news?

While Singaporeans are still processing the contents of the “fake news” bill, which is likely to become law after being debated in Parliament some time this month, it would appear that the government has already started to take actions as if the bill has already become law. It would appear that the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) has taken part …

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The “Fake News Bill” if passed could be open to abuse

The “Fake News Bill” in Singapore has been published and is due for debate in Parliament next month before it becomes law. Theoretically, a bill will not come into effect unless the Members of Parliament (MPs) agree. However, as far as I remember, I do not think there’s been a single bill debated in Singapore’s Parliament that has not been …

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When Red Tape takes priority over helping someone

While processes and rules are important in streamlining procedures, have we reached the stage where we are now so bogged down by rules that they triumph commonsense? Instead of efficiency, has bureaucracy and red tape denied help to the neediest among us? I ask these questions in the wake of reports of an elderly man who has reportedly been shunted …

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In this case, no egg has even been thrown! Why the hoo hah?

Politicians or public figures being egged is never a pleasant experience for the individual who ends up with egg on the face and I am not condoning such acts. That said, it must be noted that the perks of wielding power must be taken alongside the downsides of being in the public eye. On the grander scheme of things, is …

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