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If we vote for PM Lee, we are also voting for Ho Ching as a package deal?

I understand that political spouses have a certain role to play alongside their husbands or wives who are politicians. They are on hand to formally greet dignitaries and provide social support. This role however is ceremonial at best. It has no official capacity. After the initial greetings and pleasantries which are photographed, these spouses usually retreat when actual discussions commence. …

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Pointing the finger at FB is akin to a spoilt child throwing toys

As the Singapore government appears to continue to wage war against "fake news", a potential fracas has arisen in relation to Facebook's (FB) refusal to remove a certain post by The States Times Review that is allegedly "fake news". In response to FB's refusal, the government has declared that FB's stance has showed that the social media platform "cannot be …

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“Fake news” is not quite the right label in this instance, LTA

The term "fake news" has certainly gained currency ever since Donald Trump's liberal use of the term to challenge anyone who disagrees with his world view. Singapore has also seemingly been caught up in the "fake news" whirlwind as the government initiates ways to combat "fake news" with proposed legislation and of course, let's not forget the Select Committee on …

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Will the purported changes to the DSA scheme really change things?

While I am heartened that Second Minister for Education, Indranee Rajah, has finally admitted that there is inequality within our education system, I am disappointed that she has stopped short of revealing the breakdown of the socio-economic status of students admitted through the Direct School Admission scheme (DSA). Declining to disclose the figures while admitting that there is inequality within the scheme …

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No direct correlation between Facebook’s refusal to remove posts and intended regulation

The Ministry of Law has stated in a press release that Facebook's refusal to take down a controversial States Times Review article which it says is "clearly false, defamatory and attacks Singapore, using falsehoods." shows shows why legislation is required to protect Singapore from "deliberate online falsehoods." I don't agree with Facebook's (FB) stance not to take down posts that are proven to …

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What makes sharing of photographs of the accident on social media so reprehensible that a police report has to be filed?

According to news reports, five national servicemen have had police reports filed against them for allegedly sharing unauthorised photographs of an accident which occurred in a training exercise which resulted in the death of a fellow national serviceman on social media websites. While I understand the sensitivities of publicising photographs involving army apparatus, it is imperative to weigh the harm …

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The retention of 377A is incongruent with the government’s claims that no religious group should promote ill will or a political cause

The Singapore government seems intent on sending the message to all religious groups that they should not be promoting hatred and ill-will among different faith groups or furthering political causes. Speaking at this year’s International Conference Singapore, which touches on religious values in a plural world and is organised by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS), Prime Minister Lee …

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Does the PAP feel entitled to call an election anytime they want?

The premise of having an election in a democratic country is to give voters a fair choice. For that choice to be fair, voters have to have the ability to make an informed choice. The factors that would ensure an informed choice would include the voters to have equal access to all contestants from all contesting parties and their message. …

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