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The Online Citizen

Four affordable ways to prevent medical emergencies on your next holiday

by ValueChampion Travelling is great for exploring new cultures, cuisines and activities, but it is not without its risks. We discuss 4 things you should do to reduce the risk of unexpected medical emergencies on your trip. With the June holidays coming up, families all over Singapore are gearing up to take a well-deserved mid-year trip. With travel trends ranging from …

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Singapore ‘fake news’ law could hurt innovation: Google

Technology giant Google said Thursday Singapore’s new law against “fake news” could hurt innovation, a crucial element in the high-tech sector which the government is developing as an economic growth driver. Parliament late Wednesday passed legislation that gives government ministers powers to order social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter to put warnings next to posts authorities deem to …

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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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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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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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Indonesia misses economic growth forecasts in Q1 as exports slip

Indonesia’s economy grew slower than expected in the first quarter, official data showed Monday, as exports contracted for the first time since 2016 owing to softer demand for key commodities. Southeast Asia’s biggest economy expanded 5.07 per cent in January-March, nearly flat from a year earlier and missing market estimates of 5.18 per cent. An uptick in government and household …

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