Correspondent

Dr Toh Chin Chye did not ask Govt to enact new laws to tackle “fake news”

Early in Jan this year, Parliament set up the Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods to examine matters with regard to “fake news”. Among the various matters, the committee is supposed to propose any specific measures, including legislation, that should be taken to tackle “fake news”, especially those that come from online sources. “Fake news” have been around even before …

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Massive increase in premium rates for Medishield rider – SGs liable to be arrested for not paying premiums

In Parliamentary debates earlier this month (Mar 2018), Senior Minister of State for Health Chee Hong Tat announced that new Integrated Shield plan riders must feature co-payment of at least 5 per cent. Insurance companies will later stop offering the current zero co-payment schemes to new applicants. The Integrated Shield plan riders are part of the national health insurance scheme …

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PTC Chairman: Commuters spoken to were “quite happy to bear higher fares”

During Parliamentary debates in early March (7 Mar), Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said that the fare formula for public transport is being reviewed in view of the upcoming infrastructure upgrades. He noted that the current formula is “inadequate” and the Public Transport Council (PTC) is reviewing it to take into account of “total costs”, saying, “I am confident that …

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ST Editor: We report news fairly and objectively without bias – but publishes poll to influence election results

During a parliamentary select committee’s hearing on Deliberate Online Falsehoods yesterday (23 Mar), Editor-in-Chief of Straits Times (ST), Warren Fernandez, assured the committee that ST reports news fairly and objectively without bias. “Over the last five, 10 years we’ve tried extremely hard to be fair, balanced and objective because we see our role as not trying to play up one …

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Self-driving car kills woman as PM Lee exhorts driverless technology

New York Times reported that an autonomous car operated by Uber struck and killed a woman on a street in Tempe, Arizona on Sunday night (18 March). It is believed to be the first pedestrian death associated with a self-driving car. At the time of the accident, the driver-less car which was under testing, did have an emergency backup driver …

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SPH CEO LG Ng can’t stop decline in newspapers ad page count

It was reported on Sunday (18 Mar) that the advertisement page count of Singapore Press Holdings’ (SPH) Straits Times had slipped 12.7% year-on-year for 2Q in its financial year of 2018 (FY18). SPH’s financial year ends on 31 Aug. According to a report from UOB Kay Hian, the decline was driven primarily by the display ad segment, which accounted for …

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