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“Penatlah”: Singaporean playwright Alfian Sa’at, on racism and Chinese majoritarianism in Singapore

“Penatlah [I’m tired].” Such is the sentiment expressed by renowned Singaporean playwright Alfian Sa’at in response to measures taken by the authorities’ against rising YouTube sibling duo Preeti Nair and Subhas Nair for their rap video on an E-Pay advertisement, which was made as a part of NETS’ campaign to encourage consumers to make electronic payments. The controversial advertisement, which …

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Online commenters agree with MP Pritam Singh’s call for an overhaul of PA grassroots organisations

On Monday (29 July), Workers’ Party MP Pritam Singh took to his Facebook to mention that the ethos of community service in Singapore through the People’s Association (PA) requires a revamp after the politician highlighted a recent conversation between a grassroots organisation called Simply Eunos and a resident. Simply Eunos claimed in its Facebook page that two of their grassroots …

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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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Manpower Minister says 60,000 job vacancies available and nearly half meant for PMETs, netizens claim it’s far from reality

Manpower Minister Josephine Teo said on Monday (22 July) that there are about 60,000 job vacancies available in the market, and nearly half of them are catered for PMETs (professionals, managers, executives and technicians). Although she agrees that a large number of industries are affected by the current economic slowdown, but job seekers can still grab good quality jobs in …

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Online users voice support for Joseph Schooling following his failure to qualify at semi-finals at Fina World Championships

Singapore’s Olympic champion Joseph Schooling did not make the cut to qualify for the semi-finals of the men’s 50 butterfly at the Fina World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea on Sunday (21 July). The 24-year-old swimmer managed to only clock 23.73 seconds to finish seventh in his heat and 20th overall. United States swimmer Caeleb Dressel and Ukraine’s Andrii Govorov …

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Singapore records 8-year low in birth rate, netizens blame rising cost of living

According to the Report on Registration of Births and Deaths 2018, the number of babies born in Singapore last year dropped to an eight-year low, highlighting a serious demographic challenges for an ageing population. The report stated that 39,039 births were recorded last year, which is a 1.5% decline from the year before. However, the number of deaths increased by …

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Primary school clarifies headgear prohibition on Racial Harmony Day, netizens raise pertinent issues surrounding hijab ban in public schools

The prohibition on headgear imposed upon pupils of North Spring Primary School (NPSS) on Racial Harmony Day will not encompass religiously-linked or racially-linked ones such as hijab for Muslim female students. Businessman and candidate in the 2015 General Election, Khan Osman Sulaiman shared a screenshot of a message from the administrator of the school’s Facebook page on Wed (17 Jul), …

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