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Opinion

Op-ed article on BERITAmediacorp by former architect garners mixed reactions from netizens; tone of article supports Govt alleged “problematic minority” portrayal of Malays?

An opinion-editorial article published on Friday (11 Jan) on Singapore's mainstream multimedia Malay-language news platform BERITAmediacorp, which allegedly shames the Malay community in Singapore for their purported lack of concern regarding their own health, has received mixed reactions from Malay Singaporean netizens. The article, submitted by Osman Sidek, begins with the following premise: "Apakah masalah berat badan dalam kalangan orang …

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Rather than trying to control “fake news” why not prevent it from surfacing in the first place by making everything open and above board?

According to reports, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (PM Lee) has, through his lawyers, applied for the courts to strike out the counterclaim made by veteran blogger Leong Sze Hian (Leong)  against him for allegedly "abusing the process of court" with his initial defamation suit against Leong over his sharing of an article from TheCoverage.My. The offending article claimed that editor-in-chief …

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The Prime Minister who advocates care for fellow citizens but personally adopts the mantra of winning at all cost

Last week, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong encouraged parents to nurture “intangible but essential values” in their children, so they show care and concern for classmates and fellow citizens. He was quoted saying, "We must also understand the world around us, feel a sense of nationhood and community that we are one people, and have the resilience and determination to …

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Looking beyond Seletar Airport…

by Prithpal Singh The recent controversy over Seletar Airport has placed this once picturesque airport built in the 1930s, under the limelight. More than highlighting its strengths and attractiveness, it has in fact served to highlight its weaknesses, vulnerabilities and limitations. With a short runway of 1.8km, half that of Changi Airport and with no prospects of further runway extensions …

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Malaysia, Singapore reach agreement over disputed Pasir Gudang as Malaysia tightens loose screws within administration that disparaged national sovereignty and interests

The highly-anticipated 8 January meeting between Malaysia and Singapore regarding Pasir Gudang’s airspace finally arrived at a mutual bilateral agreement to hold off both side’s requests for at least about a month. Singapore’s Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said in a joint statement alongside Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah on Tuesday in Singapore: “The first agreement we arrived at was to …

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Are ‘authoritarian’ governments ‘backing’ each other up?

American citizen William Nguyen of Vietnamese descent, is 33 years old this year. In the middle of last year, Nguyen hogged media headlines when he was beaten, dragged and arrested by plainclothes Vietnamese policemen in Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam on 10 June. (Video of Nguyen being manhandled by Vietnamese authorities) Born and raised in Houston, Nguyen had travelled …

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Power concedes nothing without demand

by Remy Choo Zhengxi ST Editor-at-Large, Han Fook Kwang, writes (from behind the paywall) with a warning: "An innovative, enterprising people must be allowed space to express themselves freely, to venture into new areas, in business, the arts, and in politics. They cannot be over-protected, sheltered and controlled, made to believe there is one way to lead their lives and …

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