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Opinion

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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Hawker culture – can eat one or not?

by James Lee I hope that Singapore’s bid to include hawker culture into the UNESCO Cultural Heritage List fails. There, I said it. Before anyone calls me unpatriotic, hear me out. Hawker culture is nothing new or even unique to Singapore. Cities like Penang, Malacca, Taipei also have it. What’s so special about Singapore’s hawker culture? The bid by Singapore …

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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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The five Cs of political leadership in Singapore

Leadership renewal is taking shape, with significant changes to the Central Executive Committee of the People’s Action Party. But what is most certainly not subject to renewal is the conduct and character of political leadership. These five Cs could very well define the state of political leadership in this country. First and foremost is cronyism. The crony capitalism index by …

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How much did GIC actually lose investing in Nielsen?

On Thursday (8 Nov), Straits Times published a news report today saying that it “continues to be Singapore’s best read newspaper”. Quoting the latest annual Singapore Media Index Report released by Nielsen, ST said that 29.8 per cent of Singapore residents aged 15 and above read ST everyday. Nielsen had polled 4,688 people aged 15 and above in its survey. …

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