Josephine Teo shares that the Singapore government is retaining the right to terminate funding to SPH Media Trust (SMT) if misconduct or serious wrongdoings are discovered. She also confirms the disbursement of the first funding tranche of the S$900million for SMT in March 2023. Ms Teo reiterated the government’s decision to continue funding SMT, stressed that trusted news media, enabled by quality journalism, is a public good that cannot be compromised.
The Parliament voted in favor of an amended motion put forth by Workers’ Party calling for the support Singapore’s athletes, but refrained from calling for a reassessment of sports management. Amendments proposed by Mr Darryl David were passed with the support of People’s Action Party MPs who are majority in Parliament, despite dissent recorded from all the Workers’ Party MPs and the Progress Singapore Party’s Non-Constituency MPs present.
Leader of the Opposition Pritam Singh called for leniency towards Soh Rui Yong, excluded from the Asian Games, expressing concern for his future prospects. He questioned Singapore National Olympic Council’s differed treatment towards Soh, highlighting the council’s history of forgiving athletes involved in criminal offenses while Soh had not.
Both Leong Mun Wai and the Progress Singapore Party issued an apology after Leader of the House, Indranee Rajah insisted on an apology from PSP and the Non-constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP) over a Facebook post made by the alternative party in Singapore. A letter has been sent to the party and Leong, demanding a public apology to be posted on PSP’s Facebook page and all other social media platforms. The deadline for the apology is 10 pm on Thursday (6 Jul). Failure to comply will result in the matter being referred to the Committee of Privilege.