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PAP MP Edwin Tong wants tech companies to “regulate” content

Posted by temasektimes on November 28, 2018

The PAP’s fight against “fake news” has gone up by another notch with PAP MP Edwin Tong calling on tech companies to “take responsibility” for the spread of “disinformation” which is detrimental to the PAP.

Speaking to the state media in London where he is attending an international hearing on fake news, Mr Tong urged tech companies to “regulate” content posted on its sites.

“What steps can be taken to go up the value chain in terms of looking at the kind of advertisements that are taken out, who is advertising; looking at accounts, whether they are real accounts or inauthentic accounts, whether they are accounts controlled by trolls and bots? All of that comes into the mix,” he said.

 

Source: Edwin Tong’s Facebook page

 

Mr Tong also added that effective policing of fake news required certain actions from the tech companies:

“I think one has to be mindful that you don’t just go downstream in terms of stopping and stemming the tide, but to go upstream and to also look at the content that goes on, and the kind of users, whether they’re authentic or inauthentic,” he said.

The PAP has taken harsh measures against Singapore’s alternative news media of late, denying access to one for spreading fake news about Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong while arresting the editor of another for “criminal defamation”.

The Singapore media is ranked 151st in terms of press freedom by respected international NGO Reporters without Borders last year.

All the mainstream papers and broadcast stations are controlled completely by the PAP which churns out loads of propaganda daily to brainwash the subservient population.

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NUS PRC Prof Henry Yeung escapes jail term for dangerous driving!

Posted by temasektimes on November 26, 2018

NUS PRC Geography Professor Henry Yeung Wai Chung was given only a light tap on his wrist for dangerous driving when he was given the maximum fine of $5,000 on Monday after pleading guilty to dangerous driving. He was also disqualified from driving all classes of vehicles for 13 months.

Yeung had been fined up to $200 for each of his three earlier offences between 2012 and 2016 – namely for speeding, inconsiderate driving and careless driving.

Despite his previous convictions, he was not sentenced to jail though first-time offenders convicted of dangerous driving can be jailed for up to a year.

 

Yeung’s latest horrific act was captured on video and uploaded on social media where his black Maserti was seen driving in a dangerous manner along Lorong Chuan. after a white car traveling in front of him started changing lanes to the left.

The state media reported Deputy Public Prosecutor Deborah Lee as saying:

“Instead of waiting for the white car to finish changing lanes so that the road in front of him would be clear, the accused overtook the white car on the right, crossed the single continuous white line and drove into the lane that was meant for vehicles travelling in the opposite direction. He then drove back into his lane on the correct side of the road.”

Despite his conviction, NUS still refuses to take disciplinary action against its “favorite” PRC staff. In a tense statement to the media, an NUS spokesman said:

“The university expects all members of its community to conduct themselves in accordance with the law. NUS is reviewing the court’s decision and will decide on whether disciplinary proceedings will be taken against Professor Henry Yeung.”

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PAP 4G leaders to Singaporeans: Let us ‘CARE’ for each other

Posted by temasektimes on November 25, 2018

With the next generation of the PAP’s leadership confirmed, the so-called “4G” PAP leaders, like their predecessors, have started dishing their customary “pearls of wisdom” to the subservient populace, calling on them to “unite” behind their leadership as if they have a choice.

Minister in Prime Minister’s Office Ng Chee Meng called on Singaporeans to build a more “inclusive” society:

“When the 4G leadership eventually transits and leads Singapore, may we pull together as one. Pull together to care, to build for each other… (and ensure that) all Singaporeans will share in (the country’s) success.”

Organizing Secretary of the PAP CEC Grace Fu lavish generous self-praise on her team, saying it has become “stronger” and “united in our purpose of serving the people of Singapore”.

National Development Minister Lawrence Wong, who is “co-opted” into the PAP CEC added:

“Now that the leadership transition is in place, we will step up efforts… to serve all Singaporeans to the best of our abilities.”

Unlike other political parties in modern democracies, the PAP adopts a closed system of leadership succession akin to the Chinese Communist Party where its leaders are picked by consensus among themselves rather than open to challenge by all members of the party.

 

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Disgraced convicted gay doctor Ler Teck Siang still on SMC register

Posted by temasektimes on November 23, 2018

Disgraced convicted gay doctor Ler Teck Siang is still listed as a doctor on the Singapore Medical Council Registry of doctors despite being sentenced to jail for two years!

 

36 years old Ler was sentenced to two years jail on two charges each for abetment of cheating and for giving a false statement to a public servant.

Ler was charged for submitting his own blood sample in place of his HIV-positive boyfriend Mikhy Farrera-Brochez’s, to help the American get an employment pass here.

Farrera-Brochez, 33, who was a polytechnic lecturer in Singapore, was sentenced to 28 months’ jail last year for offences including cheating, lying to a public servant, possessing drugs and using forged educational certificates.

A quick search on the Singapore Medical Council website reveals that Ler is on the registry and is able to practice medicine in Singapore:

Ler has appealed against his conviction and sentence and is currently out of bail. It is not known if he is still working as a doctor now.

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Goh Chok Tong: My life turned out well because of our practice of “meritocracy”

Posted by temasektimes on November 22, 2018

Despite his previous controversial remarks on ministerial salaries, Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong publicly defends Singapore’s unique system of “meritocracy” which has helped generations of Singaporeans “advance in their lives.”

Speaking at a charity event on Wednesday ESM Goh recalled he received a government bursary which paid for his entire university education:

“My life turned out well, not just because of my own effort but also because of our practice of meritocracy. I did not have to rely on ‘guanxi’ I had equal opportunities to study, compete, get a job and do well on my own steam.”

He added that “many in his generation similarly enjoyed meritocracy and social mobility that was put in place by the Government and nurtured by society”

ESM Goh said one of his motive for writing his biography was to “encourage younger Singaporeans to step up and serve the country, just as his generation did.”

A former Prime Minister of Singapore from 1990 to 2003, ESM Goh was responsible for many of the policies which have affected Singaporeans deeply to this present day.

 

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The Independent refuses legal demand by NTUC Foodfare to remove allegedly defamatory articles

Posted by temasektimes on November 21, 2018

A day after the Chief Editor of The Online Citizen (TOC) Terry Xu was hauled up by the police for an article published on the site, another socio-political website The Independent is facing legal action from NTUC Foodfare.

The Independent published two articles on its website on 19 November titled “Elderly hawker allegedly passed away after working 18-hour days to avoid hefty fine when NTUC Foodfare rejected appeal to shorten operating hours” and “NTUC Foodfare slaps $3,500 fine on elderly and injured tenant who was unable to operate for a few days”.

In a letter of demand sent to The Independent, the lawyers for NTUC Foodfare David Lim and Partners LLP  said the words used were defamatory as it suggested that it had, among other things, bullied an elderly stall operator working at Changi Airport’s Terminal 4 foodcourt, and has made a lot of money by preying on old and illiterate small stall holders.

It added that the articles caused NTUC Foodfare to be “disparaged and injured in its character and reputation” and suffer hurt, distress and embarrassment.

Besides demanding The Independent removes the articles and apologize by 3pm on 21 November, it also required  The Independent to preserve all information and documents in relation to all articles or posts that mention NTUC Foodfare on its website and Facebook page this month.

The dateline has passed and The Independent has yet to remove the articles. Its publisher Kumaran Pillai wrote The Independent will not remove the articles till “it is proven to be false and baseless by NTUC Foodfare.”

He also urged NTUC Foodfare to answer questions on how many hours its hawkers have to work, the penalties they face and if the elderly hawker who died had ever communicated for shorter operating hours.

Attached letter of demand sent to The Independent:

 

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Ex-ST editor: Concentration of power in a few may lead to Singapore’s downfall like Venice

Posted by temasektimes on November 21, 2018

The concentration of power in the hands of a few people may lead to Singapore’s downfall, wrote former Straits Times Editor Leslie Fong in an editorial published in Hong Kong mainstream English paper South China Morning Post last week.

Using the example of Venice, Mr Fong argued that there are parallels to be drawn between Venice and Singapore.

Venice rose to become a great maritime empire in the early 12th century because it gave its citizens a say in their governance and a chance to share in its growing prosperity. However it declined by the late 18th century when the power of the state is concentrated in the hands of a few aristocrats.

“I think this bit of Venetian history should provide food for thought from several perspectives. First, do Singaporeans feel they have an adequate say, beyond the regular general elections, in how they are being governed and if they have views on policies that affect their lives, are these being heard?” he wrote.

Mr Fong also asked if the “sharing of Singapore’s economic success broad and deep enough and if not, how should Singapore address this disparity without blunting the country’s competitiveness and prospects for growth?”

He ended the article with a stark warning:

“I know there are Singaporeans who are alienated by what they see as a ruling class of elites who often say they have thought through everything and are disdainful of contrary views.”

Singapore has one the highest income disparity among developed countries. It has been ruled with an iron fist by the same ruling party since 1957 whose ministers are paid the highest income in the entire world.

 

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PAP ministers to make “not so staged” community visits to all constituencies by 2020

Posted by temasektimes on November 19, 2018

PAP ministers will be making “not so staged” community visits to all constituencies by mid-2020 to “better understand” the concerns of ordinary Singaporeans, announced Education Minister Ong Ye Kung on Sunday.

Source: Ong Ye Kung Facebook pic

 

These visits usually involved just one minister each time and take place only on a monthly basis. However they will take place on a weekly basis with multiple ministers visiting places such as void decks, exercise corners and coffee shops.

Speaking to the state media during a community event, Mr Ong said the visits have become more informal, to allow for more “authentic” interaction and for a more accurate reflection of ground sentiments.

“Gradually and progressively, it has become much more informal and not so staged and planned, and stop after stop, with tentages and programmes arranged specifically for you.nThere’s still some of it, but I can see progressively it’s becoming a lot more organic, and sometimes residents even have a shock (and ask): ‘How come the three of you are here?’,” he told reporters.

When asked about criticisms from many Singaporeans that such visits are just a “wayang” for show, Mr Ong retorted:

“Scepticism is part and parcel of politics, so it cannot be helped – just live with it.”

Mr Ong first contested in the 2011 General Election where he lost despite being fielded in a GRC. He was next parachuted into Sembawang GRC in the 2015 election which ensured a seat for him in parliament.

 

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Ex-mediacorp star Jacelyn Tay announces her DIVORCE on Instagram!

Posted by temasektimes on November 18, 2018

Ex-mediacorp star Jacelyn Tay has announced her divorce on her instagram:

“I am at the final stage of divorce proceedings. Many may be shocked. Don’t worry, me and Zavier are fine,” she wrote.

The 43 year old Tay was one of the top ten female actresses at Mediacorp from 1996 to 2006. She started and ran her own salon after leaving her acting career.

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Goh Meng Seng: I have seen UFOs and aliens with my OWN EYES!!!

Posted by temasektimes on November 17, 2018

Controversial opposition politician Goh Meng Seng has sparked a massive public outcry again in cyberspace with an outrageous declaration that he has seen UFOs and aliens in his own eyes!

In a posting on his Facebook page, Goh lambasted his critics for disbelieving him:

“In this world, there are billions of people believing in religions without seeing their God, Goddess, Buddha, Angels or whatever supernatural beings but we hardly say anything silly about it. And yes, I am also one of the billions who believe in my religion with a leap of faith. But when I say I also believe aliens or UFOs exist because I have seen one with my own eyes before, camouflaging itself as a cloud but zipping off with a ultra supersonic speed, people start to say GMS has discredited himself blah blah!”

His post brought widespread ridicule immediately from his Facebook friends:

Undeterred, Goh continues to argue and quarrel with his detractors much to the amusement of netizens:

“I am definitely not the only one who had seen such things zipping through our sky on Earth. It shows how myopic and ignorant people could be.”

A self-proclaimed “veteran” of opposition politics, Goh was reportedly sacked from the Workers Party in 2006 for visiting Sammyboy forum. He joined the National Solidarity Party in 2010, but resigned after the 2011 General Election. He reportedly applied to join the Singapore Democratic Party in 2015, but was rejected. He then started his own party to stand for the 2015 election and garnered a pathetic 23% of the votes, the lowest of all opposition parties!

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