I was appalled to read about those who harassed the organisers of the Philippine Independence Day celebrations, and spammed their Facebook page. They are a disgrace to Singapore. Fortunately this appears to be the work of few trolls. Heartened that many sensible Singaporeans condemn this thuggish behaviour, and support Tan Chuan-Jin’s stand on this issue .
There’s much to be said for the spirit of the Chingay Parade, well rooted after over 40 years, which inspires people to “celebrate together as one” the different cultures of Singapore and the world, as its organisers put it. That international flavour has been a highlight of the much-loved street event over the years. Singaporeans have also come to appreciate the cultural expression of foreign residents, like the Songkran water festival which is synonymous with Thai exuberance. In turn, Singapore citizens abroad and their guests are hospitably treated when they celebrate Singapore Day in a public place, as in London’s Victoria Park.
Much have been said to suggest that the next GE, the 12th since Singapore’s independence, is impending. But is it? Proponents of an early GE point to global, regional and local factors to support their prediction. The global scene, particularly, economic and financial trends (depending on how one argues for one or the other, actually) are cited to show that the trends, anywhere from USA to India, from the EU to China or Japan, indicate ‘uncertain’ times or the risks of pullbacks.
Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim lambasted Singapore for voicing support on Malaysia's initiative in handling the MH370 tragedy. He described Singapore as "sometimes inconsistent" with its own belief, saying that the country had often championed meritocracy but would settle for "mediocrity" in terms of what was taking place in neighbouring countries including Malaysia.
To understand why local football fans are so frustrated over the matter of sky high World Cup subscription prices, a look back at the circumstances surrounding the subscription price of World Cup 2010 for Singaporean viewers – before the implementation of the cross-carriage rule – provides a large part of the answer. The business decision of Singtel to break into the local pay TV market in a big way by bidding an exorbitant amount to win the rights from Starhub to broadcast the English Premier League (EPL) for three years from 2009 sent a crystal-clear signal to FIFA on how far it could go in setting a price for World Cup content for Singaporeans.
Photographs of the Tampines GRC Member of Parliament and his lookalikes, posted on social media, are causing some netizens to do a double take. According to a report in MyPaper, on Friday, Mr Baey received an image from a fan who had snapped a photo of an unsuspecting individual on the train who bore an uncanny resemblance to the 43-year-old MP.
Many readers will have seen PM Lee’s recent “Lunch with the Financial Times” interview. That interview was no doubt aimed at a UK or global audience but actually it is vitally important for us Singaporeans, giving us a rare opportunity to see our PM perform without the protection of PAP control. Here in Singapore we are unable to see or hear anything about or by the PM that hasn’t been scripted beforehand or edited afterwards. The PAP has total control over our media corporations through the management shares and the rights this gives them to appoint directors or in fact over the hiring and dismissal of any member of staff of a media company. These rights are enshrined in the Newspapers Printing and Presses Act and not some speculation on my part. Check the Act out here.