Singaporeans were treated to a rare waterspout sighting near the downtown areas. Do not worry, waterspouts are weaker and as dangerous as the tornadoes we see on TV. Meanwhile, expect thundery showers lasting through to the next week. Is winter finally coming?
A group of activists will be holding an event discussing the POFMA Bill and its impact on free speech in Singapore. Many people have been up in arms ever since the Bill was passed. Will it do more harm than good? Is it a means to curb fake news or is it only a tool to suppress free speech? What do you think?
A resident was shocked to find a bunch of rats feasting by a rubbish bin at Ang Mo Kio. The bin was clearly overflowing with rubbish and had not been cleared for some time. This is not the first time it has happened in recent weeks. A few weeks ago, another resident posted a video of rats rummaging through rubbish at Pasir Ris. Is this what Singaporeans get despite paying conservancy charges? Why can't the authorities do their basic duties properly?
A man and his family were horrified to find a cockroach in their food at Georges Beach Club. The FT was scarred from the experience and hope that the authorities will take action against the disgusting restaurant. He warned that he will let people from his personal and professional networks hear of this. The restaurant has not publicly apologised. What are they waiting for?
3 NMPs have filed a Notice of Amendment to the POFMA in which they outlined various improvements they want to see in the Bill. They proposed that the relevant Minister must explain why something is considered a falsehood and why certain actions have to be taken. They also suggested for an independent council to oversee the decision-making process so that online falsehoods can be countered better and fairer. The next Parliament sitting is on 6 May. Will the people in power bother to listen? Singaporeans will wait and see.
Singaporeans have expressed concerns over the proposed fake news law. Some will be taking part in an event at Hong Lim Park today while others have signed a document calling for the withdrawal of the bill. Everytime there are new changes, Singaporeans voice displeasure through petitions, speeches and discussions. Have conversations worked? Will they work? If the elites do not start listening to what people have to say, it is time Singaporeans wake up themselves and make a choice that will let us all be heard.
A contact of Nicholas Lim had posted a statement on behalf of him regarding the NUS saga. Lim was slammed by Singaporeans for being let off easily by NUS after filming a female student in the shower. The statement wrote that he was sorry for causing distress and will face the consequences. He is ashamed of himself but hoped that Monica will find closure. He was also thick-skinned enough to encourage victims of sexual harassment to speak up. What do you think? Will you forgive him?
Another woman voiced out about being secretly filmed in the shower by a man. She was inspired by Monica Baey's courage and thought that she should speak out to let the public know that these incidents are common. In her case, the man was let off because there was not enough evidence. Up till now, she is still traumatized by the event as the man was her good friend. Those who wish to help her may reach out to her as she is still lost, confused and afraid.
Education Minister Ong Ye Kung has spoken up about the NUS controversy. He told the NUS President and Board Chairman to take a tough stand on issues that threaten students' safety. Its existing two strikes and you are gone method is too lenient when it comes to dealing with people who are charged with sexual misconduct. Other tertiary institutions will be reviewing their framework to put a stop to this unacceptable behaviour. Why does it have to take so much and so long for some justice to come to light?
NUS is under fire after an undergrad accused it of letting a perverted man off leniently. The man was caught for recording her in the school's shower but let off after a 12 month conditional warning. From her social media post, the school told her to keep quiet after getting the man to write her an apology letter. She is disgraced that NUS wanted to keep things hush hush and is rallying support for people to voice out against these injustices. If these perverts are let off so easily, who can say for sure that they will not commit the same offence again?