POFMA was passed in parliament in May earlier this year. Despite what the government says about protecting citizens from fake news, it is all their way of pushing down a draconian law that has the potential to stifle and kill authentic contrarian views and any point of view that the government doesn't agree with. Here are what other prominent academics, human rights advocates and even a former PAP MP have to say about POFMA.
A careless e-scooter rider refused to pay up or admit his mistake after crashing into a car at Woodlands. He was not supposed to be on the road and worst, was not wearing a helmet. Unfortunately for him, the accident was caught on camera and he may not be able to get away scot free.
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?
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.
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.
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?
A video of a crazy security guard shouting at people in a coffeeshop has gone viral. The man was picking a fight with people and in a fit of anger, wanted to flip the table beside him. The woman who was eating at that table has earned the praise of the internet as she fought back by trying to throw a chair and a cup of water at him. Thankfully, the police arrived after a good few minutes. It is unclear why he was so angry but as a security guard, the last thing to do is to jeopardise other people's safety.
A woman complained about a very bad water leakage in her bedroom toilet. She has been looking for plumbers to solve the problem for weeks but none of them succeeded or bothered to look into it. She was appalled that HDB will send plumbers down only for her problem to be neglected. What is she supposed to do, fix the pipes herself?