Editorials

Editorials by the ASS Team.

[YOUR LETTERS] We should not support the petition against STOMP

In the name of freedom of speech and internet, STOMP should also not be regulated by MDA and the government because it will signal to them that we are ok with them taking away our right to free speech and the voice of society's conscience. That is why I'm a little surprised that the #FreeMyInternet movement did not say anything to stand up for STOMP when they did issue a statement against the regulation of the Mothership website. I think it is not fair and abit of a hypocrite to support the freedom of one website but not another. We must ensure that all websites are not regulated by the government.

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Was former minister Dhanabalan ever slapped by Mini Lee?

A major alternative news website has rehashed an old story of current Singapore Prime Minister Mini Lee slapping former cabinet minister S Dhanabalan. This rumour first appeared in the book "Governance in Singapore", written by some angmoh called Ross Worthington. However, this was refuted by PM Goh in 2002. Who do you believe?

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"Ang Moh" is not a derogatory term

Ang Moh is a colloquial term used locally to refer to Caucasians. A large section of society uses the term and most of the time it is used without racist or malicious intent. It would be racist if an individual uses "Ang Moh" in conjunction with a descriptive word affixed at the front. For example, "Chao Ang Moh" which literally means Smelly Ang Moh, or "Ka Ni Na Ang Moh" (translated" f*** your mother Ang Moh). These would be termed racist. As the saying goes, when in Rome, do as the Romans do. The term Ang Moh is simply the local way of addressing an individual of Caucasian ethnicity and is not meant to be interpreted with a racist lens. And Ang Moh is a term our uneducated forefathers used to call their colonial masters.

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The day Singapore scrambled her F16D fighter jets

The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Air Defence and Operations Command tracked the small plane as it flew towards Singapore, and it was quickly established that the Caravan did not have an approved flight plan - a 'red flag', especially since the Sept 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States. At 6.42pm, a pair of missile-armed F16D jets, which also have 20mm guns, thundered off from an air base. They quickly spotted the Caravan with its massive floats - pontoons mounted beneath the fuselage - and signalled it to land at Changi Airport's central runway just before 8pm. Airport police immediately surrounded the plane.

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