Tag Archives: MDA

Internet opinions: A double-edged sword

Is the Internet killing opinion journalism? Not at all. It provides a vast forum for lots more of it. But it's made the search for high-quality opinion writing more difficult. By "high quality" I mean opinion that adheres to what we regard as journalistic standards. They include a certain loyalty to facts and logic - and transparency. Revealing the writer's real identity helps readers understand where the opinion is coming from.

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MDA assistant director charged with corruption and forgery

An assistant director with the Media Development Authority (MDA) was on Friday charged with multiple counts of corruption and forgery. Lai Wai Khuen, 37, is accused of obtaining loans totalling S$23,565 from 12 people on 27 occasions. He faces another count of attempting to obtain a loan of S$3,000 without success. Investigations by the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) revealed that Lai allegedly obtained loans from grant applicants as an inducement or reward for facilitating the approval and disbursement of grants.

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PAP WANTS TO CONTROL THE INTERNET WITH A CYBER ARMY

Upon receiving instructions by the administrators, unquestioning members spring into action to counter unfavourable chatter forming against PAP members or its linked entities. They operate in large numbers with the primary objective of drowning out negative comments and derailing the discussions on the internet. In addition, they also monitor Facebook activities of opposition parties, and call for reinforcements to help counter statements that are critical of the ruling party. On mundane days, typical actions including like-ing the FB pages of the PAP MPs to boast the popularity of MPs. Some of their communications and actions are captured below:

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Can — and should — the internet be tamed in Singapore?

The government and mainstream media sometimes seem fixated with what happens online. Perhaps seeing it as a threat to their monopoly on power and narrative, they are eager to paint the online community as the “Wild Wild West” where battles have to be fought. Creative acronyms like DRUMS (Distortions, Rumours, Untruths, Misinformation and Smears) are created to depict the Internet as a place of irresponsible trouble-makers. Everyone who isn’t with them is, apparently, a troll.

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ILO ILO (爸妈不在家 / Ba Ma Bu Zai Jia)

Who would have guessed that Singapore's film of the moment, and possibly of this year, has its English title refer to a location outside of the little red dot, a city that was never even mentioned in the film. And this was also the case for its Chinese title, although the phrase was possibly the key reason why its youngest key character got up to his shenanigans for the most parts, reflecting a social norm for double income families in the city state, where kids are often left growing up under the watchful eyes of domestic workers instead.

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