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NAC WITHDREW FUNDING FROM "STATE OF EMERGENCY" NOVEL AS IT DEVIATED FROM PROPOSED CONTENT

Responding to Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP) Dennis Tan's questions on the National Arts Council's (NAC) withdrawal of funding for the book, "State of Emergency" by Jeremy Tiang, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu told parliament today that the book "did not meet the funding requirements mutually agreed upon as the content in the book deviated from the original proposal."

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EX-NMP CALVIN CHENG: GVT SHOULD NOT BE FUNDING ART, LEAVE THAT TO PRIVATE DONORS

Ex-NMP Calvin Cheng thinks that the Government should stay out of making decisions on whether they should be funding art. This is especially since the government will receive backlash anyway - if it wants to fund, it has to come up with strict criteria but if it does not fund, it will be accused of censorship. What do you think?

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NO EVIDENCE FOR ARTS COUNCIL TO DISAVOW SONNY LIEW'S WORK, IT'S NOW A LAUGHING STOCK!

The National Arts Council has become a laughing stock for congratulating Sonny Liew for a work it previously claimed "undermined" the Singapore government. According to publichouse.sg, NAC should have provided evidence to back its "ridiculous" reason for withdrawing funding. Otherwise, its just tragic for it to disavow Sonny Liew's brilliant comic.

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WHY GOVT CAN SPEND $800K ON RUBBISH BIN CENTER, BUT COMMUNITY HAVE TO RAISE $ FOR HAWKERS AFFECTED BY JURONG FIRE?

It is heartening to see that businessmen, temples, clan associations and other organisations have come together to help raise $280,000 of the $600,000 to build a temporary market for stallholders who lost their source of livelihoods in the Jurong West fire. Kudos to this kind-hearted people for being part of the community effort!

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PAP'S GRACE FU DEFENDS $410,000 CONSULTANT FEE FOR NAC BIN CENTRE, IT'S A COMPLEX PROJECT

The AGO report has revealed lots of lapses, including an eye-popping $410,000 consultancy fee for a $470,000 bin centre. Whoever authorised the payment at the National Arts Centre has to be held accountable and the MCCY owes the public an explanation. Instead, MCCY Minister Grace Fu defended her subordinate and claimed that it was a “complex” project requiring “significantly more design expertise”. Fu is wrong to assume the public could be taken for a ride easily.

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S'PORE POET'S OPEN LETTER TO THE NATIONAL ARTS COUNCIL

It appears that after NAC CEO Kathy Lai wrote to the Straits Times to defend state censorship of the arts, NAC Chairman Chan Heng Chee defended the same in her speech as guest of honor at the Singapore International Film Festival. Her speech is an insult to the festival, which has prided itself on its support for freedom of expression by taking a principled stance against showing any film censored by the state.

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