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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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FOREIGN ENTITIES APPEAL TO SUPPORT PINK DOT, OUTRIGHTLY REJECTED BY AUTHORITIES

A group of foreign companies such as Facebook, Google and Uber wrote in to Singapore authorities to ask for permission to support this year's Pink Dot but were unfortunately rejected. In their letter, the group of companies expressed support for inclusivity, diversity and in creating a safe space for their employees to work in. They understand Singapore has its own regulations and already suggested not to have their names listed or recognised as official sponsors. They also assured that no foreign representatives will speak at the event. However, our authorities still flat out rejected their application to support the event.

Instead of explaining why they rejected the application, the authorities reiterated that foreign entities must abide by our laws and not fund or support events that concern our domestic matters. Do you think this is necessary to make Pink Dot free from "foreign intervention"?

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CATHAY STANDS BY PINK DOT, ALMOST WANTED TO SCREEN ADS IN CINEMAS

Following the commotion about Pink Dot's advertisement in Cathay Cineleisure, Cathay spokesperson's responded by standing by its decision and saying it is an inclusive company which accepts a culture of equality. Funny why some people are making a fuss over this now as Cathay has been openly supporting the cause for a few years already. It was a corporate sponsor and even wanted to screen Pink Dot's trailer in its cinemas if not for strict censorship by the Media Development Authority. The authorities have also confirmed that Pink Dot organisers are allowed to carry out their promotional activities because they already have a licence.

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S'PORE ROWER AISYAH: DON'T BLAME THE GOVT FOR NOT SPONSORING MY OLYMPIC DREAM

I started off my rowing career and Olympic campaign with my own savings- we all know this story. But I think it is time people move on from the past. Yes, the start was always the hardest part of the journey. That is why in sports, we never do it for money. Unless you're a professional football player or playing for prize money in a prestigious golf tour. So we also know the story of how I have put myself out there and pleaded for money via my crowdfund. But you can't blame the govt for not supporting me in the first place. They're right- why should I be given money if I couldn't even win a medal in the SEA Games? Why should they support me if I'm so far from qualifying for the Olympics?

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