January 14, 2006
Almost Infamous said:
A while back, a friend of mine asked me for an opinion on YouThink, Singapore Straits Time's new youth column. I was a little hesitant, given Straits Time's track record for creative quoting, but since it was a friend who asked, I sent him a quote, and kept the original copy for myself. ... The parts in bold are the portions that Straits Times omitted. Not a terrible omission, but one that takes a lot of force out of my opinion. My wife points out the irony of the omissions - that the truly provocative questions have been omitted.
I believe these omissions speak for themselves.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "How ST blunts all opinions. "
January 10, 2006
January 01, 2006
December 06, 2005
am sick and tired of the shit that bloggers has been taking from the media. Especially the part where bloggers are self-serving; the fact that we write more about our personal stuff and that we are so unlike American bloggers whose blogs are dedicated to dissecting the government, its policies and the politicians...
And the media, how socially-inclined are you? Did you report everything? Or are you really only reporting the 'safe' stuff? Did some of the parts or even the whole story ever end up on the editing floor? And can I ask you to be more like the media from the US or Europe?!
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "Bloggers have been getting a lot of lashing from the newspapers. This one blog wrote about how she hates it and won't take it sitting down."
December 05, 2005
The Bulletin said:
The Bulletin asked (Andy) Ho why his article did not address Singapore's links with Burma, and if his article was entirely his work. Ho, who boasts an MBA from Yale University and a PhD from MIT, emailed back: "Where's the beef ... show me your evidence. Do you know someone at The Bulletin with my training or credentials to be able to go over my stuff intelligently? I doubt it."
Recommended by mb: "Eric Ellis reports on the Nguyen matter and contrasts the media coverage from Australia and from Singapore."
November 30, 2005
The Star, Malaysia said:
No penis rings. No genital ticklers. No abnormally huge vibrators. No blow-up, anatomically correct dolls. The Government had deemed those items "too hot". Oh, and no nudity, of course.
Recommended by mb: "And no Ron Jeremy either (who was invited to the Australian Sexpo)."
November 14, 2005
Singapore Rebel said:
Discovery Channel is set to roll out a three hour documentary next month entitled "History of Singapore'. Preview audiences interviewed by the Straits Times indicated that they are confident that the film will present a "fair and balanced" account. ST also reported that political dissidents such as JB Jeyaratnam, former unionist Fong Swee Suan and the late Lim Chin Siong are featured in the film.
However, the paper failed to mention that the documentary is sponsored by Singapore Airlines and Neptune Orient Lines, and supported by the National Heritage Board.
Recommended by squaredk: "Martyn See's viewpoint on the "History Of Singapore" documentary, and questions it's neutrality."
October 27, 2005
The Age said:
In the island metropolis to our north, a place that admires itself through a polished veneer of modernity and sophistication, the city-state's brand of justice will be delivered with all the subtlety and compassion of the Middle Ages.
Recommended by Tym: "An analysis of the key details in the case against Australian Nguyen Tuong Van, who has been sentenced to death by Singapore for drug trafficking. Interestingly, it concludes with a call for Australians to boycott Singapore-owned companies."
October 24, 2005
The Pilot n' Jo Show said:
We're working on a proposal for a brand spanking new podcast. It's called Here's the Deal! and it's a show centering around the business of entertainment, featuring thoughtful and irreverant dialogue with local deal-makers, filmmakers and artists. We see a market for that sort of thing.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "Pilot n' Jo are working on new projects! They're looking for web designers/podjocks and investors!"
October 21, 2005
Singapore (140th) ... still has a very low ranking because the government headed by the son of founding father Lee Kwan Yew keeps its grip on the media and uses drastic laws to crack down on the few independent journalists.
Recommended by Tym: "Singapore is up from 147th last year. Good news?"
October 13, 2005
The outgoing US ambassador to Singapore has criticised the city-state's restrictions on free speech in a rare public rebuke by a US official of one of Washington's closest Asian allies.
Ambassador Frank Levin said Singapore's 20th-century political model may prove inadequate for the 21st century, warning that the government "will pay an increasing price for not allowing full participation of its citizens."
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "Via MSNBC."
September 26, 2005
Zyl talks about the "Straits Times Interactive Registered Members Subscription Promotion".
I am not of the opinion that your newspaper is worth paying for once via my family’s subscription to the physical copy and once again for the online version. If I am already a subscriber, I really expect that I should be able to get the online version without additional cost.
September 15, 2005
The New York Tmes said:
That is certainly the sense I got after observing the Katrina debacle from half a world away here in Singapore - a city-state that, if it believes in anything, believes in good governance. It may roll up the sidewalks pretty early here, and it may even fine you if you spit out your gum, but if you had to choose anywhere in Asia you would want to be caught in a typhoon, it would be Singapore. Trust me, the head of Civil Defense here is not simply someone's college roommate.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "Triple Pulitzer winner Thomas L. Friedman has nothing but praise for the efficiency of our government."
September 08, 2005
This must take the cake for Worst. Straits Times Forum letter.
I have ever readEver. Even its being awarded a prize, a medallion, a badge, a plaque, a ribbon, a trophy as well as a certificate would be insufficient to recognise the enormity of the situation.
Letters thanking taxi drivers, insignificant queries to government agencies, odes to
Kim Jong IlMM Lee, letters from irate Malaysians angry that certain dubious honours (linguistic or culinary) have been erroneously (in their book) awarded to Singapore, notes from expatriates or tourists singing Singapore's praises and paens harkening to the days (10 years ago or so) when the writer wrote his last Forum letter all cannot compare.
Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse...
September 01, 2005
Gilbert Koh said:
Last night was a big night for me. Now I can actually call myself an "award-winning poet"! I won the Golden Point Award 2005 for English Poetry. It comes with $4000 cash, a $6000 arts grant and a lovely trophy (looks like a Grammy, actually).
The Golden Point Awards is the only is the only national creative writing competition which welcomes entries in the four official languages here, namely English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil.
Accomplished local poet, Gilbert Koh, clinched the first prize this year in the English language poetry category. Congrats!
August 23, 2005
August 02, 2005
The damage to children from lack of adequate breastfeeding and lack of good nutrition in the first two years of life can be permanent. Immune-system weakness, stunted growth and compromised intelligence are just some of the possible long-term consequences. In addition, around 5,500 children die every day as a result, one-fifth of all child deaths. And millions more are left to face a childhood of chronic illness and lost opportunities.
I hope more mothers will choose to breastfeed their babies and children and the public (especially in Singapore where mothers are sometime told to nurse in the toilet) will accept breastfeeding as a way of life.