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A Spectre Haunts Singapore

A spectre is haunting Singapore—the spectre of racism. A recent spate of racist incidents have hit the news. The Singaporean social media sphere is aflame, with bloggers and politicians and influencers jumping in to condemn racism and drive the conversation. Voices cry out for collective action, social justice, education. And there is me, wondering when […]

You’re Not Supposed to Notice This About Covid

Following a rise in Covid-19 infections, Singapore has imposed strict measures to curb the spread of the disease. These include: Capping social gatherings to 2 Suspension of dining-in at F&B outlets Hard cap on guest numbers at weddings and funerals Return to working from home Closure of gyms, fitness studios, spas and all recreational activities […]

Stopping Minors from Hormone Therapy is Not Discrimination

Update: the Ministry of Education has denied stopping the student from getting hormone therapy. Two days ago, a transgender student at a Singaporean junior college shared his experience of the Ministry of Education blocking his efforts at undergoing hormone therapy on Reddit. The story spread across Singaporean social media, eventually being picked up by The Online Citizen. […]

No Choice But to Speak Against Kumaran Pillai of the PSP

Yesterday’s post about my experiences with Kumaran Pillai of the Progress Singapore Party is spreading like wildfire. All over the Internet, on Reddit and Facebook and elsewhere, people are asking questions and casting aspersions. Here I’m going to address them. Q: Kumaran Pillai’s candidacy was announced on 25 June. Why did you wait until Nomination […]

Testimony Against Kumaran Pillai of the Progress Singapore Party

The Progress Singapore Party intends to field Mr. Kumaran Pillai in the upcoming General Elections. I must speak out against him. In my experience, he does not possess the values needed to be a leader and a servant of the people. In late 2013, I first met Mr. Pillai to discuss the possibility of contributing […]

Censorship Won’t Stop Fake News

Singapore is seeking to regulate fake news. For the past five days the Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods has held hearings on the issue, inviting experts, academics and media professionals to give oral evidence. Three more days of hearings are scheduled. As Mothership discusses, the thrust of the hearing is pointing towards a raft of legislation […]

Google’s Stealth Censorship Campaign against Guns is A Failure

Yesterday, without warning, Google Shopping blacklisted a series of gun-related terms. Searching for words like ‘gun’, ‘AR-15’ and ‘rifle’ returned no results. But, like all blanket bans, this blacklist had unintended consequences. As you can see above, ‘gun’ returned no results. But so did everything with ‘gun’ in it. Including: In its zeal to censor […]

Singapore Censors Push Amendments to Films Act

The Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore is seeking amendments to the Film Act. Among sundry amendments like classification of video games and clarification of films licensing, the IMDA wishes to ‘enhance’ its investigation and enforcement powers. To quote from the relevant section: Today, the Films Act provides IMDA and Police with powers to enter […]

The Whisper Campaign Against SFF Author Jon Del Arroz

Jon Del Arroz, a Dragon Award nominated science fiction and fantasy author, is facing a whisper campaign of blackballing, harassment, threats and ostracism. His crime: exposing the institutional sexism of the SFF short fiction field. On 8 September, Del Arroz published a blog post highlighting the rampant misandry within the premier SFF magazines. He discovered […]

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