Honouring our Merdeka Generation

500 Merdeka Generation Nee Soon residents received their Merdeka Generation Package during an appreciation dinner at Chong Pang Community Club on Sunday (June 2). Nee Soon GRC MPs Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Social and Family Development and Education Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Er. Dr. Lee Bee Wah, Mr. Kwek Hian Chuan Henry and Mr. Louis Ng were there to give out the welcome folders. The MPs aim to personally give out the welcome folders,....

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POFMA: Fake News Law Protects Elderly and Minorities

SPEECH BY ER DR LEE BEE WAH, MP FOR NEE SOON GRC, AT THE SECOND READING OF THE PROTECTION FROM ONLINE FALSEHOODS AND MANIPULATION BILL IN PARLIAMENT Mr Speaker Sir, in Chinese please. 假消息可带来真实的伤害。去年有一则假消息说老人家只要在11月12日去联络所,就能拿到30元的交通费。 虽然当局已澄清,但还是有很多老人到联络所去,拿着拐杖在那边等。老人家比较不懂怎么查证网上的消息,所以很容易被假消 息骗。也有人散布假消息说人死后,公积金不会以现金形式给继承人,让许多老人担心不已。 制造这种假消息的人,难道家里没有年迈的父母和祖父母吗?他们为什么要去骗老人家?希望有了假消息法令后,如果再发生这 类事件,我们可以避免这么多老人受骗,并且将罪魁祸首绳之以法。 我们的种族宗教和谐也特别容易被假消息伤害。最近在法国,来自国外的账号不断散播反少数民族的假消息,导致各民族之间的 暴力事件增加。我们知道,不少亚洲国家也有“假消息工厂”,可能会试图挑拨我国的种族宗教关系。 为了保护老人和少数族群,我们必须迅速更正假消息,限制它的传播。如果只依赖法庭或独立委员会,他们还得向政府部门求 证,更正的速度可能不够快。部长也需要面对大选,如果他们明显滥用法令,新加坡人肯定会做出明智的选择。 最后,许多居民问我,如果一个人在不知情的情况下转发假消息,会面对什么后果?希望部长澄清。 I support this move to criminalise the creation and dissemination of falsehoods that would harm the public interest. I would like to highlight two groups that are especially vulnerable to the effects of fake news—elderly and minorities.....

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POFMA: Fight against spread of falsehoods must also be fight for spread of truth.

Speech by Mr. Louis Ng Kok Kwang, MP for Nee Soon GRC at the Second Reading of the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill (Bill No. 10/2019) Introduction Sir, online falsehoods are a global problem. From developing to developed countries, they have seeded distrust, sparked violence and shaped elections. Singapore is right to take a proactive stance against the spread of online falsehoods. As we do so, I hope we can take a measured approach that balances the urgency of combating falsehoods with the costs to society.....

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POFMA: Do more to communicate what constitutes responsible speech

Speech by MP Henry Kwek during debate on POFMA Mr. Deputy Speaker, 1. I spoke to many of my residents. There is consensus that fake news has a profound effect on the world. The question now is how best to deal with this issue. a. And that is – i. How can our society best balance our individual desire to unfettered free speech, ii. With our desire to be protected by the tremendous impact of irresponsible,....

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