Fake News Hurts Real People

Er Dr Lee Bee Wah’s speech in Parliament about deliberate online falsehoods Video In 1969, Malaysia was rife with rumours of attacks between Malays and Chinese. This sparked off massive racial riots, which spread to Singapore. In Singapore, the riots lasted 7 days and led to at least 4 deaths and 80 people injured. People of my age or older will definitely remember those horrible, blood-soaked days. At that time, my family and I lived on a rubber plantation near to Malacca.....

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Democracy Dies in Darkness

Speech by Henry Kwek on Parliament Debate on Motion to Appoint Committee to Deliberate Online Falsehoods 1. “Democracy Dies in Darkness.” a. This is an insightful slogan of Washington Post, a well-regarded US newspaper. b. The Washington Post recognizes that a democracy cannot survive and thrive without a public discourse informed by facts, truth and transparency. 2. Indeed, in the past few years, leading democracies have been hacked. The long list includes US, UK, Germany, France,....

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Accountability within Co-operative Societies

Speech by Mr. Louis Ng Kok Kwang, MP for Nee Soon GRC at the Second Reading of the Co-operative Societies (Amendment) Bill [Bill No. 50/2017]   Introduction The cooperative movement in Singapore reached a significant milestone 2 years ago, celebrating its 90th birthday. There has been a steady increase in the number of cooperatives in Singapore serving a variety of needs – a strong recognition of the effectiveness of the cooperative business model. It is heartening to see members of the public coming together to support each other in a spirit of self-help and mutual assistance – and the government must do all it can to support this ecosystem.....

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Charities: Strengthening Trust and Fundraising

Speech by Mr. Louis Ng Kok Kwang, MP for Nee Soon GRC at the Second Reading of the Charities (Amendment) Bill [Bill No. 49/2017]   Introduction Sir, this bill is timely to restore the public’s trust in Singapore’s charity sector, after a few high-profile scandals in the past years, which shocked the nation. I am heartened to see that there is constant review of the Charities Act, with the last one just seven years ago, and that we continually seek to strengthen accountability in the sector.....

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