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April Fools’ Day made Straits Times appear more credible

April Fools’ Day made Straits Times appear more credible

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Singaporeans felt newspaper was operating in its natural environment.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who have a low threshold for feel-good news and hold information to high standards of veracity, said they are heartened by the effects of April Fools’ Day on The Straits Times newspaper.

This after they said operating on April 1 made the only English language broadsheet in Singapore appear more credible.

One Singaporean, Tak Sin Boon, said: “Operating on April Fools’ Day allowed The Straits Times to achieve a certain good fit.”

“This was so as they were operating in their natural environment as I am incredulous whenever I read The Straits Times on any other day.”

“As more news coverage on that day were outrageous and fake, this made other news organisations come down a notch to catch up with what The Straits Times has always been excelling at.”

Other Singaporeans said the reason is multi-fold.

Another local, Pian Lang Eh, said: “In comparison to what was getting reported elsewhere on April 1, Straits Times appeared on par in the midst of ludicrous hoaxes.”

At press time, Straits Times has reverted to its less credible mode on April 6 as everywhere else publications were getting serious with their coverage.

 

 

 

 

 

 





April Fools’ Day allowed Straits Times to appear more credible

April Fools’ Day allowed Straits Times to appear more credible

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Singaporeans felt newspaper was operating in its natural environment.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who have a low threshold for feel-good news and hold information to high standards of veracity, said they are heartened by the effects of April Fools’ Day on The Straits Times newspaper.

This after they said operating on April 1 made the only English language broadsheet in Singapore appear more credible.

One Singaporean, Tak Sin Boon, said: “Operating on April Fools’ Day allowed The Straits Times to achieve a certain good fit.”

“This was so as they were operating in their natural environment as I am incredulous whenever I read The Straits Times on any other day.”

“As more news coverage on that day were outrageous and fake, this made other news organisations come down a notch to catch up with what The Straits Times has always been excelling at.”

Other Singaporeans said the reason is multi-fold.

Another local, Pian Lang Eh, said: “In comparison to what was getting reported elsewhere on April 1, Straits Times appeared on par in the midst of ludicrous hoaxes.”

At press time, Straits Times has reverted to its less credible mode on April 2 as everywhere else publications were getting serious with their coverage.

 

 

 

 

 











S’poreans react to Straits Times editor Chua Mui Hoong’s ‘Which is better’ question

S’poreans react to Straits Times editor Chua Mui Hoong’s ‘Which is better’ question

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Three thoughts that must have went past your mind at some point.

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The Straits Times Opinion Editor Chua Mui Hoong wrote an article asking if a stronger PAP or stronger opposition is better for Singapore.

Here are three thoughts Singaporeans have:

 

sian-half-auntie “Read as a rhetorical question, the answer would be, yes, she should generally just stop writing.”
Mai Kong Leow, 43-year-old ex-debater

 

sian-half-uncle “This article is good if it actually had something intelligent to say.”
Gong Jiao Wei, 61-year-old political scientist

 

happy-bird-girl “I am hard pressed to find the fine line between asking a stupid question and actually thinking she sounds smart.”
Boh Tao Nao, 18-year-old part-time pet groomer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 











S’pore shouldn’t use SIN to represent us in sports because it’s a dirty word

S’pore shouldn’t use SIN to represent us in sports because it’s a dirty word

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Every time it is mentioned we are degraded, says The Straits Times letter writer.

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Take the SIN out of Singapore

SEEING the word “SIN” emblazoned across the chests of our beaming Asian Games athletes (“Finally, a golden day for Singapore”; last Wednesday) evoked a feeling that was somewhat bittersweet.

“SIN” is the International Olympic Committee code for Singapore and is used to represent our country in sporting events. “SIN” is also the International Air Traffic Association code for Changi Airport, the gateway to our country.

Sports and travel are two of the most visible platforms through which we project ourselves to the world. “SIN” is the word projected when we make a name for ourselves on these platforms.

Sin cities of the world are well known, for better or for worse.

Whenever Singapore is elevated into focus, the image must be one that is in keeping with our cultural and social mores.

Singapore is not a sin city. But, with the use of the code “SIN”, the eye will make the association, even if the heart and mind know otherwise.

Is it in our national interest for “SIN” to be associated with Singapore?

We should consider adopting the less-used (but not lesser) code “SGP” instead of “SIN”.

“SGP” is, after all, the United Nations’ country code for Singapore.

Indeed, the Internet domain designation for Singapore is “.sg”.

Furthermore, “SGP” corresponds to the syllables that make up the word “Sin-Ga-Pore”.

It looks better, sounds better and unifies all usage and application.

Andrew Choo Ming Sing

This is a real letter published in The Straits Times Forum on Oct. 6, 2014.

 

Why not take the “porn” out?:

Take the porn out of Singaporean

 





Jailed ST reporter wins some street cred back for ST

Jailed ST reporter wins some street cred back for ST

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His YOLO ways helped others see that mainstream media reporters can also follow their hearts.

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Banana walnut cake

Singaporeans from all walks of life, who enjoy baking, are slow-clapping their hands in appreciation.

This after 29-year-old former Straits Times reporter Eisen Teo was sentenced to 18 months jail for two charges of having sex with an underage girl.

On one occasion, he had sex with the girl in a room in his home, while his wife was baking a cake in the kitchen.

One Singaporean, Lai Zhuo Ai, said: “Damn satki.”

Another local, Zhen Tian Zhen, said: “I always thought Straits Times reporters have infallible judgement because they always like to write pro-government views to support our infallible government.”

“But I guess, not.”

“The last time Singapore had sex scandal also got bake cake. What’s up with that?”

A banana walnut cake is baked using banana and walnuts, like those seen here.

A banana walnut cake is baked using banana and walnuts, like those seen here.

 

The last time someone won some street cred back for the PAP:
Michael Palmer wins some street cred back for PAP

The last time Singapore had a sex scandal, it also featured cake:
More S’porean men hiring prostitutes for non-sexual reasons

Readers say ‘No problem’ even if news published in Straits Times on April 1 are all fake

Readers say ‘No problem’ even if news published in Straits Times on April 1 are all fake

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They also say they are used to it.

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Singaporean readers from all walks of life who have trust issues said they are okay even if national broadsheet The Straits Times admit that all their news on April 1 are fake.

Pian Ren De, a Singaporean, said: “I read The Straits Times with a pinch of salt everyday anyways, so I guess I’m immune to the fakeness.”

However, other readers admit April Fools’ Day is a good time to come clean.

One grateful reader, Jiang Zhen De, said: “At least they are making it clear on one day in the whole year they are being less than truthful.”

“By admitting they are not truthful is, in fact, the most truthful thing they could do.”

S’poreans not surprised Straits Times is China-backed

S’poreans not surprised Straits Times is China-backed

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UK newspaper describes ST as such, no response yet from Singapore’s only English broadsheet.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life with varying literacy levels are not surprised that the national newspaper, The Straits Times, is partly communist.

This after the only English broadsheet was described as “China-backed” by the Mirror, a UK tabloid.

One Singaporean, Tak Sin Boon said: “I feel quite flattered that Singapore is receiving this kind of recognition on the international stage.”

“I, myself, thoroughly enjoy reading all the nation-building articles that have been approved by Yaacob Ibrahim.”

“But if we overdo it, we might just steal China’s thunder and we’ll end up more communist than them. And then we might not be China-backed from then on.”

Straits Times reports wrongly, gets corrected by anti-falsehood govt-backed initiative

Straits Times reports wrongly, gets corrected by anti-falsehood govt-backed initiative

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Plus, ST even perpetuated a falsehood internationally.

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The Straits Times‘ inability to get things right has taken another turn for the worse.

This time, in comical fashion, ST labelled Sheares Avenue as Marina Coastal Expressway in a Jan. 1, 2014 report.

Their mistake was called out by SURE Singapore, which is part of the National Library Board and a government-backed initiative to combat false information.

Not only that, the Washington Post has even written a piece clarifying false news about Kim Jong Un feeding his uncle to 120 hungry dogs, which was initially reported and perpetuated by ST.

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You can read that story here.

S’poreans accuse NEA, ST of spreading false information

S’poreans accuse NEA, ST of spreading false information

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It did not rain on Saturday, wet weekend my arse, they say.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life with varying levels of tolerance for fake news are taking the National Environment Agency and The Straits Times to task.

This after the NEA alerted Singaporeans that this weekend will be very wet and rainy and ST carried the report announcing to the world about it on Friday morning.

However, it has turned out that half the weekend has past, and it was hot and sunny on Saturday for most parts of Singapore, with nary a droplet of rain reported.

Angry Singaporeans are blaming both organisations for spreading rumours about the weather and casting aspersions on the integrity of the weather.

One angry Singapore, Mei Xia Yu, said: “I will be sending an angry email to Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen to warn him about this DRUMS.”

 

 

 

 

Hacker ‘The Messiah’ claims responsibility for hacking ST print newspaper, putting wrong date

Hacker ‘The Messiah’ claims responsibility for hacking ST print newspaper, putting wrong date

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This contradicts earlier statements by ST that wrong date was to confuse the hackers.

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“The Messiah” has claimed that members of the activist Internet group Anonymous worked together early this morning to collectively hack The Straits Times print newspaper.

The hackers claim that they are responsible for physically changing the date of print newspapers after they are printed.

They managed to infiltrate individual printed copies and changed the date from Nov. 5 to Oct. 5, proving they have honed their hacking expertise and taken it to a new level.

This is in direct contradiction to ST’s stance earlier that they wanted to confuse the hackers by printing the wrong date today, as a preemptive move to thwart the hackers, in what is turning out to be an increasingly dangerous escalating game of one-upmanship.

Singaporeans from all walks of life are intently watching the next move of both sides.

Pah Ka Luan, a local said: “Today I go buy breakfast order Chwee Kueh but the auntie give me Soon Kueh. The hackers hack the auntie, is it?”

 

 

 

 

Straits Times gains upper hand over The Messiah hacker, goes back to print only

Straits Times gains upper hand over The Messiah hacker, goes back to print only

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Sly move thwarts the hacker’s next move.

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In a dangerous escalating game of one-upmanship, the national broadsheet The Straits Times has tossed in the ultimate trump card: They are reverting back to printed newspapers only in a bid to thwart The Messiah hacker.

Torrent Hernandez, the editor said: “Neh neh ni boo boo, you cannot hack me.”

And focusing on the print product will also allow ST to improve on the newspaper’s quality.

One vegetable seller, Mai Pang Cai, said: “I used to buy Straits Times in the past because the paper was thick and absorbent, wrap vegetable that time, very good.”

“Nowadays the paper too thin and too much colouring, not good.”

However, on a more serious note, ST could contemplate going to the courts.

A lawyer, Jiang Fa Lui, said ST should consider suing their website designer and content management system builder: “If a showroom sold you a car without car locks, would you buy it?”

“Likewise, shouldn’t you be mad at the website builder who sold you a website that could be broken into so easily?”

 

 

 

 

Straits Times distorts Anonymous’ message, tempting fate

Straits Times distorts Anonymous’ message, tempting fate

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ST changes original message of “attacking Singapore government” to “attacking Singapore”.

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The Straits Times has distorted the original message by Anonymous, the hacker collective.

In the original YouTube video, Anonymous specifically addressed their threat to the Singapore government.

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These are their exact words:

“So mark our words when we say that we Anonymous stand firm on our belief that no Government has the right to deprive their citizens the freedom of information.”

“We demand you reconsider the regulations of your framework or we will be forced to go to war with you. For every single time you deprive a citizen his right to information, we will cost you financial loss by aggressive cyber intrusion. An intrusion your $130 million cyber security will not be able to stop.”

“You may be ambitious enough to try and stop us but remember, the people you are after are the people you depend on:

We cook your meals, we haul your trash, we teach your children, we pay your high salaries, we feed your families, we guard you while you sleep!”

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However, in the ST report that came out after the Anonymous video went viral, the headline was distorted to be “YouTube video by “Anonymous” hacker group threatens to attack Singapore”.

Attacking Singapore government and attacking Singapore are very different things.

ST is tempting fate.

 

 

 

 

S’poreans completely clueless as to who is the unnamed ST reporter charged with underage sex

S’poreans completely clueless as to who is the unnamed ST reporter charged with underage sex

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The accused’s lawyer requested court to withhold name, prosecution rolls their eyes had no objections.

A 29-year-old former reporter with The Straits Times was charged in court yesterday with three counts of having consensual sex with a minor.

However, he was not named at the request of his lawyer, who reasoned that withholding the accused’s name is for the sake of the girl, as the court had issued a gag order to not name the girl as she is young.

The SPH local scholar is accused of repeatedly porking the 15-year-old girl in 2011 and 2012.

He joined ST in 2009 but his employment was terminated on Jan. 18 this year.

Singaporeans interviewed said they have no idea who this ST reporter is, as a result of his lawyer’s request to withhold his name.

Bu Zhi Dao, a local, said: “No, no, I don’t know who because I never read his name all over Yahoo! News and numerous online forums earlier this year already.”

“I wonder if the prosecution did not object the lawyer’s request to withhold the name that time they got ahm chio anot?”

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Straits Times curse people get dengue

Straits Times curse people get dengue

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Tweet FAIL.

In a bid to show stakeholders that it can enjoy a strong revenue stream and healthy profits regardless of what they do, The Straits Times decided to show everyone the middle finger.

They put out a tweet cursing people to get dengue:

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