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S’poreans react to news that S’poreans are planning on suing Indonesian companies responsible for haze

S’poreans react to news that S’poreans are planning on suing Indonesian companies responsible for haze

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


A volunteer group called the Haze Elimination Action Team (HEAT) wants to sue and boycott the companies involved in starting fires in Indonesia and put an end to the haze.

The group is led by Dr Ang Peng Hwa, a professor at Nanyang Technological University’s Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information.

They need to identify a plaintiff to file the suit, raise funds of S$50,000 to S$100,000 and are looking to get pro bono legal help as well.

Here are three thoughts Singaporeans have:


sian-half-auntie “Sounds like we’re fighting hot air with more hot air.”
Gong Jiao Wei, 44-year-old balloon and helium supplier


sian-half-uncle “We would win this law suit if the case was tried in Singapore.”
Shang Fa Ting, 66-year-old legislative assistant


happy-bird-girl “Threatening bankruptcy is such a Singapore way of doing things.”
Pok Kai, 16-year-old unemployed










Media analysts confident M’sia can successfully sue reporters for false reports

Media analysts confident M’sia can successfully sue reporters for false reports

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If cases are heard in Malaysia courts.


The Malaysian government said Tuesday it was compiling “false” media reports over the MH370 crisis and, in their infinite wisdom, are considering filing lawsuits.

On his Twitter feed, Transport and Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the attorney general of Malaysia had been instructed to “compile evidence and advise” on possible legal action.

Which means American, Singaporean and Australian media, among plenty others, can be sued in an imaginary international court of law, perhaps.

Media analysts paying attention to the saga, however, have come out to say that Malaysia has a very strong case moving forward suing all errant reporters and media organisations.

One media analyst, Shang Fa Ting, said Malaysia’s case is clear-cut: “There is no doubt that the Malaysian government can successfully and confidently sue all the reporters who wrote articles they deem false and win compensation — if the cases are heard in Malaysia courts.”

“And then, not only will the reporters be sued, the Malaysia government can even find all reporters guilty of sodomy.”

However, even clear-cut cases have an Achilles’ heel.

Self-styled political pundit and world renowned international relations expert, Eric de Yaya, said: “The news community is watching this case very closely because the Malaysia government might come out again a few weeks’ down the road to say that the threat to sue did not happen and is inaccurate.”

The Straits Times should plagiarise itself

The Straits Times should plagiarise itself

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And reinvent the way its news is served online. Surely it shall be better than Yahoo! News.

By Belmont Lay

Instead of whinging about it, The Straits Times should take Yahoo! News' lead and pinch the good stuff. That way, everyone wins. Photo: rubenerd

Do you realise how heavy the physical copy of The Straits Times can get, especially on Saturdays?

It’s so weighty that in the event you accidentally drop it on your hamster, for example, it will create a mess.

Your rodent will be splattered from the weight of the broadsheet. It is indeed that clunky.

Herein lies the problem with The Straits Times: It is too big and overwrought for its own good at times.

Think: How long will it take you to finish reading a copy of a Saturday’s worth of news from cover to cover, section to section?

Yes, that’s right, approximately three months.

How much of that knowledge is actually worthless?

Yes, that’s right again, exactly 99 percent.

So why does The Straits Times insists that readers read so much? Because they paid 90 cents for it and more words indicate value-for-money?

Because if that’s the logic, the more it should be the case that the news be made free. It can make its way inside the WWW, where everything is free. It can then be made shorter. And hence, better.

When news broke that Singapore’s pride, The Straits Times, is keen on suing the bejesus out of Yahoo! News for rewriting and aggregating its content without permission, I broke into a sly smile.

And then I giggled hard.

Alas, this is the perfect god-given opportunity to tell everyone how exactly ST is doing its journalism wrong, how it sucks and where it can do a heck lot better.

One good reason why Yahoo! News is appealing and getting a whole bunch of hits is because they take the best bits from the fledgling national paper and make it concise and readable.

In other words, they leave out the junk and retain the essence. Brilliant.

Because in this day and age, no one can sit through the tedious experience of reading 1,000-word missives. Especially not when they are Angry Birding or busily molesting their iPhones for other reasons.

Also, how many times have you read a ST article only to find that by the time you’re halfway through, the payoff you get from continuing to read the article doesn’t match the effort you invest into reading it?

Articles get boring. They start to get strung together by a bunch of quotations. And generic facts get tucked in at the end to lengthen the column inches.

With Yahoo! News articles, it’s different.

They will have to stew things down because they are writing for the web. And they most certainly cannot make more out than what the original ST article provides.

News becomes snappy without the information overload. A quickie read would suffice and the mental payoff is equivalent to trudging through the whole ST article.

As a compulsive reader, I can attest that there is a hierarchy that applies to information.

There is the important stuff. And then, there’s crap.

What the mind is constantly on the look out for is the important stuff – the signal amidst the white noise.

And Yahoo! News has developed a knack for picking out the more important, relevant and fancier stuff.

That also explains why Yahoo! News is awesome from a reader’s perspective.

So how ridiculous is it for The Straits Times to sue Yahoo! News over stealing its content?


Think again: If Yahoo! News can attract eyeballs doing what it does, acting as a filter, then why can’t The Straits Times do the same?

Instead of begrudging Yahoo! News, shouldn’t The Straits Times bring on its A-game to Yahoo! News?

And if The Straits Times “owns” the content, something which doesn’t make sense because facts released into the public domain cannot be copyrighted but we shall let that go for now, why can’t it go on to plagiarise itself?

Given its resources, what with its army of journalists and its ability to hire a truckload more, shouldn’t the competition be head-on?

So here’s the happy solution: The Straits Times can still continue to practise journalism the good old fashion way for old time’s sake. To prove that it is still a dinosaur.

The old-timers can still keep their jobs.

Then hire young upstarts (with attention deficit disorders, preferably) to rewrite the stuff the old-timers churn out industriously, put it online into a neat and concise window to the world.

Not more than 24 headlines a day, please, thank you very much. And no rewrites of Ministry press releases that are as interesting to read as a phone directory.

Everyone can go on doing this till kingdom come and be happy. The Straits Times will even have a new platform inside the Interweb to suck advertising dollars.

But wait? Will this mean that The Straits Times cannibalises on itself?

Yes and no. Even if so, it will be for the better.

Because I know and do understand that the hardcopy of The Straits Times has to have enough pages everyday. That’s what The Straits Times does. They’re in the business of printing paper. Which explains why column inches have to be of certain length. To create pages on the broadsheet to be subsequently filled up by advertisements.

Or else, advertisers will get mad because they have already paid good money to have their logos published but it doesn’t come to pass as there is not enough paper to go around.

But there is no need to worry. As long as The Newspaper and Printing Presses Act of 1974 – that singular piece of protectionist measure that has been in place to groom the behemoth of a monopoly that is Singapore Press Holdings – holds water, The Straits Times will thrive in either digital or physical form.

They will continue to be the ones to be doing news best, in Singapore at least, because they will be guaranteed a market share. (This is not meant to be construed as a compliment, by the way. Not even a backhanded one. They will be the best because they will be the only one around. This is an economic appraisal.)

News consumers will be pleased as punch as they can choose to read the long form written by dinosaurs or the truncated versions summarised by ADD-types.

The written word will be free, the articles are short and you won’t kill your hamster through bad luck.

Editor’s note: Congratulations for coming this far! I take back my above statement about 1,000-word missives. You just sat through one.

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