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S’poreans react to Michael Palmer featured in The Straits Times about rugby game raising money for charity

S’poreans react to Michael Palmer featured in The Straits Times about rugby game raising money for charity

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


Ex-PAP politician Michael Palmer was featured in The Straits Times on Oct. 3, 2015, almost three years after he resigned from Parliament.

The article is about law students and veteran lawyers tackling each other in rugby to raise funds for charity.

The event, Rugby Charity Shield, was organised by law firms Drew & Napier and Quahe Woo & Palmer.

The event at Yio Chu Kang stadium raised $85,000 through donations.

Here are three thoughts Singaporeans have:


sian-half-auntie “It is nice to see that there is life after parliament.”
Guo Hui, 46-year-old wooden chair maker


sian-half-uncle “Makes me wonder how Laura Ong is doing.”
Gao Wai Yu, 64-year-old biology teacher


happy-bird-girl “He can tackle me any time.”
Kai Fang, 18-year-old law student










Fake news website raises real money for children’s charity

Fake news website raises real money for children’s charity

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Charity drive started was in response to The Straits Times godawful marketing-cum-charity stunt.

A Singapore-based fake news website has raised real money for charity this past month.

New Nation, the third-most overrated website on the Internet with only “50% real news”, has been encouraging its readers to donate money directly to the Singapore Children’s Society.

A total of S$2,855 was raised, with the single highest donor giving S$500.

All donations were received via GIVE.sg, a site that facilitates the solicitation of donations for free.

Dropping its usual editorial stance of spoofing current affairs, New Nation decided to do something worthwhile for the less privileged instead of LOL-ing all the time.

But the real reason? The charity drive started in late May was in response to a charity auction announced by The Straits Times, which has since left a very bad taste in a lot of people’s mouths.

The national English broadsheet is pocketing the money raised from auctioning off a sponsored car by Volkswagen.

In return, they would finance the subscription fees for ST’s very own newspaper to 1000 low-income families for one year.

The audacity.

The sponsored car is expected to raise more than $100,000 during the auction, which is the car’s market value.

The results of the auction have not been declared even though it was held on July 15, where ST had their major anniversary song-and-dance at the Gardens by the Bay.

This unpopular charity-cum-marketing drive, initially announced on May 29, came about a month after ST gave away a 1kg solid gold bar worth $80,000 as a top prize to a single newspaper subscriber in a lucky draw.

Like I said, the bloody audacity.

To address the concerns raised online by many unhappy ex-readers and non-readers of the newspaper, ST’s editor, Warren Fernandez, was prompted to write an open letter explaining that “(p)roviding 1,000 household with subscriptions for a year would cost about $300,000.”

But he was too shy to truly explain that the real cost of newspapers is much lesser as printing an extra 1,000 copies a day is not going to deduct too much from ST’s bottom line.

The initial plan was for New Nation to raise $107,500 to match the price of the car from Volkswagen, but that target could not be met because Singaporeans, in the first place, are finding it hard to give when their salaries are eroded by inflation.

But, whatever.

$2,855 beats one-year’s supply of vegetable wrapping paper. Hands down.

Generous donors teach Straits Times a lesson about unconditional giving

Generous donors teach Straits Times a lesson about unconditional giving

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Singapore Children’s Society receives $817 in cash in one day – no strings attached.

$817 so far. 43 days left. This is how we do it, Warren Fernandez.

The Straits Times can sure learn a thing or two from donors who have stepped forward to give unconditionally to the Singapore Children’s Society.

In just one day, sums of money between $1 and $100 have been donated via Give.sg to raise $817 so far.

This charity drive is a direct response to the ridiculous, brain-numbingly stupid pseudo-charity campaign, where ST pockets the money raised from auctioning off a sponsored (i.e. free) Volkswagen car and in return give ST newspapers to low-income families in the name of charity.

We at New Nation, however, believe this is completely lame and a poor excuse to boost circulation numbers.

So, if you too are pissed with ST’s “charity” drive, consider giving without any strings attached to the Singapore Children’s Society to help achieve the $107,500 goal – a target which is the price of the Volkswagen car that ST is auctioning off.

With 43 days to go before the REAL charity drive for Singapore Children’s Society ends on July 15, the message to ST is plain and clear: Do not ever use the underprivileged as collateral for marketing campaigns.

And do not conduct pseudo-charitable acts in the name of upping profits.

Hey Warren Fernandez, we just hope you feel a little bit bad inside whenever someone hits this button to give unconditionally:

Super gracious Straits Times to pocket money raised in charity auction

Super gracious Straits Times to pocket money raised in charity auction

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In return, they’re giving 1000 low-income families much more: One year’s worth of ST and free knowledge.

Straits Times logic: Low-income families don't need money. They need newspapers.

One thousand needy families are about to have their lives turned around as they receive the gift of the century: One year’s worth of free subscription to The Straits Times.

This is going to happen after ST is expected to auction off a sponsored Volkswagen car for more than its $107,500 price tag, with the winning bidder announced after July 15.

That money raised will be channeled into ST, which then decides that the less-privileged require newspapers.

ST editor Warren Fernandez was quoted as saying about this marketing drive and assistance to the low-income families: “We want to give the young in these families a precious gift: access to information and a window to the world and all its possibilities. That will help them get ahead in life. We sincerely believe a daily copy of the ST delivered to their homes will do that.”

Some of the low-income families spoken to, agree that ST will provide the necessary head start.

Ms. Jin Kia See, a 30-year-old mother of a pair of boy-girl twins, said: “Learning the ins and outs of the Greek crisis and Malaysian politics is invaluable for Xiao Ming. It will undoubtedly serve him well during his PSLE.”

She also said: “My girl, Xiao Hua, will also learn practical lessons. She will know about voting for and serving the PAP.  She can then marry a high-flying civil servant and get out of poverty.”

The high quality of ST is also praised for its consistent standard.

Char Kai Lan, a 40-year-old housewife who stays in a rental flat, thanked ST for being a “high-quality newspaper”.

She said: “ST is a high quality newspaper. That’s why I use it to wrap vegetables, as it is thick and absorbent.”

The mother of seven also said: “Lianhe Wanbao is the worst quality newspaper, by the way. Too much colouring.”

ST has even raised the standard of living incrementally for some, even before its free giveaway.

A recent ST convert, 65-year-old retiree, Zhou Gou, said: “Now that I subscribe to ST, my dog no longer suffers from incontinence everywhere around the house.”

“It knows exactly where to pee and poop.”

The subscription fee for ST is $300 annually.

Pissed with what the Straits Times is doing? Donate to the Singapore Children’s Society instead. Find out more!