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PM Lee feeling okay ahead of National Day Rally as long as siblings don’t post on Facebook

PM Lee feeling okay ahead of National Day Rally as long as siblings don’t post on Facebook

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Feeling okay the past few days.


Singaporeans from all walks of life, who always look forward to eating popcorn, are aware that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is feeling okay ahead of Sunday’s National Day Rally 2017 where he will address the nation again.

This after they noticed that PM Lee’s siblings have not updated their respective Facebook pages, which is the best sign that no one will feel unwell.

One Singaporean, Bu Shu Fu, said: “As long as nothing is posted on Facebook, all is well.”

“Maybe someone can consider cutting the WiFi off in Oxley area for Sunday.”

Other locals said more can be done to ensure that PM Lee feels good throughout.

Another local, Dian Nao, said: “I heard there is this new technology to block 3G and 4G Internet signals to weaken the connection within the vicinity of an area.”

“Maybe can consider.”

Lee Wei Ling & Roy Ngerng to add each other as friend on Facebook

Lee Wei Ling & Roy Ngerng to add each other as friend on Facebook

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They are both diametrically opposed to something.


Lee Wei Ling and Roy Ngerng are this close to adding each other as friend on Facebook.

This after they discovered they might share something in common.

Singaporeans from all walks of life, who saw this development, said they are heartened by the show of solidarity.

One Singaporean, Shang Fa Ting, said it is not rare for siblings in Singapore to take each other to court: “Roy can provide some valuable tips.”

Other locals said they understand that it is from the family that most irony in life stems.

Ai Ren Nee, another local, said: “All these things are what someone’s father would not have wanted stemmed from a point being made about how all these things are what someone’s father would not have wanted.”

At press time, all popcorn in Singapore have sold out.







S’poreans react to PM Lee hitting 1 million Facebook Likes on his page

S’poreans react to PM Lee hitting 1 million Facebook Likes on his page

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


Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s has reached 1 million Likes on his Facebook page.

He achieved the milestone during his week-long trip to the United States. The page crossed the mark on Wednesday, Feb. 17 evening.

In a post on Thursday afternoon, PM Lee said he had just returned to Singapore and was “surprised” to find that his page had more than a million likes.

Here are three thoughts Singaporeans have:


sian-half-auntie “I would die for one million Facebook Likes instead of for Singapore.”
Xian Shi, 44-year-old philosopher


sian-half-uncle “Roy Ngerng can sue because clearly his blog posts did not harm PM Lee’s popularity.”
Shang Fa Ting, 65-year-old court clerk


happy-bird-girl “Lee Kuan Yew was still the better prime minister despite having zero Facebook Likes.”
Lee Zhong Li, 19-year-old class president










Can PM Lee Hsien Loong stop living in his father’s shadow now that he has half a million Facebook Likes?

Can PM Lee Hsien Loong stop living in his father’s shadow now that he has half a million Facebook Likes?

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That is the question The Straits Times and everyone else is asking.


The Straits Times carried a critical piece of reporting about Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Feb. 28, 2015. (The article was titled, “PM Lee Hsien Loong’s Facebook page gets more than half a million likes”.)

They wanted to know if it is about time for PM Lee to stop living in his father’s shadow now that he has acquired more than half a million Facebook Likes on his public page.

Now, for a newspaper of ST’s calibre and more than 150-year standing to ask such a question, there must be a catch: Because this question is obviously a rhetorical question.

As the answer is definitely “No”.

Before anyone says, “Oh that was obvious, let’s call it a day”, it is imperative to go through the various reasons why PM Lee cannot stop living in his father’s shadow, even though now that he has half a million Facebook Likes, which serve as some weird form of affirmation of his style of leadership and character of being.

1) Normal people stand on the shoulders of giants. For PM Lee, he can only stand in the shadow of a giant.

It is simply unfortunate that his father is Lee Kuan Yew, who is such a great man, to the point that it is impossible for anyone to do any better than him.

2) Lee Kuan Yew doesn’t even have Facebook.

It is amazing to think about how Lee Kuan Yew managed to become such a beloved leader of men growing up in the 1950s and 1960s, taking charge and bringing about modernisation plans during a time when there wasn’t even Facebook.

It must have been three to four times more difficult to govern Singapore then than now, without the use of modern technology like Intraweb chat groups, message apps and email.

Yet, he managed to do so much for Singapore.

3) And if Lee Kuan Yew actually had Facebook, he would definitely had hit the half million Likes quota way faster than PM Lee.

And he would have more fans than his son even when he is no longer the prime minister.

There you have it, all the reasons why “Can PM Lee Hsien Loong stop living in his father’s shadow now that he has half a million Facebook Likes?” is a rhetorical question.


Your questions about Singapore answered:

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Tanjong Pagar GRC residents fail to send much needed Facebook Likes to help Lee Kuan Yew get better

Tanjong Pagar GRC residents fail to send much needed Facebook Likes to help Lee Kuan Yew get better

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They write well wishes on canvas which are scientifically proven to not work.

Photo stolen from here

Photo stolen from here

Tanjong Pagar GRC and Radin Mas SMC residents were not doing their best to help former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew get better in hospital as they penned get well soon wishes for him on canvas during a Chinese New Year celebration dinner.

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Scientists familiar with how well wishes work said handwritten ones are scientifically proven to not be effective in curing ailments or making those feeling under the weather any better.

What really works, experts say, are Facebook Likes that can be delivered to the recipient instantaneously to help them feel better immediately.

Previously, more than 50,000 Facebook Likes were sent to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to save his life after the 63-year-old leader went for surgery for prostate cancer on Feb. 16, 2015.

However, Singaporeans said they had to resort to old fashioned methods of sending well wishes as the elder Lee has famously resisted getting onto Facebook and opening a page for himself. This was a show of his independent-mindedness, which was what earned elder Lee a law degree, fight the colonial overlords and pluck Singapore from the swamp pits to become a Second World Nation.

One Singaporean, Lian Shu, said, the lack of a Facebook account was the main impediment to helping Lee Kuan Yew get better, as any Facebook Like sent his way was sure to lift his spirits: “If only Lee Kuan Yew had Facebook, we could help him feel better straightaway as electronic signals are immediate.”

“Writing on canvas is also different from writing on his Facebook wall. God knows how long these handwritten well wishes will take to reach him by regular mail.”

“We need more scientifically proven methods to help Lee Kuan Yew. Look at his son. Feeling better already just two days after his surgery and 50,000 plus Likes.”


Help Lee Kuan Yew now:

More than 50,000 Facebook Likes sent to PM Lee Hsien Loong helped save his life

Mechanical ventilation machine in ICU continues functioning because of Lee Kuan Yew






Here’s one effective way to stop Facebook from showing you ads

Here’s one effective way to stop Facebook from showing you ads


One powerful way to use Facebook that will change the way their algorithm works!


Have you ever felt like your life is increasingly being controlled by Facebook?

From the types of posts you put up to the types of post you see, everything is being driven by artificial intelligence and algorithms crafted by Facebook to influence your mood and engagement with the site and your friends.

Do you feel like you have given yourself up in the process? Are you driven by Likes? Is your behaviour a result of wanting to feel more accepted and to receive more notifications throughout the day?

Well, fight back. Take back yourself. Show Facebook the Little Man is taking a stand against the behemoth.

Here’s how:


Step 1: Find any ad that is displayed at the side of your newsfeed and let your mouse cursor scroll over without clicking. You will see an “X” appear to indicate you want to get rid of the ad.



Step 2: Click on the “X”. You will be prompted to click on one of the options. Choose “I don’t want to see this”.



Step 3: Next, you will be asked why. Pick “It’s offensive or inappropriate”.



Step 4: After that, you will be provided other options to explain your choice. Click “It’s sexually explicit”.


Once you are done, sit back, relax and know that you have screwed some algorithms up and watch the world burn.

Live another day to use Facebook and do the same thing to mess it up even more.

Imagine if enough people do this, we will live in a world where Facebook won’t run ads anymore because nothing actually works and no one will pay to advertise.


Other Facebook news:

PM Lee unfriends Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Facebook, untags him from photos

Full stop status on New Nation Facebook earns 6 Likes






Full stop status on New Nation Facebook earns 6 Likes

Full stop status on New Nation Facebook earns 6 Likes

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This is the state of the Internet these days.


S’poreans console Inderjit Singh: ‘It’s ok, we know what you mean.’

S’poreans console Inderjit Singh: ‘It’s ok, we know what you mean.’

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They tell the Ang Mo Kio GRC MP they still get where he is coming from even after he clarifies.


Singaporeans have proven themselves to be an understanding bunch, consoling Ang Mo Kio GRC MP Inderjit Singh, telling him they know where he is coming from.

This after they heard that he has written a clarification Facebook note on June 5 to put straight some of his earlier statements in a previous Facebook note on May 26.

Inderjit had written in the first Facebook note on May 26 about how Singaporeans are picking the shorter end of the stick while living in Singapore and this is the result of government policies that must be tweaked to realign the country’s values — essentially whatever that has been said by Singaporeans and the opposition repeatedly before.

But he has since said some of those remarks contained factual errors and has backtracked slightly.

However, Singaporeans from all walks of life are consoling Inderjit, saying that he need not backtrack because they feel him.

Wo Min Bai, a local, said: “Inderjit Singh can backtrack, but the people feel him. He speaks the language of the masses and there is no turning away from that.”


Singaporeans rally behind former top civil servant Ngiam Tong Dow:
S’poreans console Ngiam Tong Dow: ‘It’s ok, we know what you mean.’

This is how Singaporeans fall in love with the PAP:
S’poreans fall in love with PAP MP Inderjit Singh after he whack PAP in Facebook note

S’pore telcos to start charging for every email sent, received

S’pore telcos to start charging for every email sent, received

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Local emails cost 13 cents each, overseas emails cost 32 cents.


Emails sent and received will be chargeable soon, it has been revealed.

This after news broke that local telcos are charging users for sending messages with WhatsApp.

The price range for charging emails will be pegged competitively to postal services: 13 cents for each email sent to a local address and 32 cents for each email sent to an international address.

Emails containing picture, sound or video files will incur additional charges at 1 cent per 100 bytes.

Telcos are also looking into charging users for each Facebook status update in the near future.

Lawrence Wong rebutted

Lawrence Wong rebutted

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Top 5 take-home-points to show where the Senior Minister of State got it wrong.

Lawrence Wong, the Senior Minister of State for Education and Information, Communications and the Arts, posted on Facebook yesterday saying he has been watching certain incidents unfold on the internet recently with “some heaviness” in his heart.

You can read his original post here.

However, people residing inside the Interweb have come out to critique his post.

New Nation has sieved through the mess and distilled the Top 5 Main Points To Rebut Lawrence Wong.



1. Politics, by definition, IS about “division”. Politics IS a zero sum game. One side will always win and the other side will always lose as long as the winner gains the majority. It is a game not unlike tennis — you don’t have to win all the points, you just need to win the most. The end. Therefore, to speak of a “politics of division” or using any such rhetoric to promote “unity”, is to speak falsely, unintelligibly or to take pride in being obtuse.

2. Up to 99% of Singaporeans are against the Queenstown showcase for the royal couple Will & Kate and Channel News Asia‘s Conversations With PM Lee precisely because they are perceived to be CONTRIVED EFFORTS. Both are sterile and overly clinical. It reeks of phoniness and oversimplifies the richness and complexity of realities and their attendant problems. Singaporeans especially hate it when the government tries to SIMULATE actuality. It really, really pisses people off.

3. There is without a shadow of a doubt, the people invited to Conversations With PM Lee represent only a fraction of the middle and upper classes of Singapore. Channel News Asia will never, ever risk putting anyone who is less (or barely) educated and at the lower rung of society in a chair, in the studio, under bright lights, in a face-to-face conversation with the prime minister. When the prime minister comes face-to-face with a Singaporean with little to nothing to lose, the prime minister WILL lose.

4. By asking citizens to NOT POLITICISE every conversation and discussion, Lawrence Wong has inevitably politicised it. It is the same as telling you not to think of a black cat. Because you just did.

5. If politics drives a wedge between people in society, then so be it. Because it is actually fortuitous to acknowledge that people do share diverse attitudes towards everything and anything, which at times, make perspectives irreconcilable. And therefore, the politician’s goal in office is not to bridge differences, but to work towards accommodating the full spectrum of ideals, beliefs and lifestyles. Everybody’s different, big deal right?

Therefore, what Lawrence Wong’s Facebook post reminds me of:

Punish lousy drivers by reading ST aloud

Punish lousy drivers by reading ST aloud

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More punishments, enforcement proposed, after Law Minister K Shanmugam posts about his crappy driving experience.

Law and Foreign Affairs Minister K Shanmugam went on Facebook on Aug. 20 and wrote about how driving in Singapore sucks:

And it becomes news…

… despite how complaining about Singapore’s drivers is what everyone who drives and who has Facebook does.

Regardless, a few measures are currently being considered for implementation to reduce errant drivers — without resorting to shooting them with sniper fire, which we should but we can’t, because it will reflect badly in the annual UN Human Rights Report.

Therefore, the most basic punishment meted out to first-time offenders of bad driving: They will have their vehicles confiscated.

In return, they will be given a low-cost Brompton bicycle instead to enable them to still travel around.

This is primarily to teach bad drivers the perils of being a cyclist and make them experience what it’s like to be a hair width away from sniffing the wheels of an SBS bus and certain, timely death.

Other punishments currently being considered include making errant drivers do line dancing and featuring them in next year’s National Day Parade theme song video.

This punishment is actually being considered to be implemented across the board for any sort of crime as it is effective as a sentence to deter everything from rape to robbery.

This is because no one in their right mind wants to be seen line dancing in public.

However, the most severe punishment of all is to make really bad drivers read The Straits Times aloud.

Close to 70 percent of regular, everyday people who do so die of boredom without making past page one and the remaining 30 percent develop cancer of some sort.

And this group would choose to die with more dignity by committing suicide, which is an ideal scenario, as all problems in Singapore stems from overpopulation.

Is PM Lee’s Facebook posting becoming an expensive hobby?

Is PM Lee’s Facebook posting becoming an expensive hobby?

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If he can afford it, why not?

Barely two weeks ago, former DJ Daniel Ong went up against Singapore Press Holdings over a copyright tussle.

The case? Out of the blue, SPH demanded Dan The Man to pay them money.

To be exact, SPH was demanding $535 from Dan for reproducing each written article about his successful cupcake business from SPH-owned publications, such as Shin Min Daily News and Simply Her magazine, on his company website and Facebook.

According to Dan, the total charges was about $3,000 in total.

To add insult to injury, Daniel was also charged $214 for investigation fees even when he took down the articles.

$535 for reproducing one article. $535 is with GST some more…

Talk about SPH owning a lucrative business.


Now check out this latest July 18 Facebook post by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong:

Did Lee Hsien Loong pay SPH $1070 in total to reproduce two of its articles on his Facebook page?

Check out the arrow: Lee reproduced two Straits Times articles on his Facebook wall WITH PERMISSION. With permission means he paid? Or did he ask politely and they agreed because he happened to run the country?

Or did that cost him $1,070?

But so what if this makes posting on FB a very expensive hobby only he can afford?

$1070 is at most 0.03 percent of his annual salary.

Oh well. *Shrugs*

The Straits Times and the language of a jilted lover

The Straits Times and the language of a jilted lover

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Well, it appears that our national broadsheet is not getting anybody’s love and attention these days.

By Belmont Lay

Leslie Fong's commentary in The Straits Times' on April 28, 2012. He sounds like a jilted lover.

The above piece, published on April 28, 2012, is written by Leslie Fong, who used to be the former editor of The Straits Times.

He is now the Singapore Press Holdings’ senior executive vice-president for marketing, which means that he got promoted.

Nonetheless, after reading it, there are at least three things that can be said about Leslie’s commentary.

1. Leslie has adopted the language of a jilted lover.

He basically devotes 72 square column inches to wailing out loud about how PAP ministers these days are bypassing The Straits Times to make announcements directly on social media, such as Facebook.

And he reasons this will kill effective governance in the future.

This turn of events is completely new and somewhat alienating for the flagging national broadsheet: The Straits Times suddenly realises that it is the baggy-breasted, unwanted and unloved wanton subject it always was.

Imagine that! After all these years of being subjected to the ruthless thrusting of the ruling regime! And now spurned!

Well, very rightly so. Because with Facebook showing up on the scene – 18, legal, nubile and able to do splits- she is a game changer.

Very simply, Facebook lets ministers communicate what they want, when they want. They don’t have to fear their message end up distorted.

I mean, who’s to blame?

Put yourself in the shoes of the ministries, Leslie.

In the past, ministries could only rely on the mainstream media to get their message across.

And the ministries obviously have always got their own little agenda to propagate.

But whenever they pass the message to The Straits Times, you guys think it is your duty as reporters to rewrite their press releases beyond recognition, and hence, miss their point.

You used to get away with doing this a lot because there was no other means for ministries to get the message across otherwise.

Yes, I do admit, I’ve seen some of the ministries’ press releases. They do indeed look like they were written by people who are long-winded and spend their time clutching pencils between their buttocks.

But I would say, you folks at The Straits Times probably did the rewriting ever so often partly because it was your bargaining chip to ensure that ministries cajoled you guys a bit once in a while, no?

And if the ministerial decision now is to bypass The Straits Times, it’s probably because the ministers think you guys always had the tendency to make a hash out of everything.

Fair game, I say.

2. Second, the basis of Leslie’s argument is simple enough to follow: The Straits Times, as part of traditional media, has a reach that fragmented social media doesn’t.

Hence, The Straits Times is instrumental in getting everybody on the same page with its agenda-setting capabilities.

Sounds nice and tight, no?

Well, unfortunately, no.

Because if Leslie prides his readers as being the sophisticated sort, he should realise by now that
a. sophisticated people either don’t read The Straits Times or
b. sophisticated people read The Straits Times on top of other newspapers, magazines and blogs that come through the Internet or otherwise.

The Straits Times is only good for preaching to the converted who buy the whole two-bit, nation-building, consensus-based, communitarian, nation-before-self hocus pocus.

Therefore, brought to its logical conclusion, Leslie’s thesis is but an unconscious insult on the intelligence of the people who consume only traditional media fare.

The point is, anyone who reads The Straits Times exclusively is dull and simple-minded and prefers to be unmolested by the richness and complexity of real world information that is streamed through other sources, particularly the Internet.

3. Last but not least, the idea that The Straits Times is where national debates about important issues take place is a load of crap.

Remember what happened with the casino debate?

Oh yes, that was forgettable. Because after all that was said, the casinos were built anyway.

And remember the big CPF debate? The one where people were speculating whether CPF monies belonged in the sovereign wealth fund?

Oh wait… I’m sorry, my bad. That didn’t happen because The Straits Times is not very accommodating towards investigative journalism…

So, that means, there wasn’t any debate at all.

But what happens if The Straits Times increasingly cannot serve the interest of the ministries?

Will they turn on each other?

I don’t know.

All I know is that The Straits Times has overstayed its welcome as an institution.

It has monopolised news coverage for too long mainly because of an arcane press law that made the barriers to entry obscenely high for other media companies to enter the market.

Competition is not necessarily good. But neither is the situation we’re in right now.

EPIC FAIL moment: Some Singaporeans suck at using Facebook

EPIC FAIL moment: Some Singaporeans suck at using Facebook

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They really can’t tell the difference and go to the wrong Lee Hsien Loong Facebook page to say “hello”?

The real Lee Hsien Loong Facebook profile. For goodness' sake...

Honestly folks, just how difficult is it to search and find Lee Hsien Loong’s real and recently-launched Facebook profile?

Seriously? Just how difficult can it get?

Is it rocket science? No.

Do you need a degree to do it? Do you even need an education?

Check out the old Lee Hsien Loong Facebook page that was created by his supporters during the Dark Ages before our prime minister decided to go online and end his Ludditism (from here on referred to as “fake LHL Facebook page”):

The old and very fake Lee Hsien Loong Facebook page started by his supporters during the Dark Ages when our PM was still a Luddite.

Can you actually believe it? People don’t even know this is not the recently-launched Facebook page by our prime minister and are still going onto it now to say hello!

Too daft to know this Facebook page is not the real deal.

Then you have a self-appointed moderator politely telling everyone to eff off to go look for the real deal elsewhere.

Tell me you’re not worried?

Tell me this doesn’t bother you at all?

The fact is that these are the people who will be going to the polls in the next General Election to vote for the next government and yet they cannot even tell which is the real Facebook profile of their Prime Minister!

If people cannot even tell which is the real McCoy, how do we expect them to understand how and why policies are implemented?

How do we even explain to them what “a scalable economy” means?


If Singaporeans cannot even tell which is the real Facebook profile, we expect them to vote in a government during elections?

Can we have some Face Palms around here?