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The most uncensored conversations and interviews to ever come out of the much-censored country of Singapore. Hosted by Haresh & Terence from the comedy house, Ministry of Funny. For biz enquiries, hit us up at contact@ministryoffunny.com

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Recently, with the announcement of VTLs with 11 different countries, SGeans have been flocking to travel agents and airline offices to plan their year-end trips. But as Haresh personally discovers, the VTL isn’t as attractive a prospect as it looks on paper. In the NBA, Brooklyn Nets superstar Kyrie Irving has been banned from playing or training with his team as long as he remains unvaccinated. Is he being a “voice for the voiceless”, or just a selfish diva?  

 

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SGeans itching to travel on VTL crash SIA website

 

Unvaxxed NBA star Kyrie Irving banned from playing

 
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Content creator Jaze Phua recently exploded on TikTok, gaining 1.5 million followers in a month, largely based on his Squid Game videos. We discuss how TikTok differs from other platforms he’s been on, and where he sees the future of entertainment and social media. And of course, we talk about the current issue of the toxic culture among Singapore YouTubers - why and how did we come to this?

 

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A study by a social enterprise, Happiness Initiative, uncovered that several socio-demographic factors such as household income and sexual orientation had a disproportionately large impact on Singapore residents’ happiness. Also, YouTube channel Night Owl Cinematics, after facing a tsunami of online criticism for the way its co-founder, Sylvia Chan, verbally abused her employees, is now doubling down in its latest PR statement and denying the allegations. Is that a good or bad PR move?

 

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Study discovers what makes Singaporeans happy

 

NOC claps back at allegations of toxic work environment

 
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This week, we come face to face with the outspoken and controversial Singapore athlete and SEA Games gold medalist, Soh Rui Yong. Never one to mince words, he reveals what he thinks about comments that he’s arrogant, the origins of his competitive drive, and also explains why he’s offering 700 packets of chicken rice as a prize for his 2.4km Challenge.

 

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Recently, an ex-employee of Facebook, Frances Haugen, testified at a US Senate hearing about how there is no accountability within Facebook’s leadership with regards to the harm caused to users of the social media platform. Is Facebook really as evil as it sounds? Also, users found that “Ask Jamie”, the AI chatbot service that answers FAQs on most SG government services websites, will dole out safe sex advice whenever asked about positive COVID-19 tests. The Ministry of Health has since taken down the chatbot on their website, but what caused the glitch in the first place? 

 

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Whistleblower claims Facebook puts profits before people

 

Government chatbot  “Jamie” doles out safe sex advice

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Recently in Parliament, Minister Shanmugam pressed opposition MP Raeesah Khan to divulge more details about a claim she had made about the police’s poor management of a case of sexual assault. Khan refused, reasoning that she needed to maintain confidentiality. Who’s right or wrong? Also, a community of wild chickens has appeared in Dover Close, dividing residents’ opinions about wildlife in their estate. What will be the fate of these free-range chickens? 

 

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Police to interview Raeesah Khan over claims in Parliament

 

Wild chickens divide the community at Dover Close

 

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The Active Mobility Advisory Panel, tasked by the SG government with reviewing rules for on-road cycling, has concluded that bicycle registration and licensing of cyclists are not recommended. Why was this done in spite of the increasing number of incidents between motorists and cyclists? Also, a social worker has singled out the Mediacorp talk show ‘Hear U Out’ as “immoral” for exposing their guests’ private family disputes. We discuss whether it’s really “immoral” as he claims.

 

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SG panel rejects the idea of bicycle registration

Social worker lambasts Mediacorp talk show as “immoral”

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Singapore’s annual Population in Brief report revealed that total population fell 4.1% to 5.45 million as a result of COVID-19. We discuss the numbers and why it’s alarming for SG’s future. Also, runner Soh Rui Yong is in the news again, but this time for launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise $180,000 to pay for damages and legal fees in his defamation suit vs. fellow runner Ashley Liew. Why are people so incensed by this?

 

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Singapore population registers record drop

Runner Soh Rui Yong crowdfunding $180,000 for legal fees

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As quickly as we embarked on a COVID-endemic strategy, Singapore has tightened restrictions on social gatherings once again. It’s not the first time we’ve clamped down to reduce the spread, but why is there so much more frustration this time? In other news, the co-founder of indie bookstore BooksActually, a longstanding bastion of Singapore literature, was accused by several female ex-employees of misconduct in a bombshell exposé published by Rice Media over the weekend. Was the SingLit community complicit in letting this open secret slide?

 

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Singapore tightens COVID restrictions

 

BooksActually co-founder accused of misconduct by ex-employees

 

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And we thought our jobs were tough! This week, we speak to Paul Laurence, a Singaporean who clears unexploded RPGs, landmines and IEDs in war-torn countries for a living. After a long career in the SAF, Paul has worked as a deminer in places such as Afghanistan, South Sudan, Iraq, Somalia and Papau New Guinea. We read about him in an eye-opening feature in Rice Media, and really wanted to know: what does he now think about the stuff we complain about in Singapore?

 

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