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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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In a recent speech, DPM Lawrence Wong unveiled the ‘Forward Singapore’ roadmap to review and refresh the country’s social compact by engaging Singaporeans through 6 pillars. We go through some of the details and what we think about this new exercise. Separately, it was announced that Singapore will host the first Tour de France criterium race in South-east Asia in October this year. We discuss whether this will lead to a deluge of spandex on Singapore roads.

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Lawrence Wong unveils Forward Singapore exercise

Tour De Singapore cycling race announced

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Over the weekend, the US Supreme Court overturned the historic 1973 Roe v Wade ruling that recognised a woman's constitutional right to an abortion. This ignited a political firestorm within the country and also sent shockwaves around the world. We break down the reasons why. Closer to home, at an AIA insurance roadshow event, an insurance agent reversed her decision to gift a toddler with a balloon, which infuriated the child’s mother. Some have come forward to defend the agent’s actions, while others have labelled her a cheapskate. We discuss the norms of balloon gifting, and how the situation could have been better handled.

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US Supreme Court overturns abortion rights

Insurance agent takes back balloon from toddler

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As the economy continues to shock everyone, it’s getting increasingly confusing to figure out what to do about our personal finances. So we speak to someone at the forefront of the industry, Wenbin Wong, head of GrabFin Singapore. We dive deep into his thoughts on the current economy, the newly-launched GrabFin brand, and everything they are trying to do to help their users financially. But we also ask some hard questions, like “Why should we trust a company like Grab with our money?”

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Just in time for Pride Month, a recent study on Singaporeans’ attitudes towards same-sex relationships by market research firm Ipsos found that 44% of respondents still support 377A, which was a drop from 55% in 2018. What does this mean for the future of the controversial law, and Pink Dot? Elsewhere, the internet split into two camps over an incident at Le Jardin, where a disgruntled customer complained about an additional $50 fee to bring his own cake to his friend’s birthday dinner at the restaurant. Is the customer always right? 

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Singaporeans’ attitudes toward 377A shift

Uproar over restaurant’s $50 fee for birthday cake

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On our 300th episode, we want to thank everyone by answering the hottest questions as chosen by YOU! Do we believe in ghosts? How does Haresh prepare his mercurial mouth for acting roles? Did Terence’s voice give him trouble in terms of making friends while growing up? Are kids on the horizon? These and many more other questions in this EPIC 2-hour episode!

SubReddit thread for AMA #4

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A viral Facebook post from an ex-police officer alleged pregnancy discrimination at her former workplace, which prompted the Singapore Police Force to respond with their own statement. Does she really have a case here, or is there more to this story? Elsewhere, SIA and Scoot announced a new scheme to allow customers to reduce their carbon footprint while travelling by paying for “SAF Credits”. What on earth is this unfortunately-named scheme about, and does it really do any good for the environment?

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Ex-police officer alleges pregnancy discrimination

SIA and Scoot customers can pay to reduce carbon footprint via SAF credits

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Earlier this week, PM Lee announced several Cabinet changes, the most prominent being Lawrence Wong’s promotion to Deputy Prime Minister. While this wasn’t unexpected, were there any other surprises? In the local courts, a judge ruled that a $1 million red packet presented at a wedding tea ceremony is to be included in the matrimonial assets to be split between the couple as they go through their divorce. We discuss why this case is a warning to those looking to flex their wealth at their wedding.  

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Lawrence Wong promoted to Deputy PM

Divorced couple to split $1 million wedding red packet

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Johnny Depp emerged victorious in the defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard. We discuss the trial and the verdict, and ask what the future holds for their Hollywood careers. Who is the real winner here, or is there even one? Elsewhere, a Singaporean woman heard that her mother had been disrespected by a Sales Associate at a Dior outlet in Italy, and decided to return to the store to seek revenge. She ended up spending lavishly under the watch of another Sales Associate in the same store just to spite the one who had ignored her mother. We ask: was this a weak clapback, or was it just an embellished flex?

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Johnny Depp wins defamation case against Amber Heard

SG woman goes on vengeful Dior spree

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A graduate from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine was filmed in an interview sharing how physically and mentally draining his current job as a junior doctor is. Once the video was published on the school’s Facebook page, reactions and comments started pouring in from all sides. What are people making a fuss about with regards to the video? In Japan, a man paid approximately $21,600 to create a hyper-realistic dog costume that he can wear, and therefore fulfil his fantasy of being a dog. His homemade YouTube videos have since gone viral; again, what’s the fuss about a man dressed as a dog?

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NUH junior doctor video sparks discussions

Japanese man spends $21,600 to be a dog

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The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) announced that Gillman Barracks would be getting a $2 million facelift to rejuvenate the locale. However, several current F&B tenants were left high and dry, as they were asked to retender or leave, in spite of having ultimately survived COVID. How is this fair? Elsewhere, Simu Liu sparked an internet war about the casting of Crazy Rich Asians with his comments on a podcast. We look into this war of words and whether Simu Liu actually deserved to be casted in the movie.

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Gillman Barracks F&B tenants asked to re-tender or leave

Simu Liu stirs debate about Henry Golding’s casting in CRA

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