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Social media firms, online platforms face $1m fine, blocked under new safety Bill

Social media platforms with significant reach or impact in Singapore is now within the reach of the long arm of the law. They can no longer post shocking and harmful content and get away with it. Once when the Online Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill becomes law, posting contents such as those advocating suicide or self-harm,…
4 Oct 2022 2 mins read

Private homeowners exempted from 15-month wait for resale HDB on case-by-case basis

Private homeowners looking to buy resale HDB flat because of needs and financial difficulties will be exempted from 15-month wait “on a case-by-case basis”, National Development Desmond Lee told Parliament on Tuesday (4 October). He also reiterated that those above the age of 55 looking to sell their private homes to move into four-room or…
4 Oct 2022 1 min read

Orange & Teal: A man’s search for meaning

Opening a cafe at the height of a pandemic might go against the instincts of any aspiring business owner, and reasonably so. But in the story Dr Chee Soon Juan and Orange & Teal, it was a case of now or never. “I started right smack in the middle of Covid, thinking that it might…
14 Sep 2022 4 mins read

13-year-old stole the show at launch of book on the NMP scheme

A 13-year-old student from Raffles Girls’ Secondary School (RGSS) stole the limelight from the centrepiece at the launch of a new book titled The Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) Scheme on Friday (9 Sep). Prisha Agarwal, who presented both sides of the argument on whether unelected voices are still necessary in Parliament, impressed Emeritus Senior…
10 Sep 2022 3 mins read

Big Read Unwrapped: Civil movement and the death of the patriarchal government

Civil movement grows stronger as the Singapore society matures and its population becomes better educated. The country also faces a growing segment of Millennials and Gen Zs who are clamouring for their voices to be heard. These younger Singaporeans are asking for more openness and consultation. In our monthly Big Read Unwrapped, TheHomeGround Asia takes…
6 Sep 2022 4 mins read

Repeal of 377A: Singapore’s peaceful, lawful process to end ban on gay sex

It took Singapore 15 years to finally say “yes” to repeal Section 377A, a deeply divisive law that criminalises sex between men. On Sunday, 21 August, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made the much anticipated announcement during his National Day Rally 2022 (NDR 2022) speech. “I believe this is the right thing to do, and…
23 Aug 2022 5 mins read

Ground-up activism: Civil society and advocacy that make a difference in Singapore

At the 2019 “Building Our Future Singapore Together” dialogue, Deputy Prime Minister and then Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat brought up the importance of civil society when he said, “We need to shift from a government that focuses primarily on working for you, to a government that works with you. Working with you, for…
29 Jul 2022 5 mins read

Freedom to choose what is best for you: Has it always been there for Singaporeans?

The lives of Singaporeans have been well mapped out — from birth to the time they go to school, from graduation to getting their first job, from getting married to having their first grandchild. Some may even say they are not for wanting, yet questions have been raised whether Singaporeans have the freedom to plot…
29 Jul 2022 6 mins read

Social media and the government: Tango for transparency and accountability

At the 2020 General Election (GE2020) in Singapore, both social media sites and instant messaging were the two most used platforms, playing important roles for political engagement to ensure there is transparency and accountability. Apart from GE2020, the people turn to social media when they feel they have to right a wrong, especially when it…
29 Jul 2022 6 mins read

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