Tuesday, June 10, 2014

10 reasons to unlike and stop reading TRS

The "Real" Singapore is a disgrace to Singapore. Those of us who are sane, responsible and actually do think through our thoughts will find the material from TRS offensive and distasteful.

Internet service providers should consider banning the site.

Here are just 10 reasons why TRS is the filth it is and why you should unlike the scandals site straight away.

10. Twisting of messages

For example: Grace Fu (of the Prime Minister's Office) had told reporters that MediShield Life are "...major policies that the PA has to work hard to explain."

Here's what the TRS did to her:

Anything to make someone look bad.

9. Outright plagarism

Almost all of their articles are clipped from other sites on the internet. They will take your article in its entirety and publish it, leaving you a small worthless link to your site as a credit. It is like after they've robbed you of your money... and leaving you a dollar to take a bus home.

It has been reported that if you're an innocent blogger who's requesting for them to take down the article, they'll reply you rudely with a "Who do you think you are? Even the Prime Minister doesn't even dare ask us to take down our articles!"

We're hoping for some big media company to sue them.

Here's an example:

It is plagiarism. 

And Google does help to remove some of their articles. 

If you see your article being plagiarised by TRS, read more about how to deal with them here: http://labnol.blogspot.sg/2006/07/dealing-with-website-plagiarism-when.html

8. Every mildly positive articles starts with “PAP supporter says…”

7. Like buying

Their likes increased from zero to 100k overnight shortly after the elections. Every now and then, even if it is a slow news day, their numbers increase by blocks of hundreds or thousands.

Sure, it may be suspected like buying. But why suspect anymore? If they're doing things to escape Facebook's spam detection, why not lodge a complaint to Facebook yourself? 

Find out how to do so here: http://www.wikihow.com/Contact-Facebook

6. It is run by vulgar mouthed Alex Tan

5. They are eager for the demise of LKY

Respect TRS. Get some.

4. They (very frequently) objectify women, using sex and women to boost their views. In the most distasteful manner

3. Facts are often wrong or omitted

They say 6000....

When Yahoo Singapore says....

...it is actually 3k....

2. TRS is making a lot of money from your viewership 

1. Time and again, they have gotten into trouble with their articles

At least Stomp has some form of journalistic integrity. TRS is just pathetic. 

Stop reading TRS. Stop sharing TRS. There's even a bunch of people who want them out of Singapore, do give them a like here: https://www.facebook.com/shutdowntrs

Friday, June 6, 2014

Of politics and the politics of money...

Here are some "whys" that I have:

Why are Roy Ngerng, Leong Sze Hian, Gilbert and Han Hui Hui always seen to be organising things together?

And why is it that whenever they release publications, or are faced with criticism, The Real Singapore is always so quick to be to their rescue? 

Now - The Real Singapore has click through advertisements by both Google and maybe even paid commercial entities. You can hide anything from print publishing, but you can’t really hide things from the internet.

They are estimated to make $7k USD a month. Where is this money going? 

Alex Tan used to be from the SDP. And so was Vincent… apparently they have resigned from the party, but what are the links?

We know that Jolovan Wham is a lover of Vincent. But why does Vincent have intimate photographs taken with M. Ravi? What is their relationship really?

When I sat down to draw it out, I think the relationships are rather interesting: 

It looks messy doesn’t it? But trails of deceit are meant to be - so that tracks are hidden and people find it hard to cover.

I’ll start by saying, this is in no means an accusation. If anything, these are questions. Questions as to how these organisations and people are related, and bigger questions of why, who and what is the agenda?

Is it money?

Is it politics?

And whilst we’re on this topic… does anyone remember this relationship diagram about the SDP?

As politics heats up in Singapore, with more citizens being aware and taking a stand, having a voice… sometimes, these questions just begs to be answered. 

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Donations: Roy could be in deeper trouble

There’s a lesson to be learnt in the Roy Ngerng fiasco.

a.) Don’t accuse your Prime Minister of being a criminal without proof
b.) Don’t anyhowly solicit for donations

We’re not going to kick a man when he’s down, so no point harping on point a. above.

However, the point of note for us is: can we use the internet to ask for money?

As there isn’t a provision for collections solicited from the internet, the closest law that Roy could flout is this:

The House to House And Street Collections Act

If any person promotes a collection, and a collection is made in any locality pursuant to his promotion, then he needs a licence.

Without the licence, Roy could be be guilty of an offence liable to a fine of not exceeding $5,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years or to both.

Does his site “The Heart Truths” constitute a charity?

If “Heart Truths” is a charity, or if his buddies at Gilbert Goh’s Transitioning and Jolavan Wham’s TWC2 wants to act on his behalf, then he would flout this:

The Charities Act, Prohibition on conducting fund-raising appeal without permit

According to Part VIII of the Charities Act, Roy is prohibited to conduct fund-raising appeal without a permit.

No person shall conduct or participate in any fund-raising appeal unless the Commissioner is convinced that the fund raising is conducted in good faith for charitable, benevolent or philanthropic purposes.

The words “charitable and benevolent” is open to interpretation - it is going to be hard to convince a Judge that a majority of Singaporeans consider his intentions as such.

Political Donations Act

Is Roy associated with any political party? He’s been seen on very intimate terms with the National Solidarity Party (NSP) and the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP).

At his events, I have heard that politicians have either come to support him, or to speak. Is the HeartTruths a body that writes on behalf of these parties?

He also has been seen giving comments that he wishes to run for political office:


If any of these are true, and although weak arguments, his intentions could be seen as political ambitions.

If so, then he may be flouting the Political Donations Act.

But nevertheless, the man clearly wants to get into Parliament - even if it is by the route of the Nominated Member of Parliament.

Audit of books

Whatever it is, to be fair to his donors (and to the Singaporean public), he ought to have his books audited.

Roy claims to have achieved $36,600 in two days after he made his online appeal. That’s more than the $30k Chee Soon Juan raised in 10 days in 2012.

How true is this, is not a matter of big concern. What I’m more curious about is… how is he intending to spend this money? Is it to pay his lawyer for administration (like he says so in his blog), or is it to pay off the defamation charges?

But the poor boy, his friends have been posting pictures of him eating plain rice and taking buses.

If you’d like, see if you want to send him some money for his purpose. We don’t need to give you the link, you can search for him easily on Google :)