News articles on North West CDC 8 months bonus disappeared from Mainstream Media?

I was browsing some stuff when I discovered that the Straits Times article on Mr Lim Boon Heng’s comment about North West CDC bonus has been taken down.
Then I went over to ChannelNewsAsia and discovered that there isn’t any article on the North West CDC issue. (I could have missed them.)
I went to ChannelNewsAsia’s budget 09 special report section and found a link that says “Northwest CDC mayor says PA, WDA decide on staff pay, bonuses.” When I clicked on it, I was greeted by an error page.
So I use google and did a search keyword on “north west CDC channelnewsasia”. Here is what I got.
The first result was an old article on another issue.
The second results was about Mr Lim’s comment that “Northwest CDC’s remuneration system is fair”. The article is missing now. The link brings us to an empty page.
The third and forth results are from the ChannelNewsAsia forum which is talking about the North West CDC 8 months bonus. The forum entry was taken down.
The fifth result is from twitter that broadcast new article being published on ChannelNewsAsia. The link in that tweet leads to an empty page too.
I tried to google for “north west CDC straits times” and a link to Straits Times website on the 2nd page of the search results. (Wah Piang!!!)
And it wasn’t a surprise that the article also can’t be found.
Wow. It must be an coincident that both ChannelNewsAsia and Straits Times online article regarding the North West CDC 8 months bonus suddenly disappear into thin air. Just like how new plants suddenly pop out around my neighbourhood a few days before PM Lee’s visit. Everything is just a coincident.
But thanks to technology and google cache, one of the article on ChannelNewsAsia was cached for future references. Thanks to forceflow for sending me the link. (I’m not good with google cache)
And also, a snippet of the Straits Times article can still be found on Asiaone. And a video by RazorTV can still be found on Straits Times website.
Well, it’s still there when I wrote this blog entry on 17 Mar 2009, 4:50pm. I don’t know if it will coincidentally disappear later or not.
Further reading: Look how disconnected they are


  1. Since the online outcry has broken out over two staff from the Northwest Community Development Council (CDC) received bonuses of eight months last year, including the 13th month bonus, the ST and CNA have imposed a News Blackout over the following 2 news reports:
    CDC bonuses explained
    Northwest CDC mayor says PA, WDA decide on staff pay, bonuses
    Fortunately, the 2 news reports still can be found at:
    CDC bonuses explained
    Northwest CDC mayor says PA, WDA decide on staff pay, bonuses
    What is the reason for blacking out the news reports? How low can the 154th ST and CNA go?

  2. wow…the handling of this just gets worse and worse
    now they’re trying to hide it away and hope it just goes away?
    hmmm censorship of the media to quash dissenting views…sounds like……

  3. Nicholas: I don’t think they are trying to hide. If they do, then they really need another lesson on the new media. What I’m thinking is that they are trying to remove the article so that less people can blog about it and add fuel to the fire.
    OK, I’m also not sure if that will help.
    Anon: Nah, that’s not under the North West CDC scope.

  4. Lee Yu Ming: I’m surprised that they show that movie on Channel 5 recently. Thought this kind of movie is banned. 😛

  5. Singapore Kopitiam: Yeap, those article can always be found in the local forums. I guess they need to remember that once the article is out, there is no way to take back.
    As for how low 154th media can get, hmmm….. If I not wrong, the lowest possible score is 191. (Which is currently held by North Korea for the obvious reason) We still need to work hard to beat North Korea.

  6. At ASIAone Forum too, ALL DISSAPPERED@!!!
    I was going to POST one the Thread( CDC 8mths BONUS..) Then, THE THREAD WAS CLOSED!!!!
    Now, WE all know WHO’s is Dame Low!!!

  7. As a lifelong student and an executive in the media industry, I am wholeheartedly disappointed with the blatant censorship that has been put in place over the mainstream media in this case.
    Despite what many people believe, I think the local media actually does highlight well-reasoned, logical arguments against the establishment – they do print letters and articles challenging the government’s stance, some of which I write.
    Now, I am not as angry with the bonus issue as I am with the deliberate quashing of dissenting views here – for a administration that is seeking to connect with people via the new media, this is an outright slap in the face of all netizens and people of any intelligence.
    (btw, mr brown’s blog has picked up on this issue – – which is great, considering his wider readership…no offence dk 😀 )

  8. NORTHGATE2007: Wow. Really ah? That is bad. Someone should tell them that things that are posted online cannot be taken down.
    Chillycraps: Really? But it was reported on Chinese News leh.
    Nicholas: How can I compare my tiny blog with the god-father of Singapore blogosphere? 🙂
    Back2Nature: I guess they don’t know this saying.

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