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Pokemon Go now in Singapore

**Sorry, was a little bit late on this blog entry. Busy catching ’em all**

After almost a month of waiting, Pokemon Go is finally in Singapore. Besides Singapore, Pokemon Go also went live in 14 other countries across across Asia and Oceania. These countries are: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and Palau.

As expected, the whole Singapore was in Pokemon Go craze yesterday. You’ll most likely see someone playing it if you step out of your house. In fact, I even see some players walking around my neighbourhood after 1am.

The Singapore Police Force has issued an advisory on Pokemon Go. You might want to check it out before playing.

So have fun, stay safe and catch ’em all!

No Olympics live telecast in Singapore is actually something good

I guess by now most people know that there will be no Olympics live telecast in Singapore. Instead, Mediacorp will be showing delayed telecast of the Olympics from 5 – 21 August. According to news report, Mediacorp inked a deal with the Olympics broadcast rights holder Dentsu to air an event only after the entire session has concluded although certain events featuring Team Singapore athletes may be aired minutes after they end.

Now of course there will be lots of complains on social media. This is the first time we are not getting live telecast since 1984. And its natural for a lot of people to start blaming Mediacorp and the Government. But let me just say that they are barking at the wrong tree.

The main issue here is that the rights to broadcast sporting events has been going up. To a stage that it is just too expensive. Instead of blaming Mediacorp, why isn’t anyone blaming Dentsu, the broadcast rights holder in this region. Why are we paying so much to get the rights to watch these sporting events live?

According to some reports, the asking price for the 2016 Olympics live telecast rights is around US$6 million. Mediacorp paid US$2.5 million in 2012 for the London Olympics. The cost has more than doubled in just 4 years. Has anyone questioned why?

It is time we stop being held hostage by all these content rights holder. If they want to charge ridiculous price, then we should walk away and let them gain nothing. If we were to pay US$6 million this year, what makes you think they won’t ask for US$12 million for the next Olympics? When is this going to stop?

I’m glad that Mediacorp didn’t give in to Dentsu. I’m glad that the Government did not step in to foot the bill. We can do without live telecast if it is going to cost an arm and a leg. Let all the sports content rights holder know that if they want to charge sky high price, then Singaporeans will just not watch it. Enough is enough.

Disclaimer: These are my own views and not representative of those of my employer.

The Singapore government agencies, ministries and statutory boards became a laughing stock today after Straits Times reported a memo regarding the blocking of Internet access on work computer. According to the memo, all work computers of public officers will have no access to the Internet from May 2017.

This move is aimed at tightening security and preventing any potential leaks. In response to media queries, an IDA spokesperson said:

“We have started to separate Internet access from the work stations of a selected group of public service officers, and will do so for the rest of the public service officers progressively over a one-year period. There are alternatives for Internet access and the work that officers need to do, does not change,”

Well, at least they can still access internet via their personal devices. Public officers who needs internet access for their work will be given separate devices for official government work and Internet access.

This is going to be quite troublesome for those public officers who job scope requires internet access. Personally I feel that there should be a balance between security and efficiency. While there is a need for strict security policies, it should not affect efficiency or hinder performance. So much for a Smart Nation.

Open Letter against Gutter Politics

There is an online petition ongoing now calling the PAP to put a stop to gutter politics. The petition is penned by a group of 30 people including former NMP Siew Kum Hong, actor Lim Kay Siu, writer Alfian Sa’at etc.

We are a group of Singaporeans who have been following the progress of the current Bukit Batok by-elections.
We would like to categorically state that we do not condone the personal attacks and character assassination made by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob, and Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu, against Dr Chee Soon Juan of the SDP.

We are deeply saddened at the manner in which the campaign is run, having deteriorated to a level that undermines our Singaporean values. It is indeed a sad state of affairs when people who have been entrusted with positions of power and leadership perpetuate such unbecoming behaviour. We want an election campaign that addresses the pertinent issues facing Singaporeans, rather than one that is marred primarily by the vilification of anyone’s person.

Alfian Sa’at, Alfred Dowel, Andrew Loh, Ariffin Sha, Braema Mathi, Dana Lam, Fong Hoe Beng, Glen Goei, Goh Ming Siu, Howard Lee, Jasmine Teo, Jeanne Lim, Jolovan Wham, Kevin Ho, Lee Hui Min, Leona Yuen, Leslie Low, Lim Kay Siu, Lynn Lee, M. Ravi, Neo Swee Lin, Peter Low, Rachel Zeng, Ravi Philemon, Siew Kum Hong, T. Sasitharan, Tay Bee Pin, Terry Xu ,Vanessa Ho, Vivian Wang, Yeng Pway Ngon

The online petition can be found here.

Shell Singapore donates more than $400,000 to families in need

As part of celebrations for its 125th anniversary in Singapore, Shell joined hands with Mediacorp’s Radio Gives Back to provide families in need with financial assistance.

From 4th to 17th April 2016, Shell donated $1.25 for every purchase of Shell fuels, along with additional donations of $5.00 for every 125 Shell Escape Points contributed by customers in support of this cause. Through this initiative, Shell raised more than $400,000 in donations, successfully exceeding its target donation sum of $300,000.


To celebrate the success of the initiative, Shell formally presented a cheque of $401,495 to Mediacorp’s Radio Gives Back today at Caldecott Hill, home of Mediacorp Studios. The total amount in donations will be used to provide financial support for families in need to help with their children’s education, utility and medical bills and daily necessities. This initiative is part of Shell’s long-standing commitment to serving the local community.