It’s been 2 years already. Still find it hard to believe that just a simple “Want a ride to civilization?” question can bring together 2 person from completely different world. It would have been the most beautiful love story ever, but sad to say it didn’t last long enough. Made too many mistakes and regretted too late.
Tomorrow seems to be a happening day. Lots of activities happening. IMD09 Museum Open House and Rockin’ Without Smokin’ concert.
Here is my plan for tomorrow.
11am – 1pm: Asian Civilisation Museum. (The Kangxi Emperor: Treasures from the Forbidden City)
1pm – 2pm: Quick Lunch
2pm – 3pm: Peranakan Museum
3pm – 5pm: National Museum
5pm: Rockin’ Without Smokin’ concert at PS
Its great that everything is happening near to each other. Can walk from one location to another. 🙂
So how you spending your Sunday tomorrow? If you are free, do visit the Museum and the Rockin’ Without Smokin’ concert. Have a great Sunday!
Update: I made a mistake here. the comments are from 5 different SPH staff who saw the article. My apologizes.
Below is the original blog entry.
I was pretty surprised just now. From yesterday until now, everyone is condemning The New Paper for their irresponsible report on the H1N1 article. I see tons of twitter message slamming TNP. I see several blogs denouncing TNP for their action.
Then suddenly, between 5:09pm to 5:58pm, I got 5 different nick posting 6 comments to defend The New Paper for publishing the name of the first H1N1 patient. Then I notice something very interesting. All the 6 comments have the same IP address. 220.127.116.11. Comment 1 Comment 2 Comment 3 Comment 4 Comment 5 Comment 6
And the most interesting part is, this IP address is from Singapore Press Holdings Ltd, the company that owns The New Paper. Looks like someone from SPH is trying to defend TNP’s action and creating 5 multi-nick to give everyone the impression that there is a group of people who feels that it is alright to publish the girl’s nick. Shame on you!
I don’t think the person is acting under SPH management’s instruction. No sane management would ask their employee to do such a thing and put their company reputation at stake. I believe that it is the work of an employee from SPH acting on his/her own. He/she might be one of the reporters who wrote the article.
Dear Jazz Lin (If that is your real name), for goodness sake, you are making a huge mess here. Go search for TNP on twitter and blogs and you will know the amount of backslash TNP is getting for publishing the girl’s name. If your company’s Corporate Communications or Public Relations still doesn’t know about this mess you have done here, I suggest you inform them ASAP and let them handle this crisis the professional way. Update: I might have made a mistake here. There could also be a possibility that the comment is written by 5 different people all under the SPH network. I almost forgot that this is possible. Thanks to darkholme for informing. But whatever the case might be, the IP address is confirmed to be from SPH.
One of my blog readers forward to me the SMU President’s message regarding the H1N1 case. Nothing special about the message, just the normal updating of what is happening and what the students should take note of. But I just want to quote 1 paragraph from the President’s message.
The affected student has requested that we not reveal her identity. We request all members of SMU to respect her request and her privacy.
Did The New Paper listen? No, they happily publish the girls name on 28 May 2009’s printed edition and the article can now be found on their online version. Shame on you TNP! And shame on the person who told the reporter the patient’s name. (Regardless if you are from SMU or not) You have no respect for the privacy of the poor girl who is recovering from H1N1 now. You should be ashamed of yourself. Do help spread the message. Say no to irresponsible reporting!
If you have a copy of TNP, throw into the dustbin, take a photo and post it online.
If you don’t have a copy, please don’t purposely go buy a copy just to throw into the dustbin hor. Don’t let them earn that 70 cents.
PS: Some of you asked me to publish the name of the reporters who wrote the article. I’ve decided not to scoop to their level. They know who they are.
I don’t buy The New Paper on a regularly basis. But I purposely went around searching for a copy of 28 May 2009 issue of TNP after hearing from someone on twitter saying that TNP published the name of the first Singaporean girl who caught the H1N1 virus. At first I didn’t believe the twitter-er. I thought the media were told not to publish the name of the lady who caught the H1N1 virus. I thought they would be responsible enough. I was wrong. TNP really published the name of the lady who caught H1N1 virus. Shame on you TNP!
Why is there a need to publish the name of the girl who caught the H1N1 virus? Is there a need to publish her name? We all know your reporters are good at news investigations. There is no need to proof to us that you have the abilities to find out the girl’s name. It is not her fault that she caught the H1N1 virus. You think she want to catch the virus? You think she want to bring the virus back to Singapore and spread it in Singapore? Come on, she is the victim here. Why did you publish her name and subject her to public shaming when she is not at fault? How do you think her family and love ones will feel? What will her friends think about her after this incident? I’m very disgusted by the irresponsible reporting by The New Paper. Shame on you!
And to add on to the article, TNP also reminded us the name of the first Singapore gal who caught SARS by publishing her name again after 6 years. For those who have forgotten, she caught SARS at a time when nobody knew anything about that virus. She was the BIGGEST victim of the SARS virus in Singapore. Not only has her name been published by all the mainstream media in Singapore, she was also labelled as the “super spreader” because she spread the SARS virus to many other Singaporeans. Her father, mother and a few friends passed away after they caught the SARS virus from her. But if you think about it, it is totally not her fault for catching the SARS virus. It is also not her fault that she spread the virus to others. It is not her fault that the SARS virus killed her loved ones. She is the innocent party and the biggest victim. Why did the media publish her name back in 2003 and label her as the “super spreader”? Put yourself into her shoes. She has already lost her love ones because of SARS. How would you feel if you in her position? Why is there a need for TNP to publish the name of SARS patient 0 again? Why is there a need to make reference to her? Why the need to publish her name again? Did TNP think about her feelings when they were writing about her? Shame on you!
I still remember someone writing to the mainstream media and criticized all the media for their irresponsible reporting during the SARS. It is totally unnecessary to name the first person who caught the SARS virus and subject her to public scrutiny and shaming. I thought the mainstream media already learn the lesson from their past experience. Well, most of the mainstream media did learnt from the lesson and decided not to publish the name of the first H1N1 patient. Except for TNP. Shame on you!
And to sensationalize the story, The New Paper wrote this on the front page: “ZERO TOLERANCE? NETIZENS FLAME S’PORE’S FIRST H1N1 VICTIM. SUE HER, SAY SOME”. I was quite shocked to see this. I thought Singapore netizens have become more mature and responsible recently. In fact, I didn’t came across any blog/forum/twitter that flame the girl. Curious to find out who is the black sheep among the netizen, I read the article. It appears that all the netizen being mentioned in the article are from Stomp. My first reaction was “What else do you expect from Stomp?”. Stompers are famous for such irresponsible posting. Just browse thru the site and you will surely shake your head in disbelief. There have been calls to shut down stomp because of all the irresponsible posting by the Stompers and lack of regulations. Stomp is not a representation of the Singapore netizen. The culture there is totally different from what you see in the rest of Singapore blogs/forums/twitter/plurk. The rest of Singapore netizen are becoming more and more mature and responsible in the things they say.
And like many Singapore netizen, I heard about the first H1N1 case from Twitter. Everyone on twitter is re-tweeting about the first H1N1 case to warn the rest. One of the most re-tweeted message is a message by FluSingapore, a twitter account set up by Singapore Health Promotion Board.
RT @FluSingapore Passengers on SQ25 on 26 May from NY to SG (arrival 6.30am) seated in rows 52 to 58, pls contact MOH at 1800-333 9999.
A lot of Singapore Twitter-er re-tweet that message because we know that we need to find those people as soon as possible to prevent the H1N1 virus from spreading in Singapore. We know that it will be too late to wait for the main stream media. We re-tweet that message so that those people who are following us but not following FluSingapore can get the message too and pass it around. Hopefully thru the word of mouth, this crucial information will reach those passengers before anymore damages are done. Did TNP report about these responsible netizens who play their part in the fight against the H1N1 virus? Does TNP know that Singapore Health Promotion Board has already been prepared for the H1N1 virus by setting up @FluSingapore twitter accout a couple of weeks back so that they can broadcast information about the H1N1 virus to Singapore twitter-er? Does TNP knows that more than 300 Singaporean Twitter-ers are following @FluSingapore so that they can get first hand information about H1N1, and when there is a need, help spread the message to the rest of Singapore? No, TNP doesn’t know that Singapore netizen has been mature and responsible during the H1N1 crisis. All TNP does is to report just the irresponsible comments in Stomp and sensationalize the whole story. Shame on you!
And the entire TNP article didn’t even provide the most important information: Her flight number. As a responsible media, it is your duty to broadcast important information like these so that the people who might have close contact with patient 0 can take extra precaution and visit the doctor immediately if they have any flu like symptoms. But no, TNP didn’t report the flight number and row number. All they are interested in is to tell the whole world the name of the first Singaporean who caught the H1N1 virus. Shame on you!
Everyone played their part when news about the first H1N1 case in Singapore broke. The patient did the right thing by going to the doctor when she is feeling unwell. The doctor did the right thing by sending her to TTSH. Health minister did the right thing by getting everyone prepared weeks before the incident. The patient’s boyfriend did the right thing by isolating himself because he is afraid he might had caught the H1N1 virus too. HPB and MOH did the right thing by being well prepared for the first H1N1 case. Netizen did the right thing by spreading the message on twitter, forums and blog. The mainstream media did the right thing by reporting the story responsibly. All except for The New Paper who choose to publish the name of H1N1 patient 0, the name of SARS patient 0 again and slamming local “netizen” for flaming patient 0. Shame on you! All the reporters and editors involved in this article should be ashamed of themselves for such irresponsible article!
I stop reading the rest of The New Paper after reading the 4 page H1N1 report. I feel very disgusted by the irresponsible reporting by the reporters at The New Paper. I’ve thrown my copy of The New Paper where I think it should belong.
I’ve decided to stop buying The New Paper from today onwards until TNP apologise for the irresponsible reporting on 25 May 2009. Join me if you think that the H1N1 article by TNP is irresponsible. Help spread the words and say no to irresponsible reporting. Update 29 May 2009, 12pm: Someone just told me that the article is now available on the online version of TNP. Which means that if someone google on her name, they might see that article by TNP. Shame on you TNP! Update 29 May 2009, 3pm: The girl who caught the H1N1 virus requested not to reveal her identity. But TNP did not listen. Shame on you TNP!
We always complain that local talents doesn’t get enough exposure in the mainstream media. We have couple of great local bands/singers out there. Just that they haven’t got a chance to proof themselves.
I’m pretty excited when I saw sixtyfive.sg from Hisham’s twitter. Sixtyfive.sg is a site showcasing local bands. Visitors get to check out some great songs by local bands like Electrico, Leeson, Jack & Rai, Plainsunset and many more. You can cast your vote for these songs. A kiss means you like the song and a middle finger means…. oh well, you get the idea. Visitors can also post comments like they usually do on a blog. Love the concept although I wish there could be more user participation. But hey, this site is still very new and in beta.
Hope there will be more of such initiative that helps promote local talents. Honestly, Singapore has a lot of talents. Just that they don’t have skill and abilities to promote themselves. We can all do our part by supporting our local talents.
PS: Hisham thought I would complain about this website initially for playing music on default after seeing what I did to inSing.com. But hey, why would I complain a site that auto play good music?