Is Tomorrow.sg, the online version of The Straits Times?
I kindof think so. If many think the mainstream media is biased, well, there has to be a certain bias to online media too.
It occurs to me that once I say something that is pro-government, Tomorrow.sg tends to pick it up. But when I make some not so pro-government comments about certain policies or issues, they usually don't get published.
I must admit that I was too fast in commenting about the GST hike. But the crux of it was not whether it should or should not be raised but the point that I was driving across was on the policies the government would make or amend to help the lower income groups. Or those that they claim need the most help.
Sadly, Tomorrow.sg quoted me as saying: "My view is that raising the GST to 7% is just a little 2 points up so no big deal. Although if it keeps getting up, up and up, it may be too hot to handle. Perhaps it should be capped a a certain percentage - maybe 10% or something."
And you know what the backlash on Tomorrow.sg is? Very 'constructive'.
But I must thank those that have left the comments on my post - I will try to understand the bigger picture.
Many have said that the "new poor" of Singapore, which are those in the middle income group, should be helped too.
So let's sit back, wait and listen to the policies that will be announced come budget day.
I read about a closed door discussion about university fee hikes on Tomorrow.sg. And there was a trackback to a post by Mr Wang about 4 in 10 foreigners in NUS receiving bursaries.
So here's a letter that I wrote sometime back on NUS alumni donations:
I refer to Bob Chua’s comments (ST, Nov 7) urging National University of Singapore alumni to contribute more of their time, not just money, to the university to act as mentors and career coaches to graduating students.
When money is involved, issues of transparency will also come into play. Many will start to question where the money goes and whether it has been used appropriately. The guidelines on who receives what will also be scrutinised. So will the process of selecting the recipients.
If universities are more open on how such donations are used, it will seem to be a more transparent process for potential donors.
Perhaps only then will alumni be encouraged and not have a conservative attitude with regard to donating money.