TOMMY KOH SETS STRAITS TIMES’ STRAIGHT ON IPS CONFERENCE COVERAGE

Written by Lune Loh

Veteran Singapore diplomat Tommy Koh went on Facebook on Friday, October 26, claiming that the Straits Times (ST) resorted to “biased reporting” of the 30th anniversary dinner and inequality conference of the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS).

In his Facebook post, Prof. Koh inquired towards ST on “why it had photos of the speakers and moderators of sessions 1, 2 and 4 but not 3”, referring to the omission of Member of Parliament Janil Puthucheary and Prof. Cherian George. He also pointed out that ST reported Minister Josephine Teo’s argument against instituting a minimum wage, but not his rebuttal of it. To which Ms Chua Mui Hoong, veteran journalist and editor of ST, expressed her disappointment, reminding Prof. Koh that ST was the medium which published his article on minimum wage in 2010.

Since then, Temasek Holdings’ Chairman Lim Boon Heng and Prof. Cherian George have joined in on the comment thread.

Lune is a core member of /S@BER (/Stop @ Bad End Rhymes), a Singaporean writing collective, and is currently an Undergraduate at the National University of Singapore. Her works have been published in Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Cordite Poetry Review, 聲韻詩刊 Voice & Verse Poetry Magazine, Math Paper Press' SingPoWriMo 2017 & SingPoWriMo 2018 and Squircle Line Press' Anima Methodi anthology. She has also been featured at Singaporean LGBTQ+ pride events such as Contradiction XIII and TransIt 2. Find her waxing at lune.city.

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