Updated: Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 3:40 p.m. PST
A young local artist has touched a raw nerve in Singapore after she posted a YouTube video labelling Singaporeans as “submissive” and attacking the city-state’s education system for stifling creativity.
Singer Steph Micayle’s monologue titled “Why I am not proud to be Singaporean” has generated more than 800,000 views and 15,000 comments on the popular video-sharing site since it was posted on January 15.
The 14-minute video was uploaded by the 21-year-old after she initially drew flak last week when she told local media in an interview that she “didn’t really feel proud to be Singaporean” following complaints that she had tarred the city-state’s reputation with her bad behaviour in a South Korean reality talent show.
“I believe it is time for Singaporeans to see a fresh perspective of… society and know that it is not perfect,” she said in the YouTube video defending her views.
Micayle, who has over 124,000 Facebook followers, listed multiple reasons for not being proud to be a Singaporean, one of which was that “Singaporeans are submissive”.
“Since young, all we have heard is you have to do it like this. So when we become adults, that’s all we hear as well. No one ever thinks out of the box,” she said.
“No one ever speaks up. It’s like Singaporeans don’t have brains of their own. They just go with the crowd, sorry but it is kind of true, you know it’s true… freedom of speech does not exist.”
The singer, who has garnered over 10 million views for her cover of South Korean rapper Psy’s “Gangnam Style”, also launched a scathing attack on Singapore’s education system.
“In Singapore every single one of us is a homework robot… Talent in Singapore is wasted, creativity is restricted, so as an artist how can I not feel that this country is not meant for me?” she asked.
Micayle added that the wealthy city-state’s ultra-competitive environment was not conducive for budding artists like herself.
“This country has become so obsessed with the idea that the best thing to do in life is (to be) a doctor, a lawyer or be an engineer,” she said.
The city-state’s public school system is renowned for producing students who excel in maths and science globally, and other Asian countries consider the Singapore’s curriculum and teaching methods a benchmark to aim for.
Critics however say that it is too focused on rote learning and that its highly competitive environment imposes undue stress on students.
Micayle’s video, widely circulated on social media portals including Facebook and Twitter, drew mixed responses from Singaporeans. Some derided her for being naive while others lauded her for speaking her mind.
Liew Kai Khiun, a cultural studies researcher at the Nanyang Technological University, said Micayle’s post “touched a raw nerve across cyberspace in Singapore” amid rising expectation for “restraint in the public domain”.
“What she had said may not be new. But the confidence in putting herself physically forward in expressing her views openly must have won her both admirers and detractors,” he told AFP.
“Despite the differing view points, I think netizens would agree at the very least that what she said came authentically from her heart,” he added.
Yahoo Newsroom – Stephanie Koh in her youtube video on why she’s not proud to be a Singaporean.
Former actress Yammie Nam recently surprised many by revealing that she was raped during her blooming career in the 1980s.
As reported on Mingpao, the actress, who is now infamous for her erratic behaviour and mental issues, revealed in an interview that she was raped before – a statement that was previously talked about by her closest celebrity friend, singer Mary Yeung.
In the interview, Yammie revealed that almost thirty years ago, she was sexually-harassed by two men in the Hong Kong film industry. Although the names of both men were removed from the clip, it was revealed that one of them has passed away while the other raped her while they were in Singapore.
Yammie stated that while they were in the country to visit a film set, the said man, who was drunk at the time, stole her bedroom key and violated her.
The actress stated that while she was psychologically harmed by the abuse, she decided not to file a report to the police, thinking that it was unintentional due to his drunkenness. However, she did obtain a medical check-up afterwards.
Yammie stated that though there were no physical repercussions, she was mentally disturbed by it and even attempted suicide several times. She even showed her wrists that were covered with slit marks from being sliced with razor blades.
Meanwhile, Carina Lau, who also experienced a devastating incident when she was kidnapped back in the 1990s, was guttered upon hearing Yammie’s story, and expressed, “I am very worried about her condition. I have talked to her a while back and she was in poor shape even back then.”
Singaporean singer JJ Lin recently revealed that not much has happened since his love confession to S.H.E’s Hebe Tian, and hoped that fans and the media will stop talking about it.
According to Hong Kong news, the singer, who successfully won four awards at the Metro Radio Mandarin Music Awards recently, dismissed speculations that Hebe’s absence from the event was to avoid him.
JJ expressed, “Hebe is not here today not because of me. She has another thing planned already.”
When asked if he would share his victory with Hebe, JJ was all smiles and stated, “No. I have to thank my fans.”
The embarrassed JJ, who was reminded of his very public love confession to the S.H.E star at his concert in July, laughed and said, “It depends on fate too. It’s useless if I only think about it. It’s better to be friends first.”
He added, “I hope everyone will not to talk about it anymore. There is no progress currently. Please give us some space to be friends first.”
JJ then disclosed that he has not seen Hebe since the concert.
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Posted: Thursday January 24, 2013 @9:50 p.m. PST
Former National University of Singapore law scholar Alvin Tan Jye Yee and his girlfriend Vivian Lee are back in the public eye. This time, though, they are talking about sex rather than showing themselves doing it.
The Malaysian sex bloggers, who sparked furore on both sides of the causeway last October when their joint blog showing explicit pictures of themselves went viral, have launched a video channel on YouTube called “SexcussionsAlvivi”.
In the first episode put up on 7 January this year, the pair dubbed “Alvivi” face the camera shirtless in bed and talk about how to get laid like a pro.
They have published three episodes so far with the first one garnering more than 18,000 views as of Wednesday morning.
On their channel, they explained they have come out with the weekly show to talk about “anything and everything related to sex” as they feel that “sex is extremely important yet under-discussed, especially sexual health, sexual identity, sexual morality, and of course sexual happiness”.
“Thus we hope to inspire Malaysians and Singaporeans to open up more not just on sex but also other issues close to heart,” they said.
Tan,24, lost his NUS scholarship following the scandal over his joint sex blog with Lee. The duo also shut down their blog after family pressure.
Singapore Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said Tan’s actions were “reprehensible and unbecoming of a scholar”.
Cecilia Sue Siew Nang testified in Singapore against former Central Narcotics Bureau chief Ng Boon Gay.
Sue said she first met Ng in a social gathering at a pub in Tanjong Pagar in 2009 when she was still working at Sun Microsystems, which was later acquired by Oracle.
She said about a couple of months after the end of a strong first quarter for her in 2011, she had a “celebratory” lunch with Ng wherein she talked about the deals she had closed, including the storage area network with CNB.
Prosecution lawyer Tan Ken Hwee asked her, “Did the accused ask you for anything?”
Sue said, “We chatted… then he asked, ‘When you wanna take me?’”
Tan, “What does that mean to you?”
“It’s pretty common knowledge… to take in… his sperm,” she replied.
After some more questions, Tan asked, “Did you think there was any linkage between the fact that you were celebrating deals and the question that the accused asked you?”
After a pause, she said she did not know.
The testimony then focussed on events in July 2011. Sue said when she and Ng met up then, it was supposed to be in Capella but the location changed to Wilford. However, as she didn’t like it there they moved to Capella.
After a few hours, she drove him back to Beaufort (hotel) to collect his car.
“What happened next?” Tan asked.
“We chatted in the car… and then… all of a sudden he pushed my head down to his private part and he shoved his private part into my mouth,” Sue said, her voice breaking.
“I was very shocked. I… I tried to… tried to push away,” she said. “I mean I didn’t continue and after I pushed away I told him off and he apologized.”
After the prosecutor asked her to explain how they were seated in her car, Sue explained she was at the driver’s seat and Ng was in the passenger’s seat.
“Did he push or did he pull?” Tan asked.
“He forced my head down,” she replied.
“Was there contact between the private part and your mouth?” the lawyer asked.
“It happened so fast that yes there was contact…” she replied.
“Why did you let him do that?” he asked her.
“It was too sudden and I was caught in shock… I told him off and he apologized,” she said, adding she felt unhappy, fearful and intimidated.
The testimony then moved on to Sue’s and Ng’s meeting in November 2011, though not before Sue admitted that between July and November they had casual meet ups.
“Why did you agree to meet up with him in November?” Tan asked.
“I think casual lunch, I’m okay to meet up… but chalet and trips, I’m not comfortable at all because there’s no agenda for me to be there,” she said, after saying she had declined Ng’s invitations for her to join him at his Kranji chalet and go on a trip to Macau.
When Sue met Ng in November, he was having dinner at HortPark, she joined him. While he was eating, she said he asked her to access a website.
“I didn’t know it was a sexually… a porno website,” she said, adding that she felt disgusted.
After they went back to the car, he started to talk about porno sites and how she felt.
She could see he was getting hard.
She said he tried to kiss her and that he pushed her head down to his private part.
“I… I… tried to escape,” she said.
When asked how, she said she tried to push herself away “but the private part got in my mouth as well.”
She said he was very strong and it was a while after she managed to get out.
“Did you consider reporting him?” Tan asked.
“It wouldn’t help… and it’s such a disgrace, right? Recently with all the publicity it’s already been killing me,” she said, as she broke down in tears.
“I don’t want to hurt my family,” she said, her voice shaking. “And moreover he’s well connected.”
On 2 December, Sue, who had just joined tech giant Oracle, said she met Ng again for dinner, and she told him that there could be an opportunity in Oracle’s Policy Automation software.
She was supposed to drop him off after dinner but he directed her to Mount Faber and suggested a short chat.
They were chatting, she said, when again she said he tried to push her towards his private part and she tried to break away.
She asked him to respect her and he told her he would not do it again.
“I thought as a gentleman he would also understand my feelings… and not push further,” she said. “I mean the thing is that if there’s really love I would have done it voluntarily….”
Sue pointed out that Ng was a well-connected and high ranking officer while she was just a “normal sales rep and just working hard for my family”.
Crying, she also said she did not want to be in a situation “whereby I get framed or I don’t want to end up in a situation whereby I get jeopordsied… in my home team. Simple words like ‘Watch out for this sales rep” can be very detrimental”.
Using tissue paper to wipe away her tears, the witness also added, “When someone is so well connected not only can he influence things within the agency, you never know if he can also tarnish my reputation…”
The prosecution then prodded Sue to discuss the night of 9 December when she met with Ng again.
She was out with friends and he asked if she would want to meet up for a while at Singapore General Hospital’s carpark. She drove over there and waited for some time before he appeared and hopped into her car, she said.
She recounted that he then pulled down his pants and grabbed her hand to stroke him.
After a few more questions by Tan, Ng’s defence counsel and the prosecutor argued over the statements made in court. The defence noted that the witness could be accused later on.
Court went into recess after it was decided that the defence and prosecution needed to discuss something in the judge’s chambers.
During that time, members of Ng’s family looked on edge.
Court soon resumed but it was suggested that proceedings be continued on Thursday, to which the judge agreed.
That question allegedly asked by former Central Narcotics Bureau chief Ng Boon Gay sparked the gripping testimony of the woman in the centre of a high-profile sex-related corruption case in Singapore.
Called in by the prosecution in the second day of the trial against Ng on Tuesday, Cecilia Sue Siew Nang recounted how her relationship with the top civil servant started. Her account painted the picture of a man who became increasingly desperate to obtain sexual gratification in the form of oral sex, despite being repeatedly rejected by Sue.
Ng is accused of corruptly obtaining sexual gratification on four occasions from Sue from June to December last year by assisting to further the business interests of her then employers Oracle Corporation Singapore and Hitachi Data Systems in dealings with CNB. Sue claimed that on each of the four occasions she was an unwilling partner and that on several occasions, Ng had forcibly pushed her head towards his crotch in the car and there was contact between her mouth and his private parts.
Breaking down in tears several times during her testimony, the 36-year-old former IT executive said she was afraid to report Ng for fear of sullying her reputation and her relationship with Ng as a powerful client and the Ministry of Home Affairs agency as a potential business partner. Sue also said on his part that Ng repeatedly apologized and promised he would not force her into compromising positions, only for him to try again the next time.
During her tense three-hour testimony, she avoided eye contact with the gallery and spoke in hesitant, soft tones. Meanwhile, Ng and his wife, who was sitting in the front row, looked tense throughout. Ng was visibly agitated when the prosecution called Sue to the stand in the afternoon. His wife Ng Yen Yen became increasingly edgy towards the end of the testimony.
Source & Story Credit: Yahoo Singapore – Cinema Online
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Posted: Tuesday May 15, 2012 @10:14 p.m. PST
Actor-dancer Shahid Kapoor will be gracing over 800 million fans with his presence in the 13th IIFA Awards, which will be held in Singapore next month from 7 to 9 June.
Shahid is not the only known Bollywood star that will be attending the event. Director Dibakar Banerjee, actors Kalki, Emraan Hashmi and Abhay Deol have all been confirmed as well.
There is also the possibility that superstars Anil Kapoor and Bipasha Basu will also make their appearance, after having met with media and key stakeholders at the Fairmont Singapore and Swissotel, The Stamford earlier in April.
The 3-day schedule is as follows:
7 June: IIFA World Premiere: Lido Cinemas, Shaw Theatre
8 June: IIFA Rocks
9 June: IIFA Awards, Singapore Indoor Stadium
Abbreviated as IIFA, the International Indian Film Academy awards event is created as a platform to celebrate the Indian film industry. The prestigious event has been held in China, Europe, the Middle East, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Canada over the last 12 years.
Over the years, the guest stars were Akshay Kumar, Shilpa Shetty, Colin Firth, Amitabh Bachchan and Hrithik Roshan (2007), Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachan (2009), Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Salman Khan and Sonakshi Sinha (2010), Shahrukh Khan (2011), to name a few.
IIFA is presented by Videocon Industries and Wizcraft International Entertainment and supported by the Singapore Tourism Board.
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Posted: Friday May 4, 2012 @ 8:10 p.m. PST
His ambition is to become a “World Idol”, he can supposedly make you feel “healed” just by the sight of his face, and he has promised to high five all 3,000 fans during his fan meet at the Singapore Indoor Stadium this Friday.
With such big ambitions and a larger-than-life reputation preceding Korean idol Kim Hyun Joong, it is easy to dismiss him as just another wannabe, but when this reporter met him in the flesh, it became clear why he has legions of fans who worship the ground under his impeccably stylish leather shoes.
Firstly, everything about the Hallyu star looks perfect. Not a single strand of carefully coiffed ash-brown hair is out of place, and even up close, his face appears to be devoid of pores, blemishes, or any other defect that plagues lesser human beings.
When he smiles, he displays two rows of white, shiny straight teeth and his eyes sparkle with such sincerity that it would take a strong-willed woman not to go weak at the knees. Even his voice is warm, mellow, and completely in line with his image.
Kim is, after all, the actor who played Yoon Ji Hoo – the sweet, sensitive second male lead of wildly successful Korean series Boys Over Flowers that catapulted him to instant super-stardom in 2009.
Here in Singapore to kick-start a series of Asian fan meetings, Kim will be singing and dancing to 14 of his songs and play several games with his fans before attempting to high five each and every one of them.
During the course of the press conference and subsequent group interview, it becomes apparent that his answers are as perfectly prepared as the rest of his appearance, from his sharp black blazer to deep v-neck shirt that exposes just a hint of male cleavage.
Questions about what kind of girl he likes aren’t allowed – neither are we permitted to ask if he will re-unite with the other members of boy-band SS501.
According to Yahoo: This is what we got from him –
What can fans expect from his fan-meeting?
“The best way to find out is to come for the fan meeting – fans usually think that such meetings are just a small group of people interacting, but this time it is more like a fan meeting ‘upgraded’ – with a mini concert. Please come and have fun.
You’ve been to Singapore thrice – what do you love the most and what do you miss about this country?
Predictably Kim responds that his fans are what he loves the most – however he does say later that he loves Singapore’s chilli crab and has been to the Marina Bay Sand’s infinity pool and liked it very much.
Why attempt to set such a record in high fiving 3,000 people and why did he decide to do that?
“I wanted to make sure that everyone coming for the fan meeting has the best fun – I hope to meet everyone of them up close and remember all their faces. It would be like a small gift from me.”
What are your musical influences?
“I don’t have any particular musical influence. Usually I follow the weather. For today, its humid and dull weather, so I listen to ballads and slow music from my own album. I hope Friday’s weather will be much better.”
Perhaps some of his answers are lost in translation and not deliberately bland because he appears to think before answering, fiddling with a silver bracelet on his wrist.
One thing is clear – he is single-minded in his quest to make it as a “World Idol”, who he defines as being someone that “people admire and look up to.”
How did you prepare for your upcoming fan-meeting?
“I was supposed to go for a Lady Gaga concert before flying here. But I missed the concert because I felt that I needed to practice more.”
Just when you thought that getting non-politically correct answers was impossible from Kim, flashes a disarming grin and drops a few cheeky, unexpected answers.
When you are not performing or on stage, what is your fashion sense like?
“I like to wear track shoes, something comfortable, that feels like my own skin, so that I can practice well.”
And the one fashion move he will never take?
“Shave my head bald.” he quips without hesitation.
He also revealed that unlike his character in Boys Over Flowers, which he described as “Cold, calm, and Prince-like” – the “real” him, is actually “Very humorous, playful, and lively.”
And how will fans get to know that side of him?
“A video at the fan meeting.” he said.
Besides getting to watch those videos, fans will also receive a t-shirt and brooch specially designed by him.
That, as well as a chance to go palm to palm with Kim and pray that he truly remembers your face?
Its no wonder all the premiere seats (closest to the stage) for his fan meeting are completely sold out.
Everything you need to know to get your tickets to the May 4 event
It will be a night to remember for fans of Korean heartthrob Kim Hyun Joong.
Fans can expect spectacular laser shows, sprawling LED screens, a performance of more than 10 hits coupled with impeccable dance choreography and cosy talk show segments at the upcoming Kim Hyun Joong Asia Fan Meeting 2012, to be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, on May 4.
With a plump programme more akin to a mini concert, the completely original show is one never seen before at any other regular fan meetings, and promises to add a personal touch in Singapore.
The best seats in the house — less than 500 premiere seats and less than 900 arena seats — will allow fans to see Leader Kim up close, with the closest you can get being just one arm’s length away from the stage. Additionally, fans will also have the chance to go on stage and interact with the star.
Known for his whole-hearted fan service and intimate conversation with fans — the 26-year-old offered solutions to fans’ problems in his trademark humorous and witty way — local fans can definitely expect more surprises from Hyun Joong himself at the upcoming event.
Public sale of the 3,000 limited tickets to Kim Hyun Joong Asia Fan Meeting 2012 will commence on 10am, Apr 20, and are priced at S$138 (balcony), S$168 (terrace) and S$198 (arena & premiere seats), with a maximum of four tickets per transaction. A two-day priority booking period will also be available for UOB One and UOB Debit Card members.
Tickets can be purchased via SISTIC online, phone and counter bookings.
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Concert details of Kim Hyun Joong Asia Fan Meeting 2012
Details for priority booking for UOB One & Debit Card members only (not open to other UOB card members) Period: Apr 18, 2012 (Wednesday), 10am to Apr 20, 2012 (Friday), 9am – Tickets can be purchased via SISTIC outlets, hotline and online – Maximum of 4 tickets per transaction
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