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Parliament will sit at 1.30pm on Monday (Jan 25) to debate the President’s address. This will be the first sitting of Parliament after various ministries issued their addenda in response to Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam’s speech on Jan 15.


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Explain policies to dispel untruths: MP Zainudin Nordin

 The Government should explain policies and mount robust challenges to "insidious untruths" says the Member of Parliament for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC.

SINGAPORE: The Government should explain policies and mount robust challenges to "insidious untruths", said Member of Parliament for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC, Mr Zainudin Nordin on Tuesday (May 27).

Weighing in on the debate over President Tony Tan Keng Yam's May 16 address, Mr Zainudin said that while many Singaporeans are still gracious, there is a segment of society that is "loud, more demanding and less willing to accommodate changes".

This segment, Mr Zainudin said, is usually seen online. They frequently make arguments against foreigners, as well as stoke distrust and hatred.

Mr Zainudin added: "In other instances, some people have gone about questioning government policies by running so-called exposés and articles. There are more bizarre allegations that are made online. It all makes for very interesting reading, but if you ask me, it belongs in the realm of pulp fiction novels, rather than for any serious consideration."

Mr Zainudin said it is worrying that many well-educated people believe untruths despite their bizarre nature.

This could be because they refuse to believe truths that are presented, he said.

"It is time that the government made efforts in explaining its policies and mount a robust challenge to dispel these insidious untruths. Even as we strive to make personal aspirations and achievements, we must not ignore the well-being of the people around us".