Who says only Straits Times can produce quality articles?
Mainstream media does not typically publish anti-government pieces, so readers like us tend to get very myopic views and perspectives about the political and societal landscape in Singapore.
MustShareNews believes that more should be done to loosen the iron fist control that mainstream media has over Singapore and promote diversity of opinion. Alternative news websites have sprung up on Facebook, many of which are not afraid to voice their discontent with the current way of life. These 17 sites that we’ve sourced, arranged in no particular order, do just that.
1. The Online Citizen
What to love: A news + commentary website combined into one. Neither excessively pro nor anti government; provides a truly balanced opinion on Singaporean issues.
They even have fengshui tips.
Popularity Check: 73k likes
2. TR Emeritus
Formerly known as Temasek Review but changed its name after a copyright dispute with government-owned Temasek Holdings.
What to love: Their trademark #SG50 Photo of the Day series.
Popularity Check: 8k likes
3. Roy Ngerng
What to love: So anti-PAP you can’t get any “anti-er” than him. Perfect for people who can’t stand the PAP government any longer.
No mention of PAP or the government in this post! Very rare of that from Roy. *applause*
Popularity Check: 7k followers
4. Coconuts Singapore
What to love: Apart from writing about news, they also do entertainment. Makes for a refreshing read amidst the sea of negative news. Plus, they have a really cute looking website.
Very domineering, very 50 shades like.
Popularity Check: 21k likes
5. The Real Singapore What to DISAPPROVE: The fact that they promoted xenophobia, stirred up public discontent and fabricated facts. But juicy, racy news always sells. Popularity Check: 412k likes TRS editors laughing all the way to the police station.
6. Redwire Singapore
What to love: They make hard to swallow issues like the CPF and strict taxi regulations easy to understand. Their commentaries read as though a kopitiam uncle is speaking to you, and not some minister or politician up there.
The above shows the news categories that Redwire has on their website. Who wants to ‘chio watch’ with us?
Popularity Check: 1k likes
7. All Singapore Stuff
Managed by the same people over at Must Be Singapore. Both their Facebook pages have the same profile picture and link to the same website.
What to love: Their pictures with short, funny captions.
But check out Michelle Chong’s epic edit to that same post.
You go, Michelle. Barberella rocks.
Popularity Check: 18k likes
8. Five Stars and A Moon
What to love: Their really happy-looking website banner that makes your day instantly better. How bad can a website with rainbow coloured banners be?
In case you didn’t get the joke, it was Minister Tharman’s gleaming, bald head. #GoodJobTharman #GoodGuyTharman
Popularity Check: 9k likes
No, the website is not a flop. It’s just their abbreviation. This website aims to expose lies and untruths that the opposition in Singapore says.
What to love: They don’t seem to be a big fan of Roy Ngerng. FLOP accused him of being a ‘turncoat’ who doesn’t get his facts right. They also insinuated that he didn’t read up enough about the 2015 Budget before shooting his mouth off. Ooh, nasty.
Popularity Check: 4k likes
10. Fabrications About The PAP
Firstly, what’s up with their profile picture?
What to love: The place to go if you want some form of proof that PAP is not beyond redemption.
Last we heard, Roy had raised over $112,000 in donations.
Popularity Check: 31k likes
11. Demon-Cratic Singapore
What to love: The comics. Who wouldn’t love reading news in comic form?
Popularity Check: 43k likes
12. Anyhow Hantam
What to love: A well-rounded website that touches on a little bit of international news as well.
The Anyhow Hantam guy claimed to be a Facebook moderator for TRS for nearly a year. Insider information, yum.
Popularity Check: 276 likes
What to love: Funny articles minus those wince-inducing moments. The best mix of good news, bad news, and hilarious lists that will have you nodding your head in agreement. Plus, they have a really cute logo.
WE LOVE PAYING OUR TAXES!
Popularity Check: 25k likes
14. Lovely Singapore
We nearly fell off our chairs after hearing its name.
What to love: Their name. Everyone needs a good dose of positivity in their life.
Popularity Check: 373 likes
15. Kaki News Network
What to love: Short, light-hearted posts in the very boliao way that Singaporeans love.
Yup, that same Terry Khoo from Jack Neo’s I Not Stupid.
Popularity Check: 28k likes
16. The Independent – Singapore
What to love: The curation of the better and more newsworthy articles, both local and international.
Have you seen the number of Robin Hood + Tharman memes after the Budget on Monday?
Popularity Check: 17k likes
And last but not least…
The infamous SMRT Ltd (Feedback).
What to love: How they are so unapologetically impartial. They take the side of nobody but themselves.
Popularity Check: 230k likes
What do you think?
Are there any news websites that we missed? We hope these 17 websites give you more to chew on apart from the baby bites mainstream media has. Especially for SMRT Ltd (Feedback), they have lup cheong.