You’ve probably heard that Singapore is introducing electronic arrival cards for foreign visitors. This will eventually replace the paper cards that you’re required to fill up when you enter Singapore. A couple of “viral news” sites have “reported” the move with headlines such as “Starting Today, You’ll Need To Apply For An Electronic Arrival Card If You’re Travelling To Singapore” and “You Need To Apply For Electronic Arrival Cards Before Traveling To Singapore Starting October 4.”
You might be wondering… Do you need to fill up your particulars online? or do you need to download an app before entering the country? Despite the numbers of shares you see on Facebook and WhatsApp, you shouldn’t worry about this electronic arrival card feature when you visit our southern neighbour for the time being.
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UPDATE: Ministry of Finance announced that GST will be zero-rated effective 1 June 2018.
Today, a purported press release declaring GST will be abolished by 1 June 2018 has been circulating online. It claims to be from the Ministry of Finance and it also mentions that GST collected from 9 May 2018 will be refunded back as compensation. The purported release also mentions that no new tax will be introduced throughout the first two years of Pakatan Harapan’s administration.
Earlier today, several mainstream media titles had reported that Tun Mahathir vows to put an end to ride sharing services in Malaysia. The report claimed that the opposition wants to abolish e-hailing applications and services if they win in the upcoming election.
You may have heard that Malaysia’s Anti-Fake News Bill 2018 was gazetted and went into effect yesterday, the 11th of April. It’s a bill that’s designed stop the spread of fake news which has become a hot topic of discussion lately.
Now that it’s in effect, what does this mean for you? Well, we went through Anti-Fake News act 2018 and have outlined some of the things you need to know about Malaysia’s new act.
Google‘s just stepped up in the fight to take down fake news and otherwise misleading information, partnering up with the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) to help ensure that the content on Google Search and Google News are in fact, accurate.
You know how it’s a trend now where you share viral content on social media? The problem with these sort of posts is that no one bothers checking if it’s legit or not before sharing.
Now you can verify those stories with this cool new portal by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC): SEBENARNYA.MY
There are lots of fake news on our social feed these days. What’s more disturbing is they are ridiculously more popular due to its sensationalised headlines. Sadly, most people wouldn’t even bother to verify the news before hitting the share button. Mark Zuckerberg had mentioned that 99% of what you see on Facebook is authentic but he pledged to do more to tackle fake stories on their social network.
If you have friends who are in Bangkok yesterday, you probably would have gotten a notification through Facebook’s Safety Check feature, indicating that they are safe from an alleged explosion. It turns out there was no serious explosion in Bangkok at all.