OPINION: Media sense-knocking needed on hawker centre saga - Howard Lee

The Online Citizen, 11 Jul 2013
Something does not read quite right in the report by the Straits Times and the commentary by Yahoo! Singapore on the debate in Parliament between Vivian Balakrishnan and Sylvia Lim regarding the misunderstanding over the cleaning works to be done at hawker centres in Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council.
It starts with the headlines. “WP MPs ‘untruthful’, says Vivian Balakrishnan” shouts the Straits Times’ Elgin Toh, who then went on to report that “Dr Balakrishnan noted that their denials did not square with “incontrovertible” evidence in [a 22-page dossier he used to support his charge]. “These two public denials were therefore false and untruthful,” he told the House. Explaining why he would not let the matter rest, he framed the issue as one of integrity and clean politics, and not the cleanliness of hawker centres.” Full story