Singapore 

Malaysia’s nasi lemak better than Singapore’s? McDonald’s new ad ignites food fight , Singapore, Malaysia, Food News

If you’re reading this article, you probably have an opinion on which side of the Causeway has better food. It’s no secret that Singaporeans and Malaysians are passionate — and competitive — about food. There are rare moments when we unite to make fun of foreign chefs who butcher traditional Asian dishes such as “crispy rendang” and this British take on chicken rice. But most of the time, we are fighting to lay claim over various hawker foods, and trading barbs over who “owns” hawker culture. Well, McDonald’s Malaysia is here to…

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Singapore 

Football fans raise eyebrows over Cristiano Ronaldo’s dance moves in new Shopee ad, Singapore News

It’s rather difficult for football fans to sit through this 30-sec-long commercial. After all, the clip sees Cristiano Ronaldo dancing awkwardly to the tune of Baby Shark. In a new ad put out by online shopping platform Shopee’s, crowds in the stadium stands did not erupt in cheers after the football star scored a free-kick during a match.  Why? They were busy buying things on their mobile phones. The footballer cottoned on to things, said “Shopee?”, and then joined them in the online shopping frenzy. Although the clip has been viewed over 9.9 million…

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Singapore 

YouTuber Preetipls and brother Subhas given conditional warning by police over rap video on ‘brownface’ ad, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Local YouTuber Preeti Nair and her brother Subhas were on Wednesday (Aug 14) given a conditional warning over their controversial online rap video made in response to a “brownface” advertisement. In a statement on Wednesday, the police said they have completed their investigations into the video, which allegedly contained offensive content. The police said they considered the circumstances of the case and consulted the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC), and have given the siblings a 24-month conditional warning. This means they must remain crime-free for 24 months or they may be…

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Singapore 

Rap video by local YouTube star Preetipls on ‘brownface’ ad crosses the line, not acceptable: Shanmugam, Singapore News

He said people may ask why the Government is taking this so seriously – that one video is not going to lead to violence, and people will laugh this off. This may be the case, but if this one rap video is allowed, then hundreds of others have to be allowed too, Mr Shanmugam said. “What do you think will happen to our racial harmony? Social fabric? How will people look at each other?” he asked. “And suppose you allow this video? Let’s say a Chinese now does a video…

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Singapore 

Mediacorp, creative agency apologise for ‘brownface’ E-Pay ad, then seem to defend it, Singapore News

Sounds good so far? Here’s where it all went wrong. The ad also featured Chew donning a headscarf to play a Malay woman. He also appeared as an Indian man wearing a name tag that read “K. Muthusamy”, complete with a darker skin tone. The alter egos were featured on E-Pay’s website, on vouchers, and on banners at hawker centres. On July 26, Ruby Thiagarajan, editor-in-chief of Mynah Magazine, tweeted screengrabs of the offending advertisement with the caption: “Brownface in a Singaporean ad in 2019. I thought we already went over…

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HSBC removes Valentine’s Day ad that offered female staff vacuums, blenders

HSBC has removed a controversial Valentine’s Day advertisement from its internal staff website that offered discounts for men to buy laptops and other technology and for women to buy vacuum cleaners and other household products, a spokeswoman said on Friday. The advertisement, displayed on a staff intranet site, was from an unnamed third-party vendor offering discounts on a variety of products to HSBC employees in Hong Kong. The marketing misstep comes amid a wider discussion in many offices about sexism and gender roles in light of the “#Me Too” movement,…

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Vietnam 

VNĐ800m for 30-second TV ad in Việt Nam – Japan Asian Cup 2019’s quarterfinal match – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

Việt Nam’s players celebrate after making it through to the quarter-finals. — VNA/VNS Photo Hoàng Linh Viet Nam News The national broadcaster has increased the price by VNĐ200 million compared to the Việt Nam-Jordan knock-out match, which matched the same rate the corporation was charging for the World Cup 2018 final between Franch and Croatia and only lower than the record of VNĐ950 million for the AFF Cup 2019 final between Việt Nam and Malaysia in December 2018. The Việt Nam-Japan match will take place at 8pm (local…

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Singapore 

Singapore Police Force praised for social media ad inspired by #BirdBoxChallenge, Singapore News

The Singapore Police Force has done it again – stunning netizens with their wit and humour online, that is. The Men in Blue upped their social media game since last year but after a recent drought, it seems they’re back. In case you need a reminder of the past brilliance of their in-house social media team:  Guard your belongings from wandering fingers. Theft from person is an offence punishable with an imprisonment of up to… Posted by Singapore Police Force on Friday, 9 February 2018 Say no to Shop Theft this Chinese…

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Singapore 

Former NMP Eunice Olsen makes police report over ‘sexist, derogatory’ Circles.Life ad, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Local actress-host and former Nominated Member of Parliament Eunice Olsen has lodged a police report over a Circles.Life advertisement. An advertisement by digital telco operator Circles.Life at Raffles Place MRT station had the words: “@euniceolsen Would you rather French Kiss or take me out for the French Film Festival?”. The ad was part of a Circles.Life campaign that invited people to “submit your own Epic Invite and we just might blow it up on a billboard”. The company invited participants to choose an event and invite their celebrity…

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Facial recognition catches China’s air con queen Dong Mingzhu jaywalking, but turns out to be her face on a bus ad

While China has moved ahead of the rest of the world in making facial recognition technology a part of people’s everyday life, there are systems in the country that need tweaking. Making a compelling case for change is the recent experience of Dong Mingzhu, chairwoman of China’s biggest maker of air conditioners Gree Electric Appliances, who found her face splashed on a huge screen erected along a street in the port city of Ningbo that displays images of people caught jaywalking by surveillance cameras. That artificial intelligence-backed surveillance system, however,…

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