Singapore Press Holding needs to check its silly mistakes

July 4, 2006 at 11:15 p07 (News & Comments, Singapore)


Singapore Press Holding (SPH) launched in quick succession two new products, Straight Times Online Mobile Print (STOMP) and My Paper (a free sheet in a mixed of English/Chinese). With heavy marketing & promotion through radio, TV and the papers it comes as no surprise Tony Tan, Chairman of SPH announcement of a new strategy riding on technology (internet) and a regional ambition.

However, i hope SPH in their rush to push out new products and reach out to new readers both locally and regional, please eradicate silly mistakes which i had found in  “My Paper”, “Lianhe Zaobao” and “Straight Times”.

My Paper …a photograph of Dato Sri Najib Razak was mistakenly captioned as the Prime Minister of Malaysia. SPH record of mixing up of photos are pretty atrocious. As recent as last month, the Lianhe Zaobao, the Chinese newspaper put up the photograph of a member of the opposition party, Glenda Han as the Chinese victim killed in a massage parlour.

Lianhe Zaobao …Wisma Atria, a prominent shopping centre is commonly referred to as Wei Xi Ma Ta Hsia (pardon my ping yin) which is wrong as Ta Hsia is “building” in Chinese and Wei Xi Ma (Wisma) means “building” in Malay.

Straight Times (Fri 30 Jun 2006)…the female anchor for Al-Jazeera TV was named Khadija BIN Ganna (below). BIN is used by Muslim which means “son of” and BINTI, “daughter of”. Obviously Ms Khadija is a woman and with such a big picture the mistake is loud and clear.


These incidents which occurred in isolation may not be as disastrous as to merit a recall. But imagine if the Straight Times were to do an interview with Malaysia’s International Trade and Industry Minister Dato Sri Rafidah Aziz in Wisma Persekutuan. ST can mix up the Bin/Binti or Wisma but the editor better resign if he screws up the photo (see below) given the similarity of Rafidah Aziz with the Hong Kong artist Fei Fei.


Dato Sri Rafidah Aziz is on the left.



  1. happysurfer said,

    LOL! Perhaps you should send in your article to the paper’s ‘reader writes’ column.

    Now that you put these two ladies together – Rafidah Aziz and Lydia Sum – there is some resemblance alright.

    4f: tenkiu for the suggestion! dont think ST will publish it!

  2. wuching said,

    yes! u go hantam them kau kau!

    4f: cannot hamtam. ST is an 800 pound gorilla-lah. burung pipit will just make do with comment in this blog! 🙂

  3. angel said,

    *LOLOL* so liuliu wan…

    btw, i’ve been trying to import my Blogger blog to WP but so many times fail wan… why like dat leh? 😦 gettin’ a bit fed-up with Blogger liao…

    4f: y fed-up w Blogger? both have their strengths and weaknesses. can email me your problem? maybe i can help.

  4. fantasyflier said,

    Waahahaha so funny, those editors must be under a lot of pressure

    4f: well, i really cant imagine how a co with regional ambition can produce such sloopy work? funny ya!?

  5. Leonard said,

    thats very observant of u…

    its far a better mistake than the ad i found out that they are selling toyota accord!!!

     4f: tenkiu2! aiyah! you dont know ha? i learned from you one.

  6. Simple American said,

    I always chuckle to myself when I see the Straight Times over here. In the US there is a sex paper called the Gay Times. I don’t know why I compare the too. They both have one thing in common. I have read neither.

    4f: remember to bring a copy of Gay Times when you come over. I like to read a newspaper that publish only HAPPY news! *wink wink*

  7. zara's mama said,

    Now you mention it.. they do look alike..

    Btw, how come SG paper can make such a big screw up one?? Aisay.

  8. LM said,

    A response to this from someone (not me) who works at SPH: “They are making a mountain out of a molehole”

    4f: tenkiu for dropping by.

    hei! you know some1 from SPH? if that is their attitude, good luck to them in their regional foray.

  9. Marcus said,

    Hi…just happened to stumble across your Blog and that’s great observation on your part – Bravo!! By the way, one minor detail though: I believe it’s Straits Times and not Straight Times.

  10. seefei said,

    Marcus, thanks for dropping by & the compliment. Hahaha… I like Straight Times more

  11. N said,


    For your information, the anchorwoman of Al-Jazeera channel’s real name is Khadija Ben Ganna. If you could read arabic, then you could check her profile at

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