Singtel "Amateur Housewives" ... the solution to Singapore's declining birthrate?!

To answer that question, we need to know the game first hand. But alas, Singtel has removed the game from its website game content.

Singtel has taken off from its website game content which a member of the public has called "sexually explicit".

These games, which were listed right next to the categories labeled Disney and Kids, required neither username nor password for download.

This meant that any member of the public, including the under-aged, had access to these games, according to Ms Karen Lim who alerted reporters.

In an email statement to Mediacorp, Ms Lim highlighted that she saw "pages of naughty games with sexual, lesbian connotations."

Ms Lim also provided webpage screenshots depicting scantly clad women with titles such as "Amateur Housewives".

Descriptions of the downloadable games included "real housewives with naughty fantasies" and "if you have the nerve you will be able to catch them cheating".

"I was taken aback", said Ms Lim, "on a respectable site, this is terribly shocking with suggestive pictures".

Ms Lim said the response by Singtel had been dissatisfactory when she raised the issue with the customer service department.

She has written to the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) about the content which she sees as inappropriate.

A SingTel spokesperson said, "recently, some mobile gaming content was not presented in the best possible way and this caused concern for a customer. We have taken that feedback seriously and removed the content. We can assure our customers that this was not explicit adult content."

Seperately, M1 has also removed games from its website which Ms Lim complained about.

The content of the games, while not sexually explicit, conveyed a sexy theme.

In an email statement from M1, Mr Ivan Lim, Deputy Director for Corporate Communications & Investor Relations, said that it was "an isolated incident and strict investigations are currently undergoing to ascertain how the contents slipped through our filtering system."

From Channel NewsAsia, "Singtel removes "sexually explicit" game content from website".

Many Singaporeans support the Budget Statement to raise productivity but there's one topic creating a buzz online.

The country's declining birth rate was a top concern during a webchat with Community Development Minister Vivian Balakrishnan.

This is part of the government's feedback channel, REACH's move to find out what people think of this year's Budget initiatives.

Despite the government's slew of measures including longer maternity leave and cash incentives, the Total Fertility Rate (TFR) plummeted from 1.6 in 2000 to 1.23 last year, a far cry from the 2.1 needed for the population to replace itself.

In fact, the ministry's target this year is to raise the TFR from 1.23 to 1.29.

During the webchat, it was clear that some felt Singaporeans have to take it upon themselves to set up families. Others feel the government should provide more incentives.

Dr Balakrishnan said: "A major factor for that fall was that the economy went into a tailspin last year. So we shouldn't over-react to that. We've just enhanced the package a year ago, so I'd rather wait to see how things pan out in this year, with the economic recovery. And then later on if need be, we'd consider making enhancements."

Another issue raised during the webchat was that there were some who felt that the middle-income households were left out.

Dr Balakrishnan said: "The overall restructuring of our economy will change the tenor of our society and ultimately change productive capacity of Singaporeans.

"Unfortunately these are long-term things and you won't see instant results. But if we can sustain this course, the overall impact on our society in the next five to 10 years, will actually be very major."

From Channel NewsAsia, "Singapore's declining birth rate one of people's top concerns".


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