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Parliament: Dialect restrictions not for all communication platforms, says Sim Ann

Published on Jul 9, 2014 4:12 PM

SINGAPORE - Dialect is not prohibited on all communication channels, said Minister of State for Education and Communications and Information Sim Ann on Wednesday.

Ms Sim, speaking in Parliament, stressed that while restrictions on dialect were put in place on free-to-air broadcast channels and TV programming to encourage the speaking of Mandarin, the Government has been "relatively free in controlling" its use on other channels.

These include on DVDs, Pay-TV and public entertainment platforms.

She was responding to a question from Mr Baey Yam Keng (Tampines GRC) in Parliament on whether the Government will consider using free-to-air TV as one of the communication platforms for the Pioneer Generation Package, and what the difference is for dialect use on TV and in social media.

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