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Yah Lah BUT...

The most uncensored conversations and interviews from the much-censored country of Singapore. Hosted by Haresh & Terence from the comedy house Ministry of Funny.

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#212 - Singapore tightens COVID restrictions & BooksActually co-founder accused of misconduct by ex-employees

Sept. 27, 2021

As quickly as we embarked on a COVID-endemic strategy, Singapore has tightened restrictions on social gatherings once again. It’s not the first time we’ve clamped down to reduce the spread, but why is there so much more frus…

#211 - Paul, the Singaporean deminer who cleared landmines in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq

Sept. 25, 2021

And we thought our jobs were tough! This week, we speak to Paul Laurence, a Singaporean who clears unexploded RPGs, landmines and IEDs in war-torn countries for a living. After a long career in the SAF, Paul has worked as a …

#210 - Opposition MP Jamus Lim questions masks outdoors & MMA fighter Victoria Lee tells us what motivates her

Sept. 22, 2021

This week, Workers’ Party MP Jamus Lim wades into the argument on whether SG should continue its mask mandate in a FB post, triggering a fierce debate online. We also spoke to MMA fighter Victoria Lee, the teenage sensation …

#209 - SAF General appointed as CEO of pre-school sector agency & Clown PR stunt gets backlash

Sept. 20, 2021

At the end of the year, a Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) General, Tan Chee Wee, will be appointed chief executive of the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA). We debate whether a high-ranking military officer really has t…

#208 - Yale-NUS student talks honestly about the school‘s closure, Chan Chun Sing‘s explanation & Calvin Cheng

Sept. 17, 2021

Since the bombshell news about the closure of Yale-NUS, we’ve not heard directly from actual students about how they’re coping with the loss. So we connected with Ethel Pang, a final-year student at Yale-NUS, to find out wha…

#208 - Yale-NUS student talks honestly about the school‘s closure, Chan Chun Sing‘s explanation & Calvin Cheng

Sept. 17, 2021

Since the bombshell news about the closure of Yale-NUS, we’ve not heard directly from actual students about how they’re coping with the loss. So we connected with Ethel Pang, a final-year student at Yale-NUS, to find out wha…

About the Hosts

Haresh Tilani

Co-host, Co-creator, Co-Crazy Person

HARESH TILANI is a Singaporean writer, director, actor and co-founder of Ministry of Funny, one of Singapore's top comedy brands. He was talent-scouted for the starring role in HBO's first comedy in Asia, "SeNT", as Lead Actor and Associate Producer. In 2018, Haresh co-created, co-wrote and starred in “She’s a Terrorist and I love Her”, a comedy TV pilot which won HOOQ’s Asia-wide Filmmakers Guild 2018 and has been nominated for "Best Original Program by a Streamer/ OTT" and “Best Comedy Program” at the Asian Academy Creative Awards 2019. The show was commissioned for a full 8-episode series which was launched Asia-wide in Jan 2020 and quickly became HOOQ's most watched series in Singapore.

Terence Chia

Co-host, Co-creator, Co-Crazy Person

Terence Chia is a Singaporean filmmaker who is known for his work under Ministry of Funny, one of Singapore’s top comedy brands. His series pilot for HOOQ's Filmmakers Guild 2018, "She's A Terrorist And I Love Her", was the winner of the competition, and will be released as a 8-episode TV series in 2020, with Terence as writer-director. He was also Associate Producer on "SeNT", HBO's first comedy TV series in Asia. In the commercial realm, Terence has directed work for clients such as Google, Uber and Kao Corporation.