Data analysis shows that Raeesah's "apology" was a smokescreen to talk about herself

Nov 04, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership

A netizen has gone the distance to analyse audio and text transcripts of Workers' Party MP Raeesah Khan's apology in Parliament.

Raeesah is at the center of a controversy where she admitted to lying in parliament about a sexual assault case.

Crunching the data

The netizen, an individual named Ivan Hong, first downloaded the Youtube-generated transcripts from Raeesah's video-testimony in Parliament.

The transcripts were then exported to an Excel sheet where it was color-coded in order of Raeesah's self-importance.

Ivan said: "I then color-coded the various sections of her “apology” speech based on what the key subject of the phrase or sentence was. I identified three core subject categories in her speech: (i) her own experiences or aspirations, (ii) admitting to wrongdoing (lying about the rape story, and breaching the privacy of the alleged victim), and (iii) apologizing."

"I tabulated what percentage of her words, as well as time spent was allocated across these different topics. The column labelled “Content” is a blended average of both time and words as a share of the overall speech", he added.

Here's a visual piechart:

Findings

According to Ivan's analysis, Raeesah spent over a third of her speech (35%) talking about herself.

In particular, claiming and highlighting her own victimhood as a “survivor” of sexual assault, and also pleading with her voters to give her a second chance.

Admission of wrongdoing about fabricating the rape story, her non-existent involvement in assisting the mystery rape survivor, and the alleged police misconduct — accounted for only about half (18%) of the time she spent talking about herself.

About the same amount of breath was spent apologizing (15%).

Saying sorry to the police she accused falsely of misconduct, and the survivor whose story she used without prior consent was only about 7.5% of her overall speech.

Yikes.

S'pore firm develops first Omicron-specific testing kit

Dec 06, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership
Home-grown biotechnology firm BioAcumen Global has launched Singapore's first Omicron-specific Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) kit.

This means that a person taking the test will receive one of three results: Covid-19 positive and Omicron positive; Covid-19 positive and Omicron negative; or Covid-19 and Omicron negative.

Currently, PCR kits here that are capable of detecting Omicron require an additional gene sequencing step to confirm the specific variant. This takes an additional day.

Some PCR kits, such as those currently in use by medical technology firm Acumen Diagnostics and biotech firm MiRXES, are able to detect both the Delta and the Omicron strains, but to confirm if a positive case has been infected by Omicron, gene sequencing is necessary.

Mr Jimmy Toh, director of BioAcumen Global, said: "We are looking at ways to cut down the steps and time needed to run this test. This is crucial, especially at the borders where accurate tests need to be done on-site. There is no time to wait on sequencing results to know if a positive sample is infected with Omicron."

Mass production of the kit has begun, and the BioAcumen Global team hopes this kit will provide much needed help locally and in the region for the surveillance and control of this new variant, Mr Toh said.