Mothership vs AsiaOne

Online news sites AsiaOne and Mothership are fighting and it’s thanks to Rui En

Mothership vs AsiaOne
Mothership vs AsiaOne

An online war of words ensued between two news sites,, backed by Singapore’s largest media company, Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), and independent site, Here is a screenshot of the two news sites crossing swords on Facebook via their respective Facebook accounts:

AsiaOne vs Mothership

It is interesting to note that the quarrel was sparked by the reporting of the traffic accident involving local celebrity, Rui En. Rui En has since issued an apology through her management agency, Hype Records, and shared her side of the story. Regardless, she is still the fire-starter, causing the two new sites to gnaw at each other’s tail.

It all started when Mothership published an article with a sensational headline, “SPH got rid of articles alleging Rui En was drink-driving”, giving the impression that some form of censorship had occured. In the article, Mothership claimed that SPH had removed references of drink-driving from articles on and, and had also made changes to the headlines without notifying readers.

AsiaOne refuted Mothership’s allegation on their Facebook page, stating that due to the way their online content management system (CMS) works, the URL of the article had changed when they updated the headline, even though the article was never taken down.

Fun isn’t it?

Thanks to Rui En, we have two news sites bickering with each other over alleged censorship. It reminds me of the whole Lee Wei Ling versus SPH, then versus her brother saga all over again.

With social media, all the quarrelling now gets aired for public viewing online.

Who benefits from this?

Mothership and AsiaOne will both benefit in terms of page views, thanks to all the kaypohs who die-die must find out why they are quarrelling.

Then there are the opportunists of course, people like me who is writing about the two news sites quarrelling, hoping they will link to my article to share some of the page views generated.

FYI, for news sites, more page views = more advertisement dollars. That was why the now defunct The Real Singapore site kept stirring shit, including seditious shits, to maximise the site’s earnings from online advertisements.

From my own standpoint, I do not think AsiaOne or Mothership are doing this to earn more views or to get more money. Especially not the former which is a very profitable web portal on it’s own, without having to stir shit.

It is probably more a case of differences in journalistic conventions and how their respective newsroom works, including the kind of CMS they use. I am saying this because I have worked with SPH previously and also have experiencing running my own content sites like and I can see where both sides are coming from.

What do you think?

Is one side stirring shit? AsiaOne or Mothership? Or both sides are just as guilty?

On a side note, I for one admit guilt on my part. Guilty as charged on trying to capitalise on the saga to boost the pathetic page views of my site compared to the two powerhouses.


  1. I wanted to post this on mothership’s fb but fb’s real name policy is kicking me out so i have to post here…although i’m thinking of photoshopping my ic to game FB’s system

    Mothership always like to nitpick the smallest thing to criticise MSM like they don’t make small mistakes all the time…especially with belmont lay. why when there’s bigger things to criticise MSM, they like to pick the small things? I’m still waiting for mothership to criticse SPH’s paywall and ads on their digital sites cos SPH absolutely insults subscribers with their obnoxbious pop-up/video ads in the middle of the fucking articles…and they still had the gall to raise their subscription fees recently…if not for my job i will never for the life of me subscribe to SPH…

    And here’s the loophole to get access to SPH digital sites free for life just use private mode browsing…that way u’ll get the 30 free article per month forever…

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