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“According to The Straits Times, 36-year-old Gary Yue Mun Yew allegedly posted a video clip of former Egyptian president Anwar Sadat’s assassination to the Facebook page of socio-political website Temasek Review.
He is also believed to have called for a live version of the assassination to be re-enacted on the grandstand during the National Day parade. Yue is also accused of posting a doctored photograph of a Vietnamese soldier holding a gun to the head of then Deputy Prime Minister Wong Kan Seng, whose head had been superimposed onto the original image, on his Facebook page. He was fired from his job last month.”
The above quote is from Asia One website.
Sadly, such postings are becoming more frequent on the Internet. This should raise the alarm bells for the authorities – and also for netizens. It is my fervent hope that such things will be unequivocally condemned by all. The danger is that some will actually support such calls to do harm, and worse, to defend and justify or rationalise away such behaviour.
I am no psychologist and I do not know what caused people like Gary Yue to express his apparent anger in such ways. But whatever his reasons, it is unacceptable. Period. Instigation to violence is a serious matter and should be dealt with firmly and conclusively.
Last I checked, Singapore is not a lawless country.
Also, last I checked, being angry does not give one the right to do or encourage violence, or to do harm to others. Read More…
On Tuesday evening, I attended my first REACH forum. It was held at the Grassroots Club in Ang Mo Kio. A friend had invited me there.
The forum was to discuss Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s National Day Rally speech which he delivered on Sunday. DPM Teo Chee Hean was the guest for the night at this REACH forum. There were about, I don’t really know, maybe 200 people? But the auditorium was full.
So, what do I think of the event?
I have to say that it wasn’t what one might think it would be. Read More…
In what were termed “sweeping changes” by the local media following the General Election in May this year, 9 ministers stepped down and 11 given new appointments. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong called the changes “epochal”.
Former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and former Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, in a joint statement announcing their resignation from the Cabinet, said the “Prime Minister and his team of younger leaders should have a fresh clean slate” after a “watershed General Election” to “carry Singapore forward in a more difficult and complex situation.” (Channelnewsasia)
It was thus with great anticipation that this writer, and many Singaporeans too perhaps, looked forward to the Prime Minister’s National Day Rally speech almost 100 days after the results of the “watershed” elections.
While supporters of PM Lee’s ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) described the speech as “rousing” and “inspiring”, it was disappointing in that PM Lee did not chart new directions for Singapore as a whole – economically or politically. Read More…
Why does this song – by the Beatles – have such a hold on me?
The Singapore media reported, on 8 August 2011, that the Federation of the Tan Clan Associations has thrown its support behind one of the presidential hopefuls, former DPM Tony Tan. Dr Tan was apparently invited to a dialogue with the Federation’s members on Sunday where the endorsement was announced.
The Federation said it has “no plans” to invite the other three potential candidates who are also named Tan to any dialogues or to speak with its members. (The other three Tans are Dr Tan Cheng Bock, Mr Tan Kin Lian and Mr Tan Jee Say.) Read More…