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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…
“Mr Lee was signalling that times have changed. And that he and his team are entering a new phase of engagement with the people,” said media consultant PN Balji, who is the former editor in chief of the Today newspaper, referring to Prime Minister’s Lee Hsien Loong’s National Day Rally speech.
PM Lee had said that the government needs to engage more and engage better in cyberspace.
“But it’s not just the Ministers doing these, the Government as a whole has to be more active and adept, engaging Singaporeans online,” the PM said. “We can’t be in every corner on cyberspace because there’s a lot of cowboy towns out there.”
With those words, hopefully the paternalistic and condescending ways of his father – Lee Kuan Yew – will be well and truly buried. No longer will the government be able to behave as the senior Lee did – ridiculing suggestions from ordinary people, and being dismissive about them in his characteristic holier-than-thou attitude.
The Internet, to put it simply, does not allow one to.
Netizens may be up in arms – again – over PM Lee’s description of certain corners of the Internet as “cowboy towns”. In the same way they raised hell when Minister Chan Chun Sing used the term “lunatic fringe” on them. But before we all go tensed up and red in the face with anger, please pause.
I think we have to come to an understanding that just as new media has opened up opportunities for us to express ourselves, it also means we have to do so in a beneficial way. Of course, one does not expect that everyone would have the same altruistic attitude and that is fine. But by and large, one would hope that generally we are more interested in contributing to highlighting and resolving problems which we and those among us – the poor, the elderly, the sick, the less fortunate – face, than to simply raise our voices. 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…