The former editor of the main broadsheet in Singapore has found himself – once again – on the receiving end of a scolding from a vindictive, hypersensitive and irrational government. And I use all 3 adjectives deliberately and accurately. They apply to this present government, whether they are made up of 2G, 3G or 4G ministers.
So, what is it that Mr Han has done that has so tormented the political leadership that it feels it had to give him a dressing down in public?
Poor Mr Han. All he did was to offer his two cents worth of advice to the multi-millionaire ministers, after witnessing their speeches in the recent opening of Parliament.
In that piece, she drew parallels between what Donald Trump is trying to do in the states, and what Singapore is doing here, and how both come from an authoritarian viewpoint in dealing with things, such as “deliberate online falsehoods” and the death penalty.
Whether you agree with Ms Han or not, you should read her article first before you draw your conclusions.
In his rebuttal, ambassador Ashok – unsurprisingly – regurgitated the template response which government ministers or spokespeople are wont to do, namely: Singapore has ranked highly in certain areas, and there is freedom to express oneself here.
Similarly, you should read Mr Ashok’s letter in full before you come to any conclusion. To do so, click here.
Singaporeans were unfortunate witnesses to what was a shameful baying of blood in Parliament recently – namely, PAP members hounding opposition MP Sylvia Lim for an apology.
Ms Lim, as everyone now knows thanks to the PAP’s antics in the House, had said she had suspicion that the Government would have raised the GST sooner rather than later if not for their (PAP’s) earlier public statements (in August 2015, especially) that the GST would not be raised after the next general election (in September 2015). Continue reading “Test balloons finally spotted”→
The Government has announced the setting up of a Select Committee to look into the issue of “fake news”, especially online.
Ostensibly, the aim of the committee is to find out how the authorities can deal with online falsehoods.
Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam claimed that “online falsehoods can destabilise societies far more easily than ever before”, without providing any examples of any society which has been “destabilised” by online falsehoods.
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When it comes to the prosecution of cases, sometimes the Attorney General’s decisions (whether to prosecute or not) are puzzling, and even questionable.
Website Must Share News has highlighted 3 such instances where apparent wrongdoing have gone unchecked by the Attorney General (AG), although these cases are seemingly similar to that involving the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC).
Another recent case is that of Li Shengwu, the son of Lee Hsien Yang and Lee Suet Fern. The couple are the brother and sister-in-law of Prime MInister Lee Hsien Loong.
In his posting, Mr Li had linked an article by the Wall Street Journal, titled “Singapore, a model of orderly rule, is jolted by a bitter family feud”, on the recent public war of words between his father and his aunt, Lee Wei Ling, and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The 3-week saga, a dispute over the fate of the house of their father, Lee Kuan Yew, had hogged the news as the siblings lashed out at each other.Continue reading “Is the Attorney General afraid of Li Shengwu?”→