“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.
I am concerned that those who are upset with government or PAP policies feel that the only way for them to express such anger or to change things (to their liking) is to do so through illegal and violent means.
Another thing which troubles me is that when such calls or postings appear online, netizens/bloggers are virtually silent about them. I do not see anyone condemning or speaking out against those who behave such.
Are we so blinded by our hatred or dislike for the government or the PAP that we are willing and prepared to turn a blind eye to extremism? Is such behaviour justified as long as they are directed at those we dislike?
Are we guilty of burying our head in the sand, for whatever reasons? Could it be we silently, in our hearts, approve of such postings? If so, then we should be utterly ashamed of ourselves. And I would want no part of whatever “freedom” – of speech, expression – which we think such postings fall under.
Democracy, or the craving for it, does not give one the rights to harm another, or to encourage or instigate others to do so.
Can we blame the government for calling netizens “the lunatic fringe” or “cowboy towns” when we behave like this?
The general elections in May have empowered Singaporeans and this is a positive development. However, empowerment comes with maturity – or at least the recognition that maturity is needed to use the new “power” we have.
At the end of the day, it is not about whether one shouts the loudest, or shocks the most. It is about where we go as a country, as a people. There are serious problems we face, our children face, our elderly folks face.
It would be much more productive to use our collective intelligence to seek ways which will help resolve the problems we face, or to highlight the shortcomings of policies, but to do so with the intention to make Singapore better.
If we claim to love the country and its people, then lets stop instigating others to violence, or adding fuel to the fire. Lets not keep quiet when we see behaviour which is unacceptable and which will do harm to our society.
We have only one country and it is our job – all of us – to make this country work.
The general elections are over. Whether you like it or not, the people have spoken. The results are out. No one, not even the opposition parties, have alleged any fraud or impropriety with the election. It really is time to move on to the more important things we face.