Why is Ong Teng Cheong not recognised as Singapore’s first Elected President?

The changes to the Elected Presidency (EP) scheme were passed by Parliament on Monday, 7 February.

The Government have also announced that the next EP will take place in September 2017.

This next presidential election will be a special one which is reserved only for Malay candidates.

It is part of the slew of changes made to the EP scheme by the Government which claimed that it was concerned about there not being a minority-race president for an extended period. Continue reading “Why is Ong Teng Cheong not recognised as Singapore’s first Elected President?”

Mindef was no victim – part 2: Gov’t a helpless victim of “falsehoods”?

After having filed for protection under the Protection from Harassment Act (POHA), the Ministry of Law (Minlaw) now says “the Government  has never said that it needed protection from harassment.” (See here.)

“This case… had nothing to do with harassment,” Minlaw said. “It was about false statements.”

The ministry was responding to a statement from the Workers’ Party (WP) following the judgement of the Court of Appeal (CA) in the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) vs Dr Ting Choon Meng/The Online Citizen (TOC) case.

The Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC), acting for the Government (and Mindef), made the application “to obtain an order for [the two parties involved] to be prevented from or to cease publication of a false statement of fact and, if so, when it would be “just and equitable” to do so.”

In a nutshell, the CA, in a split decision, upheld the High Court’s earlier decision and ruled in January that Mindef/the Government did not constitute a “person” under the Act and thus has no recourse to it. Continue reading “Mindef was no victim – part 2: Gov’t a helpless victim of “falsehoods”?”

Mindef was no victim – part 1

Back in late 2014, when I was informed that the Attorney General’s Chamber (AGC) had sent us a letter of demand about an article we had published on The Online Citizen (TOC), my first thoughts were, “Oh crap.”

And when I later read the letter itself, I was flabbergasted.

The AGC had threatened to use the Protection from Harassment Act (POHA) against us if we did not comply with its demands.

I remember the first word which came to my mind after reading that letter.

“Sneaky”.

I was in disbelief – disbelief that this government would be so sneaky as to use a law, which was meant to protect the truly vulnerable, for itself, a government which is all-powerful, and which has unlimited resources.

Sneaky indeed.

And more than that, it was distasteful. It was pathetic. It was horrible. Continue reading “Mindef was no victim – part 1”