Sunday, February 19, 2006

New Laws to curb Electioneering on the Internet....

Just saw it over the TV yesterday night. Although I spent the whole night pondering what "electioneering" means, I realise that anything can be interpreted as electioneering - the statement that "the Worker's Party is composed of people with poisonous ideas waiting to timebomb us" can be considered electioneering for the PAP. I guess the PAP does not want to be accused of having an unfair advantage and given that it is such a popular govt with widespread support among the people of Singapore, it has to be considerate to the weak Opposition parties that do not enjoy widespread support and are vulnerable to attacks (sometimes anonymous) on the Internet.

The PAP govt with its great sense of fairness, will address the problem of electioneering on the Internet by curbing it. Now we will all get most of our information from the Straits Times & MediaCorp which will be objective in its reporting of the elections. ....despite being owned by the govt. This is totally consistent with PM Lee wanting to be more open in the coming years.

As much as I want to support the PAP during the elections and protect our citizens from harmful alternative ideas, I have little choice but to shutdown my website once the elections is announced. I have to respect the PAP govt desire to level the playing field for the Opposition. I have spoken to my lawyer friend on this matter and it is clear their is no other choice. But don't worry my Singaporeans, the professional reporters from Straits Times such as Chua Mui Hoong, Clarence Chang and Chua Lee Hoong will provide full coverage of the elections and there will be no loss when I shut my blog. Paik Choo will supply the humor........

The PAP will emerge victorious, there is little doubt...... all of us will be winners at the end of the day. Our future will be bright with the PAP govt which does everything in our interest and spare no effort to build the best home for all of us.

My blog will be around until the elections start....

11 comments:

gayle said...

I check your blog just about everyday and this announcement is no surprise. I fully hope and expect your blog to come back again post-elections.

Anonymous said...

Hey mate,

Your blog is a constant source of enjoyment for me. Please do come back asap. May the lightning from the "white" sky miss you perpeutally.

Anonymous said...

I notice how at the end of the report, the MediaCorp reporter reminded us all that "the election will be won in the 'heartlands'". Meaning, even if you were allowed to post opinions online, the people who decide the election won't read it anyway.

A gentle reminder that the proles will never revolt until they are aware, and they will never become aware until they revolt. Winston still loves Big Brother.

Anonymous said...

keep it up..the sharing of some of wonderful views never ceased to amazed me and many others...in such an "inverted" way.

Anonymous said...

Why are you shutting your blog? Where are you going? Don't tell me you are running for elections too? May be you should serve in PAP - help them to come up with more revenue generating ideas so that we can have a bigger budget next year, but I doubt they need you as they are already a very efficient government in collecting taxes for the benefit of the citizens (unless you can come up with something more powerful than GST or ERP). Maybe you should join the Opposition, then you can be a spy and help to sabotage their efforts to highlight the faults of our mighty government. But before you join the Opposition, please make sure you'd paid for your own stamps used on the envelopes. Otherwise, you lose all your credibility. :>

Anonymous said...

you are right..no blogging during election time as it was considered electioneering and it was covered under the law..

Anonymous said...

huh y u shutting down explain pls

Anonymous said...

ah no website for election?

but LKY said he could get his internet-savvy friend to help people with alternative views to set up their websites and broadcast their ideas.

Anonymous said...

another cock blogger who doesn't know how to stand on his/her own feet.

if you shut down during the elections, don't come back again.

it just shows how afraid you are.

Anonymous said...

why bother complying with unjust laws?
All singapore bloggers should be against the law curbing their right to blog during elections. Let the PAP know that there is political price to pay for trying to crush dissent.

Anonymous said...

Dear people,

please understand that it is important that happycitizen to keep his happiness to himself from announcment day to post election..

this is to ensure that his happy reporting of our great leaders the PAPs does not unduely influence votes towards them.. if not the playing field will not be even liao..

see? our government is very fair! they want to be fair to the oppositions.. thats y electioneering during election period is stopped.

It all for our own good!