"Politics is serious business. We cannot allow it to descend into entertainment"....... I guess the Thai protestors who stand in the hot sun are just doing it to entertain their fellow country men not because they are fighting for their beliefs and convictions.
The Internet can turn dangerous if left unregulated. Falsehoods, half-truths and rumours that can potentially destroy Singapore. We must therefore regulate the Internet to ensure that only consistent truths, safe inferences and unprovocative discourse take place. If we want something controversial, it should be conducted exactly like the dialogue that MM Lee had with the group of young people, pre-recorded in case something goes wrong - if something goes right, it should be played on TV endless times so that those who needs their thoughts to be corrected can tune in and get their thinking fixed.
I think that the regulation should be extended to coffeeshops where many people sit around and discuss issues in an unregulated manner. What happen if someone through these discussions spread some falsehood (for example .say, Ho Ching's Temasek has been losing tax payers money investing in Thailand), we must put a stop to it. I suggest the govt look into installing CCTVs in every single coffeeshop to record these potentially harmful conversations. We can employ security and intelligence officers to play back and check these recordings. All this will make Singapore a safer and more stable place to live in.
Singapore needs to be ahead of the curve. We have to put our internet regulations in place before our competitors in other countries realise that it (the Internet) will destroy them. By then it will be too late, Singapore will again come out on top. So far no other nations except for N. Korea, Cuba and China has tried to regulate the internet....so we are ahead of our competitors such as Hong Kong, Taiwan and S. Korea....none of them have much Internet regulation and they risk the internet endangering their society.
Singaporeans are so lucky that the govt looks after them so well and doesn't want their thoughts to be corrupted and infected by an unregulated internet. These regulations will safeguard their happiness and sense of security.
New media, same rules
Extracted from :http://www.asiaone.com/st/st_20060415_385386.html
The Internet has its own unique characteristics which require special attention. The Internet is ubiquitous, fast and anonymous. Once a false story or rumour is started on the Internet, it is almost impossible to put it right. Despite its usefulness, the Internet is chaotic and disorganised, with many half-truths and untruths masquerading as facts.
This is not theoretical; it has already occurred. Shortly after we announced Zaqy Mohamad in the line-up of new PAP candidates, there were netters who said that he was a nephew of Speaker of Parliament Abdullah Tarmugi, and this spread quickly on the Internet.
In fact, this is completely untrue, but how do we now rebut it on the Internet, and get all the blogs, bulletin boards and chatrooms to put out corrections to set this right? In this case, it is not an important issue, but if it involves emotive issues of race, language or religion, then it can easily destabilise our society. So we must be very careful and set rules so that individuals take responsibility for their actions.