This is an excellent explanation by Dr. Balakrishnan. It is so kind for a member of the elite leadership to explain to us why Mr. Brown has to be suspended for the good of Singapore. I've read the explanation over and over and find that it is full of flawless logic from a higher intelligence.
You can watch the whole thing here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDoxh4isuWk
Sunday July 9, 2:17 AM
Mainstream media has role in ensuring quality of debate: Dr Balakrishnan
Singapore's mainstream media has a crucial role in ensuring the quality and standard of discourse and national debate, says Second Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan.
Our media is scored 140 out of 167 for press freedom index. After they axe Mr. Brown we can be assured that they will get a higher improved score next time perhaps 150 out of 167. It has to ensure high standard of discourse and national debate not we cannot allow ordinary lay person like Mr. Brown without a masters degree speaking emotionally to join this discourse - it has to be driven by logic.
And he says as long as everybody understood their respective roles and respected each other, Singaporeans can have a useful dialogue going forward.
Mr. Brown has no respect and does not understand his role which is to explain the price hikes in a humorous manner. That is a problem. PAP leaders have always respected everyone's views. Just take the Worker's Party Manifesto, the PAP respectfully called it a timebomb and poison. As long as it is done in a respectful manner, everyone can express their view without fear of bankruptcy or harsh actions.
Dr Balakrishnan made these remarks when asked to comment on reactions by the foreign media to a recent decision by MediaCorp's TODAY newspaper to stop publishing a column by "Mr Brown" who was one of its regular columnists.
A recent article by the columnist about the cost of living in Singapore had drawn a sharp rebuttal from a government spokesperson.
Dr Balakrishnan said: "I am not at all concerned at all about what the foreign media thinks. We are not here to fulfil their agenda. Let me put it to you this way. We are all entitled to express our opinions.
"But we also have to be accountable for our opinions and to be prepared from time to time to stand by them or be called to answer them and from time to time to be rebutted. So I see this as part and parcel of the consistent position which the government and people of Singapore have taken."
Yes the PAP has been very consistent so that Singaporeans don't become confused with alternatives. All the price increases are accountable. Higher oil prices can be used to account for all the increases. Some of you are asking if the price increase serve to preserve the profit margins of companies some of them linked to the govt.....now that is not consistent so it is not allowed to be debated. Anyway that is why Mr. Brown is not just rebutted he was suspended because he failed to be consistent as part of the complete parcel.
He added that what is important for Singaporeans, particularly on serious issues, is to have an honest constructive debate with no extraneous agendas involved.
Yes, Mr. Brown is dishonest when he expressed frustration with price increases and lack of help for his autistic daughter. Seriously speaking, his feelings and opinions are just dishonest and unconstructive.
Dr Balakrishnan said: "If you feel there is a problem with cost of living, say so, let's collectively explore solutions. But don't in the name of humour distort or aggravate on an emotional level. That sort of discourse does not generate solutions. It generates more heat than light.
See how despicable Mr. Brown has become HE HAS DISTORTED OUR EMOTIONS. Before he wrote that article all of us were very happy with the price increases thinking it is good for us, after reading his article all of us are now angry. See how much harm Mr. Brown has caused!! He has played with our emotions to make us unhappy.
"So we should put this in its proper context. If someone says something which we disagree with, we will say so. If someone says something which is unhelpful we have a right to say it is unhelpful. We have a right to remind everyone that at the end of the day, this is not a fight.
There is no fight. Mr Brown is silenced. Thank goodness.
"We are in search of solutions and by working together and by engaging in an honest constructive dialogue we can do so and we want our newspapers to be a part of that process and also to be aware that, the mainstream media in particular. You are not an internet chat room." - CNA/ch
We are all part of this inclusive process and part of a collective solution UNTIL we use humor to bring about unhappiness and distort the consistent position of the govt. It is a happy process and no unhappiness shall be allowed to poison this process. The goal of the process is to make Singaporeans happy, totally convinced and satisfied that the price increases are inevitable. Mr Brown is clearly not part of this process and thus have to be eliminated.