"When I read the Internet, then I read the Straits Times Forum,
it seems like there are 2 different Singapores. I think the reality
is somewhere in between...." - MP Baey Yam Keng, 8 Nov 2006
I know many of you share the same concerns as MP Baey. When you read a high quality newspaper like the Straits Times and compare it with the contents on the Internet, you realised there is little correlation. The Internet is unregulated, unedited and uncensored.
The PAP govt is extremely concerned that the Internet will exert a harmful influence on the minds of Singaporeans. It might cause them to become confused, angry and worst of all unappreciative of the PAP govt. It seems that a growing number of mischievous Singaporeans who were powerless before the Internet Age because their views would have been censored, deleted or corrected- never see the light of day.....are now actively blogging or posting to unauthorised forums. These people threaten to undermine our system that depends on the Straits Times & traditional media to explain the govt's policy and views clearly to the people without confusing alternative angles. It is for our own good that something be done the negative influence of the Internet can be removed.
Although my blog has been setup to help neutralise the harmful influence of the Internet by encouraging people to read the Straits Times more often and learn to be appreciative of the govt, the number of bloggers out to confuse Singaporeans with alternatives have grown at an accelerated pace. It is now necessary for our esteemed govt to introduce more legislation to regulate the Internet:
Internet users could face punishment for defamation and making
"statements that cause public mischief"
or for "the wounding of racial feelings".
Documents, including film or sound recordings,
sent over the internet could be subject to criminal prosecution. - Financial Times
Public mischief - many people are uncertain what this means. Some people say it can mean anything. Oh come on don't be ridiculous!!! The PAP is not so draconian! The PAP govt is reasonable. My take is what public mischief means is views that contradicts the official ideas of the PAP govt or the truth as stated in the Straits Times...all else will harm Singaporean's minds because it confuses them and hence can be interpreted as mischief.
"If our esteemed PM says there is 'harm' in Mee Siam,
then it is mischievous to say there is no 'harm'. " - Lucky Tan
Singaporeans are so lucky to have a govt that cares for them enough to protect from the harm to our minds caused by the Internet. I'm sure the harm is there because the govt says so. It is for our own good that we are protected.