The Online Citizen

TOC’s reply to PMO

January 24
16:59 2011

Mr Lee Hsien Loong

Prime Minister’s Office

Orchard Road


Singapore 238823

24 January 2011

RE: PMO’s Reply To The Online Citizen

Dear Prime Minister Lee,

We note your office’s reply dated 18th Jan 2011.

We have stated our objections and stand by them. We note your office’s assurance that being gazetted as a political association will not impede TOC’s freedom of expression, and trust that it will be upheld and that TOC will enjoy the same freedom of expression that other blogs do.

With regards to the request for TOC to name a President, Treasurer and Secretary, we reiterate that TOC is a community platform run by volunteers and not an organization run by committee. We do not have any such positions. We also note that the Political Donations Act does not appear to mandate such positions.

As such, we are unable to name a President, Treasurer or Secretary. Instead, the following four volunteers will be responsible for the preparation and accuracy of TOC’s donation reports:

Chiang Sheue Liang (S75XXXXX)

Siew Kum Hong (S75XXXXX)

Ravi Chandran Philemon (S68XXXXX)

Leong Sze Hian (S00XXXXX)

We would also like to take this opportunity to extend an invitation to you to attend our first fund-raising event as a political association (please see attached). Given your interest in Singapore’s liberalization, we are looking forward to you attending. In the interest of fairness, we will soon be extending this invitation to the other political party leaders.

Yours sincerely,

The Online Citizen


Mr Lee Hsien Loong

Prime Minister’s Office

Orchard Road


Singapore 238823

24 January 2011

Invitation to TOC Cassetted: Not A Political Party

Dear Prime Minister Lee

The Online Citizen has been gazetted as a political organization under the Political Donations Act. To commemorate this very special and unique occasion – it’s a first time a blog ever gets gazetted – we have decided to throw a party.

Called ‘TOC Cassetted – Not a Political Party’ it will be a fund-raising event filled with fun and games . We will be inviting members of the public to make public donations to TOC. We will also be launching a new TOC initiative. There will be refreshments provided.

Your support has made TOC into what it is today. As such, we would like to invite you to this event. Details are provided below. Do kindly RSVP your attendance.

Date: 29th Jan 2011

Time: 7:30pm – 10:30pm

Place: Post Museum 107+109 Rowell Road S209033

Yours sincerely

Joshua Chiang

Chief Editor

The Online Citizen

  • Singaporean

    Way to go Guys. Keep it up.

  • Stephanie Lim

    Steady. Keep it up TOC ! I will be there to support you.

  • Concerned

    Haha do I detect a hint of sarcasm?

  • Ask the PM to donate

    Ask the PM to donate some money to keep TOC running.

  • Wow

    Let’s hope to see more people attending and help TOC gets more fundings thru donations to run its “political” associated blog. May be there will be corporate sponsors too under the invitation of LHL for attending such world historical event of gazetting people’s blog.

  • syn

    Yes, 1-up on TOC. Way to go!

    Boo-boo to the under-the-belt move from Lee.

  • Xmen

    I’m not sure if he will take it well. Regardless, I hope your great work continues.

  • tHeXpErT

    you should also extend a ‘formal’ invitation to ISD that when they show least they can say they were invited…hahha

  • HL

    My salute to the Citizens with balls of steel, and brains of genius! :D I just love this kind of back-at-you stuff! Apart from giving me a good laugh for the week, also heartening to know that you are now stronger than ever.

  • popcorn

    Wrong guy to invite. Extend invitation to the father first. The son needs the okay from the old man. If the latter takes it up, the younger one would then tag along. This is filial piety in Chinese culture.

  • G L Kia

    A party for such historic event is certainly in order. I will be there!!

  • Tracy Tan

    Thank you, TOC and the four gentlemen..Joshua, Ravi, Kum Hong and Sze Hian

  • SGstudent

    TOC should have held this event after CNY… That is when I will have more $$$ from my red packet to donate.

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  • spirit of saddam

    this is what i call a short and sweet reply

    i doubt one who is clueless, hopeless and spineless will accept the invitation.

  • mice is nice

    please hor, this time wise up & have CCTVs for security’s sake, just in case got “unforseen events” at least can present your side of the event in full.

    not sure if having voice recorders will help anot ah…

    btw, should also invite “some” journalists” to cover this event. let them have a shot at presenting “fair & balanced” reports. give them chance to “upgrade” their current status from being called lap***.

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