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Anti-PAP sentiments take a new turn

Anti-People’s Action Party (PAP) sentiments seem to have taken a new turn. The local press has reported that a “poison letter” has been “stuffed into letter boxes” in HDB heartland areas such as Sengkang, Punggol and Marine Parade.

The flier, headlined “The truth that every citizen must know”, is said to be critical of the PAP. According to the Straits Times, the flier was “an A4-sized sheet with the criticisms in English and Chinese, made allegations about corruption and exploitation and complained about cost of living issues, among other things.”

The Today paper says the distribution of such fliers falls under the Sedition Act which states, among other things, that a seditious tendency is one which seek:

(a) to bring into hatred or contempt or to excite disaffection against the Government;

(b) to excite the citizens of Singapore or the residents in Singapore to attempt to procure in Singapore, the alteration, otherwise than by lawful means, of any matter as by law established;

(c) to bring into hatred or contempt or to excite disaffection against the administration of justice in Singapore;

(d) to raise discontent or disaffection amongst the citizens of Singapore or the residents in Singapore

In 2007, the opposition Workers’ Party was targeted with similar fliers. In November of that year, three boys were paid to distribute anti-WP fliers at the restaurant where the party was celebrating its 50th anniversary.

As The Online Citizen reported:

When confronted, these teenagers said they were paid by someone to distribute the fliers and posters. TOC was told they were promised $20 for the task.

The three boys were unable to give details of who the person who employed them was and left after WP Organising Secretary Yaw Shin Leong spoke to them.

A police report has been made with regards to the latest incident involving the anti-PAP fliers.

Read also:

Straits Times report.

Today’s report.

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