I guess it was of no great surprise that the arguably controversial “Fake News Bill” has passed. Despite the valiant attempts of the Workers’ Party (WP) Members of Parliament (MP) to fight against the passing of the bill, they were but a minority in an overwhelmingly Peoples’ Action Party (PAP) dominated Parliament. Many of the concerns that have been raised …Read More »
It is rather heartbreaking to have to see student Monica Baey (Baey) having to go public in order to get some measure of recognition for the trauma that she has had to endure as a result of fellow student Nicholas Lim (Lim) attempting to film her as she took a shower. Now, I don’t condone vigilante justice but it is …Read More »
Do our existing laws reflect the values of our society or are they a reflection of the government’s concerns?
I would think most Singaporeans would agree with me that laws are in place to ensure that everyone is clear on what the boundaries of accepted behaviour in society is. In other words, laws are enacted to reflect the values of society. Given that social mores change over time, it is also safe to say that the law is never …Read More »
Reading an article which talks at length about how historian PJ Thum (Thum) has been misquoted by a Facebook page gave me some food for thought. Thum had said in earlier times that “Equally, your post could be completely accurate and factual, but could be deemed “misleading” because you omitted a fact (accidentally or otherwise). Given that it is impossible …Read More »
The Law Society of Singapore seems to have remained noticeably silent in the wake of the publication of the “fake news” bill. Can their silence be taken as tacit agreement with the stance of the government in relation to alleged “fake news”? The “fake news” bill has already been criticised as unduly arbitrary and harsh. Given that the law could …Read More »
While Singaporeans are still processing the contents of the “fake news” bill, which is likely to become law after being debated in Parliament some time this month, it would appear that the government has already started to take actions as if the bill has already become law. It would appear that the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) has taken part …Read More »
The “Fake News Bill” in Singapore has been published and is due for debate in Parliament next month before it becomes law. Theoretically, a bill will not come into effect unless the Members of Parliament (MPs) agree. However, as far as I remember, I do not think there’s been a single bill debated in Singapore’s Parliament that has not been …Read More »
Do we potentially run the risk of a real terrorist threat being ignored while investigating humpty dumpty?
Minister for Law, Mr K Shanmuggam (Shanmuggam) has said on Facebook (FB) that he had “laughed off” the egg debacle. For those who are unaware, there has been a recent gaff made online by a Mr Edmund Zhong to throw an egg at Shanmuggam. It is important to note that no egg has hitherto been thrown and Zhong has publicly …Read More »
While processes and rules are important in streamlining procedures, have we reached the stage where we are now so bogged down by rules that they triumph commonsense? Instead of efficiency, has bureaucracy and red tape denied help to the neediest among us? I ask these questions in the wake of reports of an elderly man who has reportedly been shunted …Read More »
Politicians or public figures being egged is never a pleasant experience for the individual who ends up with egg on the face and I am not condoning such acts. That said, it must be noted that the perks of wielding power must be taken alongside the downsides of being in the public eye. On the grander scheme of things, is …Read More »