Govt should put its house in order before it enacts more laws to blind and gag the people of Singapore

I squirmed when I read about the government’s “concern” and expression of intention to enact laws to fight fake news (The New Paper of 17 April 2017). The two experts consulted by the government on how to deal with fake news should go back 30 years ago and they will know all about fake news published by the Singapore government through its mouthpiece The Straits Times.

Just read the headline on the front page of The Straits Times of 22 May 1987: “ISD detains 16 for communist links”.

Can you imagine the reaction of my family, friends, judges and colleagues in the legal profession had been when they read the terrible headline on the morning of the day after my arrest?

The Straits Times was guilty of publishing gross FAKE NEWS as early as 1987. It has shocked and blinded Singaporeans then. Even today, Singaporeans believe the 1987 arrests and imprisonment without trial of 22 people was justified. The irreparable damage caused to the reputation of the 22 people have yet to be corrected.

Today I categorically deny again that I was a communist in 1987. I deny that I was ever involved in any communist network. I invite the government to prove its case against me or charge me in court if they so wish. I know it will never convene a truth and reconciliation commission to investigate the gross injustice done to those arrested.

What laws do the government need to fight fake news? It should put its house in order before it enacts more laws to blind and gag the people of Singapore.

 

Teo Soh Lung

 

 

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19 Responses to “Govt should put its house in order before it enacts more laws to blind and gag the people of Singapore”

  • Old Moon:

    The ST headline on 22nd of May, 1987 says: “ISD detains 16 for communist links”.
    There was no allegation that the 16 were communists! 22 people were arrested and jailed under ISD.
    Anyway, what is wrong with being branded as a “communist”? There are many in PRC and elsewhere in the world! You can call me communist or commie for all I care.
    I was once told a communist will never ever admit he or she is one when he or she is operating under cover to overthrow an established government of the day.
    What reputation and what damage? It is a lost cause, cut your losses!

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  • Amos humiliate L*L and PAP:

    Expect “fake news” from “fake government”. Amos victory in US Court proves that the media, judiciary and political system in Singapore are rigged to favour of PAP. Elections are not really free and fair. Therefore, the PAP-led government is NOT legitimate. It is a fake government which uses fake news to distort, mislead and con Singaporeans so it can keep power and pay its offoce holders millions each year while Singaporeans suffer from stagnant wages, high prices, depleted CPF accounts, over-priced HDB flats and loss of jobs to foreigners.

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  • PAP has the mandate:

    PAP real and fake news are all good news.
    Opposition real and fake news are all bad news.
    This is the rule of PAP, why KPKB when 70% of Stinkies have given them the mandate to do what they want….hahahahahahah. Stinkies will always be Stinkies no matter where they go kiasi, kiasu and kiabo….even when facing certain death, they will still vote for PAP….hhahahh.. Ms Teo, do not waste your time with Stinkies.

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  • Dr Tan Tai Wei:

    Ms Teo,
    When you and the others were detained, Tommy Koh (now Professor Tommy Koh, despite that he left the U years before, never got a Ph.D, a prerequite of just any junior lecturer-recruit at our U), your former law lecturer, was perturbed and asked publicly to visit you in prison. Tommy had been a prominent analytic critic of LKY and PAP, but had subsequently been, for some reason, taken into officialdom. Was he allowed the visit? What transpired? We know nothing!

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  • Brutus:

    Lim Chin Siong, my old neighbour was also not a communist! So was Dr Lee Siew Choh!

    These images were conjured by the fertile imagination of 1 man who has great ambition, like Brutus n Mark Anthony who both tried to unseat Julius Caesar!

    In his case, he wants to rule forever including West Malaysia…….n got booted out by Tengku!

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  • I Agree:

    I agree with Teo Soh Lung completely. It is hypocritical of the govt to talk about controlling fake news when they are the main culprit for spreading fake news.

    A case in point is the ” Asset Enhancement Scheme ” mooted by the govt when they know damn well that a 99 year old flat will run down to zero value at the end of its leasehold. The brain-dead Lawrence Wong says the govt will buy back the flat near the end of its leasehold. So if a couple buys a HDB flt for $500,000 and pays $200,000 of interest, is the govt prepared to pay $700,000 for an HDB flat with a remaining leasehold of say 35 years? Over my dead body if it is prepared to do so. So where is the asset enhancement?

    Govt ministers who con the people through fake news should be tried in court and imprison for life if found guilty because the damage is serious and widespread. Upon implementation of the law on fake news, Singaporeans should demand that the govt review its policies to ascertain whether there was any spreading of fake news and to take any ministers responsible for the fake news to court. A new govt should be empowered to review past policies and govt news transmitted by the previous govt and to take stern actions against any offenders.

    Laws should apply equally to everyone including the ministers. There should be no exception. Shanmugam, please take note.

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  • rukidding:

    I reget to Double confirm that at least 70% of Sinkaporeans are Daft !

    Lost sheeps lead by a Con artist…much like Con Hee & Gang their “many blur sotongs, drinking China wine”

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  • Law Must Apply To SPH:

    The law on fake news must be applied stringently and without compromise
    to the staff of SPH. They must sign a statement of understanding and commitment that they must speak the whole truth and not partial truth and that any withholding of information that will lead to distortion of truth/facts will render them liable for prosecution and imprisonment.

    There should be no spreading of propaganda and blatant support of the govt. A committee independent of the govt should be established to receive feedback from the people and to ascertain if SPH is guilty of spreading fake news. Any proposal to try SPH Staff should be submitted directly to the the court for consideration.

    The SPH is the only mass media in Singapore and any law on fake news must apply to them. But knowing this govt, they have NO Balls to implement such measure. That is why they are called hypocrites with no modicum of credibility.

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  • Maxchewy:

    I believe in the moral law of karma. All cruel actions and injustice have eventual consequences. The sword of justice will wait patiently with no xpiry date. Already I’m told one of the main protagonists behind the IS operation in 1987 has got his comeuppance.. the devil is in the details. Was it worth the rapid promotions, big money and bonuses and State medals? Always be righteous and have a clear conscience! Sleep with a clear mind and not a troubled mind.

    What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his own soul?

    MC
    20.4.17

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  • Migrate:

    If I am you, I choose to migrate long time ago.

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  • Ah Peng Kia:

    Well said, Ms Teo! This government continues to flame and gag those whose political values are different from its own. In another democratic country, there’d be an independent inquiry and justice sought. Sadly, there’ll never be change here, majority of Singaporeans are happy to live in the lie as long as there is perceived “safety and security”. These Singaporeans do not realise there’ll never be safety when the government can do whatever it wants (including framing innocent citizens), and there’s no security when the government of the day can change the laws and constitution to fit its whims. All we have is superficial S&S, no different fro the Matrix.

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  • LIONS:

    for more than 50 years,the G itself has fed ‘daft’(actually DOCILE) sgs WITH FAKE NEWS via MSM itself?

    LKY called sgs DAFT at CHARLIE ROSE and that was UNBECOMING of a POTENTAIL ‘FATHER OF NATION’ title,is it not???
    WHICH ‘WISE’ ‘FATHER’ would CALL his kids DAFT in front of OUTSIDETS even if he thinks his kids are daft??? only IDIOTIC daddies do so,i believe?

    the TRUTH IS sgs ARE DOCILE more than daft for we are not stupid.

    but it has been that DOCILE attitude that helps the PAP to become stronger and stronger,hasn’t it?

    it is a BREEZE TO ‘RULE’ sgs,GO ASK ANY REAL HARDCORE POLITICIANS!

    and so,THE G wants to CONtinue to make sgs remain docile n pretend to call them ‘daft’ still????

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  • Real fake news:

    The other fake news was “Amos Yee was guilty of insulting Christianity”, when judge Samuel Cole rightly corrected:
    “First, the video ‘Lee kuan Yew is Finally Dead’… was scathing in its criticism of not just Yew but of the Singapore regime in general…The video contained harsh criticism of (Lee Kuan) Yew and the Singapore government.
    Second, religion was only tangential to the video. The video is almost entirely about Yew and Singapore, and its discussions of religion were only used to make a point about Yee’s dismal opion of Yew.”

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  • justacitizen:

    “Founding Father”: Now that is fake news!

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  • oxygen:

    @ Old Moon

    FIRST TO POST in this thread – ALL FAKE NEWS.

    Old Moon: The ST headline on 22nd of May, 1987 says: “ISD detains 16 for communist links”.
    There was no allegation that the 16 were communists! 22 people were arrested and jailed under ISD.
    Anyway, what is wrong with being branded as a “communist”? There are many in PRC and elsewhere in the world! You can call me communist or commie for all I care.
    I was once told a communist will never ever admit he or she is one when he or she is operating under cover to overthrow an established government of the day.
    What reputation and what damage? It is a lost cause, cut your losses!

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  • Great Hallmark Of Wrongdoings:

    Evil greedy PAP calls the truths and criticisms, fake news. They are afraid that the skeletons will be out and the Pandora’s box opened. They are afraid the real truths will lead to downfall and persecution of the culprits. Pappies desperate hold on power is unsettling and their earnest to prosecute on the slightest legitimate provocation is clear telltale sign that the country is in the deepest shit no one could imagine.

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  • Fix The Good:

    PAP corruptions and wrongdoings aplenty, without doubt.

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  • F The System:

    PAP spent 12 billions on Defense, 11 billions on Health Care and
    10 billions on Education.
    In the 60, during JFK’s era, USA do not even need COMPUTER,
    they used MANUAL calculation to send ROCKETS up to SPACE.
    Now, we spent SO MUCH and EDUCATION and DEFENse, we see NO ROCKET
    up in SPACE.!
    But PAP sure can cook CHC stories to make you believe they are the
    BEST.!!

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  • 'House' looks 'clean, but..:

    Backyard full of $hit!

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