Do you want a bully as your government?

Some people think that it does not matter that bloggers in Singapore are sued by the Singapore prime minister or that news sites are charged by the Singapore government.

Don’t worry, we can read something else. Another website will appear, they say.

Alex Waipang Au wrote for the Yawning Bread blog. His first post was in 2004. In 2012, he was charged by the Singapore government for scandalizing the court and was found guilty in 2015. He was fined S$8,000. The last post on Yawning Bread was dated a year ago, in January last year. Alex wrote for 14 years.

I started writing on The Heart Truths in 2012. In 2014, I was sued by the Singapore prime minister for civil defamation and I was found guilty in 2015. The court ordered me to pay S$180,000 in damages and costs to the prime minister. I continued writing until August 2016, and took a hiatus before posting a few more articles in October last year. I wrote for only 4 years. Over this period, I wrote more than 700 articles.

Leong Sze Hian writes for his blog. His first post was in 2007. In December last year, he was sued by the Singapore prime minister also for civil defamation. He faces damages and costs in the hundreds and thousands of dollars. The last post on his blog was in November 2018. Leong has written for 11 years.

Leong is only the second blogger to be sued by the Singapore prime minister.

There are many risks people take when they choose to write in Singapore, but some continue because they believe it is important to continue to voice out on the issues in Singapore. Other than the bloggers, there are brave souls like Terry Xu and Kumaran Pillai who continue to write and publish for news sites like The Online Citizen SG and The Independent Singapore. You would also remember Richard Wan of TR Emeritus.

But people continue because they want society to have a chance to operate differently, to enable others who are not spoken for to have a voice, so that there could be more even development in Singapore that will benefit everyone and not just some.

But we cannot rely on just a few people to speak up, while the rest of us cheer them on. We need to show our support to them, and be part of the movement to show our solidarity to them. We need to believe that it is in our interest to come together, to unite, and to support one another, so that together, we can make that change.

The current PAP-led Singapore government believes that by attacking one, they will scare the rest of us. But it is only because we allow them to. But we forget – Singapore might not be a full democracy, but nonetheless we have our votes. They might be a few in power but we are hundreds and thousands who have the power.

After decades of bliss, we forget that it is us who hold the power. We forget that if all of us move together, we can move mountains.

We forget our power. It is time we remember.

The people who speak up for you can only keep speaking up for you if they are protected by you, and if you stand up and defend them, and if you put a face to support them. Support Leong and donate to his legal defence in the fight against the Singapore prime minister, as you have supported me.

But it is not enough to support us in monetary ways after we are sued. If we want change, we need to do more than that.

There are just a few more months before Singapore’s general election will be held. Over these few months, you need to seriously consider the future you want for Singapore, and the kind of society you want. And then, the kind of government you want.

  • Do you want a government that keeps bullying the people who speak up for you?
  • Do you want a government that keeps trying to cut off your source of information?
  • Do you want a government that does not show basic respect and decency to your fellow citizens?
  • Do you want a bully as your government?

They think they can break us apart because we are only one or two. And we mistakenly believe that we are only one or two. What we do not realise is that in our minds, many of us feel the same way with one another, many of us want a Singapore that is more caring and righteous. Many of us want change.

It is time we remember the many that stand among us, and remember the power we have as one people.

It is time we remember our strength, and believe that each and every one of us have the ability to fight back in each and every of our own way.

It is time we stand up for justice and equality, and remember our power.

We need to take this time to seriously consider what we want for Singapore, and not to just keep cruising along with what was done.

We need to take a good look at what we want, and to do right by ourselves.

 

Roy Ngerng

 

 

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10 Responses to “Do you want a bully as your government?”

  • Bapak:

    New Year resolutions, here are few things I hate now and to avoid. Very bad luck.
    - Anything Pink in colour.
    - Mee siam.
    - Roti prata. Every time that mama flip, I hate it.
    - Milo. Once my favorite drink, now no more.
    - A piece of wood & peanuts.
    - Boy who asks me to kee chiu,
    - Queue up to buy fast food fried chicken, afraid someone stand too close to my backside.

    Do you guys have any? Can add on.

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  • WeOwn SG, not the PAP:

    PEOPLE POWER.
    Power to the People!
    United We Stand ,Divided We Fall.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    ““In fact, laws were abused in order to oppress the people,” he said, promising that the Pakatan government that he leads will uphold the law and the rights of citizens.”

    A quote from Dr Mahathir!!

    If Malaysia’s voters were like Singapore’s voters. Najib would still be the PM of Malaysia!! Scary right?

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  • why clown pap bullies:

    the simple answer, clown pap is a coward, so clown pap bullies. because only the coward bullies.

    more than this, the bully, always, ALWAYS, bullies to hide one or more weakness. what is the weakness or weaknesses pap clown is bullying to hide?

    many things. the list is very long. even his own blood brother and his own blood sister and his blood nephew cannot tahan.

    can such get away scot free? NO. when new government forms, sure kenna jialat. look at UMNO najib what he was yah yah papaya and what he is going to goalie soon.

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  • No point just writing:

    It is not those who can write, read n accessing the internet holding the power. The power is really in the hands of those who r not so expressive, ardent reader either they r not so fortunate to get on with their studies n hence almost illiterate or the simply have no time except trying to desperately trying to feed their family most possibly much extended families n to worry incessantly that none of the family members fall sick which would siphon of whatever hard saving they have accumulated over the years just to make the mmillions/billionaires docs apart from the increasing worry that they would able to leave the roof to their children. So it is really ineffective just to write. Kopitiam conversation is real not the high sounding national conversation filled with wayang n ‘hanging goat head sell puppy meat’ with not even the sincerity of those who would give Lots relatively than the egoistic scumbags just to boost up their ego, arrogance, self gratifying n self glorifying appetite of the bullies n wayang big time plps n their lps. So talk n tell them in Kopitiam , while waiting to cross the road, getting service from posb sold to become the reject of the the billionaire bank all due to the great economic policy of the biw whose only interest is to plp n lure the prc trillionssires into their gorilla den. This is the ground the nepotic regime ointerested in n which they have their populace sour sensors implanted in big time plps who would rush in their Mercs to get the best free school books meant for the children from poor family n it is these Singaporeans who have been fooled n trashed repeatedly. It is historical cliche that the rich n power would not be so rich n powerful if they have not suck up the fats n mallows of the populace foundation. So write to keep the pressure but go n walk the ground. Netizens have been condemning biws from not walking the ground..
    They have been so arrogantly sure that the ground is so well trodden that they will lie there helplessly for them to continue trodding on. They have the Merc shitpot plps to do the job for them while they sleep in parliament n have $2 company to do big job n if fail they need only paid just their capital..
    So Roy n the birds with the same feather, talk to hawkers, food venders in wet market n food centre. Talk to commuters waiting for their transport. Talk to people in the queue for service from the plps with their master arrogance n nauseating despicable looks!

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  • nizhemoshou:

    happy n blessed NY to you Roy n your family. May all your wishes come true this new year

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  • David Neo - King Kong Elephant:

    I’ve met some of these oppo figures & activists. I did not get the impression that they would stick up for me. I think these people go by “every man for himself”

    So every now and then I read of oppo figures dissing one another, I feel sad for these basic kiasu kiasi people how to unite to be the force to be reckoned with?

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  • NOW YOU KNOW:

    The Party will tell you that you are very lucky that they only sue you till your pants drop.

    It could have been worst. Better pants drop or disappear by means of dissolving in acid???

    Jamalludin Kasot

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  • Abraham Lincoln says:

    “Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally … I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what (inner) light I have.”

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  • Please note Asians thinking:

    All asians infront never say but beneath all want a 靠山.

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