POFMA

I was in parliament yesterday expecting the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation bill to be passed. The absence of so many PAP ministers and MPs however cast a doubt in my mind. Wouldn’t they want a full house to vote for the bill? It would be a great censorship tool for them when the general election nears?

From what I gathered on television, the sheep must have returned to the pen in the night to give “overwhelming” support for the bill. All 72 PAP MPs voted Aye. And so the Ayes have it!

In the few hours that I was in the gallery, I was impressed with the opposition and the NMPs. Leon Perera, Pritam Singh, Anthea and Walter Theseira spoke and delivered their speeches with conviction. The PAP MPs were nothing compared to them. They were just regurgitating the minister’s stand. Indeed, there were a few clowns which was quite entertaining. They did more damage than good for their cause!

I was called out by the ushers midstream and missed a large part of Anthea’s speech. I was told to sit 3 rows from the front where I was originally seated. No reason was given to me.

Anthea spoke with conviction and bravely urged the house to give the NMPs’ motion to amend the bill a chance to be voted. It would be a “vote of conscience”.

I was impressed that the NMPs did not withdraw the bill despite rebuttals and persuasions from the minister. I hope all three NMPs will be safe to carry on with their professions after this. In the past, those who disagree can expect some flak.

The fact that I was right in predicting that the PAP would never bow to pressure gives me no joy. The pressure mounted on this bill was extraordinary. Never before had the government received so much criticisms, both locally and from abroad. Its image must either be severely damaged or enhanced.

The PAP responded at every opportunity, even when invited to a religious event. The minister himself had to stoop to the level of a comedian in “Ah Lian Meets Minister K Shanmugam”. We pay him millions and he becomes a part time actor.

If POFMA was passed with overwhelming majority, it is I think because the whip was not lifted. But it tells a lot about the quality of PAP MPs and ministers. None had the courage to exit the house. I cannot believe that all of them agree with the law.

The journey of POFMA has been educational. I hope it will not be the first and last time that a proposed law receives attention and generates much interest and resistance.

 

Teo Soh Lung

 

 

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14 Responses to “POFMA”

  • N.Jungne:

    His mother Lin-bu interbieu him, the Limpeh

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  • vincent tan:

    this big bully fakeNews law should shave off
    some fence-sitters pap votes.
    This “I am Boss, what can you do” pappies attitude
    surely definitely concretely sealed their eroding goodwills
    I forecast approaching 65% from 2015 70%

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  • MarBowling:

    There are 88 Elected MPs in the ParLEEMent. 72 PAPIGS MPs voted for POFMA while 6 MPs from WP voted Against! Where the HELL are the remaining 10 PAPIGS MPs? WHY are they NOT ATTENDING? This fiacking POFMA stuff has drawn intense interest and criticism from local and foreign intellectuals and academics institutions(eg UN and Dr M)! WANT to VOTE AGAINST but NO BALLS TO SAY SO! Wonder WHO ARE THESE 10 PAPIGS ABSENTEE!

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  • oxygen:

    POLITICAL AND HYPOCRITICAL FRAGILITY AT ITS BEST WAS EXPOSED.How can the EXECUTIVE be the arbiter and determination of MALLEABLE TRUTH AND FALSITY distinguishment or its pretension when judges in the High Court decision in CHC got rebutted in the Appeal Court of facts and law interpretation?

    No arbiter in the world – AFTER having make his/her flawed determination will do an about turn the next moment – to confess he/she is either flawed, wrong or otherwise biased LET ALONE WHEN CHALLENGED NEXT IN THE COURTROOM THEREAFTER as a possible witness on the stand.

    What is worst is the confession that the judiciary neither got the time or the resources hear out a case in supposedly urgent cases when law enforcement has other alternative means of crime deterrent without resorting to clumsy, cumbersome and ineffectual POFMA in those relevant circumstances.

    The amendment proposed by the three NMPs should have been included for diversity and protection of fair outcome – THAT WAS REFUSED. It means the lack of machinery within the judicial system construct to hear out the accused – OFFENDING THE FIRST PRINCIPLE OF JUSTICE DISPENSATION IN ADMINISTRATIVE LAW APPLICATION. In other words, POFMA was intended to be a bulldozer – never mind truth and falsity is FAKE of its reliability and distorted interpretation risks inherent.

    Someone is going to think and conclude that the POFMA CIRCUS SHOW was a degraded session of a*se wiping after a toilet visit for most of its participants.

    SO SHAMEFUL OF FAILURE FOR THE WORLD TO SEE.

    LEE-jiapore lost.

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  • problem of a pliant parleement:

    GE2019 is near.

    So all the OPPO fixing double standard laws approved quick and fast by a pliant parleeement.

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  • LIONS:

    he absence of so many PAP ministers and MPs however cast a doubt in my mind. Wouldn’t they want a full house to vote for the bill? ….From what I gathered on television, the sheep must have returned to the pen in the night to give “overwhelming” support for the bill. All 72 PAP MPs voted Aye. And so the Ayes have it!
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    so,is it a FAKE VOTE BY FAKE MPs who cant be bothered to attend parliament discourses even if they are told to be silent?

    how can the 72 VOTES BE REAL?
    KELONG,KELONG,KELONG! THE REFEREE,where are you?

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  • Asd:

    Aiya.. i think just do disclaimer like CNA even if things aren’t correct no problem one…

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  • my stomach is ill:

    had a nightmare yesterday.
    reading these many articles on the fake news laws etc..
    i dreamt that HC and LHL proclaimed themselves King & Queen of Singapura!
    what was more shocking was that the citizens didnt react.
    70% of them kept cheering and celebrating at the Istana.
    jeezz! i was sweating n my hear beating so hard when i shot up from my slumber, realising it was a bad dream…or was it? hope its not a premonition of worse laws coming!

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  • Pollen:

    And I thought there’s only one speakers conner here.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    I should think those absent during the debate of the bill should not be allowed to vote for the bill.

    I just can not understand why there were two days of full house Parliament session when the dishonorable one was exonerating himself, which was for some personal family matter. But when come to matter concerning the country, MPs were absent!

    People, what do you think? Are they serious?

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  • Ah Lians & Ah Bengs:

    Kwee bo siang kwee, Lang bo see lang

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  • Anonymous:

    Hong Lim Park can close permanently. Sad.

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  • Kimmy Lee:

    As consolation, POFMA would have passed by 100% in NKorea or Hitler’s Germany.

    Next they will establish a Ministry of Truth.

    George Orwell knows human nature; 70% papiggies still in braiwashed land—they may awaken to find themselves in Pyongyang 2.0.

    How do you think Dictatorships are created; one legislation at a time.

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  • HarderTruths:

    Why the wayang? The people already know.

    Or is it the boss wants to know which of the 71 is not happy?

    Do not have to worry – no balls have been sighted among the 71.

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