Respect the privacy

A newspaper in the UK published leaked documents about the remarks made by the ambassador to the US on the situation with the Trump administration.

It was the duty of the ambassador to give a candid assessment. He did it in confidential documents to the UK government.

The publication of the leaked document caused a diplomatic row between the UK and US government.

I consider it to be wrong for the newspaper to publish what is obviously a confidential document which has been leaked illegally.

It goes beyond the freedom of speech. It should respect what is confidential. It should not publish what is leaked out illegally.

It is a different matter if the rightful owner of the document releases it to be published.

I also have reservation about publishing of news of private affairs of individual people. Their privacy should be respected.

I could make an exception for matters of public interest, e.g. if the actions of the individuals are corrupt or if the individual had behaved against the accepted norms of society, e.g. driving dangerously.

I like to see a law passed on this matter, so that privacy of confidential matters should be respected.

I believe that my views may not be shared with other people. I hope that they will pause to consider the harm that can be done to a country or to individual people, if the privacy is not respected.

 

Tan Kin Lian

 

 

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17 Responses to “Respect the privacy”

  • UniQ:

    How outdated are u ?

    Please read leaked info diplomacy between Thailand and Singapore.

    Closer to home and more harmed were done then.

    On the topic of privacy, I believe it only existed on this land for the Elites, not the common ppl.

    You wanna go against that ?

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  • Asd:

    Ya ya you like cover ups..

    what the Chinese would call as “small people”

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  • 潘金莲:

    这就是自由放任民主的另一个大缺点!

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  • Treading On Non Issues:

    This episode is a storm in a teacup. No need to read too much into it. The issue will self correct and it did. Newspaper is there for a purpose, to inform and report the truth. Those who are accustomed to it are not going to do a thing, it is a artifact of democracy, which is freedom of choice and information. Only those who are ignorant about democracy or afraid to have their power encroached will start to suggest this and that, do this and that.

    Their system is tested enough to weather the storms. What was said is an open secret, at the same time the reaction from dumb is as expected. The real highlight is what happened when a person in position of great power runs amok. The system in US is at least still robust enough to offer a check and curb on his ego. What about the tiny red kingdom, where there is little or no check?
    We are still dealing with the decline.

    Then how did dumb got into power? It was an outcome of a choice between one who is dishonest openly and the other in secret, an educated manipulative hypocrite.
    They made their choice and unlike sillydafts, they are also not afraid to change it when needed. They know how to make the president worked for them and to remove him when he is not.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    @Mr. Tan; well, do you want to know how much is the CEO of Temasek is paid? That’s a top secret. She is paid by taxpayers! Everyone else’s doesn’t matter.

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  • Holy Jinx:

    Thank you, Mr. Tan.

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  • Dirt:

    If you can sing, you can sing regardless of your height or lack of and looks etc
    “public interests” is the grey area and those with an agenda will exploit whatever means to strip credibility of character unrelated to truth.
    Dirty fingers and noses are the bread of scribes and pharisees

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  • Encore:

    Who’s that someone who exposed TKL days of lust?

    Well, TKL is apparently not happy about his private affairs as individual being exposed.

    So, I think, hey you!, better part 2 soon before the law is made in placed by TKL.

    I think many would be happy reading in TRE.

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  • oxygen:

    NEVER MEND A GAP IN THE EAST WALL with bricks torn down from the west wall. The tiger will come to bite your a*se so fast you have not even imagine it will happen.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    What CONfidentiality are you talking about Tan Ahhhh!!! even your Backside hair amount is KNOWN to the system…

    I remember a CONartiste by the name of ConYou…bringing up a case of a young boy who stole or took a bike for a joyride at age eight and was totally CONdemn by him when he stood for election…

    So to say the CONartiste was a liar and COWARD in his book when he Betrayed Singapore and its people when stopped by the Kempetie to save his skin and eventually volunteer to work for them as a SPY Translator on Allied News in BBC…is CONfidential too!!! …no wonder you were REJECTED as a candidate for PE

    TRUMP is RIGHT by praising the Internet as the Place to tell DIRECT instead of the Fake CONtrolled News

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    patriot of TUMASIK:
    What CONfidentiality are you talking about Tan Ahhhh!!! even your Backside hair amount is KNOWN to the system…

    I remember a CONartiste by the name of ConYou…bringing up a case of a young boy who stole or took a bike for a joyride at age eight and was totally CONdemn by him when he stood for election…

    So to say the CONartiste was a liar and COWARD in his book when he Betrayed Singapore and its people when stopped by the Kempetie to save his skin and eventually volunteer to work for them as a SPY Translator on Allied News in BBC…is CONfidential too!!! …no wonder you were REJECTED as a candidate for PE

    TRUMP is RIGHT by praising the Internet as the Place to tell DIRECT instead of the Fake CONtrolled News

    AND…Social Media is more Credible than Fake MSM…Bias & CONtrolled by dogs who will Bark and Attack on COMMAND!!!

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  • I don't trust WP:

    It’s no longer confidential after its leaked.
    The newspaper is expert in what is legal to be published.
    Also, just because something is confidential does not mean it should not be published eg. A corruption case of the govt.

    So, I don’t think we should be so naive and be rules by law all the time.
    Some laws may be unjust .

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  • Sup sup shui:

    Sup sup shui,

    Just look at usa women soccer team won the fourth time world cup title in france, fox tv live video shows some background crowd cheering “fxxk trump” repeatedly. Probably france sore losers ???
    Anyway, Trump also never sue. PxP should learn from Trump and habe the stomach for it.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=D3ClT9gHYfc

    Vice versa, if our lion soccer team still underperform guess we should learn and also ” fxxk PxP ” ???

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  • Tua Kee Leh (TKL):

    TKL: “I consider it to be wrong for the newspaper to publish what is obviously a confidential document which has been leaked illegally.” Please don’t be naive. Media constantly out looking for sensational news so they can increase reader/viewership and thereby increase revenue and profit. What’s wrong with making more money!(Famous words!)

    Perhaps you can have a word with Donnie and tell him not to be such a …….!
    Truth be told Ambassador Darroch was just doing his job. No offence meant! But what is more disgraceful is for him to be thrown under the bus!

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  • TruBlu:

    THIS I AGREE.
    PERSONAL PRIVACY OF PRIVATE CITIZENS MUST BE RESPECTED.

    PUBLIC SERVANTS,by virtue of their appointments,have no choice but disclose some of their personal details such as net worth etc.

    this is to protect the public servants from accusations that have no grounds/baseless.

    in fact,public servants should welcome some disclosure of themselves to protect their own interests.

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  • ST is pap states times???:

    tan kin lian is a pure ffff head.

    if truth, why worry?

    if fake news, why mention?

    if mention, and is truth, why not publish? unless abuse power and hide wife wage because wife useless but still making S$100m per annum.

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  • Harder Truths:

    TKL – the reason why we are in this mess is because 70% are like you.

    You must be their new hero.

    Are you looking to be the new MP for Pedra Branca?

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