All TOC did was report Lee Wei Ling’s accusation – and *that* is considered defamation?

How can PM Lee Hsien Loong suggest that since he had presented his side of the story in Parliament with full cabinet support, that ought to settle the issue once and for all?

I echo Dr Tan Cheng Bock who recently said: 

DPM Heng (Swee Keat) also said I contradicted myself when I cited the example of the debate in Parliament of 38 Oxley Rise as an example of lack of transparency. His idea of transparency is to have it debated in Parliament surrounded by an overwhelming majority of his own party members with no right of reply from the other parties. Lee Hsien Yang was not in the house to explain his position. Was this even the right place for this debate? Where is the transparency and accountability? It shows that his very understanding of transparency is deeply flawed. This is very troubling.

Singaporeans are still very much clueless about who is telling the truth and who is not. Or, who is hiding facts and who is unraveling them. We will be none the wiser unless a proper judicial verdict is pronounced with all the evidence presented, and after appeals have been filed.

Without that, and with his demand to TOC using the full weight of his Office, what message does PM Lee send to the common folk on the street?

They may also have quarrels or misgivings with their siblings, but don’t have the same opportunity or avenue to address their grievance in a hopeful bid to clear his or her name, as the Prime Minister claims to have had.

 

Ravi Philemon

 

 

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19 Responses to “All TOC did was report Lee Wei Ling’s accusation – and *that* is considered defamation?”

  • John Richards:

    My point is simple. Just because the useless PM says he is telling the truth doesn’t mean his version of events is actually the truth. His say so, isn’t good enough. He has to prove it in a court of law and not simply claim to be the arbiter of truth.

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  • Cho see not.:

    parliament is a place

    Where new laws are made/make?????

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  • RDB:

    Dictators will even dictate with their family members. It’s in their character. Will even argue with their parents instead of be respectful to them.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    GM Wong of the IDIOTS CONstituency got CAUGHT after 3 years…Imagine those NOT caught???… Laughter to the Bank and most likely settled in a nice Retirement villa

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  • Asd:

    The media and tv also repeat everyday… so can sue them also ?
    Especially when tv said or repeated that saddam had weapon of mass destruction…

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  • Asd:

    TOC also got disclaimer right.. so what’s the problem ? TOC disclaimer is not disclaimer but Media Corp one is disclaimer ?

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  • Great Asia:

    As always, it’s PAP monkeys and their monkey business.

    The Great Asia has been saying this for a long time.

    Ha ha ha!

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  • Bapak:

    Carpet price is going up. Biggest buyer is stocking up.

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  • Bapak:

    Soon there will be a new policy with a blanket gag order on all politicians’ life story.

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  • Bobo:

    The new citizens and PRs don’t care who is speaking the truth. Their heart doesn’t belong here. The article has no impact on their decision to stay here for a living. So, why worry? Besides, we have 70% bo-chap and bo-bian loyal supporters protecting him and his party.

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  • beholdenness in Spore exists:

    When then esteemed Mr Jeyaretnam said then cj was beholden to pap Lj lky, everyone honest knew he was speaking the truth.

    Of course beholdenness in Singapore exists. Only that it is very hard to prove, especially the beholden’s existence depends on the beholding.

    Worse, somehow, beholdenness is much worse an Asian disease. Which the Chinese calls guangxi. Which is nothing more than bribe.

    That is why INDIAN is malay. That is why INSIDE 200m is not within 200m.

    What to do? How to kill such disease?

    Easy.

    Support OPPO coalition to form New Government. Then, like najib, no road run. najib wife also no road run. Very easy. Form New Government by a better group of Singaporeans and the culprits all no road run.

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  • nizhemoshou:

    GE coming, he jolly well knows his sibling accusations will really make him look bad, so he is suing Terry to scare oppo parties from bringing up during rallies

    So like the time what his late dictator ah pa did – went to parleement to ownself clear ownself no wrongdoing by him or his family in the hpl scandal and at the end warned oppo mps not to talk about the matter in their GE rallies or there would be consequences for them . That time GE was also coming.

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  • HDB flats depreciate to ZERO:

    I will not be surprised if PM LHL siblings contribute money to help pay for Terry Xu and TOC legal costs. If they lose they might even contribute to help pay for the damages imposed by the court. This would be a big slap in the face for PM LHL. Will PM LHL sued them then?

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  • Python 5:

    same with the Mas Selamat case also.

    nizhemoshou:
    GE coming, he jolly well knows his sibling accusations will really make him look bad, so he is suing Terry to scare oppo parties from bringing up during rallies

    So like the time what his late dictator ah pa did – went to parleement to ownself clear ownself no wrongdoing by him or his family in the hpl scandal and at the end warned oppo mps not to talk about the matter in their GE rallies or there would be consequences for them . That time GE was also coming.

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  • Python 5:

    true.

    from now to actual GE, there must be a huge property / economic meltdown to reduce the 70% to complete 5Ds…..debts, divorces, depression, destitution and death(suicide).

    these 70% must be taught this lesson!!!!

    Bobo:
    Besides, we have 70% bo-chap and bo-bian loyal supporters protecting him and his party.

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  • Harder Truths:

    Power corrupts.

    Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

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  • Rabble-rouser:

    @ Python 5:
    But the crowds have returned to recent new property launches eg. One Pearlbank & EC new launches. Methinks it had something to do with the HK situation. Probably those speculators or people with enough borrowing capacities to book a unit ahead of the “incoming” HK crowd! Though, I do find it amusing!

    There is a misplaced level of optimism within S’pore inspite of negative economic news, extreme climate occurrences & recurring turmoil especially the ongoing HK situation. It seems that there’s an invisible bubble that “filters” out the harsh reality giving S’poreans a dose of surreal positivity & a watered down, filtered version from the real world. Don’t you think so?

    The Mainstream media seemed to have sold the locals the line that whatever happens in HK is good for S’pore. It’s a bit like counting chickens before they’re even hatched!

    Python 5:
    true.

    from now to actual GE, there must be a huge property / economic meltdown to reduce the 70% to complete 5Ds…..debts, divorces, depression, destitution and death(suicide).

    these 70% must be taught this lesson!!!!

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  • My Law:

    If they want to nail you, any reason is adequate, since it’s a self checking system.
    This is precisely what the HKers are fighting against, a one party communist regime that cannot be trusted.

    The dead old man has all praises for HKers, because as a colony, HKers have learnt to be self-reliant and not dependent on the British government, in return, the British gave HKers the freest economy in the world.

    Old man copied but adulterated the system, wanted sinkies to emulate HKers to maximize government returns and reducing the burden of social support, but
    in return, rather than freeing you, they try to enslave you with all kinds of legislations instead.

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  • Spurmugam Darkvinder:

    Will more reported cases of caught PMD violations help maintain citizens fear of authorities and will lawsuits before GE help maintain the climate of fear?

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