Who will be the next victim?

This notorious law, POFMA or Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act, passed with much ‘wayang’ in May 2019, has claimed its third victim, the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) yesterday.

I hope the party will give the Minister of Manpower Josephine Teo a good fight.

In a matter of three weeks, our million dollar ministers – Heng Swee Keat, K Shanmugam and Josephine Teo have issued a multitude of POFMA correction directions against three parties. Who will be the next victim? And which minister will issue the 4th notice? How many more ministers will issue more notices?

It seems that the ministers are now busy searching for victims! Maybe it is for the purpose of muffling voices before the next general election which is rumored to be March 2020. Pending criminal defamation cases and civil claims have not drowned all voices. Who can escape the net and who cannot? This is not for us to decide! Only ministers have the power under POFMA.

Don’t ever think that those who are prosecuted or persecuted today have been careless, lazy or ill informed. Don’t think that only good writers like Bowyer and the SDP qualify as victims. Victims can be any one!

Does this mean that we should all feel terrified, disheartened and stop writing and commenting on daily incidents and injustices? That would mean POFMA and all those insane laws have succeeded in turning us into docile and compliant citizens who have no rights and no freedom of speech and expression. That would also mean that we have abdicated our duty as citizens in a democratic country.

Shall we wait for celestial intervention? This of course will be the easiest way and it would please the PAP government. Or worse, loudly pray for them to change their ways! Just remember celestial beings if they exist, don’t care about what happens on earth. We can destroy our world and disappear the human race if we choose to.

We have a choice. Do nothing or continue to write and expose injustices, miniscule as it may be when compared to war torn countries and even our neighbours. Many of us like to make such comparisons when they urge critics to be silent and be grateful to the government.

If we don’t want Singapore to join these broken countries, I think we have to continue to speak up. Our audience may be small compared to the PAP. But never forget that tiny drops of water make the mighty ocean. And the roots of a tree can crack the pavement.

 

 Teo Soh Lung

 

 

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26 Responses to “Who will be the next victim?”

  • most uselss:

    It is design to suppress critics and opposition so that the public only hear the good news, surveys and reports from PAP.

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  • VOTE FOR SDP:

    looks like theyre doing spring cleaning of the opposition
    parties,before the GE takes place..
    theyre goibg after the good parties who appear to have a good following hence is seen as a threat…eg WP, SDP.
    as Dr Chee so rightfully said, it’s a mark of an insecure ruling party.
    so true.

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  • DavidLKSee:

    [ This writer is a 72-year-old Pioneer Generation S'porean by birth and had completed full-time National Service (early batch). ]

    WHY GE2020 IS OUR LAST CHANCE TO VOTE OUT THE CLUELESS/HOPELESS/USELESS PAP MILLION-DOLLAR GOVT:

    APPLICABLE METAPHOR: “The PAP Dirty Filthy Pot calling Other Kettles Black” i.e. the PAP’s unprofessional/unbecoming/uncouth political habit of “double-standards”.

    The PAP Multi-Millionaire Ministers like to lecture Opposition Politicians to “tell the TRUTH” — BUT, for many years, WHY is the PAP Govt so afraid/reluctant to tell S’pore Taxpayer-Voters the “truth, whole truth and nothing but the truth” for these TWO SIMPLE QUESTIONS:

    (1) WHAT is the Total Break-Even Cost of developing a HDB New Flat (supposedly low-cost public housing) versus its Selling Price ???
    WHY is the PAP Govt merely boasting that HDB New Flats are “heavily subsidised” (its own words) but dare not disclose the “full facts and figures” to substantiate ???

    (2) WHY is the Total Salary Package of Temasek CEO Ho Ching (the PM’s wife) never publicly disclosed ???
    AS IF her salary is such a “State Secret” under the Official Secrets Act ???
    And WHO decides how much she should be paid ???

    THIS IS WHY each and every S’pore Taxpayer-Voter HAS EVERY RIGHT to ask the above two RIGHTFUL QUESIONS and to DEMAND “Transparency & Accountability” of the PAP Million-dollar Govt to provide FULL/FACTUAL/TRUTHFUL ANSWERS to ALL S’PORE VOTERS:

    >> HDB New Flats are developed using Public Funds (i.e. taxpayers’ money collected from numerous taxes).

    >> Monies used by Temasek to invest belong to The People and hence come from Public Funds.
    And Ho Ching’s “undisclosed salary package” is also paid out of Public Funds (definitely not paid for by her grandfather !!!)

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  • PAP POFMA plan Will Backfire:

    With this ongoing Assault by PAP using the POFMA law, the public will be more determined to fight the PAP obvious Kiasi tactics. We can predict that their plan will backfire heavily when the result of the GE is made known in the coming GE.

    Go ahead put on the pressure on the Oppo applied, the more the people will oppose the PAP especially the fence sitters . I am one of them.

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  • Bapak:

    One man – posted on FB, The Emperor is hiding under the skirt.
    The Emperor – POFMA, take that down. I am not hiding.

    One man – Then what were you doing down there?
    The Emperor – I was searching for something there.

    Win again, in the name of POFMA!

    Wonder what was he searching there…??!!

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  • lying pap liars toppled soon:

    never for a single moment believe pap can rule forever.

    if anyone says so, the person is either 70% sheep or pap IB or pap S$m clan members.

    all humans are more or less the same, all will retaliate hard as soon as own S$ or own children’s S$ are affected.

    70% sheep either now knows or soon will know their so called HDB rental unit asset is nothing but prepaid CONSUMPTION, worth less and less with each passing day. this affects 70% sheep S$. once they wake up to the truth, they retaliate hard.

    as everyone knows, once anyone turns against pap, the person never forgives nor relents nor repents.

    70% children with so called world ranking nus ntu smu degrees all shaking at home or drive Grab or deliverer Grab sooner or later wakes up 70% sheep because their children cannot even feed themselves due to good paying jobs all go to fake degree ceca ah nehs and pinoy pinays. this affects 70% children S$ which sooner and no later causes 70% sheep to revolt.

    coffee shop 30% OPPO folks say when 70% sheep is going to turn against pap is an unknown as far as pap IBs go, but according to them, it is a matter that can happen daily, as soon as 70% sheep realizes pap is stealing their S$ or their children’s S$.

    pap goes, sooner is better. then New Government can indict pap clown and wife, like Dr Mahatir is indicting najib and wife.

    clap clap clap. happy end for all 70% sheep in the end, if they wise up before they up the lorry.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    DavidLKSee:
    [ This writer is a 72-year-old Pioneer Generation S'porean by birth and had completed full-time National Service (early batch). ]

    WHY GE2020 IS OUR LAST CHANCE TO VOTE OUT THE CLUELESS/HOPELESS/USELESS PAP MILLION-DOLLAR GOVT:

    APPLICABLE METAPHOR: “The PAP Dirty Filthy Pot calling Other Kettles Black” i.e. the PAP’s unprofessional/unbecoming/uncouth political habit of “double-standards”.

    The PAP Multi-Millionaire Ministers like to lecture Opposition Politicians to “tell the TRUTH” — BUT, for many years, WHY is the PAP Govt so afraid/reluctant to tell S’pore Taxpayer-Voters the “truth, whole truth and nothing but the truth” for these TWO SIMPLE QUESTIONS:

    (1) WHAT is the Total Break-Even Cost of developing a HDB New Flat (supposedly low-cost public housing) versus its Selling Price ???
    WHY is the PAP Govt merely boasting that HDB New Flats are “heavily subsidised” (its own words) but dare not disclose the “full facts and figures” to substantiate ???

    (2) WHY is the Total Salary Package of Temasek CEO Ho Ching (the PM’s wife) never publicly disclosed ???
    AS IF her salary is such a “State Secret” under the Official Secrets Act ???
    And WHO decides how much she should be paid ???

    THIS IS WHY each and every S’pore Taxpayer-Voter HAS EVERY RIGHT to ask the above two RIGHTFUL QUESIONS and to DEMAND “Transparency & Accountability” of the PAP Million-dollar Govt to provide FULL/FACTUAL/TRUTHFUL ANSWERS to ALL S’PORE VOTERS:

    >> HDB New Flats are developed using Public Funds (i.e. taxpayers’ money collected from numerous taxes).

    >> Monies used by Temasek to invest belong to The People and hence come from Public Funds.
    And Ho Ching’s “undisclosed salary package” is also paid out of Public Funds (definitely not paid for by her grandfather !!!)

    Good for you bro, from same generation with the same wavelength…here is to all with some sanity Left Cheers!!!

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  • TruBlu:

    Hahaha! WHAT is POFMA?

    It stands for Protection Of Fake Ministers’ Arses!

    Ministers can do NO WRONG.
    They must be worshipped like demi-gods.

    POFMA,my foot!

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  • lock stock & barrel:

    all over the world peoples are voting for change..
    change only happens when people fight for it.
    so fight for our lives..our childrens future..our jobs and our country.
    cuz lately our once beautiful country had gone been sold to highest bidders.
    we have been lied to and betrayed by a gov who’s so inept that they have to rely on quick fixes eg immigration,frequent tax increases and more.
    what happened to with you, for you, for SG?
    they seem to be doing everything for themselves only…its their way or no way at all!

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  • left to australia:

    many eons and moons ago ( 2000s ) i have explained to many people why voting PAP is not good…they use the spectacle of society: ; advertising, television, film, and celebrity, propaganda for 9 campaigning days to frame yr mind and 365 days a year of “spectacle” . THe only way to break this spectacle is 2 ways : stop believing in everything u see/hear, Vote out those control yr lives

    Debord Guy (1931–1994) describes the spectacle as capitalism’s instrument for distracting and pacifying the masses. The spectacle takes on many more forms today than it did during Debord’s lifetime. It can be found on every screen that you look at. It is the advertisements plastered on the subway and the pop-up ads that appear in your browser. It is the listicle telling you “10 things you need to know about ‘x.’” The spectacle reduces reality to an endless supply of commodifiable fragments, while encouraging us to focus on appearances. For Debord, this constituted an unacceptable “degradation” of our lives. Referring to the Marxist concept of false-consciousness, Debord describes how the spectacle conceals the “relations among men and classes.” The spectacle functions as a pacifier for the masses, a tool that reinforces the status quo and quells dissent. “The Spectacle presents itself as something enormously positive, indisputable and inaccessible. It says nothing more than ‘that which appears is good, that which is good appears,’” writes Debord. “It demands […] passive acceptance which in fact it already obtained by its manner of appearing without reply, by its monopoly of appearance.”

    The Spectacle is not a collection of images, but a social relation among people, mediated by images.The alienation of the spectator to the profit of the contemplated object is expressed in the following way: The more [the spectator] contemplates the less he lives; the more he accepts recognizing himself in the dominant images of need, the less he understands his own existence and desires. The more his life is now his product, the more he is separated from his life.

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  • Pappy's Modus Operandi:

    Hoseh was talking to his neighbor one day, and the man lamented, “I’m really having trouble fitting my family in our small house. It’s me, my wife, my three kids, and my mother-in-law-all sharing the same cottage. Honorable Hoseh, you are a wise man. Do you have any advice for me?”

    “Yes,” replied Hoseh. “Do you have any chickens in your yard?
    “I have ten,” the man replied.

    “Put them in the house,” instructed Hoseh.

    “But Honorable,” the man remarked, “our house is already cramped as it is.”
    “Just try it,” replied Hoseh.

    The man, desperate to find a solution to his spacing woes, followed Hoseh’s advice, and paid him another visit the next day.

    “Hoseh,” he said, “things are even worse now. With the chickens in the house, we are even more pressed for space.”

    “Now take that donkey of yours,” replied Hoseh “into the house.” The man bemoaned and objected, but Hoseh convinced him.

    The next day, the man, now more distressed than ever, came up to Hoseh and complained: “Now my home is even more crowded! Between my family, the chickens, and that donkey of mine, we can barely move about!”

    “Well then,” inquired Hoseh, “do you have any other animals in your yard?”
    “Yes,” the man replied, “there’s a goat.”
    “OK,” said the other. “Take the goat into your house too.”

    The man once again raised a ruckus and was anything but ready to follow Hoseh’s advice, but the Honorable once again convinced him to do as told.

    The next day, the man, his house now full of this and that creature, came up to Hoseh in tears exclaiming, “My family is really upset now. Everyone is at my throat scolding me mad. Your plan has made us miserable!”

    “OK,” Hoseh replied confidently, “now take all of the animals back outside.”

    So the man followed his advice, and the next day, he dropped by at Hoseh: “Oh Honorable, your plan has worked like a charm! With all the animals out, my house is so spacious; all of us are so pleased there’s nothing to complain about anymore….”

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  • stephentan:

    Lau Kao Si Lioa, Chew Chang Nuar Lioa!!
    What is the interpretation from Hokkien to English:
    With the passing of lky legacy, the house of lee will crumble and it has already been so. Fighting among siblings.
    So the ground is sweet for opposition parties to stage to fight its cause for the local population.
    It is now or never for sporeans.
    If the pap still retains with no increase in opposition parties candidates incoming elections, then I can only surmise the newly converted citizens have been on the increase since 10 years back and the population now is not 5.90 million population as reflected by statis department through the controlled media but high possibly of 6.9 to 7.5 million by now.
    As such, forever sporeans will live like frogs in a boiling pond with no recourse to the ruling dominant party courtsy of lly’s eugenics of more foreign imports to displace the local PMETs’ jobs that the displaced sporeans will have to resort to grab driving and other liw paid jobs to survive in spore.
    Sad day indeed because those 70 per cent have been in slumber land not wanting to support oppositions because all the while they think without pap control, spore will never survive. What stupid thinking that is because whether pap or opposition supporters including new citizens will still be screwed and ripped off by pap unpopular policies whilst the highly paid million dollar ministers will enjoy their ill gotten salary gains being funded by tax payers’ annual contributions.

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  • stephentan:

    Hi DavidKLee, the writer is a lady and a ex-lawyer and one of those people under ISD detention for few years in the Maxim Conspiracy Plot which presumably to stiffle dissent by the dominany party pap many years back. You may goggle for the answer.
    Same for Ho Ching’s salary as expounded by one gentleman by the name of Phillip Ang.
    Phillip Ang commented Charles Goodyear annual salary was about S$54 million before he was poached by Temasek to replace Ho Ching during the financial debacle.
    So you can draw the conclusion from the Charles Goodyear’s previous salary before he left BHP for Temasek.
    Guess what, 6 mths later Charles was replaced by Ho Ching and intelligence sources commented his compensation was above the S$100 million mark.
    Whether all these salary scale are true or not, nobody knows and open to speculation . Only the Board of Directors can come clean with open statements, then the truth can be out. For now, Ho Ching’s annual salary is a guarded state secret!!
    LOL!!

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  • N.Jungne:

    We will help by voting them out

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  • show case that it can be done:

    //“Oh Honorable, your plan has worked like a charm! With all the animals out, my house is so spacious; all of us are so pleased there’s nothing to complain about anymore….”//

    this is called “adapting to the worser standard like frog being slowly boiled” or like cage chicken ? the problem (for certain matters) is that those powerful tok kok ppl want others (the average people) to adapt to their standard (if not the worst standard) but they probably will not live by the same standard for a longer period / long term (perhaps they will do it short term just to show case that it can be done) ?

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  • with many 'warning' signs:

    //Who will be the next victim?//

    looks like there are going to be more ? it is like a last continuous burst of ‘fire’ so that your ‘enemy’ will not keep their heads up and get too much exposed ?

    probably it is also a sign that the elrection is coming soon and the white idiotic environment has to be peppered with many ‘warning’ signs and make it as smooth sailing as possible for the white monkey idiots and gang ?

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  • Bernard:

    We need full disclosure, transparency and accountability of what, when and why Public Funds are used.
    Why State secret on Public Funds used to pay office bearers? Eg Ho Chin and all undisclosed salaries.
    How the heavily subsidize HDB flats derived?
    Why HDB flats become ZERO after 99 years?
    Why HDB called owned property when agreement said Leesees?
    Demand full CPF return and who rights to keep our interest and share our CPF for populace Medical plan?
    MORE………..

    If PAP and the Indian turn Muslim President failed to provide a satisfactory answer, only way out is to VOTE THEM OUT IN 2020/2021. We don’t need scumbags to run the country and self declared pay in millions.

    Once they are out, new CPIB Chief appointed to investigate all self endorsed and paid millionaires incumbents for full transparency an accountability. There must be a quality and quantitative check list to their million dollars paychecks. If it can be justified, sure pay them not 1-2 millions but 10s or even 100 millions like Goodyear of Temasek (6 months job – what accountability and transparency?).

    Failed YOG – over spen by 100s of million still paid millions and get new high portfolio – where is the accountability?
    Failed pounding proof and still gets millions
    Failed Swiss standard end still gets millions
    Failed 2010 World Cup and still gets millions

    and MORE………..

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  • Chinatown:

    Moe merged quiet a lot of schools, so infrastructure cost also

    Should be lower.(lim team kena.profoma.)

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  • into the performance bonus:

    //Moe merged quiet a lot of schools, so infrastructure cost also//

    aiyoh ? a lot of savings from restructuring of some institutions (lesser branches + service fees + all sorts of fees eg even using online service here and there) may not be passed down to the consumers BUT instead going into the performance bonus of the institutions for either improving revenue (e.g more fees streams or increase rates) and reduction of costs (cutting manpower or cutting branches) ??????

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  • Asd:

    I think if they say it’s fake and don’t open up the data in parliment
    then they are the ones who fakes it

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  • Asd:

    I think it is wrong as to why so call educated people but don’t dare answer and open up in parliment but only use another law to hide and say its fake?

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  • it is true, pap fears truth!!!:

    when pap government is the liar in the house, what does pap fear most?

    truth, the whole truth.

    what does pap do to ensure its fear goes away? by cornering the newspaper market via pap states times and the tv market via pap mediacorpse.

    alas for pap.

    less and less citizens, new or old, read pap states times. its current circulation is only propped up by pap companies such as SIA.

    less and less citizens, new or old, watch pap mediacorpse. its current advertising revenues mainly propped up by pap companies such as HDB.

    what does pap have? chicken rice, paid by 70% sheep CPF money via pap PA. quite effective it seems. pap kee chiu chan chun sing used to ferry chicken rice folks to pap rally grounds.

    alas. the kian peng citizens, mostly old, all died off left right center. very soon pap chicken rice paid for by taxpayers via pap PA shall be a thing of the past.

    so, what is the story?

    the story is pap is already dying despite all the truth covering moves pap is implementing. pofma or no pofma, pap is dying already.

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  • WhatEver it takes?:

    > the AristoCATs can turn an Indian into Malay Prez. . .
    -
    > the AristoCATs uses new law to pin SDP “fake news”
    -
    Remember the Ballot box !

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  • Think out of the Ballot BOX:

    If Dishonorable son is so kia su, how much more dishonorable things can he do to win?

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  • Fake landslide reason?:

    Are they creating a reason to show why Oppo phone lose in the next Erections?

    Do yew get my drift?

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  • who next?:

    today i read the Washington Post kena POFMA-ed, re an article on SG ‘s POFMA.

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