Will POFMA lead to self-censorship?

Does POFMA lead to self-censorship? I think it does.

While I recognise the problem of fake news, I believe the law is overly wide and furthermore that the way that the government has chosen to use it in the first 4 cases lends credibility to the argument that the law has a political purpose that the government has not admitted to.

Am I concerned that if I express such criticisms, I might be POFMA-ed for something I say?

I don’t believe that anything I say is false. It’s either fact, or my honest opinion based on what I understand to be fact, and hopefully my arguments have a reasonable basis. Certainly I think they do and have been reached after due thought.

Furthermore, the Deputy Attorney-General now says that if a statement can be reasonably interpreted in various ways, and any one of these interpretations is false, a Minister can invoke POFMA even if the statement is not false under other reasonable interpretations.

Also, the legal burden is on the person POFMA-ed to prove the statement true, and not on the Minister issuing the Correction Direction.

At the end of the day, I wonder at least at the back of my mind whether an invocation of POFMA might one day come my way and cause harm to my professional or business interests, and I’d therefore be better off saying nothing?

I certainly hope this never happens but the thought is an inevitable and inescapable thought.

That’s another reason why the way the government has chosen to launch POFMA creates undesirable effects. It is a bad law and has been poorly used.

 

Lian Chuan Yeoh

 

 

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22 Responses to “Will POFMA lead to self-censorship?”

  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Piece-Of-F…..g-Maggot-Act…POFMA!!! an act that should be shoved up their Filthy Arses

    Not only are we a Laughing Stork but an INSULT to our Intelligence even from across the CausewaY where Malay is the Lingua Franca and CONsidered behind us in many ways but HUMAN…They “THINK” when we Don’t and CONsider Singaporeans as Robots with NO MIND

    Are they WRONG??? look at the PM and his Cronies especially his SHIM… neither a She or a Him (it’s a SHIM) who wear the Pants and He wears Pink Panties

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  • Lee Union table empty:

    Since 53 years ago singaporeans already lived in fear and under duress not to speak up freely. Its why singaporeans were uniquely known to be very inactive and passive when they are at a concert or in a seminar and dare not raise hands to ask questions when asked by the seminar speaker or dare not even clap or laugh freely. They also dare not dance in music concerts. Its only recently after many oldest cohort have gone that the younger people dare a bit.

    Just ask the elderlies is it a norm to ask questions in class if they have doubts? They dare not ask.

    This may anger the authoritarian person, eg. Teacher.

    Lee has no friend. No body likes him.
    He is surrounded by smilie faces only because his cronies want money from him. He think he has charm and charisma. Hahah. What a joker, son of a hairy ball

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  • PAP's Greed:

    POFMA will only lead to destruction of trust in PAP. It is already happening. Now the POFMA nonsense is being tested in Malaysia. Legal against Minister Sham has been filed in Malaysian Courts.

    PAP is being given their medication. It’s going to be very bitter to Minister to protect POFMA, which has exposed PAP terribly. PAP is shooting on its own foot. Don’t try anything foolish in Malaysia soil.

    As POFMA is being used continuously for every small shit, Singaporeans are losing trust in PAP Govt and the 70% sheep population has started to dwindle.

    PAP is caught in a nasty situation becos of POFMA.

    Shit is hitting the fan now for PAP.

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  • Robin:

    Dr M said such a law could be abused.

    He has been proven right.

    Not once but 4 times.

    All governments especially an authoritarian one like the SG government will try by hook or by crook to stay in power.

    POFMA is one of the by hook or by crook things. It has come at the right time as its popularity has plunged.

    Now every Minister will try to score as many POFMA cases as possible to earn the pleasure of the PMO.

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  • Voting for Change:

    How many of us are fooled into believing that POFMA is used against falsehood?

    As if MiloIndianCumMalay didn’t fooled us enough, already.

    This cannot be acceptable. This cannot go on.

    I don’t know about you, but I am voting for Change. I hope the change will teach them a lesson.

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  • Harder Truths:

    People here do not understand POFMA is only the first step. it is a law – it does not tell you how the law is going to be used in future.

    In China there is a Social Credit System – if you are considered as ‘socially unacceptable’ (read this as ‘against government policies’) then you get your social score downgraded and possibly also blacklisted from even banks and work.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/china-social-credit-system-punishments-rewards-explained-a8297486.html

    Make no mistake – this is coming. POFMA is the foundation. By the time it becomes operational there will be no resistance to the government. Any policy or legislation can and will be enforced immediately and you will be f**ked until they remove it.

    Just look at China if you want to know what your ‘democratic future’ looks like. Remember this is only one GE away or perhaps less than that.

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  • Think outside of the ballotbox:

    Robin:
    Dr M said such a law could be abused.

    He has been proven right.

    Not once but 4 times.

    All governments especially an authoritarian one like the SG government will try by hook or by crook to stay in power.

    POFMA is one of the by hook or by crook things. It has come at the right time as its popularity has plunged.

    Now every Minister will try to score as many POFMA cases as possible to earn the pleasure of the PMO.

    It suggests a lack of Confidence to stay in power.

    Bur they command landslide victories for the last 53 years right?
    So why so KS ?

    YOU ALREADY CANNOT LOSE AND STILL KS ??

    What explains this psychology?

    The 70% is an audited truth right?

    We need election agents.
    They must perform their duty.

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  • Nothing but the truth:

    At the end of the day, ministars do nothing but spend their time PokingMA here, there, everywhere and everyone in the world.

    Soon, one of them would interpret that the sun rises from the west. No way about it, that’s the truth, ok? Or get PokingMA

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  • Honganis Sokbai:

    This profma is REDUNDANT because existing laws already sufficient . It’s a waste of tax money creating it.

    This makes many to feel that they are feeling too insecure.

    But why insecure if there is landslide level of support ? What is the truth?

    Singaporeans already live in self censorship their whole lives since their grandfather lives. So this profma is it a means to an end due to Kia su psychological abnormality?

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    It won’t lead to self-censorship if Singaporeans throw out POFMA when they throw out the PAP at the coming GE. VTO

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  • Falsities of Sinchiapor Inc.:

    The judiciary, legislative and executive is now one messed up bundle singing the tune of the tribal Corporate Chiefs for whom there is apparently no ceiling to their secret remunerations…. but us indentured National Service sheeple must labor on for peanuts wages and our cpf lifetime savings tweaked and bled to virtual nothingness by Cronycrats.

    Monkey work monkey stressed… nation-serving monkey no can plead no can complain.

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  • Whats up doc?:

    How did we end up like this..with a gov afraid of their own shadows?
    Theyre just so afraid that all their dirty laundry will get aired out to the world.
    So create a law to sew up peoples mouths.
    Pathetic…

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  • TruBlu:

    Why be afraid at all.
    If we say the TRUTH under broad daylight,is it wrong compared to those who just say NICE-SOUNDING L I E S?

    SPEAK THE TRUTH QUIETLY AND STRONGLY AND FEAR NO EVIL.
    DO YOU SÈE EVIL-DOERS DOING THINGS IN BROAD DAYLIGHT ALWAYS?

    So,BE NOT AFRAID.
    STAY WITH THE LIGHT AND AVOID DARKNESS..

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  • NotMyProblem:

    POFMA allows ministers to draw million$ without doing anything and citizens are not allowed to say anything.

    Malaysians were smart to stop such law and Dr. M knew it would be abused, especially so when you have a bad government.

    Singaporeans, you better wake up. The 30% is begging for the 70% not to drag everyone down.

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  • POFMA is a ridiculous law.

    In no time journalists all over the world who have written something the gahment don’t like can and will be arrested if they ever steps foot in Singapore.

    .

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  • Roger:

    Even when hawker use bare hands to handle

    Food the customer also keep quiet.

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  • Uncle:

    When people accused Leegim of their intolerance of dissenting voices, there were those who disagreed.

    Now even they have to be careful or Leegim will POFMA them.

    Recall this poem?

    “First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—

    Because I was not a socialist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

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  • justanothercitizen:

    I urge all activist, critics of the PAP government and political parties to continue to express your opinions in the public domain and social media. But yet when the PORFMA is used against your opinions, do not waste energy and resources to challenge the directives. Just post their requirements alongside. And as long as the facts are not false then you all should stand by your opinions, allow the observers to judge for themselves.

    When there are many such instances, and PORFMA is used very frequently. The discerning observers will begin to discount and disregard the PORFMA as a overused unreliable gauge of the Ministers’ “truth”. And over time PORFMA will be rendered ineffective even if it were used. Then, may PORFMA die a quiet death, as just a few pages in the legislature devoid of it’s bite.

    This can be called PORFMA fatigue.

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  • RDB:

    POFMA us just dictator minds at at work to protect their limited minds resourses lor! Tio boh? Thing is, when the human mind is in deficit it knows it’s limitations when they are under corrections or even criticisms enough times for them to then start to realize that they are not only wrong but even to know that they have been really stupid lor? Aiyoh, let’s not try to make such dumb leaders smart leh. Anyway, truth is that the dumb and stupid cannot be educated too right! So, let stupid “Leeders” of their kind continue lor! Tioboh? Ha Ha!

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  • lying pap S$m thieving liars:

    fret not.

    it is a double edge sword. the same sauce for goose is the same sauce for gander.

    one day, sooner or later, pap shall be the oppo in parliament.

    these same pap BS laws shall then apply to these pap oppo in parliament, as they are now applied on OPPO in parleement.

    pap IBs say pap never lose one.

    UMNO IBs also said najib and wife never lose one.

    najib and wife lost.

    so also pap, and pap clown and pap clown wife.

    GUARANTEED. a matter of timing.

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  • SpurmMucum Suck Coke SC:

    When China says 56 dead, the world believes this can only be the absolute truth?

    When Singapore reveals how many are unemployed, ditto?

    Let’s sack the audit department and save some money.

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  • u Nailed It:

    Touche’, you said it well.
    53 years of brainwashing cannot be easily corrected.
    At least 60% of oldies are in that category; hence the con-job of Mederka and Pioneer as booster shot of brain-numbing indoctrination.
    Have to leave it to the next generation to learn how to think critically; but do not hold your breadth for it–MOE has taken care of that.
    How did North Korea became North Korea??

    Lee Union table empty:
    Since 53 years ago singaporeans already lived in fear and under duress not to speak up freely. Its why singaporeans were uniquely known to be very inactive and passive when they are at a concert or in a seminar and dare not raise hands to ask questions when asked by the seminar speaker or dare not even clap or laugh freely. They also dare not dance in music concerts. Its only recently after many oldest cohort have gone that the younger people dare a bit.

    Just ask the elderlies is it a norm to ask questions in class if they have doubts? They dare not ask.

    This may anger the authoritarian person, eg. Teacher.

    Lee has no friend. No body likes him.
    He is surrounded by smilie faces only because his cronies want money from him. He think he has charm and charisma. Hahah. What a joker, son of a hairy ball

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