The Silliness Of POFMA

The Silliness Of POFMA! Ministers Should Explain And Not Declare Themselves To Be Prophets Of Truth!
Yesterday, the Court of Appeal heard the appeals of TOC and the SDP against the POFMA orders slapped on them by the self-styled Ministers of Truth.

The appeals themselves belie the Claim by Shanmugam that disputes under POFMA can be resolved expeditiously by the Courts.

The picture below illustrates the onerous steps which need to be undertaken by anyone who wishes to challenge a POFMA order. Not to mention the legal costs involved should someone wish to challenge it all the way to the Court of Appeal. Any 1st stage challenge will have to go before a High Court Judge and if he/she dismisses the challenge, only then can an appeal be made to the Court of Appeal.

The TOC and SDP challenges have taken months if not close to a year to wind their way up to the Court of Appeal. It demonstrates the silliness of POFMA and why it is not really a mechanism to stem fake news but rather a device to intimidate and inhibit free speech by an authoritarian government that wants to control speech and thought.

It is well established in our laws by the so called Derbyshire principle that a government cannot sue for defamation. That principle was set out with great clarity by Britain’s highest court, The House of Lords in 1993 in the famous case of Derbyshire County Council v Times Newspaper where the House of Lords said :-
“…since it was of the highest public importance that a democratically elected governmental body should be open to uninhibited public criticism, and since the threat of civil actions for defamation would place an undesirable fetter on the freedom to express such criticism, it would be contrary to the public interest for institutions of central or local government to have any right at common law to maintain an action for damages for defamation….”

Likewise, it should be the case that if the government thinks that a untrue fact is being propagated, it is imperative for it to state what it considers to be the correct position rather than slap a POFMA order on content it dislikes or deems undesirable.

If the PAP continues to use POFMA, Singaporeans must continue to punish them at the polls like what they did in the recent GE2020!

When PV is part of government, we shall abolish POFMA in the first 24 hours! That is our commitment to the Singapore people.

POFMA has no place in a healthy democracy.

 

Lim Tean

 

 

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14 Responses to “The Silliness Of POFMA”

  • uselesstankl:

    Hello stupid sinkies,

    VOTE THEM, THE PAP OUT IN NEXT ELECTION…

    NO TWO WAY ABOUT IT !!!!

    UNLESS YOU’RE A CRONY, PUPPET,. PARASITE..

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  • oxygen:

    POFMA IS THE WORK ACHIEVEMENT OF silly puppies engaged in coprohagia (eating its own excrement).

    Law is never a rigid book of rules of do’s or don’t BUT IS ESSENTIALLY AN EVOLVING SOCIAL PHENOMENA.

    Section 377a was crime and still is but the State provided security cover for its promotional “illegal assembly” in Hong Lim Park instead of arresting all its “offenders”.

    Is the law as relevant to s.377a – refused of its lawful deletion – true or false?

    OR POFMA A LIAR OF COPROHAGIA IN THIS SIMPLE ILLUMINATION EXAMPLE?

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  • NotMyProblem:

    From the start POFMA is meant to protect PAP’s LIES and prevent the truth from others.

    That’s why you need to prove the truth. PAP’s lies have no proof.

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  • xoxo:

    POFMA is a piece of stupid law to punish those who honestly criticise the ERRANT CONDUCT of gahmen.

    If gahmen FALSELY call sgs XENOPHOBIC etc, WILL POFMA apply to them?

    This is a one way ticket kind of law to protect themselves rather than the PEOPLE.

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  • The meanings of "ONEROUS":

    1) burdensome, oppressive, or troublesome; causing hardship

    2) having or involving obligations or responsibilities – especially legal ones – that far outweigh possible advantages of the proceedings.

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  • Crossroad:

    Going to the poll, every five years, is not the answer. A wrong is a wrong done and the obstacles, like cancer, should be completely removed/overpowered or annihilated from the….”House of the lords”.

    It is written, the prescription, the “House of the lords”(the government set up by the wisdom of man) will have to be taken down and a “new temple” shall be enacted, to save ALL nations or the world.

    All your social and political problems will be resolved if you followed “what is written”.

    There is no other way. Repent.

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  • PAP CLOSE DOWN:

    POFMA is a gag order. It’s weird. Some people have to be right ALL of the time.

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  • freedom is not free:

    look at the hkong and thai citizens..
    theyre the smart ones..strongly passionate about justice and their homeland.
    sinkies are too timid or stupid oso i dont know??
    freedom is not free.
    we need to speak up or vote in people like mr lim tean to be our voice..
    freedom from these types of PAPs stifling rules and laws .
    slowly becoming a communist state..

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  • Harder Truths:

    It is not silly LT. It is a coordinated effort to waste valuable resources of the opposition (time, people and money) to chase after useless tasks and therefore unable to do what they need to do in parliament.

    The Town Council case have dragged on so long and even after it is over they will simply throw in something else. They have your hard-earned dollars and assets to fund their bullshit. You can never win this kind of a fight.

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  • opposition dude:

    Some monkey said that the use of pofma against the opposition people was a “mere coincidence”. Uh huh, sure. Too many times for a coincidence don’t you think?

    And using pofma on Dr Chee over the 10 million population figure won’t do much for PAP because we can see the rapid growth of the population up to 5.81 million of the last reported figure. Common sense tells you that if the population is already at 5.81 million why won’t it go out some more? After all, have you ever seen a decline in the population? No, right? So why would they not want 10 million on the island eventually?

    Pofma will continue to be used liberally since it’s such a good weapon. But alas for PAP, all misuse of it is well documented online too.

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  • oxygen:

    STILL AT IT? Only PAPpypolitics breed of puppy in this Animal Farm can publish with immunity opaque news – mask is not necessary when it is the reality concealed of insufficient supply?

    The rest watch your mouths or dare you publish such revelation or thoughts in 2020 – such as we never target 6.9 million population size when Hyflux was told way back in 2011 to prepare for a capacity support of a population size of at least 8 million?

    No wonder more and more peasants got all riled up in the general erection.

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  • Realistically:

    @ Lim Tean

    >>When PV is part of government, we shall abolish POFMA in the first 24 hours! That is our commitment to the Singapore people.<<

    Like real hor!

    You and PV have been served POFMA, probably the MOST times……..and yet I haven't read of YOU and or PV challenging the POFMA order………Even now while the Court of Appeal is hearing the SDP and The Online Citizen's challenge, YOU/PV do not seem it appropriate or necessary to join in the cause against the imposition of POFMA on SDP & TOC………..eh, NO SHAME LAH…….

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  • Realistically:

    Oh I didn’t see Lim Tean nor PV making his representation to the Parliament Select Committee hearing views on the POFMA legislation when it was in the Bill stage……………what happened………..tok cok onli very clever hor…………..but no action leh.

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  • occasional bonus pieces:

    //So why would they not want 10 million on the island eventually?//

    aiyoh. to secure the ‘power fortune’ of the white monkey idiots and gang under the heavily promoted one-party curry function whereas all others are there to fight it out for whatever crumbs and the occasional bonus pieces sprinkled about for the lucky few to give you the idea there is still plenty of hope ????

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