Monthly Archives: January 2009
Today, as President Obama is inaugurated president of the United States, we Singaporeans are stuck with a government that prohibits public speech and peaceful assembly, completely controls the media, continues to detain its citizens without trial, and manipulates elections.
Lee Kuan Yew claims that if he did not do what he did, we would not be here today. He claims that there would be chaos if democracy should become a reality.
Before 1963, the white community were fearful that if black people were given freedom and equality, chaos and crime would escalate. Dr King sought to dispel such an untruth. White America looks back today and see how foolish they have been.
Singaporeans are told that given freedom of speech and assembly, chaos and turmoil would engulf our country. We know that this is untrue. Let us not wait another 50 years to find out how foolish we have been.
Today, I argued with my social studies teacher about the political system in Singapore. He gives the same reason Lee Kuan Yew gave that we would not be here if not for the PAP. He admits that there is no freedom in Singapore but states that with freedom, there will be chaos. This statement contradicts what he said earlier that Good Governance should have equality for all and that every citizen is given a right to send feedback. He also said that the Judiciary system should be separate from the government so as to prevent the abuse of power.
I cannot stand another moment of this. Change has to come to Singapore.
According to Channelnewsasia’s report, the Singapore government agreed with the Advisory Council on the Impact of New Media Society that it should take a phased approach to liberalizing the Films Act, which means that political parties and their candidates will be able to use films for internet election advertising during an election.
Communications and the Arts Minister Lee Boon Yang said Friday morning that the government will move to amend the Films Act in the next month or two.
Party political films will have to be factual and objective and not dramatize or present a distorted picture. The government will set up an independent advisory panel to determine whether films are party political films and if they can be aired, the report said.
The controversial Section 33 of the Films Act makes it an offense to make, possess, distribute, reproduce or exhibit a "party political film" in Singapore. The penalty is a fine of up to100,000 Singapore dollars (about 67,500 U.S. dollars) or a jail term of up to 2 years.
“ Party political films will have to be factual and objective and not dramatize or present a distorted picture. The government will set up an independent advisory panel to determine whether films are party political films and if they can be aired, the report said. “
Will the government really set up an “independent advisory panel”? I doubt it. After all, it is set up by the government. Just like the Judicial system, which favours the PAP in defamation cases. The problem with this is that the advisory panel will ban and allow films according to their own preference. That means any political film that criticizes or questions the integrity of the government will be banned, only those films which talk about, for example, what the PAP government has done or criticism of the opposition will be allowed.
The bottom line? There is no justice in Singapore politics.
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