Month: November 2013
Statement by members of the general public on the Attorney General’s Chambers’ action against Mr Au for his blog posts. 29 November 2013 We are deeply concerned that the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) has been granted leave to take action against Singaporean blogger, Mr Alex Au, for “scandalising the judiciary” in his blog post, “377 Wheels Come […]
29 November 2013 We write to express our dismay at the attempt to prosecute Mr Alex Au for contempt of court and the reports about the Media Development Authority (MDA) seeking to regulate online media platforms the Breakfast Network and The Independent Singapore. The members of MARUAH, as Singapore citizens and human rights activists, are […]
The media has attempted to deal a savage blow to Nicole Seah’s reputation. They cannot be allowed to get away with this. They must apologize fully in print as well.
Nicole Seah’s personal struggles can be a lesson for us all. It takes courage to deal with life’s adversities, and Nicole Seah has dealt with her problems courageously. She has been open and frank about what has happened in her life. One can see she has a heart of gold.
When a group of people normalize something that is inherently sexist, chauvinistic, obscene or derogatory, it is indicative that our value system is wrong and that we have become uncritical, and unthinking. We go down a slippery slope in which we slowly become numb to what is abhorrent or immoral. We start to take discrimination as the norm and demean and objectify women. Then soon we will see our core values get picked apart one by one, slowly dehumanizing ourselves like a frog eased into water that is gently put to the boil.
I welcome the government’s move to crack down on online harassment. But it is vital that the new laws must be carefully crafted, and the process of implementing and enforcing them must be transparent, lest anti-bullying legislation becomes a convenient tool to silence legitimate dissent or deny the right of commentators to engage in vigorous and sometimes emotional debate.
Shopkeepers in Hougang Central have handed AHPeTC a petition protesting against the numerous trade fairs being held in the vicinity that they allege have hurt their businesses by as much as 80%.