Mr Lim Swee Say spoke about the CPF at the Singapore Model Parliament debates held last week. However, the statements he made do not make any sense, and certain points he made about the CPF being risk free also deserve a rebuttal.
Therefore, with a good and solid reputation, there is no necessity to sue to protect its integrity. What would that achieve? Suing a person would not necessarily enhance the reputation of the person alleged to be defamed. The aggrieved person merely gains some monetary compensation and also derives the personal satisfaction of punishing and impoverishing the person who had libelled him. There is not much to gain in terms of reputation.
Roy Ngerng’s job termination in my opinion only adds to the chilling effect on free speech. Surely the hospital could have found a way to compromise with him and work out a proper solution without having to fire him from his job at a time when he needs employment the most.
The Prime Minister said we must have a robust and open debate to ensure that proposals are scrutinised and argued, so that we find out what the strengths are, identify the weaknesses and the problems, and we come up with the best ideas and solutions for Singaporeans. How are we going to do this if Singaporeans are going to live in fear?
I believe that the underlying factor leading up to the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 was economic hardship and rising inequality. After Deng Xiao Ping opened up China for trade and investment in the 1980s and turned China into a market economy, the coastal regions became wealthy again, like they did in the 19th century when foreigners forced China to open itself up for trade. But like in the 19th century, the wealth that was created was not evenly distributed, and this led to growing disaffection and discontent.
Singaporeans are rallying around Roy not because they all agree with what he said or did. Instead, the show of support and solidarity stems from the fact that Roy has a prior track record of speaking out on government policy issues close and dear to their heart.