Written by Ng E-Jay
08 March 2010
On Sunday, former Singapore opposition politician turned Californian lawyer Gopalan Nair perpetrated an idiotic prank in which he alleged that Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew had suffered a heart attack and had been warded at Singapore General Hospital (SGH).
But barely 24 hours later, he revealed that it had been a hoax and that he was gratified by the reaction that the blogosphere had provided him. In other words, he shamelessly wallowed in his own amusement at the expense of others.
I strongly condemn and denounce the despicable act of misinformation perpetrated by Gopalan Nair and call upon the blogosphere to similarly castigate and boycott his writings henceforth.
It is the likes of people like Gopalan Pallichadath Nair that cause some Singaporeans to look upon the local blogosphere as essentially untrustworthy when it comes to current affairs or political commentary.
It is imbeciles like him that allow the government an opportunity to unfairly tar bloggers as unreliable rumour-mongers who are unable to self-regulate and who revel in the misfortunes of others.
Fortunately, Singaporean internet users are not that stupid, and bloggers have been quick to denounce Gopalan Nair’s rabid filth as moronic and unworthy of attention.
I am proud in particular of The Online Citizen website (of which I am the political editor) for proactively censuring Gopalan Nair for his wanton attention-seeking antics.
The article “TOC Editorial: Gopalan Nair’s despicable hoax” written by Editor-at-large Choo Zheng Xi correctly points out that Gopalan Nair’s actions had brought him further disrepute, and that deliberate misinformation from any side of the political aisle is inimical to the culture of transparency and accountability that Singapore activists and politicians are trying so hard to campaign for.
The swift reaction by the local blogosphere in criticizing Gopalan Nair is evidence that an informal self-regulating mechanism is successfully evolving, contrary to what the government would have us believe.
Gopalan Nair is not new to controversy. In 2008, he was arrested for contempt of court and apologized for his actions after being threatened with a prolonged jail sentence. However when he returned to the United States, he retracted his apology and repeated the same statements he had earlier claimed as having been remorseful for. This is the kind of dishonesty and lack of scruples that this man is capable of.
To this day, Gopalan Nair continue to harass one of the arresting officers on his blog, even going to the extent of posting his personal particulars and insulting that officer’s religious beliefs. This man, Gopalan Nair, is an imbecile and a lunatic who should rightfully be charged under the Maintenance of Religious Harmony Act.
But obviously, Gopalan Nair is no longer a Singaporean and therefore thinks of himself as being above the law. What a shameless, self-absorbed, leaden-footed ninny of a man.
Gopalan Nair’s orginal blog post, which he updated on Monday to reflect that it had all been a grand hoax, as well as his latest blog post, which effectively makes a mockery of all those who believed him: