5 Feb 2007

SDP calls on the PAP to identify itself on the Internet and challenges it to an online debate

05 Feb 07

Mr Ng Eng Hen
Minister for Manpower and
Chairman, PAP New Media Committee

Dear Sir,

It is with much pleasure that the Singapore Democrats learn of the PAP's admission that its members have been actively rebutting its critics, albeit anonymously, on the Internet.

We are disturbed, however, that you choose to do so using pseudonyms thus avoiding identifying yourselves as members of the ruling party.

This is odd given the Government's claims that its policies and the way it runs the country is well-supported by the people of Singapore. One would think that under such circumstances, you would want to proclaim your views like a shining beacon upon a (cyber) mountaintop.

Instead you choose to engage netizens under a cloak of anonymity which is, frankly, unbefitting of a ruling party that has been in power for close to half a century.

It also seems a trifle hypocritical given the fact that years ago, the Government insisted that writers to forum pages in the newspapers not conceal their identities and use their real names but now choose to hide behind nicknames when the shoe is on the other foot.

Worse, didn't Mrs K Bhavani from the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, challenge Mr Lee Kin Mun over the Mr Brown affair last year to "come out from behind his pseudonym to defend his views openly"? You see, Mr Ng, here at the SDP we would like to think that what is good for the goose is good for the gander.

Perhaps, the PAP is afraid of being criticized by Singaporeans if it identifies itself to Internet users. In which case, we say: "Welcome to the democratic world of free speech!" This is where the ruled are not, and cannot be, bullied into silence and, worse, their silence is not distorted into support for the PAP and its policies.

Since you have been hanging around on the Internet, you must know that the Singapore Democrats have participated in online forums, in particular the Sammyboy Coffeeshop. A few of my colleagues and I have posted our views, answered questions, and, yes, responded to criticisms from our fellow Singaporeans in our real names and affiliations.

We did this because we believe that political parties aspiring to governing this country must subject themselves to questions and criticisms from the people. Debates must be conducted freely and openly, and the people given the means to question and challenge policies that affect them and their loved ones.

It is the only means where the rulers are held accountable and compelled to govern in the interest of the masses, not just the rich and powerful. It is the surest way that a thinking and mature society can be developed, one that will make our society more competitive and stable. It is, in short, the best thing that can happen for Singapore and its future.

In this regard, we, the Singapore Democrats, would like to engage you and your colleagues in the Government to a debate on the Internet. Since you are already in cyberspace, it wouldn't take too much to organise yourselves for an online debate.

The only reason that you would turn down this invitation, or simply ignore it, is that the Internet, which you don't control, is a medium that allows for genuine exchange of views while the mass media, which you do, censor your opponent's views.

But if the inability to suppress your opponent's right to speak and counter-argue is what prevents the PAP from debating the SDP online, then I must say that your effort to persuade netizens of your views, even if carried out anonymously, is doomed.

The SDP is happy to discuss the format and procedures by which such a debate takes place. In fact, we would propose an online, realtime video-conference debate where representatives of the PAP and the SDP engage each other, and invite Singaporeans to participate and judge the exchange.

We hope you will welcome this initiative and make your presence on the Internet less surreptitious. We look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Chee Soon Juan
Secretary-General
Singapore Democratic Party





11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have just learned that academic NG ENG Hen is to enter Changi General hospital to undergo a world's first operation, surgeons are going to fit Mr Eng with a second anus because he is producing so much shit his vitriolic outbursts could poison the unfortunate men. So now Singapore will become the hub of people with twin shit holes.

Mother Hen said...

It will be a chicken (hen) and egg situation

Anonymous said...

Except for their despotic old man, the rest of tyhe PAP shit-heads are just cowards and will NEVER agree to an open debate.

Also, even if they or the despotic old man agrees to it they will only stage it by selecting people whom they know will not challenge them in any significant way.

Anonymous said...

another press release. London zoo has announced it has discovered the first man in the world with two areseholes. The specis, reported to be a Chinese politician from the former British colony Singapore is being crated up and shipped across to London, where the Chinaman, a Mr Ng Eng Hen, will be placed on show amongst the zoo's dangerous zeptiles.

Scientists say, this unusual specis possess a lethal bite, and one touch of his shit means certain death.

Anonymous said...

British police have been placed on alert after London zoo's highly prized Ng Heng Hen creature escaped from it's specially ventilated cage.

zoo personnel were called to aid the ailing creature who possesses two aresoles after it refused to eat only looking at the new moon and baying PAP, PAP help me lah.

Frightened the creature turnede away from the azoo oficials, opened it twin arseholes and shat on them. The unfortunate zoo superintendengts were last night being studied for the effects of the NG shit in London General hospital's intensive unit.

The Ng creature is deadly dangerous in the wild and must be handled with care. A senior psychiatrist said last night"
"If you spot the Eng, just murmer PAP and papa Lee please help me. This should calm the NG."

Stay tuned for further reports.

Anonymous said...

I kind of like CSJ now.
He have the guts to fxxk all
these people when things aren't
right. Remember the the
President of Law Society? the
AG, the official Assignee and now
the Hen himself.

Matilah_Singapura said...

Left, right, centrists, political wankers and collectivists of all stripes...

Bring it on!

This is the age of individual empowerment. You don't have to be a "big group" to "win" on the net.

Anonymous said...

the Ng Eng Hen shitting creature is alas dead.

police have discovered the remains of the chinaman with two arseholes covered in his own shit outside the SIA first class lounge at heathrow airport.

it appears the shit creature which had escaped from its cage at london zoo managed to reach heathrow airport.

an observor reported the shit creature spotted a number of singaporean passengers stuffing their bloated faces with noodles, after bellowed pap,pap, pappa lee please help me, a member of the crowd replied Dr Chee.

the shit creature turned blue with hate, revealed his two arseholes and began to shit on the unlucky passengers.

the creature began to loose control unable to turn his shitting system off and died as he suffocated himself in a pile of his own turds.

later a scientist reported that after investigation if seemed the NG creature had literally shit himself to death with hate.

a sad end to a rather strange story.

meanwhile singapore police say they will investigate the matter after interviewing Dr Chee, who could face a charge of causing a singapore government minister to shit himself to death.

Anonymous said...

Well Done Dr Chee, I am very proud that you have exposed the hypocrisy of their villainous acts.

Singapore deserves a better government.

If the PAP had joined American Idol, I don't think they would have made it to the queue. Anyway they don't need to. Their cronies and there are so many of them would applaud them for a distasteful act of 40 years somehow. After all, what is 66.6%; they could have claimed 100%. At least, they still have a bit of shame.
Whats that phrase? NEXT!

Matilah_Singapura said...

> Singapore deserves a better government. <

It is the people who installed the govt. incumbent, and kept them in power.

Ergo, Singapore needs "better" Singaporeans. (I would say "better" means being more vigilant, and less dependent on the govt to solve problems — such as "welfare")

"The People Get The Government They Deserve" — that's exactly how representative government works. i.e. the people rarely get the "best" government.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Dr. Chee for constantly exposing them. But of course, they'll decline..