31 Aug 2005

Worrying Development - Can Someone Confirm This?

The following has yet to be confirmed... I had been reading the exchanges online at the Pilot n Jo site. I however did not realise that Dr Lim might actually be Dr Lim.

Bloggers Niraj and Johal of http://pjshow.blogspot.com/ were warned by a person posting in their comments column of their blog that they may have violated the law because their podcast of an interview with oppoistion leader Dr Chee Soon Juan of the Singapore Democratic Party may be deemed to carry political content.

A certain 'Dr Richard Lim' had posted the following comments on


Dear Pilot n' Jo Show,

I refer you to Section (c) of MDA regulations on "Registration of Internet Class Licensees" - "Content providers who engage in the propagation, promotion or discussion of political issues relating to Singapore on World Wide Web through the Internet are required to be registered with MDA. The objective of registering political websites is to ensure that those who run sites engaging in the discussion of domestic politics are accountable and take responsibility for the content of their sites."

As a concerned citizen, I advise you to (1) register your website as a political website, (2) cease and desist distribution of all abovementioned and upcoming multimedia content, and (3) delete all unsanctioned comments and follow-ups by the public.

Without prejudice,
Dr. Richard Lim


Free Speech Singapore has yet unable to determine if 'Dr Richard Lim' is the same person who heads Majulah Connection, described on its website as an organisation that connect "Singaporeans and Friends of Singapore (collectively called the Singapore Alumni) with Singapore, and provide platforms that offer business and personal opportunities to this community."


Board of Directors and Management
Board of Directors

Dr. Richard Lim

Richard started Majulah Connection in November 2002 and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. He is based in San Francisco, California.

Richard spent over 16 years in the US where he attended business school and founded several technology companies funded by top US venture firms. He was Chairman and CEO of iMarket, a software company funded by Sierra Ventures, Oak Technology Partners and Technology Crossover Ventures. iMarket was later acquired by Dun and Bradstreet (NYSE: DNB). Richard was also Chairman and CEO of Co-nect, an education technology company that was supported by GE Capital, ICG, and David Mixer, a founder of Columbia Capital. He seed-funded and served as a director of Quickdot Corporation, an internet startup that was financed by Charles River Ventures. Prior to starting his companies, Richard was an executive at Lotus Development Corporation in Boston. He was also a key member of the founding management team for National University Hospital in Singapore before he went to the US in 1986.

As Chairman of the Singapore Overseas Network (SON) (US), he was actively involved in the Economic Review Committee (ERC). He received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was designated as an Arjay Miller Scholar (top 10% of graduating class) and acquired an MBBS from the National University of Singapore on a PSC scholarship.



Who Needs to Register:
(a) Internet Access Service Providers, Localised and Non-localised Internet Service Resellers providing computer online service;
(b) Political parties registered in Singapore, providing any content on the World Wide Web through the Internet;
(c) Individuals, groups, organisations and corporations engaged in providing any programme for the propagation, promotion or discussion of political or religious issues relating to Singapore on the World Wide Web through the Internet; and
(d) Internet Content Providers who are in the business of providing through the Internet an online newspaper for a subscription fee, or other consideration.

In 2001, political chatsite Sintertcom was forced to shut down following governmental pressure to regsiter as a political website. Its owner Dr Tan Chong Kee told Straits Times that SBA (predecessor of MDA) gave him 14 days to provide details such as his salary, employer's name and particulars. And sign an undertaking that he would be fully responsible for all Sintercom content. "It gave them a contractual right to sue me. That's very serious," he said.




Jon said...

I'm just wondering, if anyone has thought of exploiting jurisdiction laws. I don't have the source nor a proper citation regarding websites or blogs hosted outside Singapore. But there has been an idea floating recently to host a unified "superblog" consisting of popular socio-economic-political bloggers. This is only feasible of course if it is legally immune to government harrassment by being hosted overseas.

Unknown said...

Sounds like an idea clyde.

It would need to have some good names on there. And hosted by a reputable organisation. Problem then is that if say, RSF hosted it, others would argue that they were showing a bias and not being objective.

Global voices online does seem to do something similar although the scale of the issues and the number of blogs being referred to by it does seem to swamp every other issue they raise awareness of.

I think at the moment with blogspot and other hosts such as archive.org people are able to post overseas. Doesn't seem to stop government or institutional harassment from 'offended' groups or individuals, Acidflask and AStar spring to mind.

However if there was a 'super Singaporean soci-political blog' it would be benefical.

I have often contemplated the idea of running a 'soci-political blog' about Singapore that allows contributions from the public, other than just comments and has a group of editors monitoring the content. In fact I have often considered handing this blog over to such an endeavour.

The first step would be to get a group of individuals willing to join in.

If you or anyone else is interested email at this address:


Access to post here can then be allowed. However I am worried that it would turn into another tommorrow.sg blog, and have people posting topics outside a remit.

Anonymous said...

too many sensitive topics (race, religion, nepotism, politician salary, temasek, SPH, NKF, civil disobedience, homosexuality, white elephants, chinese chauvinism...), very hard to start discussion on anything; silence is deafening