Tuesday, November 19, 2013

New Laws Cometh

Mr Ravi has filed an application to argue that Singapore citizens are protected by the constitution to have access to counsel within 48 hours of their arrest at the latest. You may disagree with Deputy Public Prosecutor G. Kanan's snide retort, but he was technically correct when he asked, "Where in the article is the word immediate?" We went through this fruitless exercise at Punggol when a by-election had to be called after some fellow was seduced by the taste of mangoes.

A former boss was once caught by such warped logic when he received a letter from his bank in Manila, informing him his check book was ready for collection. After braving the nightmarish traffic of Makati, he was shocked when the clerk told him it was not ready. He showed the Filipina the letter. She read it back, adding, "Yes, Mr Hancock, it does say here the check book is ready for collection. It doesn't say when."

The Law Minister has announced Government plans to put up new laws to better protect people, not against bad laws, but for "victims of harassment, both in the real world and online." These will be implemented either in the form of new legislation or amendments to existing law. Article 9(3) of the Constitution of Singapore will probably not be amended:
“Where a person is arrested, he shall be informed as soon as may be of the grounds of his arrest and shall be allowed to consult and be defended by a legal practitioner of his choice.”

What you can bet on is that the wording will be similarly crafted. For instance, they are already contemplating that courts should be given the power to order that online comments be taken down if they "cause distress or alarm to others." This is obviously adding clout to Yaacob Ibrahim's proposed internet licensing rules. It also means halting further queries about the unsettling and unsettled transaction between A.I.M. and PAP town councils, a subject that must surely cause distress or alarm to Teo Ho Pin and associates.

Earlier this year, Shanmugam had said,"...if you say I am a stupid fool who doesn't know what I'm talking about, and the Government comprises ministers who don't know what they're talking about and you criticise every policy of the Government, no one can sue you." Maybe he did not know what he was talkng about then, since the new laws make it possible to be sued for "spreading malicious comments or lies about someone, in person or online." Maybe what they are ultimately aiming for is lèse-majesté legislation.

19 comments:

  1. Twisting and turning.We have had enough.

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  2. So with the new law, we should be expecting arrest of netizens for "cyberbullying" fragile porcelain white politicians leading to 2016?

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    1. So look here, who has become the bully now? They are ALL bullies, and they are insecure. Where the cyber bully is small fry, this is one BIG bully, who can bring the full weight of their law on you.

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  3. An anti-internet news measure leaf taken from the China's CCP.

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  4. To catch a few bullies, they are passing the anti-harassment law. To protect the ricebowl of average Singaporeans, they give you the Fair Consideration Framework.

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    1. To paraphrase this: they are using the butcher's chopper to kill an ant but using their finger to squash the cow.

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    2. The way they go about addressing issues is like a butcher pinning down the ant with his finger and then finishing it off with a chopper........ :)

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    3. Notice they also talk about an issue. Trying to sympathise then throw in a shocker. Transport fare is but one glaring example. Very insincere!

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    4. You must know whose kids were bullied!

      They do not just introduce things for your sake... there is ulterior motive. Same goes for AWARE agenda.. you must know where the connections are..

      The toe bone is connected to the ankle bone which connected to the knee bone which is connected to...

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  5. "Liberty of speech invites and provokes liberty to be used again,
    and so bringeth much to a man’s knowledge."
    Sir Francis Bacon,
    1561-1626) Philosopher, British Lord Chancellor

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  6. If albert einstein was born in singapore...once he grows up...

    Thanks to the way the PAP gov't drives its leetarded self serving policies...

    Poor or Vicious old albert will be one of the following:

    1. He is hounded out of singapore in the end.

    2. He become another free loading self serving white clothed parasite.

    3. He is "allocated" or "conditioned" to only become a technician or cleaner or taxi driver.

    Interesting but depressing no.

    No wonder Singapore can't produce actual wise intellects. Thanks and no thanks to the white clothed self serving parasites.

    zzzz

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  7. What could be worse than the Army blindly taking Order from a Political Party blindly?

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    1. ANSWER:
      The political party taking orders blindly from the village idiot.
      Just because the village idiot happens to be the son of the former village chief.

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    2. No doubt we have a village idiot who is totally out of his depth playing the role of PM and this despite being schooled in the prestigious Cambridge Uni.

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  8. When the PAP ministers were inside the school during polling day, the judge exonerated them that it is not the same as violated within the school compound. From that they ownwards, I know Sg has no law or the PAP is above law. The rest became history with many examples.

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    1. Someone should have asked the wise judge, if within the school compound is meant to be excluded from within the perimeter, then WTF do they have the prohibition in the 1st place ?

      Looks like our laws are meant to be manipulated by idiots ?

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  9. Folks without conscience are ruthless and far worse than idiots.

    They are sinners.

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  10. Just like the anti vandalism law is not to stop vandalism but to deny their opponents an avenue to criticise, this anti-bullying bullshit is to make sure that you only read the "right things".

    Saycheese

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