Thursday, March 6, 2014

Crisis Averted

The Provost of the National University of Singapore (NUS) Professor Tan Eng Chye has, via an internal communication circulated to faculty members, staff and students, informed them that Facebook comments posted last week by Associate Professor Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied on lesbianism "contained provocative, inappropriate and offensive language". The Provost also said he has counselled Khairudin Aljunied, who acknowledged that while his only intention had been to convey his point of view, his original posts reflected poor judgment in the tone and choice of words. That's it. Period.

The provocative Associate Professor, hailed by some quarters as "an icon of the Malay/Muslim community", got off easy.

In 2005 an archaic British colonial sedition law used to fight communist insurgency was deployed to prosecute three ethnic Chinese accused of writing nasty remarks about the minority Malay community.

Edward Jenks (1936), in The Book of English Law, has this to say about sedition:
"This, perhaps the very vaguest of all offences known to the Criminal Law, is defined as the speaking or writing of words calculated to excite disaffection against the Constitution as by law established, to procure the alteration of it by other than lawful means, or to incite any person to commit a crime to the disturbance of the peace, or to raise discontent or disaffection, or to promote ill-feeling between different classes of the community. A charge of sedition is, historically, one of the chief means by which Government, especially at the end of the eighteenth and the beginning of the nineteenth century, strove to put down hostile critics. It is evident that the vagueness of the charge is a danger to the liberty of the subject, especially if the Courts of Justice can be induced to take a view favourable to the Government."

25-year-old Lim's views expressed on an Internet forum for dog lovers about whether taxis should refuse to carry uncaged pets out of consideration for Muslims were deemed disparaging, and Koh's tone and choice of words were taken to advocate desecrating Islam's holy site of Mecca. A 17-year-old student was also dragged to court to face sedition charges for allegedly making racist comments about Malays on the Internet.

According to court documents, Lim and Koh were accused of committing acts "with a seditious tendency to promote feelings of ill-will and hostility between different classes of the population of Singapore."

Perhaps Provost Tan managed to nip it in the bud before the "s" word came into play. Perhaps the LGBT community is too small to be considered one of the classes of the population of Singapore. Perhaps the police is just too busy fending off attacks about their poor judgment on the night of the Little India riot.

9 comments:

  1. These are the sort of instances that provoke citizens into questioning whether this little red dot is a country with two systems. The Attorney-General should come forth to say whether a case for sedition has prima facie been made out and not allow an internal resolution by the NUS. The law must take its course if a case is made out.

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    1. If bark at by a mongrel, you may hit back to stop it's barking but if bitten by a pure breed, will you dare hit back if its owner is an elite?

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  2. To condemn someone as having cancer is just as bad as telling someone to go to hell. How a university professor can utter such hateful words and yet openly supported by some other similarly minded persons holding official positions is really beyond my reasonable comprehension.

    Maybe we need such narrow minded professors of the highest moral standards to teach the young especially those from dysfunctional families.

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  3. There is one more "s" word missing in this shameful episode - "sorry". The unrepentant provocateur is even proud to boast: "My initial posting entitled “Liberal Islam, Lesbianism and the likes of it” is still on my Facebook page. It has not been removed because it reflects my personal conviction on the issue."
    Lest anyone still thinks he is championing the Malay community, here's a quote attributed to him: "I want to stress that while my field is Malay Studies, I myself am not Malay, but Arab". Is that racist enough for you?

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    1. Just like the elitist peranakans... think they are an exceptional lot... inlcuding eurasians.. 'arab'?.. hah!.. melayu still in the genes lah... same as grago and baba.

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  4. Wah!.
    I didn't know the Provost of NUS, Professor Tan Eng Chye has the power to decide that it is (a) not sedition and (b) no futher action is required.

    One country, two legal systems?

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  5. NEA throws a blanket statement(SOP),bla,bla,bla..reassurance..warning..penalty and without any elaboration,without proof and public authentication,how do we know if NEA is lying or not in carrying out its due process with no material facts to show. MSM managed to provide a name in the Toa Payoh case(Police case), SUGGESTING a legitimate company is involved, whereas the corrupt NEA gives the thumbs-up on the Jurong West,everything is fine,case close,based solely on it's authority and expedience,very convenient.If it is not corrupt, it's as good as a coverup.
    Why just the blanket statement If there is nothing secretive to hide?.No evidence??? No MSM report..Jurong West.....Yishun..selective reporting??? read "the right things".
    This is serious,something is wrong,without giving any details for the Public's verification,
    the Public should not trust the NEA unless they are able to identify the man and woman that are collecting 'gutter oil' at sewers near Block 505 Market and Food Centre in Jurong West.
    If you can trust the PAP man at the helm in NEA at this time and age without any proof,may God bless you.
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    http://sg.entertainment.yahoo.com/news/nea-investigating--gutter-oil--health-scare-071626730.html?.tsrc=yfpnewsapp
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    http://singaporeseen.stomp.com.sg/singaporeseen/in-the-heartlands/why-is-this-couple-pumping-out-contents-from-jurong-west-sewers
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    http://singaporeseen.stomp.com.sg/singaporeseen/this-urban-jungle/collecting-gutter-oil-same-couple-spotted-pumping-contents-from-sewers-again-at
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    http://singaporeseen.stomp.com.sg/singaporeseen/this-urban-jungle/couple-spotted-draining-grease-traps-identified-and-investigations-are-ongoing-nea
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    http://singaporeseen.stomp.com.sg/singaporeseen/this-urban-jungle/couple-pumping-out-sewer-contents-in-jurong-on-two-occasions-nea-is-investigating
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    http://singaporeseen.stomp.com.sg/singaporeseen/this-urban-jungle/yet-another-sighting-of-people-pumping-out-sewer-contents-this-time-at-yishun
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    http://singaporeseen.stomp.com.sg/singaporeseen/this-urban-jungle/men-spotted-pumping-out-sewer-contents-in-yishun-nea-currently-investigating
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    http://singaporeseen.stomp.com.sg/singaporeseen/this-urban-jungle/police-called-in-after-men-were-spotted-pumping-out-contents-from-grease-trap-in
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    ps, I posted this at TR EMERITUS, NEA: Gutter oil was collected for processing into biodiesel « Editorial ..( http://www.tremeritus.com/2014/03/06/nea-gutter-oil-was-collected-for-processing-into-biodiesel/ )saw it published at abt 6.40 pm and then deleted. Can someone go to the the site to enquire for me.
    Sorry Tattler,I know this is off topic.

    Joshua Chiang

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    1. Joshua.
      Like you, I'm waiting to see to see proof rather than motherhood statements.

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  6. Tan gugu
    meaning
    wait long
    long.
    Here is the Land
    Of Sin.

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