Senior Minister of State (Information, Communication and the Arts) Lui Tuck Yew said that the Internet community here “squandered” an opportunity to show that it was capable of a “higher degree of self-regulation”. I don’t know leh. Did we bloggers squander an opportunity or the government still doesn’t understand how the new media works?
Has Mr Lui or anyone of the MP ever sit down and wonder, why are there negative comments regarding this incident? If the person is well like by everyone, I’m sure everyone will stand up and defend him. People won’t give you respect, you have to earn it yourself. I did a google search on Mr Seng Han Thong and found lots of negative comments about him even before the fire incident. Why is that so?
When someone throw a shoe at Bush, the whole world cheered. Shoe monument set up. Thousand demand the shoe thrower to be released.
When someone throw a shoe at Wen Jiabao, people jeer at the shoe thrower in the lecture theater.
Surely there is some linkage here.
This is a good opportunity for the MPs and MICA to listen to the sentiments on the ground. Unfiltered by the grassroots leaders and untouched by the local media. The Internet community are your voters too (Unless they GRC ganna walkover like mine). Listen to them. Understand them. Engage them.
Well, of course it is perfectly fine to ignore the blogosphere and only engage in a “serious and meaningful debate” on the Reach portal and mainstream media’s forum. But let me remind Mr Lui that our neighbor up north has already learnt their lesson the hard way.
Relating her own experience of how some “political websites” did not allow “positive” comments about the Government to be posted, Aljunied MP Cynthia Lim asked how the Government ensures such websites were “open to all (views)” .
My question to MP Cynthia Lim (Or is it Phua?) is, which political website is that. Is it a respectable website or a shady one? No respectable website will disallow positive comments about the government.
And since we are on this topic, does MP Cynthia knows that some “traditional media website” does not allow “negative” comments about the Government to be posted?