Did the bloggers squander an opportunity or the government still doesn't get it?

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?


  1. What they’re thinking is that on the Internet, people stop being human; but do they even realise that it is the sense of anonymity (albeit false) of the Internet that allows people to express their true feelings?
    If there’re so many people whom are glad over the attack, won’t it be time for the minister to reflect over his past actions? What has he done to elicit such a response from people online?
    There’s no smoke without a flame (yes, ironic).
    pkchukiss’s last blog post..A Chinese New Year spent vomiting

  2. To play the image and perception game at a strategic level, requires empathy towards the “creators” and “consumers” of information.
    Sadly, this is not apparent here, hence we see such clumsy, regrettable words used in official narratives.

  3. DK – Seng is not a minister but whether he aspires to become one, I cannot say :p
    Jokes aside, there’s no smoke without a fire – there must be a reason for everything and similarly, most people do not post negative comments for fun…
    There may be an underlying grievance – related or unrelated to the flaming incident – but still big enough to spark off the resentment (pun unintended)…

  4. xtrocious: Are you Xtralicious? 😛
    Yes, I totally agree that there’s no smoke without a fire. The problem is, do they know this? Or they just pretending that they don’t know a single thing.

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