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WHY SO QUIET $INGAPORE?




The nation-builder press, Feb 22, 2003.

Nation-builder Neo Hui Min wanted to find out why "$ingapore was one of the few modern cities in the world that did not stage a peace rally last weekend." We offer some possible answers from her own nation-building press.

HE PROTESTED AGAINST THE ISA IN A MARATHON



The nation-builder press, Feb 23 2001.

Chee Soon Juan wanted to organise a marathon on Human Rights Day in December 2000 but the authorities refused permission. He and his sister run the 42 km from Whitley Road where the ISD keep their prisoners to Speakers' Corner. It was peaceful.

HE SPOKE UP FOR THE TUDUNG



The nation-builder press, July 31, 2002.

Chee Soon Juan speaks out at Speakers Corner and ends up in court and loses his right to stand in the next General Election.

HE HELD A RALLY AT THE ISTANA



The nation-builder press, Oct 10 2002.

Chee Soon Juan is sent to jail for organising a peaceful May Day Rally in front of the Istana. He wanted to speak up for workers rights.

HE TRIED TO ORGANISE A PEACEFUL MARCH



The nation-builder press, Dec 11, 2002.

JB Jeyaretnam wanted to organise a peaceful march [actually a short walk of 500m] against the GST hike on his 77th birthday, Jan 5 2003. The authorities refuse permission.

"As far as we remember, the only time workers openly demonstrated in $ingapore was in March 2002 when Chinese nationals working in $ingapore, gathered in front of Parliament House. Although they broke all the rules, not a single one was arrested. Who dares [and if you're a Chinese national] WINS!!!!"
– The young, restless and cynical Mirror of Opinion, Feb 22, 2003.

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WHY SO QUIET $INGAPORE? PART 2

When Time magazine went searching for thinking Muslims, they headed to Kuala Lumpur. In Time's March 24, 2003 issue, they interviewed five, including lawyer and activist Latheefa Koya. Here's what she told Time magazine:

"There's paranoia against Muslims. My two female cousins, who are sisters, staged a peace protest in front of the US embassy in Singapore. Though they were just collecting signatures, they were detained and interrogated. And then, their computers were taken away, and one husband was asked why he had so much Islamic reading material at home.

"These people are Muslims, the women wear the Muslim head scarf, but they are innocent. Can they be charged for inciting peace?"

"STAND UP... AND BE COUNTED"
- The young, restless, cynical and FFFURIOUS Mirror of Opinion, Mar 24, 2003


ALL TOGETHER NOW - THERE IS NO GOVERNMENT CONTROL OF THE PRESS

The nation-builder press, Straits Times, Mar 21, 2003

The above article concluded with this quotation:
"For an editor to make such a decision is responsible journalism. It is not censorship by the government," said Mr (David) Lim.
[Note: Mr David Lim is Acting Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts]



The nation-builder press, Streats, Mar 21, 2003

The above article concluded with this quotation:
"For an editor to make such a decision is responsible journalism. It is not censorship by the government," said Mr (David) Lim.



The nation-builder press, Today, Mar 21, 2003

The above article concluded with this quotation:
"For an editor to make such a decision is responsible journalism. It is not censorship by the government."

"SYNCHRONICITY IS THE TITLE OF AN ALBUM BY... THE POLICE."
- The young, restless and cynical Mirror of Opinion, Mar 21, 2003

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WHY SO QUIET $INGAPORE? PART 3

Five months ago, on Sept 3, 2002, four Muslim groups in $ingapore asked the PAP government not to support any US-led war on Iraq. The four groups were:

- the Singapore Islamic Scholars and Religious Teachers' Association (Pergas)

- Perdaus, a volunteer-welfare group

- the Muhammadiyah Association which runs religious classes, welfare homes and care centres for the elderly

- Centre for Contemporary Islamic Studies

Specifically, the groups asked the government "to oppose, or at least abstain from supporting, any possible collective attacks on Iraq."

They said: "We support the view that all lives are precious whether they are Iraqis, Americans or Israelis. Unfortunately, in any attack, the innocent suffer and die at the expense of the guilty party."

Ustaz Zhulkeflee Haji Ismail, manager of Pergas, explained that they had made their views to "fulfil their role of guiding the public."
This is what they got for their effort...



The nation-builder press, Sept 5, 2002.


The nation-builder press, Sept 5, 2002. Ms Irene Ng is a PAP MP and deputy chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Defence and Foreign Affairs.

"DON'T BLAME APATHY WHEN $INGAPOREANS ARE QUIET."
- The young, restless and cynical Mirror of Opinion, Mar 28, 2003.


THE NEW THREAT


When responding to the Muslim group's appeal, PAP MP Mr Zainudin Nordin (Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC) said: "I believe that going into Iraq is a security issue for the US. It is not a religious issue."

Earlier, on Aug 17, 2002, the nation-builder press reported this from Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew:


The nation-builder press, Aug 17, 2002.

"FATHER KNOWS BEST."
- The young, restless and cynical Mirror of Opinion, Mar 28, 2003.

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WHY SO QUIET $INGAPORE? PART 4


The nation-builder press, Apr 7 2003



The nation-builder press, Apr 7 2003

The minister who called Malaysian journalists "a pack of wild animals" is now literally quiet as a mouse. He said in the above article: "People who are expecting me to make noise for the sake of making noise, to ask for change for the sake of change, or to engage in dramatic gestures for the sake of raising public profile are going to be disappointed and I don’t mind disappointing them."

Since more than one year ago [Feb 12, 2002] he was tasked to "remake $ingapore". To date, the committee has done as much as starting a website for views on remaking $ingapore. He said then that "sacred cows" would be slaughtered.

To explain his "quiet critic" role, he said: "I realise that the government is more open-minded than people give us credit for… that was not something I could see when I was outside. I can understand why people don’t see that either now, unless they get up close and see what’s going on."

"WAH LAU, NOT TRANSPARENT BUT NO NEED TO SPEAK UP EH? $INGAPORE IS ALL GOOD-NO BAD, MAH."
- The young, restless and cynical MIRROR OF OPINION, Apr 7 2003.

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TOMMY KOH EXPLAINS CO-OPTION

We are reminded of what Prof Tommy Koh said [Jan 25 2003]: "The $ingapore government is, however, very ungracious. It never acknowledges the contribution the civil society has made that led to the government adopting their initiatives and proposals. So, my message to Tisa [Ng] is: This is a government that’s very stingy with praise. If you want to be praised by the $ingapore government, it’s never going to happen. Just be happy that the good ideas you campaign for have become reality."


GEORGE ORWELL EXPLAINS NEWSPEAK

"Newspeak was designed not to extend but to diminish the range of thought, and this purpose was indirectly assisted by cutting the choice of words down to a minimum."
- George Orwell’s 1984.

"Now, do you know what a "quiet critic" means?"
- The young, restless and cynical MIRROR OF OPINION, Apr 7 2003

THE WHISTLE-BLOWER ACT [aka It pays to be QUIET Act]



The nation-builder press, July 12 2001.

The provisions of $ingapore’s Official Secrets Act was extended to 21 statutory boards including CPF, EDB, MAS and the National Heritage Board. Any $ingaporean "who is reasonably suspected of having committed such an offence, can be arrested without a warrant." The offence is defined as "the use of… information in a manner prejudicial to $ingapore’s interest." Two years jail and a $2,000 fine awaits the offender.


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