I refer to the article “Buzzfeed, here’s the deal on speech laws in Singapore” (Straits Times, Sep 3).
It states that “That’s why we have laws that stop people from using speech to stir the pot, for personal ambition, for a sincere cause, or for kicks, or because whatever.
The thing to remember, Buzzfeed, is that speech laws here cut both ways: The religious conservative right, as well as lefty Internet atheists like Yee, are equally constrained. The law doesn’t care why a punch was thrown; all it cares about is that it was thrown, and someone was hit.
Buzzfeed, I get that you are left-leaning, and present a level-headed alternative to right-wing sites, so I guess it’s in your DNA that when you think “Singapore”, your fingers reflexively spell “draconian”, as if the ghost of George Orwell rushed into you and pushed you onto the battlements to defend freedom against the armies of darkness.”
Our “speech laws” or rather, arguably the laws that may curtail the freedom of expression, may be the most restrictive in the world.
… “Seditious tendency 3.—(1) A seditious tendency is a tendency —