The Court of Appeal rules against the government and suddenly we see the machinery of the state and compliant media working hard to re-frame an incident – in which the apex court said would not have been a “just and equitable” use of POHA *even if* the law covered organisations – so as to justify its position.
What we are seeing here is a government that lost a court battle, and is now using its resources and power free speech to circumvent the apex court’s ruling. They are now re-framing the issue to take control of the narrative; some action, like amending POHA or introducing even more legislation, is likely on the way.
Can anyone else in Singapore do this? Lose, then start changing the rules of the game? Who else has this much power? And if they already have so much power, why are they talking as if they can’t address falsehoods without POHA, when the Court of Appeal itself has pointed out that they can?
Don’t get sucked into this new narrative. Don’t let the government find yet another way to curb and press freedom. Resist.