ROY NGERNG: MDA IS A HYPOCRITE FOR SHUTTING DOWN TRS

Dear Mr Tan,

I read your comments in the Today newspaper regarding the shut down of The Real Singapore (TRS) website.

You said: “This is the first time that MDA has resorted to suspension, but when you put it against the backdrop of TRS’ alleged egregious conduct, it becomes more of a question of when (to suspend), rather than whether.”

You also said: “We must be mindful of the rapid and widespread reach that social media sites have. Ultimately, it’s Singaporeans who bear the consequences of their falsehoods.”

I would like to refer you to some links below:

Andrew Loh’s blog: Stoking hatred and ill will

From the above links, you can see that the following websites have also behaved “egregiously”.

STOMP: stomp.com.sg
The Straits Times: straitstimes.com
The New Paper: tnp.sg
Please also look at the links below:

The Online Citizen: Inaccurate Straits Times report on Lee-Ngerng case

As such, you can also see that the following websites have been spreading falsehoods:

The Straits Times: straitstimes.com
AsiaOne: asiaone.com
Today also quoted you as saying that, “The editors of the The Real Singapore appeared to have been testing the limits of the media regulator (and) that the MDA has demonstrated their resolve to tackle recalcitrant sites and deter potential copycats.”

As such, you appear to agree that The Real Singapore should be shut down.

I would thus like to ask if you would also agree that the following websites from the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) should also be shut down, and their operations ceased, and whether you would be asking the authorities to shut them down.

STOMP: stomp.com.sg
The Straits Times: straitstimes.com
The New Paper: tnp.sg
AsiaOne: asiaone.com
The MDA’s actions of shutting down The Real Singapore has been seen as hypocritical by many Singaporeans, who feel that there are also other websites, such as the above-mentioned ones, which have been conducting their misdeeds but have been allowed to continue to operate.

Additionally, many Singaporeans also question the hypocrisy of why the government would charge The Real Singapore for Sedition but would not charged the above-mentioned websites for the similar “crimes” that they have committed.

This has given rise to the perception that the People’s Action Party (PAP)-run government is intentionally persecuting The Real Singapore because it is the top “alternative” news website and which has been on the forefront of exposing the misdeeds of the PAP, and that the PAP wants to shut down The Real Singapore to stop it from doing so.

Moreover, there is also the perception that the PAP continues to allow the state-controlled media, operated by SPH and Mediacorp, to continue to even spread falsehoods, because the PAP wants to use them as tools to spread its own propaganda.

I have also been on the receiving end of the falsehoods of their reporting.

If so, we should be “mindful of the rapid and widespread reach” because “ultimately, it’s Singaporeans who bear the consequences of their falsehoods”, as you have said.

I would like to ask if you think that the above-mentioned websites from SPH should also be shut down and have their operations ceased, and whether you would be asking the government to do so.

If the media observers who claim that The Real Singapore should be shut down but would still tolerate the existence of the state-controlled media to spread its propaganda, then it is worrying the state of Singapore.

And if we agree that such laws which exist to persecute are unfair, then these laws should be abolished, as I have written to the Attorney-General’s Chambers to do so.

I would like to know your further thoughts in this matter.

Thank you.

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Roy

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Dear Mr Zulkifli,

I read your comments in the Today newspaper regarding the shut down of The Real Singapore (TRS) website.

You said: “People think because they’re from the Internet, we should not be too harsh to them, and we should expect a certain level of inaccuracies. I don’t buy that.”

You also said: “Whether you’re a website or not, you have the responsibility — like any other media — to present honest, factual reporting of events.”

I would like to refer you to some links below:

Andrew Loh’s blog: Stoking hatred and ill will

From the above links, you can see that the following websites have not behaved “responsibly”.

STOMP: stomp.com.sg
The Straits Times: straitstimes.com
The New Paper: tnp.sg
Please also look at the links below:

The Online Citizen: Inaccurate Straits Times report on Lee-Ngerng case

As such, you can also see that the following websites have been “inaccurate” in their reporting and have not “present(ed) (the) honest, factual reporting of events”:

The Straits Times: straitstimes.com
AsiaOne: asiaone.com
You appear to agree that The Real Singapore should be shut down.

I would thus like to ask if you would also agree that the following websites from the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) should also be shut down, and whether you would be asking the authorities to shut them down.

STOMP: stomp.com.sg
The Straits Times: straitstimes.com
The New Paper: tnp.sg
AsiaOne: asiaone.com
You also said that, “Whether you’re a website or not, you have the responsibility.” As such, do you agree that the operations of the SPH should also cease?

The MDA’s actions of shutting down The Real Singapore has been seen as hypocritical by many Singaporeans, who feel that there are also other websites, such as the above-mentioned ones, which have been conducting their misdeeds but have been allowed to continue to operate.

Additionally, many Singaporeans also question the hypocrisy of why the government would charge The Real Singapore for Sedition but would not charged the above-mentioned websites for the similar “crimes” that they have committed.

This has given rise to the perception that the People’s Action Party (PAP)-run government is intentionally persecuting The Real Singapore because it is the top “alternative” news website and which has been on the forefront of exposing the misdeeds of the PAP, and that the PAP wants to shut down The Real Singapore to stop it from doing so.

Moreover, there is also the perception that the PAP continues to allow the state-controlled media, operated by SPH and Mediacorp, to continue to even spread falsehoods, because the PAP wants to use them as tools to spread its own propaganda.

I have also been on the receiving end of the falsehoods of their reporting.

I would like to ask if you think that the above-mentioned websites from SPH should also be shut down and have their operations ceased, and whether you would be asking the government to do so.

If the media observers who claim that The Real Singapore should be shut down but would still tolerate the existence of the state-controlled media to spread its propaganda, then it is worrying the state of Singapore.

And if we agree that such laws which exist to persecute are unfair, then these laws should be abolished, as I have written to the Attorney-General’s Chambers to do so.

I would like to know your further thoughts in this matter.

Thank you.

Roy Ngerng

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