Today, when you go to Mainstream Media on Facebook, click on any post and find the number of negative comments on their posts. It is no secret that the opposition has an internet brigade which goes online spreading hate.
At first it was fine when they were not making personal attacks on people who did not agree with them. Freedom of speech right? Everyone is entitled to their opinion on an issue.
But what is NOT okay is when they go around and make personal attacks on well meaning Singaporeans who have voiced constructive comments or speak up in favour of the Government.
Channel News Asia released an article about steering away from negative campaign practices. Unfortunately, this only applies to candidates and agents but not their supporters.
Take a look at some of their comments. They are obviously unfair and are a form of cyber bullying.
Their favorite term for anyone supportive of the government is “dog”. It is derogatory and disrespectful. Just because someone does not agree with you, it does not warrant name calling and mud-slinging.
I think Ms Tin has summed it up nicely.
“As politicians, all of us have encountered our fair share of online vitriol; some perhaps more than a fair share. It is not pleasant to be on the receiving end of such online attacks, but many of us have cultivated a certain equanimity and learnt to focus on the important issues for Singapore. I went through a “baptism of fire” in 2011 and I can fully empathize with how my political colleagues and peers from other political parties feel. But online vitriol does not help our political development. Politics should be a contest of ideas, about how Singapore can tackle its challenges and improve the lives of its citizens. It should also be about who can best run a constituency and come up with the best programmes to serve residents. I may not agree with my political “competitors” on many issues, but I believe in their right to stand in front of voters, and put forth their views and positions too. Online attacks that use lies and innuendos to insinuate that a potential candidate is not fit to serve, or that use vulgar language and threats to push a potential candidate to withdraw, do not serve our democracy. It is important that Singaporeans are able to express their thoughts on issues freely. However, we can do this without personal attacks and harassment, resorting to lies or threats, hiding behind anonymity and false identities. We should be fair to others if we want our views to be heard too. Freedom of expression must be coupled with respect. I hope we can all work towards building a free yet responsible online space where constructive debates can take place.”
We should learn to respect other’s views even online and not resort to childish and rude name calling and personal attacks.
Parliament is dissolved.
The Election Writ has been issued.
Nomination day will be on 1 September 2015.
Polling day is said to be on 11 September 2015.
September 11, 14 years ago, on September 11, something tragic happened in the US. Terrorists shocked the world with destruction and left fear in all of us. We all have vulnerabilities which can be easily exploited by external and internal forces if we are not on our toes.
14 years later, we will decide our future for the next 5 years and beyond, on September 11.
Who can you trust, to protect Singapore’s Future?
Who do you think is capable, to protect Singapore’s Future?
Who will you choose, to protect Singapore’s Future?
Steve Chia fallen to the hordes of Online Trolls.
National Solidatary Party
Today is a sad for democracy in Singapore. How could a decent man trying to make a difference to Singapore could make a statement like this?
So I went on a little investigation on who exactly are these online trolls starting with the link provided by Steve Chia.
This page was filled with embarassing information of his past.
Wait a minute. Hammer away?
Next I back track when the attacks started by going through the time line of NSP’s facebook page. Everything was normal with each posting garnering about 100-200 likes and 20-30 comments.
But this particular post garnered 225 comments on the 19th August 2015.
What is going on?
How sad the comments.
One of the strongest comment which stiked us was
So who is Firdaus?
Even goh meng seng is pissed with the WP’s supporters attack.
Remember AIM issue?
It was explained countless times and again it resurfaced.
1. Yes, the software was sanctioned by 14 Town Councils.
2. Yes, they paid the software by using the S&CC fees collected from residents.
3. Yes it was sold to AIM thru an open tender.
4. Yes, the software was later leased back to the Town Councils for a subscription fee.
But here are some facts.
1. The directors of AIM were not paid a director fee.
2. The software was getting outdated.
3. The cost for an upgrade would have meant a substantial initial outlay of the residents’ money.
4. Although there were several companies which took the tender documents but only AIM came back with a bid.
5. AIM did not profit from the purchase of the TC software nor from the lease back. Industry experts also mentioned that it was loss-making bid. (Maybe that is why no other companies bid for the tender)
6. Prime Minister Lee ordered a review of the AIM transaction and the fundamental nature of town councils, to ensure high standards of corporate governance.
7. The review reported that there NO wrong-doings and saying the AIM sale complied with regulations and there was no conflict of interest.
So how did this saga came about? hint* FMSS…. Overspent … WP…. Friends… (got it?)