Friday, July 24, 2015

Criticism has to be within constraint

PM Lee said that the government welcomed criticism within Singapore but they have to be within constraint. He quoted the case of Roy Ngerng and Amos Yee.

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I agree with his view. His government had been quite tolerant, in general, over criticisms expressed in the social media.

But for the two cases, the government had over-reacted. There was no need to sue Roy Ngerng. Having sued him, he should have accepted the offer of compensation of $5,000 which represented more than one month's salary for Roy Ngerng.

There was also no need to charge Amos Yee for causing religious unhappines, which never existed.

In spite of these to bad cases, his government had been quite tolerant of online criticism.

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