Update on the update:
I put this post up recently, and then took it down, thinking better not, sekali kena sued until pants dropped.
Then in my moment of fear, I realised that this is not how the Internet works. If you google this link, you will see it anyway. This is hardly a recent post, and neither are the charges new.
And while I don't believe I am some bleeding heart "bastion of free speech", I don't want my kids to grow up knowing their father was too afraid to even link to some Hongkong blogger's rant about how pathetic Singapore is.
This is not the Singapore I want my kids to grow up in, where we live in fear of speaking up. My daughter already has problems talking, and meanwhile, we who can talk self-gag.
I think the points that Hemlock makes are interesting, and I do not agree with all of them. I personally can think of a few things that make Hongkong pathetic too (1. Your wanton noodles are only soup-based. 2. You march and march and China still has you by the balls... etc)
I leave you with the link to decide for yourselves. and I welcome all views on the matter. Singapore is not going to collapse into anarchy just because some people think we (or our leaders) suck.
Here is the link again:
Why Singapore is a Pathetic Place by Hemlock.
Excerpt (which I thought quite appropriate in this case):
5. Faced with such mismanagement, most people would complain. Not Singaporeans. Their government effectively controls the media and runs a highly effective PR campaign aimed at convincing the people the government is wonderful. Many sincerely believe it. Those who don’t fall for it keep quiet, or wish they had. The few people who dare to speak out suffer reduced career prospects or even spurious legal action. Unlike Hongkongers, Singaporeans have no right, in practice, to walk down the street handing out anti-government leaflets and shouting anti-government slogans. It is a crime to speak in public without a permit. Pathetic
Update: After speaking to a lawyer, I decided to pull this one, no point getting sued for someone else's rants. Singapore's defamation laws are very powderful and I am just a little guy.