Have you all read the news about the I hate yog facebook group that surfaced? As well as this single person calling for the burning of the minister whose ministry oversees the yog? Well that guy has been arrested and I would have thought that singaporeans by now would have realized about the level of the freedom of speech in Singapore.
Before you start agreeing and say that we don’t have freedom of speech in Singapore, let’s just clarify that I think we have freedom of speech, just a more specific one, the freedom of irresponsible speech. As long as you can back up your facts and play the game maturely, you’ll be fine. Calling for the burning of a minister is disrespectful, illegal and childish. Not to mention utterly irresponsible. I think he deserves it. No pity from me there.
I don’t really know why freedom of speech is said to be inexistent here. I find myself living in a comfortable environment, and there are plenty of opinions on the Internet criticising the government for the sake of criticising. It seems they still function pretty well, perhaps they don’t make statements that are of such a horrid nature.
Plus I don’t believe that we should have freedom to the extent we call for violence against anyone or against any partiular religious or racial group. And that falls under irresponsibility.
Hence, the freedom of responsible speech is enough, isn’t it?