Saturday, February 25, 2012

Does Threat of Defamation Lawsuit Scare and Silence?

Apart from apologies and deletions, are there not going to be noises in Singapore's cyber cowboy town?

With three threats and demands (Shanmugum, Lee & Lee) coming from legal firms so soon one after another, will alternative news soon sound like mainstream media? Will Singaporean bloggers who write their thoughts against the grain walk into the sunset and say, "Goodbye freedom of speech. Goodbye unjust world." Would they shrivel up and die? I doubt so!

By reading Lucky Tan's "Threats of Defamation Lawsuits : Not a way to win over netizens...." [Link], I think Lucky may have spoken for many Singaporean minds when he compared Barack Obama against Lee Hsien Loong. No, not the comparison of salary, which has become pretty stale, but character! Of one who admitted, "I screwed up!" [Video Link from previous blog] and of another who complained that he should have more time to 'buy and fix' [Video Link from previous blog].

In "An Open Challenge to Lee Hsien Loong" [Link], I'm energised by the wisdom and brilliance of writer of "Under The Willow Tree". While others may feel that it is silly, I would strongly encourage PM Lee to take up this challenge. It will be the most honourable thing to to do if he is serious about putting an end to all the insinuations and rumours of nepotism. It would, once and for all, put the rumour mongers to silence forever!

PM Lee has missed many opportunities to act on what he preached. If an open and inclusive society where trust, care, openness and transparency is what he sincerely wants in Singapore, he must step up to the plate and do what's right for the nation. We don't want a lame Prime Minister. We want one who has the gumption to do right when rightfully and reasonably challenged.

In the same way that Workers' Party has been challenged by the msm to come clean on the saga of Yaw Shin Leong, I, as a citizen of Singapore, seek the PM's sense of fairplay to come clean on this issue without further threat of defamation charges. In fact, I do not take "An Open Challenge to Lee Hsien Loong" as a challenge. I take it as a request from a blogger who is, like me, sick and tired of the arrogance of the powerful who use their riches to engage lawyers to fighten and gag the views and voices of those who question to find the truth.



At February 25, 2012 at 6:13 AM , Blogger Langgar said...

Well said Datuk Fish. You summarie all. Of late, I notice the PM is sort of "lame duck!" He doesn't give one (certainly me) the impression of an decisive general in charge. He is shifting his stands and views too often. Not much of decisiveness. Procrastination esp Hougang by election issue, transport, immigration etc. His MPs one after another ie Baey is the latest one also seem to be losing focus and talking nonsense. No clear direction at all. This is very disturbing. Doesn't bode well for us. Sigh ... Where's the talent despite being highest paid politicians in the entire civilized world?

Using your might to sue and threaten those innocent bloggers who express their own views as scare tactics will NEVER win you respect at all. Instead it will create more bitterness and hatred leading to more division and cynicism!

Don't forget that the clock is ticking. By 2026, it may be too late if it carry on like this. The time bomb (figuratively), will surely explode!

At February 25, 2012 at 9:02 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fish with gumption. Passionate. May God bless you!

At February 25, 2012 at 11:45 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If they are transparent, they won't have a leg to stand on.

If they are accountable, they will be making their case instead of making threats.

Most Singaporeans have come to terms with him as the (designated) PM long ago. So why still make a big fuss about nepotism today? It shows weakness and insecurity, not strength and decisiveness.

I'm sorry to say that you have a pretty weak leader in Singapore today.

P.s. Like many others, I shall remain anonymous :)

At February 25, 2012 at 12:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

One does not need to open his mouth to confirm his a fool.

At February 25, 2012 at 1:40 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

even if the internet had existed in the early sixties and seventies, i am pretty sure the oldguards like Dr GohKS, LimKS, Rajaratnam, BarkerEW, TohCC, wouldn't have to resort to suing netizens for so called defamation, malicious rumours....

just imagine if each of them had put their sons, daughters, sons-in-law, daugthers-in-law, etc, to run the country or state owned enterprise, what would have been the outcome for SinCity ?....LOL

imagine also, if they had closed both eyes to the fact their spouses enjoyed some questionable monopoly in business....LOL

to me it boils down to this, you don't need lawsuits if you run a country with integrity and accountability.
but sadly, a dumbass PM will never understand this.

At February 25, 2012 at 3:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Americans can criticise and make fun of Obama because they and Obama know that he is human and imperfect, and for a litigious society, they are gracious enough to ensure that their comments are never defamatory to allow Obama to successfully sue for defamation. Also because Obama is not superhuman, he need not be paid a stratospheric salary.
Lee Hsien Loong is a higher mortal, superbly created from perfect genes like all members of his family and any allusion to impropriety must be promptly dispelled. Also because he is a perfect being, his salary must reflect that, in spite of the fact that they (father and son) have not been able to mould a gracious society of Singaporeans who would not make defamatory comments about higher mortals.


At February 25, 2012 at 4:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems that Asia Sentinel has just recently posted a highly controversial article about nepotism & the Lee family, addressing an even bigger international audience.

As for its frank & honest assessment, let's wait & see whether the Lee family will dare to allow it to remain unchallenged in cyberspace ?

You see they have always maintained the stand that if they don't challenge it, it can also mean it is quite true, isn't it ?

At February 25, 2012 at 4:39 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Legal firms in Singapore and their honchos are earning big bucks from "sure win" defamation and libel suits.
This business is so lucrative,and they expect more demand ofsuch service,that a Defamation and Libel Dept was established in some legal firms.Gangs of paralegals are at the computers , twenty hours a day on the constant lookout
for articles purportedly defamatory or libelous

At February 25, 2012 at 6:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


Dear netizens

Your mission if you choose to accept;
Is for each of you to convert one PAP voter;
Into an Opposition voter before GE 2016.

Hit them where it hurts.
At the ballot box in GE 2016.

Don’t get yourselves into legal trouble.
Almost no Singapore lawyer will take up your defence.
And not easy for foreign lawyers to get permission to come here and defend you.

If you agree;
Please post this message in other blogs.

And e-mail it to all your friends.

At February 25, 2012 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fish, how apt you use the video of
finale of 'Les Mis" for this post.
Perhaps you can visualise Singaporeans soon to be singing this too? in Hougang By-E and 2016?

At February 26, 2012 at 10:56 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


At February 26, 2012 at 11:30 AM , Blogger utwt said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

At February 26, 2012 at 11:55 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Asia Sentinal article here:

At February 26, 2012 at 1:33 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain."
Harvey Dent from the Batman movie "The Dark Knight"

At February 26, 2012 at 7:49 PM , Blogger FeedMeToTheFish said...

Dear utwt,

The pleasure is mine. I hope all SIngaporeans get to read "An Open Challenge to Lee Hsien Loong".

You have set the example for others to follow. To write with fortitude without malice. To bring forth reason and truth without fear or favour. To debunk the myth that social bloggers in Singapore are nothing but a bunch of irresponsible 'cowboys' making 'noises'.

You have shown that truth, fairness, intelligence and honesty in writing can neither be bought nor put to silence by the threat of money and power.

Keep keeping it up!

At February 27, 2012 at 12:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

When our current PM was elected to office, then PM Lee said it was not he who initiated the proposal of his son's election... it was the 'party'.
Similarly, the nepotism charges now where PM Lee HL claims he was not part of the decision making process. A powerful man, a powerful woman,a powerful family, anywhwere in the world, can get things done without his/ her/ their fingers getting dirty. Singaporeans are losing faith in those who would govern. Step up to the plate Mr. Lee. Afterall , aren't we always being told how "transparent" everything is in S'pore ????

At February 27, 2012 at 1:07 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

When you cannot present the truth and know you will be exposed, simply sue, especially in a kangaroo court, where "in" is not within 200 metres

At February 27, 2012 at 5:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Feed me to the fish,

mark my words that they are using these lawsuits as testing bed for 2016 election. Finding that even anti-pap hardcore site is capable of self-censoring and having fear-mentality, the govt could just ridiculously shoot unprecedented number lawsuit letters to political site a month before election to tame the ground.

even more so if the Singapore boogeyman meet his maker before the election takes place.

At February 28, 2012 at 8:27 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let your vote do the talking. If everyone who has a opinion against this can persuade a friend or two to vote for the opposition and ask them to do the same we can end with a pyramid kind of scheme to get rid of these white devils.

At February 28, 2012 at 4:17 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very useful blog, I enjoy reading your post.Thanks for sharing. I will keep come back to this site.

by Hotel Deals

At August 22, 2012 at 11:40 AM , Anonymous obd2 scanner said...

The OBD II scanner gives an even better understanding of what on earth is going on aided by the engine AUTOBOSS PC MAX Wireless VCI. It supplies engine operating information such as RPM, ignition timing and injector pulse width.

At March 10, 2013 at 9:37 PM , Anonymous said...

Microsoft could be betting big that corporates will dig Home windows 8, but most of these folk are still shifting from Windows XP to Home windows 7, according to rugged pill maker Motion Computing.

At May 17, 2013 at 6:42 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uniνersity of Ϲοnnecticut Integratеd Pest Manаgemеnt; Νeem Based Inѕесtіcideѕ;.
Оr, уou might ωant to fіnԁ oгnamеntal haiгpins
for thаt sρеciаl, sparκly lоoκ.
Along with уour towels, wіll add thе vіsual interеѕt
in a rοom, so chοoѕe carefullу, аnԁ mаkе ѕure it ԁoesn't clash.

Also visit my homepage; hair accessories

At November 1, 2014 at 8:45 AM , Blogger oakleyses said...

chanel handbags, gucci handbags, tiffany jewelry, jordan shoes, polo ralph lauren, christian louboutin shoes, christian louboutin outlet, oakley sunglasses, kate spade handbags, oakley vault, prada outlet, nike free, louis vuitton outlet, coach purses, coach outlet, kate spade outlet online, louboutin shoes, coach outlet, polo ralph lauren outlet, coach outlet store online, nike shoes, michael kors outlet, louis vuitton, longchamp handbags, michael kors outlet online, michael kors outlet store, longchamp outlet, michael kors outlet online, louis vuitton outlet online, tiffany and co jewelry, burberry outlet online, nike air max, prada handbags, louis vuitton handbags, michael kors outlet online, longchamp outlet online, cheap oakley sunglasses, ray ban sunglasses, michael kors outlet online, tory burch outlet, burberry outlet online, red bottom shoes, nike air max, louis vuitton outlet, ray ban outlet

At November 1, 2014 at 8:47 AM , Blogger oakleyses said...

nike roshe run, nike air max, sac michael kors, nike free pas cher, true religion outlet, nike air force, burberry pas cher, michael kors canada, coach purses, air max pas cher, nike free, ray ban uk, sac vanessa bruno, sac louis vuitton, timberland, longchamp pas cher, guess pas cher, scarpe hogan, louis vuitton pas cher, true religion, vans pas cher, hollister, nike blazer pas cher, louis vuitton, ralph lauren, converse pas cher, ralph lauren pas cher, oakley pas cher, true religion outlet, chaussure louboutin, mulberry, tn pas cher, hermes pas cher, ray ban pas cher, lululemon, north face, louis vuitton uk, michael kors uk, air max, hollister, new balance pas cher, lacoste pas cher, longchamp, nike air max, north face pas cher, air jordan

At November 1, 2014 at 8:49 AM , Blogger oakleyses said...

asics shoes, p90x workout, insanity workout, ferragamo shoes, jimmy choo shoes, uggs on sale, beats headphones, mac cosmetics, reebok shoes, ghd, barbour, vans outlet, abercrombie and fitch, mcm handbags, marc jacobs outlet, longchamp, nfl jerseys, wedding dresses, babyliss pro, new balance outlet, rolex watches, north face jackets, instyler ionic styler, soccer shoes, bottega veneta, chi flat iron, abercrombie and fitch, giuseppe zanotti, ugg outlet, birkin bag, mont blanc pens, hollister, soccer jerseys, uggs outlet, ugg, nike trainers, lululemon outlet, nike huarache, herve leger, ugg soldes, valentino shoes, celine handbags, nike roshe, roshe run, north face outlet

At November 1, 2014 at 8:51 AM , Blogger oakleyses said...

timberland shoes, lancel, moncler, air max, hollister canada, moncler, oakley, converse, ugg boots, canada goose, ray ban, canada goose, vans, canada goose uk, baseball bats, juicy couture outlet, moncler, hollister, moncler, converse shoes, toms outlet, uggs canada, moncler, hollister clothing, canada goose outlet, moncler outlet, ugg, supra shoes, montre femme, gucci, replica watches, canada goose outlet, nike air max, karen millen, canada goose, canada goose pas cher, canada goose outlet, iphone 6 case, coach outlet, juicy couture outlet, louis vuitton canada, ralph lauren, wedding dress, moncler, parajumpers outlet, louboutin

At June 18, 2015 at 10:00 AM , Blogger Shijun Lin said...

shijun 6.18
air max 2015
pandora jewelry
true religion outlet
louis vuitton
michael kors
coach outlet
ralph lauren outlet
abercrombie kids
michael kors
polo ralph lauren
cheap toms
abercrombie & fitch
ray ban aviators
louis vuitton outlet
soccer jerseys
jordan 11 retro
coach factory outlet
coach outlet store online
coach outlet
michael kors outlet
michael kors handbags
coach outlet
coach factory outlet online
insanity workout
hollister kids
chaenl bags
pandora bracelets
ray ban glasses
ray ban uk
coach outlet online
abercrombie and fitch outlet
coach factory outlet
celine bags
cheap oakleys
chanel bags
coach outlet online
ray ban outlet
oakley outlet

At August 5, 2015 at 3:11 PM , Blogger Wenhao Guo said...

kobe bryants shoes
coach outlet online
giuseppe zanotti outlet
iphone 6 plus cases
ray ban sunglasses uk
converse shoes
ray ban sunglasses
oakley sunglasses
cheap nba jerseys
tory burch outlet
cheap snapbacks
abercrombie and fitch
oakley sunglasses
oklahoma city thunder jerseys
kate spade outlet
kate spade handbags
cheap soccer jerseys
cheap soccer jerseys
nike roshe run
washington redskins jerseys
pandora jewelry
seattle seahawks jerseys
foamposite shoes
fitflop shoes
replica watches
christian louboutin sale
louis vuitton handbags
louis vuitton outlet
baltimore ravens jerseys
toms outlet
michael kors uk
louis vuitton outlet
burberry outlet,
coach outlet
coach outlet
manchester united jersey
north face outlet
tods outlet
burberry outlet

At April 19, 2016 at 3:13 AM , Blogger Jawad Zaib said...

Your Site Is Very Good and The Post is Well On Topic, Thanks for Sharing it with us.

New Songs 2016
latest whatsapp status 2016
apple iphone 7 price
love shayari 2016
New Punjabi Songs 2016 Diljit Dosanjh
Latest Smartphone Reviews 2016

At November 16, 2016 at 6:49 AM , Blogger Budy said...

tempat download music sepuasnya hanya di


At December 20, 2016 at 8:38 AM , Blogger نور الهدى said...

شركات نقل اثاث بالمدينة المنورة تساعدك على نقل اثاثك بامان فلا داعى للقلق مع شركات نقل اثاث بجدة

عزيزى العميل انت من محبى التنقل باستمرار بالتالى انت بحاجة ماسة وضروية الى الاستعانة بالمختصين في نقل العفش خاصة شركات نقل اثاث بالرياض لان الاستعانة باى من عمالة الشوارع الغير مدربة والتي لا تمتلك خبرة كافية في نقل العفش او الحفاظ علية وليس هذا فقط فقد يؤدى الاستعانة بعمالة الشوارع الى حدوث حالة فقدان وتكسير للاثاث بالتالى التاثير الضار عليك عزيزى العميل

لا تقلق مطلقاً الان بشأن نقل اي منقولات خاصة بك طالما استعنت بشركة الاول لـ نقل الأثاث في الرياض وخارج الرياض فنحن ليس الوحيدون ولكننا متميزون عن اى مؤسسة أخرى داخل وخارج الدمام وشهرتنا كافضل شركة نقل عفش بينبع
نقل عفش بجدة

At December 22, 2016 at 9:18 PM , Blogger khaled ali said...

شركة نقل اثاث وعفش بالطائف
شركة تنظيف بالطائف
شركة مكافحة حشرات بالطائف
شركة كشف تسربات المياه بالطائف
شركة رش مبيدات بالطائف
شركة تنظيف خزانات بالطائف

At December 22, 2016 at 9:19 PM , Blogger khaled ali said...

Best Company Home Services
شركة رش مبيدات بخميس مشيط
شركة تنظيف بخميس مشيط
شركة تنظيف خزانات بخميس ميشط
شركة كشف تسربات المياه بخميس مشيط
شركة مكافحة حشرات بخميس مشيط
شركة تنظيف منازل بخميس مشيط
شركة نقل اثاث وعفش بخميس مشيط
شركة تسليك مجارى بخميس مشيط
شركة رش مبيدات بالطائف

At February 25, 2017 at 2:58 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

coach outlet store
louis vuitton
omega watches
ray ban sunglasses
oakley sunglasses
coach outlet online coach factory outlet
michael kors
cheap nfl jersey
kobe bryant shoes
adidas wings

At March 16, 2017 at 3:06 PM , Blogger LCc 03 said...

links of london outlet store
longchamp handbags
nike zoom
jordans for cheap
michael kors uk
yeezy boost 350
yeezy shoes
michael kors outlet
retro jordans

At July 17, 2017 at 5:59 PM , Blogger happy 123 said...

nike air zoom
nike zoom
tory burch shoes
adidas neo
burberry scarf
asics running shoes
cheap jordans
michael kors outlet online
lacoste outlet
kobe 11

At September 27, 2017 at 12:21 PM , Blogger khaled ali said...

شركه الصفرات
شركه الصفرات للتنظيف بالرياض
شركه الصفرات لتسليك المجاري بالرياض
شركه الصفرات لرش المبيدات بالرياض
شركه الصفرات لمكافحة الحشرات بالرياض
شركه الصفرات لكشف تسربات المياه بالرياض

At February 2, 2018 at 10:17 AM , Blogger raybanoutlet001 said...

uggs outlet
ray ban sunglasses
coach outlet online
oakley sunglasses wholesale
miami heat jersey
fitflops sale clearance
michael kors uk
ferragamo shoes
oakley sunglasses
christian louboutin sale

At February 6, 2018 at 11:23 AM , Blogger qq888 said...

ysl handbags
nike air max 2017
basketball shoes
nike air force
nike dunk shoes
air force 1
jordan 12
adidas crazy explosive
jordan 11 retro
derrick rose shoes

At March 31, 2018 at 2:22 PM , Blogger Fghkfhk Dfgaert said...

adidas nmd r1
air jordan
michael kors outlet online
harden shoes
nike cortez men
yeezy boost
longchamp bags
nike air force
nike air max
converse shoes

At April 2, 2018 at 3:08 PM , Anonymous Cara Mengatasi Asam Lambung said...

This information is very useful. thank you for sharing. and I will also share information about health through the website

Cara Mengobati Sinusitis
Penyebab Mual dan BAB Berdarah
Perawatan kesehatan mata
Bahaya Tenggorokan Nyeri
Cara Mengobati Usus Buntu

At April 10, 2018 at 9:58 AM , Blogger Fghkfhk Dfgaert said...

ravens jerseys
pittsburgh steelers jersey
new york knicks
golden state warriors
cheap nba jerseys
oakley sunglasses
mbt shoes
coach factory outlet
miami dolphins jerseys
new england patriots jerseys

At May 23, 2018 at 5:11 PM , Blogger Yaro Gabriel said...


canada goose jackets
ray ban sunglasses
ubiq shoes
jordan shoes
bottega veneta outlet
ferragamo outlet
michael kors outlet
ugg outlet
cleveland cavaliers jersey
coach outlet

At May 24, 2018 at 1:10 PM , Blogger 洛噷 said...

2018524 leilei3915
nfl jerseys
cheap jordans for sale
pandora jewelry outlet
michael kors outlet clearance
puma outlet
ugg boots clearance
coach outlet
polo outlet
mont blanc pens
ugg boots on sale

At May 24, 2018 at 9:22 PM , Blogger Xinda 1987 said...

ferragamo outlet

cheap jordan shoes

golden goose sneakers

ferragamo shoes

cheap jordans

coach factory store

christian louboutin outlet

cheap jordan shoes

cheap basketball shoes

At May 26, 2018 at 8:37 PM , Blogger 柯飞敏 said...

coach factory outlet
ugg boots clearance
oakley sunglasses wholesale
pandora jewelry
uggs outlet online
cheap oakley sunglasses
polo ralph lauren
michael kors outlet clearance
balenciaga sandals
colts jersey

At May 30, 2018 at 10:41 AM , Blogger Stjsrty Xtjsrty said...

moncler online outlet
adidas shoes
vibram five fingers
bears jerseys
nike air huarache
nike trainers
new nike shoes
asics shoes
canada goose outlet
coach outlet

At June 16, 2018 at 9:17 AM , Blogger jing dong said...

air force 1
christian louboutin
nike polo
adidas ultra boost
adidas tubular
nike zoom
adidas yeezy
pandora charms
off white clothing

At June 19, 2018 at 10:35 AM , Blogger haiyan wu said...

nike air max 2018
oakley sunglasses
ray ban sunglasses outlet
pandora jewelry
adidas store
nike huarache
air max 2018
ray ban sunglasses
adidas yeezy

At June 29, 2018 at 3:34 PM , Blogger Yaro Gabriel said...


michael kors outlet
michael kors
nike factory outlet
balmain jeans
air jordan retro
christian louboutin shoes
oakley sunglasses
saucony shoes
barcelona jersey
ed hardy clothing

At July 19, 2018 at 9:50 AM , Blogger haiyan wu said...

chrome hearts
chrome hearts outlet
air max 2017
curry 5
nike mercurial
chrome hearts online
adidas ultra boost
lebron 15
crazy explosive
jordan shoes

At July 20, 2018 at 5:01 PM , Blogger Stjsrty Xtjsrty said...

ecco outlet
nike blazer
nike huarache
canada goose jackets
true religion outlet
yeezy boost 350
christian louboutin shoes
moncler online outlet

At July 24, 2018 at 10:51 AM , Blogger xiaoouou xiaoou said...

20180724 xiaoou
mont blanc pens
michael kors factory outlet
true religion outlet
ray ban
cheap jordan shoes
coach outlet online
moncler jackets
g-star jeans
ed hardy outlet
true religion jeans

At July 30, 2018 at 11:15 AM , Blogger Yaro Gabriel said...

michael kors outlet
nhl jerseys wholesale
air jordan 8
coach factory outlet
jordan shoes
issey miyake perfume
prada outlet
nike outlet
moncler jackets

At September 1, 2018 at 11:10 AM , Blogger zzyytt said...

cheap nba jerseys
tom ford eyewear
hermes handbags
westbrook shoes
converse outlet
fila disruptor
hermes handbags
adidas yeezy
nike air max

At September 10, 2018 at 9:23 AM , Blogger 5689 said...

kate spade outlet
fitflops clearance
fitflops clearance
ray ban sunglasses
kate spade outlet
superdry uk
moncler jackets
jordan 4
michael kors outlet
coach outlet online

At December 3, 2018 at 4:10 PM , Blogger eric yao said...

Coach Factory Coach Factory Outlet Coach Outlet Online Fila Outlet Balenciaga Shoes Cheap Kate Spade Handbag Kate Spade Outlet Air Max Tn Plus Nike Air Max
Victoria Secret Outlet


Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home