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Show Singaporeans some respect

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  1. Law Zhiyang says:

    if singaporeans don’t care about academic freedom; since it’s not one of their priorities, why join in a discussion on it? and in a discussion on academic freedom, how can one over look the outrageous case of Alan Shadrake; the british author who was throw in jail just last year for merely writing a book critical of the singapore government. could this not have happened to anyone in singapore who did the same? maybe he should have got some tips from the author of the article above. even more recently, the government have threatened legal actions against the Temasek Review Emeritus for remarks made by its’ users on the website, indicating that, the same kind of tactics against critics is now being carried to the internet. there seems to be impressions that the country is progressing and gaining grounds on the issue of freedom of speech; but such cases show that we are dealing with quite an erratic government, and it’s impossible to predict, who, whether foreign or local, is going to be targeted next. if the freedom of speech is not protected by law (this is curiously implied to be western in style by the article and also the government; translated: it’s not for us), then these incidents will continue to happen, like a sword hanging over the heads of all on this land. i don’t want to believe that such injustices are the will of the people (i am strongly against it). these are certainly committed in the name of singaporeans, but why should we let them? do we think that allowing the government to have their way with these issues is going to guarantee peace and prosperity in the country (i don’t know what convoluted argument could lead to this conclusion)? if it’s not the will of singaporeans to perpetuate such injustices and that the government is abusing our good name, we should make strong comments against it, instead of adopting a lukewarm attitude, or even worse, argued that this is in fact a feature of our culture. but if, like the article said, this is indeed part of the singaporean identity, then we should be condemned by all civil societies; do not even speak of respect.

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