I have read through Alex Au’s blog posts and felt uncomfortable as some of the allegations were truly hard-hitting and bordered on defamatory.
However, I disagreed with the latest Prime Minister’s defamatory suit against him.
The government is going backwards on how it is dealing with the influential blogging community by using the legal way.
Is there a better way to deal with hard-hitting bloggers like Alex Au who has written some sense and brought up alot of pertinent questions on the AIM issue even though he touches on corruption a tad too insensitively?
Alex Au of course will have no choice but to back down and remove his articles with an apology but is this the best way to deal with a hot-potato issue?
Sociopolitical sites like TRE,TOC and Yawning Bread have a strong following and each site could command at least 10, 000 reads a day.
During pre-election period, their readership could double or even triple.
Its influence is far-reaching and the government does not seem to have a viable alternative to counteract its strong following.
Will the government continue to sue bloggers in future for bringing out sensitive issues that matter to Singapore even though some may border on defamatory?
I remembered how the former NKF chief Mr Duric sued people who accused him of malpractices when he was actually the true culprit.
I am not saying that our government is guilty of any malpractices here with regard to the AIM project but there are simply too many questions that went unanswered.
Almost the whole of Singapore is now talking about the AIM issue and I am sure that the remarks made on the matter are not of the pleasant kind.
Town Council chief Dr Teo Ho Pin’s feeble attempt to tackle the Action Information Management (AIM) issue only makes things worse.
He simply reiterated that the AIM sales was good for all town councils but didn’t address the elephant in the room – why was AIM only successfully won by the solo bid made by a company that consisted of three ex-PAP MPs?
The AIM matter is a potential time-bomb which will further discredit the government if it is not handled properly.
Its’ timing is also made worse by the fact that the Prime Minister has to make a call on the Punggol East by-election soon.
All eyes will be on how the AIM fall-out will affect PAP’s by-election chance if it is called within the early part of this year.
Trust has also to be earned and once it is breached it will take a long time for it to be regained.
The ruling party’s credit rating must have nosedived alot since two top government officers from SCDF and CNB were implicated in a corruption cum sex scandal case last year.
Moreover, our Prime Minister should actually be the person to answer all those tough questions on AIM as the leader of the government and not always let his sub ordinates take the rap.
He has yet to also properly answer to the previous Speaker of Parliament’s Mr Michael Palmer sex scandal issue and DPM Teo Chee Hean was the one fronting for the ruling party all this while.
As for the AIM scandal, top on most Singaporeans’ mind would be why only one bid was submitted during the tender exercise two years ago and more significantly why it was submitted by a firm held by three ex-PAP Members of Parliament (MP) with a pay-up of only $2?
No one has came out to properly address the issue head-on.
Should our government now clamp down on future questionable tender if it smells of unethical practices?
How many of such similar government tenders were successfully held by companies which are owned by ex-MPs with only one single bid?
We have known of MPs holding multiple directorships in companies and it is so common that no one now blinks an eye.
We have always felt proud that our government has conducted it’s business above board so that no one will accuse it of any malpractices.
Our ex-Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew has ensured that the government operates efficiently and is transparent in all its’ official dealings.
Let us hope that the current regime will be able to carry on the good works laid down by our founder.
Sometimes, a simple apology is what most people want as no one expects our government to be error-free…
Written by: Gilbert Goh