Sunday, January 06, 2013

A great Singaporean mystery

I just have a simple question.
If the Prime Minister of Singapore is too busy attending to matters of "national importance" to call for a by-election in Punggol East SMC (Single Member Constituency), ... 
Then how come he has time to read a blog article, AND all 21 comments following the blog article, AND analyze the alleged defamatory nature of the contents AND then dispatch his lawyer to threaten (in-writing) to take legal action against the blogger for alleged defamatory content?
I guess the above is one of those great Singaporean mystery that needs a "uniquely Singapore" multimillion-per-year-talent to crack.


By the way, I mentioned about this to a couple of elderly Canadian Mensans.

I said, "You know, there is a blogger in Singapore who was threatened with defamation suit through a lawyer's letter..."

They looked amused.

"By none other than the Prime Minister of Singapore!" I added.

Their eyes popped.


[Addendum on 07-Jan-2013]

For analysis of the potential fallout from the legal action, click here for Yawning Bread's (the very blogger who was sued) and here for flâneurose's.


  1. I'm guessing he doesn't read them, but has been advised by his entourage that a blogger's piece has defamed him - would he like to take action? And he said yes.

    A country gets the kind of government it deserves.

    1. Hi CK,

      Thanks for visiting and your comment.

      You've got a point there, but surely something as important as suing someone, he has to give some personal attention? After all, if in the unlikely event that it goes to court, he has to give evidence to support his case.

      > A country gets the kind of government it deserves.

      The sad part is only 60% supported his political party, but 100% has to suffer from such "uniquely Singapore" talents.

      Cheers, WD.

    2. When 1 + 1 = 2, I wouldn't give it much personal attention, since 1 + 1 will always be 2. Have to do the roundabout thingy here as I do not want to be sued!

      So what is the 40% currently doing? Nothing much if my Facebook status updates are anything to go by, in contrast to the election period in 2011.

      Nothing changes if good people are unwilling to do anything. And when nothing changes the same government gets in - hence the country gets the kind of government it deserves.

    3. That said, if your postulation is right that he was misled, then he should really reconsider the sources of advice that he currently takes.

      Sometimes something is so freaking bad (like scoring own goal) that one can only laugh.