PM's press secretary rebuts The Economist on defamation suit
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's press secretary Chang Li Lin has rebutted an article in The Economist magazine that discusses PM Lee's defamation suit against blogger Roy Ngerng and its implications for Singapore.
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#1 Jun 20, 2014
I read in the Economist that the Singapore media is "insipidly sycophantic". But what about the whole population of Singapore? In reply to LHL's press secretary I say:
Exactly what sort of public debate Singapore should have? Surely debate about CPF, Govt accountability and transparency to the citizenry for their life savings and retirement funds is not only 1 of the most important public interests but also principles of democracy and good government. Yet where are the free and vigorous debates, accountability, transparency, etc? Why is the reputation of the PM more important than the said public interests? Why is the Govt hiding behind defamation laws, using it to stifle debate and what are they hiding? These are some of the questions that beg to be answered by the Govt, but will they?
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