No Porn, No Online Gaming, No Torrent, But Yes To Racist, Seditious And Untruthful Foreign-owned Website – The Tweedledums At MDA

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Still thinking….?

By: B Goode

So let me get this straight.

The Singapore internet police, the MDA blocked access to porn sites. Fair enough. They have been doing this since the internet was invented by Al Gore because they still believe that we are still living in monasteries and nunneries where we say grace before our meals and say our prayers before we go to sleep. And of course it’s because anal sex is illegal in this land of the prudes.

The MDA have also blocked access to online gaming because they hate to see us losing our hard-earned money to offshore gaming companies. Losing our money to local gaming companies with outlets in family-oriented supermarkets is okay. Fair enough.

They have also blocked access to file-sharing websites such as torrent because hey! we are a country that respect other people’s intellectual property rights you know! Recently someone disagreed with this but fair enough.

But seriously, the MDA was spot-on in blocking those sites because it served the purpose of `showing intent’, and that is to tell people that we do not condone such activities. To be frank, you simply cannot block every single porn site in the world. Try tumblr. And with proxies and other nerdy methods, you could practically surf anything you wanted.

So the blocking of those sites by MDA is not to serve any practical purpose. It is impossible to block all of them and MDA know this. So it is more to serve a social and political purpose; as a show of intent.

Then why is it The Real Singapore, a foreign-owned website with a penchant to spew seditious, racist, xenophobic and fabricated articles and comments is allowed to be accessed? It is not only that the website publishes such rubbish, but allows its readers to post inflammatory, libellous, subversive and downright seditious comments without any moderation at all.

And the chief moderator, the MDA is keeping quiet and continues to allow such inflammatory website to go unchecked. If there is going to be an unfortunate incident arising from any articles or comments from that website, then MDA will have to bear the full responsibility.

Why is the MDA tweedling their thumbs and taking their time to take action to block the website? Is it because they are afraid that our Freedom Of The Press index is going to drop further? In the first place, how far more could it drop? And most importantly, it has been that low since who knows when and it does not have any impact on us as a nation.

And we have withstood accusations after accusations that we are a nation ruled by a dictatorship where democracy failed to roost by everyone and their grandmothers. Does it matter? No.

So I say go ahead and block The Real Singapore. They could still continue spewing nonsense on their facebook page but at least, it will show that we treasure our peace and harmony and will not allow any attempts by anyone, let alone a foreigner, to sow discord for the sake of money.

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