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TOC ganged up with foreigners to exert pressure on President to spare life of Malaysian drug mule

Posted by temasektimes on April 8, 2012

Anti-government blog The Online Citizen (TOC) has ganged up with foreigners again to interfere with Singapore politics and laws, this time collaborating with foreign NGO Amnesty International to exert pressure on the Singapore President to spare the life of Malaysian drug mule Yong Vui Kong.

According to an article on its website, TOC boasted to have received more than 100 emails since April 4 “from the USA, Germany, the United Kingdom, France and Spain, appealing to President Dr. Tony Tan to stop the execution of Yong Vui Kong.”

It also admits that most of the letter writers are supporters or members of Amnesty International. It is not known if TOC is funded by such external agencies as well.

TOC has earlier organized protests at Hong Lim Park to exert pressure on the Singapore judiciary to spare the life of Yong. Though the majority of Singaporeans support the death penalty (read here), TOC still ignores public opinion blatantly and astroturfs to manufacture fake support for its cause through some hardcore activists who do not represent the majority of Singaporeans.

Meanwhile, anti-death penalty activists linked to TOC continue to protest vehemently against the dismissal of Yong’s appeal to get the court to reopen his case by the Court of Appeal on Wednesday, one of whom even appeared to ‘incite’ violence against the Singapore President:

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No response from PAP MP Vikram Nair as he is labeled a ‘pussycat’ for not daring to sue TOC

Posted by temasektimes on March 4, 2012

There were no response from embattled PAP MP Vikram Nair as his public standing took a further plunge with his refusal to sue socio-political blog ‘The Online Citizen’ for libel.

Mr Nair was upset with a defamatory article on TOC which attributed lies to him and threatened to take legal action against it in an interview with inSing News:

“I hope not to take legal action but if there’s lingering damage I might have to consider it. It also depends on what they (The Online Citizen) do and how they respond to the matter. I just want to clear my name.”

He added that his decision will also depend if the website takes down the article and apologises, stressing that he hopes no legal action will be required.

Not only did TOC not apologize, it refused to remove the defamatory article from the site as well, thereby making a ‘fool’ out of Mr Nair who has since become a butt of joke among netizens.

Another socio-political blog TR Emeritus labeled Mr Nair as a ‘pussycat':

It also mocked Mr Nair for ‘picking’ on TOC:

“So come on Pussy Vikram, how about suing the Straits Times instead of picking on small fries? Afraid to end up like TT Durai who got kicked in the butt by taking on the ST?”

Meanwhile, the traffic to TOC has increased after its spat with Mr Nair was made public.

TOC’s blatant refusal to cave in to Mr Nair was in stark contrast to TR Emeritus whose editor Richard Wan promptly apologized after being issued a lawyer’s letter by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Unless Mr Nair follows up with his threat with real concrete action, few Singaporeans will take him seriously again in the future.

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Vikram Nair being made to look like a ‘joke’ after TOC ignored his threat to sue them for defamation

Posted by temasektimes on March 3, 2012

First-term PAP MP for Sembawang GRC Vikram Nair is being made to look like a ‘joke’ after socio-political blog The Online Citizen (TOC) ignored his threat to sue them for defamation and continue to keep the alleged defamatory article written by Ng Ee-Jay on its site.

TOC had earlier published an article by Ng Ee-Jay yesterday with the misleading title “Vikram Nair compares Chen Show Mao’s proposals to a Nigerian scam” with a photo of Mr Nair on top and attributed to him the following quote: “Investing in People = Nigerian Scam”.

In a detailed explanation posted on his Facebook, Mr Nair rubbished the TOC’s article:

“The key thrust of this article is that I considered investing in the elderly, the disabled, the poor and other needy Singaporeans as being akin to a Nigerian scam.  The insinuation is that I do not care about these groups is totally false.” 

Mr Nair added that he had never said anywhere in his parliamentary speech that “Investing in people = Nigerian scam” and described the attribution as ‘false’ and ‘misleading’. He said that his joke about the Nigerian scam was taken out of context when he was responding to the Workers’ Party’s Chen Show Mao’s views on investments in social capital.

In an interview with inSing News, Mr Nair said:

“I hope not to take legal action but if there’s lingering damage I might have to consider it. It also depends on what they (The Online Citizen) do and how they respond to the matter. I just want to clear my name.”

He added that his decision will also depend if the website takes down the article and apologises, stressing that he hopes no legal action will be required.

However, TOC does not seem to care a hoot about Mr Nair’s threat to sue them. When approached by inSing news, TOC said that the article was by a contributor and the views are of the contributor.

“It was not a TOC editorial, and hence does not reflect TOC’s editorial or organisational position. Therefore, TOC does not see the need to reply to Mr Nair’s Facebook note.”

Until now, TOC has yet to remove the article in question though it has extended an ‘invitation’ to Mr Nair to ‘write to them and state his point of view’ which has been rejected.

TOC’s blatant refusal to ‘entertain’ Mr Nair has put him in a bad light as his threat to sue is not only not being taken seriously, but he is made to look like a ‘joke’ in the eyes of netizens too.

‘laoporkar’ posted on Hardwarezone forum:

“do you think he is joking again this time round?”

‘smith2006′ added:

“What a joker! Pay him to tell joke in the August Chamber?”

Mr Vikram Nair should ‘walk his talk’ by suing TOC for libel if he really think he has been defamed. Issuing empty threats via the media to intimidate TOC without following up with real concrete action is going to make him lose credibility and diminish his standing in the eye of the public.

 

 

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PAP MP Vikram Nair to sue ‘The Online Citizen’ for defamation?

Posted by temasektimes on March 2, 2012

PAP MP for Sembawang GRC Vikram Nair is considering suing socio-political blog ‘The Online Citizen’ (TOC) for publishing a defamatory article about him.

The article in question was written by TOC editor Ng Ee-Jay and titled “Vikram Nair compares Chen Show Mao’s proposals to a Nigerian scam.”

Mr Vikram Nair was extremely upset with TOC for twisting his words to mislead Singaporeans and accused the site of attributing ‘lies’ to him.

In a detailed explanation posted on his Facebook, Mr Nair rubbished the TOC’s article:

“The key thrust of this article is that I considered investing in the elderly, the disabled, the poor and other needy Singaporeans as being akin to a Nigerian scam.  The insinuation is that I do not care about these groups is totally false.” 

Mr Nair added that he had never said anywhere in his parliamentary speech that “Investing in people = Nigerian scam” and described the attribution as ‘false’ and ‘misleading’.

In an interview with inSing News, Mr Nair said:

“I hope not to take legal action but if there’s lingering damage I might have to consider it. It also depends on what they (The Online Citizen) do and how they respond to the matter. I just want to clear my name.”

He added that his decision will also depend if the website takes down the article and apologises, stressing that he hopes no legal action will be required.

However, TOC does not seem to care a hoot about Mr Nair’s threat to sue them. When approached by inSing news, TOC said that the article was by a contributor and the views are of the contributor.

“It was not a TOC editorial, and hence does not reflect TOC’s editorial or organisational position. Therefore, TOC does not see the need to reply to Mr Nair’s Facebook note.”

TOC has a history of twisting and distorting the words of MPs. In December last year, it twisted the words of another MP Seng Han Thong made on BlogTV to make him sound like a ‘racist’, sparking an outcry among netizens who were misled by its article.

 

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Vikram Nair: It is ‘deceptive’ of TOC to attribute ‘LIES’ to me

Posted by temasektimes on March 2, 2012

PAP MP and lawyer Vikram Nair has slammed socio-political blog The Online Citizen (TOC) for attributing ‘lies’ to him.

TOC had earlier published an article by Ng Ee-Jay this morning with the misleading title “Vikram Nair compares Chen Show Mao’s proposals to a Nigerian scam” with a photo of Mr Nair on top and attributed to him the following quote: “Investing in People = Nigerian Scam”.

In a detailed explanation posted on his Facebook, Mr Nair rubbished the TOC’s article:

“The key thrust of this article is that I considered investing in the elderly, the disabled, the poor and other needy Singaporeans as being akin to a Nigerian scam.  The insinuation is that I do not care about these groups is totally false.” 

Mr Nair added that he had never said anywhere in his parliamentary speech that “Investing in people = Nigerian scam” and described the attribution as ‘false’ and ‘misleading’.

This is not the first time TOC had attributed lies to PAP MPs to portray them in a negative light. In December last year, it twisted the words of another MP Seng Han Thong made on BlogTV to make him sound like a ‘racist’, sparking an outcry among netizens who were misled by its article.

Read Mr Vikram Nair’s explanation on his Facebook here.

 

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