ST: JC student who hurled vulgarities at DPM Teo online is a ‘keyboard thug’
Posted by temasektimes on June 5, 2012
The government’s propaganda mouthpiece the Straits Times has lashed out at the 17 year old JC student who hurled vulgarities at Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean on his blog, describing him as a ‘keyboard thug’ who lacked ‘proper’ upbringing.
The student had earlier blogged about his unpleasant experience with DPM Teo during the recently held Pre-University seminar, criticizing him for dodging questions posed by students and counter-asking them for solutions instead:
“The participants made it extremely clear they were dissatisfied with DPM Teo- and when we asked about our concerns which we do not know what can be done to solved, he will give the fucking ridiculous reply “What do you think (can be done)?”.
In an lengthy editorial yesterday, the Straits Time took the student to task for not respecting DPM Teo:
“However, when a student does not have the grace to respect an elder person, perhaps it is time to acknowledge that there is a rot of somewhat in his upbringing instead of making him out to be a hero.”
It asked if Singapore is ready for this generation of ‘keyboard thugs’:
“Are we ready for this generation of keyboard thugs? The local media often receives flak for not highlighting or spinning government issues in a positive light. The truth is, every news piece we put up has to have evidence behind it. We do not rant or rave, we simply present the issue.”
The Singapore media was recently ranked 150th globally in terms of press freedom by U.S. NGO Freedom House below the likes of Russia, Malaysia and Indonesia.
The mainstream media had earlier portrayed the Pre-U seminar as a ‘constructive dialogue’ between DPM Teo and the students and many would still be misled if not for the frank blog post by the JC student.