Yaacob Ibrahim urges all netizens to develop internet ‘code of conduct’ to control cyberspace
Posted by temasektimes on July 29, 2012
In a desperate attempt to rein in on Singapore’s boisterous blogosphere, Information, Communications and the Arts Minister, Yaacob Ibrahim has called on all netizens to come together to develop an ‘internet code of conduct.’
Speaking to some 800 students from 50 secondary and post-secondary institutions at a dialogue, Dr Yaacob said a code of conduct is meant to encourage civilised behaviour online.
He added that a code of conduct would set the parameters for an honest, constructive and rational discussion.
“If you think let’s say a certain minister is lousy, that’s an opinion, we won’t go after you. But if you say the minister is corrupt, you must back that with facts because that’s an accusation, that’s an allegation,” he thundered.
Dr Yaacob also threatened to take legal action against those who ‘defamed’ him online:
“If you tell me I’m corrupt, I will tell you to justify it, if not I’ll see you in court. How then can you say the same thing in the internet and get away with it? Cannot be.”
Though the idea of an internet code of conduct was mooted a year ago, it is still not put into practice yet as it received little support from major blogs and forums such as The Temasek Times which now has almost half the internet traffic of the all new media sites in Singapore.
The PAP has been using pro-PAP bloggers such as one former WP member and notorious Sammyboy forumer who started a public whore house site lately masquerading as an ‘independent’ site to serve its vested interests.