PAP MP Sim Ann attacks netizens for making ‘hate speech’ against foreigners
Posted by temasektimes on September 9, 2012
When NUS PRC scholar Sun Xu scolds Singaporeans ‘dogs’ online, not a single minister or MP stepped forward to condemn him. Instead, Singaporeans were asked to ‘reflect’ on their own actions by PAP MP Baey Yam Keng.
However, when Singaporeans complain about foreigners online, they are labeled as being ‘xenophobic’ in a desperate attempt to deflect public attention and criticisms from the government’s failed immigration policies.
In a lengthy editorial published in a propaganda paper owned by the state, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Law Sim Ann lashed out at online comments that “spew hate and prejudice against individuals or groups,” describing them as ‘hate speech’
“All of us, politicians and netizens, must take a clear stand against hate speech. Abuse of foreigners, or any human being, is not acceptable, whether it is verbal or physical, online or offline,” she wrote.
She added that Singaporeans should choose to do right or refrain from doing wrong even when confronted by seductive voices suggesting wrong is right:
“I choose to say no to that. I say no because I believe we all have a choice in deciding how we behave. Hate speech online or in person is wrong, no matter who the target and whatever the alleged provocation. As moral beings, we can and should choose not to indulge in hate speech.”
Ms Sim should give clear examples of what constitute ‘hate speech’ instead of generalizing and lumping them together with legit criticisms of the government’s pro-foreigner immigration policies which have caused tremendous hardship and suffering to ordinary Singaporeans.