Lawrence Wong to netizens: Make a stand against online ‘personal attacks’
Posted by temasektimes on September 28, 2012
After being widely and roundly criticized by the online community for his earlier remarks on critics of the ‘National Conversation’, Senior Minister of State for Education Lawrence Wong now called on netizens to make a stand against ‘personal attacks’.
In a later post on his Facebook, Mr Wong wrote:
“…there is a difference between having robust debates, and making personal attacks against people just because of different views or different political affiliations. Let us make a stand against behaviour of the latter category – and this applies to all individuals and parties.”
Mr Wong also implored Singaporeans to be more ‘patient’:
“We are dealing with complex issues, and we need time to resolve each and every one of them. No policy or system is perfect, and there is always room for improvement. I hope we can all be patient as we take the next step together for our country.”
In a speech made to the UN General Assembly two days ago, U.S. President Barack Obama said:
“As president of our country, and commander in chief of our military, I accept that people are going to call me awful things every day, and I will always defend their right to do so.”
Numerous Singapore patriots had their names smeared and reputations destroyed by the PAP and its media in the past such as Francis Seow, Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam and Dr Chee Soon Juan.