Feb 5, 2009
Online attacks from netizens
Minister rues poor conduct
Opportunity lost for online community to regulate itself, says Lui
WHEN MP Seng Han Thong was set on fire by a Yio Chu Kang resident last month, he drew many online attacks that were vicious.
Some were 'downright outrageous', said Senior Minister of State (Information, Communications and the Arts) Lui Tuck Yew in Parliament yesterday.
He was referring to postings that included statements saying Mr Seng deserved to be assaulted and a list of 10 things he should 'be thankful for' in spite of being attacked.
But instead of silencing these attackers, the online community largely bit their tongue.
The tepid response of netizens to the nasty comments disappointed Rear-Admiral (NS) Lui, who said it was 'quite apparent the Internet is not an effective self-regulated regime as some may have touted it to be'.
RADM Lui was replying to Ms Penny Low (Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC), who had asked for his views on netizens' response to the physical attack on Mr Seng, MP for Yio Chu Kang.
He said: 'I do not think the community itself has done enough to rebut some of these unhelpful comments delivered by fellow netizens.
'It is a squandered opportunity for a higher degree of self-regulation.It would have been an example of the genesis, of the first steps, towards a more responsible, greater, self-regulatory regime.
'But many of those responses were not rebutted or answered, and I think it is not healthy for some of this to remain on the Net unchallenged, unquestioned and unanswered.'
RADM Lui also urged netizens to do more to define acceptable online conduct.
So what really is the issue here?
The fact that some PAP MPs are so disliked and therefore not many netizens can empathise? Or perhaps the PAP has become so unpopular these days with young, better educated, and savvy Sporeans that anything unfortunate that happens to the PAP and its members is taken as positive news and something to cheer about? hahahaha the tuth hurts sia!
Of cos the Rear Admirer Lui, being a backdoor MP and parachuted into office as minister, does not or seems unable to understand this. Instead he whines and complains, threatens more regulation to something he knows very well that is near impossible to regulate.
Then again maybe he does not know, which would hardly be surprising hahahaha...