“MDA’s registration requirement seeks to uphold the principle that politics must remain a matter for Singapore and Singaporeans alone.”
I’m sure you’ve heard this before. It’s MDA’s repeated-to-death rationale for licensing sites – keeping pesky foreigners out of local politics. It is also the crux of Breakfast Network’s website closure, Facebook ban and Twitter gag.
MDA may be able to shut down a site like Breakfast Network, but it has already failed miserably in its mission of keeping foreigners out of local politics. Welcome to the age of globalisation, where any Singaporean with half a brain can read any news report on Singapore written by any foreigner, local or extraterrestrial.
Did the foreign press report on the 2011 GE? Sure. Do they regularly comment on politics? Yes. Do offshore-hosted sites on Singapore politics do the same? Absolutely. Can MDA gag them? Not yet, it seems.
So why keep ‘persecuting’ local sites trying to do it right, when everyone else gets off scot-free? MDA has failed in this mission and is making things even worse by pointlessly cutting down those within reach of its flailing arms.
I can even guess what MDA will say about this criticism: “MDA’s registration requirement seeks to uphold the principle that politics must remain a matter for Singapore and Singaporeans alone.”
Typical. Rinse and repeat for brainwash effect.