Archive | January, 2011

The Online Citizen (TOC) or The Opposition Kingmaker (TOK)?

11 Jan

I’ve often given the shadowy characters of Temasek Review a hard time so its fair that I spread the love. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Tunneled News Asia Report

In a surprising turn of events, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong took time out from his busy schedule to email the editor of TOC to request that they register themselves as a political association.

The news came as a shock to the netter community as The Online Citizen has “never” promoted or discussed topics that would be deemed political in nature. TOC holds firm that speaking up in support of former ISA detainees, drug traffickers on death row, migrant workers in transition, and organizing events such as opposition politicians forums…. do not define TOC as an “organization whose objects or activities relate wholly or mainly to politics in Singapore”.

Opposition leaders were left scratching their heads because if what TOC does is NOT political, then what the hell are opposition politicians supposed to champion?

Political observers noted that the only way for the Opposition to make any headway in the coming election would be to consult the services of TOC which will likely rename itself as The Opposition Kingmaker (TOK) to avoid registration.

Elsewhere, Min Home Affairs/Law K Shanmugam has warned that no wikileaks style information leaks will be allowed in Singapore. A timely reminder as Singapore Diplomats were shocked to find private conversations published in US cables. And more recently, Remy Choo of TOC found himself victim of Zaobao cable leak on his intentions to be Opposition Kingmaker.

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Update: Joshua Chiang of TOC clarifies that TOC doesn’t want to be Opposition Kingmaker. They just want to be “the de facto online platform for all political parties to engage netizens”.

But they still not political hor 🙂

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