Like the now-defunct Temasek Review, the conspicuous success of The Real Singapore has caught the PAP’s attention and they are now asking who are the ones behind the site leading the onslaught against the slew of propaganda in the mainstream media. Tessa Wong, from the PAP-controlled national media, The Straits Times, was dedicated the task to do some “investigative journalism” into TRS, neutrally, in the PAP context of course. She has contacted several former editors and contributors of TRS including Alex Tan and Dr Joseph Ong – the two “prime suspects” as leaked by a certain “reliable” source the propaganda running dogs engaged.Unfortunately, the two had already long distant their involvement with TRS, and both are largely uncontactable and hardly leaving any trace. Gossips, hear-says and “reliable” sources are the best of what Straits Times have now, and given how little or no information, the credible-wannabe paper have is apparently trying very hard to put a face behind TRS, by running an article with less than 500 words by Tessa Wong. This brings me to my second point, is the Straits Times any more credible by making all these assumptions?
Which brings the question: Who is interested in knowing who is behind TRS?
The short and sweet answer is that the PAP wants someone to be on the receiving end of their litigation letters – similar to what happened to Richard Wan when he declared himself as the face of Temasek Review Emeritus. Do you think the judgment of TRS readers will be skewed just because TRS tend to write perceptually “wrong things”? Given that TRS’s readership have surpassed the total of two well-established and popular sites, TOC and TRE, the point made here is telling us what credibility is and is not. Signing off every article with your name on it is not credibility, and certainly putting a $50,000 bond and subject yourselves to the MDA’s censorship isn’t either. TRS has proven that being anonymous and can be credible at times too such as the Brompton Bike Saga leak as well as the recent Staircase-Accident saga with MP Zaqy. Anonymity is only a grave concern for the PAP because they have no phone numbers they can dial at 12 midnight, and no one to serve a letter of demands to.It is only through reading TRS that I found out about the website of good quality bloggers like Andrew Loh, Roy Ng, Alex Au, Lucky Tan and Molly Meek. Recently, I am also following a few other new and promising young bloggers such as TeenGirlandPolitics, LimpehFT and ASingaporeanSon also thanks to TRS. TRS offers a platform for any Singaporeans to get their blogs featured and if you are good you can get instant recognition and followers right away…In the past, bloggers need to blog for years to even get a mention in the mainstream media. I am sure many thousands of Singaporeans out there also came to know and follow other like-minded and good bloggers out there because of this.
Despite how some stupid Singaporeans mistook Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s openness to foreign investments, the rule of engagement and conversation with the PAP remains as what we have adopted during the dark age where Opposition members are jailed under the Internal Security Act:
1) If you want to criticize the PAP, be anonymous.
2) If you want to praise the PAP, sign off your name and leave your contact number so The Straits Times can feature yet another model citizen like Jason Chua Chin Seng.
The rationale behind these 2 simplistic rules is common sense. Singaporeans are neutered. They are not going to organize an “illegal” protest for you if you are jailed. Heck, Singaporeans wouldn’t even fight for themselves when we see them getting bullied by the exploitative PAP and their money-grubbing employers. Forget about relying on Sinkies for help, protect yourself. Do your national duty by voicing out, because we know everyone including MPs are reading our articles. Likewise, if you are going to praise the PAP, do leave your contact details because the PAP loves to reward their loyal dogs, especially vocal ones, of which they called “the silent majority”. The PAP wants to hear praises shouted out loud like a cult, and they play their sermons everyday on every mainstream media. New citizens, Permanent Residents, Foreigners and Grassroots Leaders are doing it right. A few stroll down PM Lee’s facebook page and you would see these lackeys heaping blessings for their esteemed leader. Show the PAP how you wag your tail and if you obey their every order, you will be welcomed with perks not enjoyed even by NS-serving Singaporeans. Oh well, this is after all, Meritocracy – because being more equal to minions who keep them in power is more important than being equal to patriots who will keep them out of power.
Going back to the point of anonymity, it is a known curse that wearing the TRS crown will only invite nothing but trouble. Straits Times is tangling the bait of limelight and receivable tributes for the editor to show himself. While I would like to clarify I am certainly not an editor of TRS, I can safely vouch that the real editor is not that stupid. The modus operandi of the incumbent is very simple, well, since they have to maintain their pretense that they are not the Nazi state everyone make out them to be. First identify the person, proceed to ad hominem attacks, slap some plagiarism/lies/cheating/rumor-mongering charges and gang up with other credible-wannabe alternative sites against TRS, and people will stop reading it.
How easy, or so, they wish.
For people like me without a blog, I really hope TRS would continue operating and allow small fry like me to reach out to a large audience of Singaporeans whenever possible.