As a small country, our Government's primary task will be the "bread and butter" concerns of the people. Investors will always settle for a country that can guarantee a stable operating environment and efficient system, rather than a country ranked top of the press-freedom index but with precious little else to offer.Letter from Siow Jia Rui
I want to continue to see my fellow Singaporeans live in a stable, secure and prosperous environment. To this end, I will gladly accept a top ranking for choice of location by investors, than to see us sit atop the press freedom index any day.
Singapore's press freedom ranking is ultimately less important than 'bread and butter' concerns
Ok after reading this super-duper letter by Siow Jia Rui, I'm inclined to believe that press freedom is rubbish.
I believe that Singaporeans are too stupid, too naive that they could not think for themselves and believe any lies, if the're are printed on the newspapers. Print "Singaporeans: Please jump off the cliff" and they will duly do so, like lemmings!
Why? Because Freedom of Press is the freedom to print lies! Not the freedom to print truth!
I believe that having a liberal press will lead Singapore into a bloody mess of anarchy and riots. Because Singapore journalists cannot be trusted to write the truth on the newspapers.
I believe that a liberal press will make Singaporeans ask for things like freedom of speech, make them question their pre-concieved notions, allow them to see two sides of an issue. These are dangerous things!
You know these people, give them an inch, and they want a foot. Today Press freedom, tomorrow? Who knows? Something bad.
I believe that having a liberal press will get all sorts of forum letters and opinion pieces that can sully our minds with evil thoughts. Thoughts that will lower our productivity and hence lower our standing in front of investors.
How can Singaporeans be productive if they spend their day reading the papers, and grasp... thinking about real issues?
Where got space to print serious news, when we have news like "Ministers mark Tree Planting Day islandwide" to do?
I believe that attracting investors is paramount to Singapore, and a liberal press will undermine it. What the hell, lets do without a press, and the internet while we're at it.
Oh yeah, and Art too? Who knows what those crazy beret-wearing, chain-smoking 'Artists' are up to? Creating paintings and plays with their potentially subversive thoughts?
Do away with them, unless these 'Art' can be imported overseas to make us money, or 'Art' that fill up the Esplanade with pretentious rich wankers sipping champagne who'll pay over $200 per seat to watch some insipid, 'G' rated, censored performance.
Productivity, Foreign Exchange inflows, Jobs - thats what we're aiming for! We want citizens who work like mindless automatons from 8am to 9pm, then to bed and work again! Who wants them to think?
Singaporeans? Who wants them to discuss issues? No such thing, We print what we want them to think.
Press Freedom ? Bah! Can you eat Press Freedom? Does Press Freedom bring in the bacon?
I believe that having a controlled press, will make Singapore stable, and make us attractive for investors.
How does having a controlled press, lead to stablity? I'm too dumb to know, but I guess the guys at North Korea seems to be doing such a great job, their newspapers print nothing but good news, and their country is super stable. The citizens love their leader. It would do us good to out-do them.
I know, I know.. North Korea has no economy to speak of. But don't let this deter you from believing in us. Remember this: We always use facts to our advantage and convieniently forget those that run counter to our arguments.
And to think that we go through all the trouble to do this: For your benefit and safety of your rice bowl. You should thank us! Have you forgotten to extend your subscription to our mouthpiece?
What? You copy and paste our articles on the web - For free ? You ingrate!
Yes. We Singaporeans are concerned about 'Bread and Butter' issues only! Give me a comfortable life, feed me well, and I'll be glad to be in eternal servitude and subservience to the state.
And We Singaporeans need protection from their thoughts.
Wow. This letter has changed my outlook. Press Freedom = bad.
No Press, better! If we have no press, we wouldn't even be in the rankings!
Like this, we don't even need to debate on this non-issue!