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Meng Seng plays with fire; links FTs to SGH tragedy

In Uncategorized on 17/12/2015 at 5:04 am

People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. Yesterday I read that  Goh Meng Seng’s People’s Power Party filed a report against Calvin Cheng.

I couldn’t help laughing because Goh Meng Seng and his People’s Power Party could be guilty of a “seditious tendency” under section 3(1)(e) of the Sedition Act because of a comment they made against FTs saying that they were responsible for the deaths in SGH.

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3.— (1) A seditious tendency is a tendency —

(a) to bring into hatred or contempt or to excite disaffection against the Government;
(b) to excite the citizens of Singapore or the residents in Singapore to attempt to procure in Singapore, the alteration, otherwise than by lawful means, of any matter as by law established;
(c) to bring into hatred or contempt or to excite disaffection against the administration of justice in Singapore;
(d) to raise discontent or disaffection amongst the citizens of Singapore or the residents in Singapore;
(e) to promote feelings of ill-will and hostility between different races or classes of the population of Singapore.

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Does Goh Meng Seng and his People’s Power Party have any evidence for this very serious and probably seditious comment linking FTs to the SGH tragedy. In a statement* he issued as Sec-Gen of PPP, after quoting from the Internal Review Report that there were serious lapses in the hospital’s staff whereby they have not adhered to established protocols as basic as hand hygiene which subsequently caused contamination to other medical equipment., went on

— Our hospitals have employed a substantial number of foreign healthcare providers over the decade.

—  It is apparent that MOH has allowed hospitals to employ cheap foreign substitutes from Third World countries instead of making the effort to look into the shortage of Singapore nurses seriously. Training and certification of nursing in these foreign countries may fall short of our expectations and this might have compromised the safety and standards of our healthcare system. This may well be the reason why SGH nurses have breached even the most basic requirement of hand hygiene.

(Emphasis mine)

Remember Ello Ello’s jailing for sedition?

The Sedition Act was used to bring a criminal charge against him, to the surprise of some, including self. In previous cases involving this law, it was about offending members of other races or religions. It was a point the defence made in arguing for a lower sentence, that his remarks did not exacerbate racial or religious tensions.

The judge said in response, “The local-foreigner divide has remained a challenging fault line in our society in recent times. Unlike the limited effect and reach of distinct racial or religious issues, this divide affects all and sundry, and cannot be regarded as any less delicate or sensitive in the current context,”.

So the Sedition Act can cover remarks that also pit “classes” – that is foreigner versus locals – against each other, and which had a potential for the eruption of violence.

The Act is not just about race and religion, but also about locals versus FTs is something that Goh Meng Seng, Gilbert Goh and their cybernut followers should think about before they start their mindless rants.

They could be targets of sedition charges when they rant and rave about FTs. But I’m sure Ravi (if he ever gets back his licence to talk cock, sing song in court) will argue that  Goh Meng Seng, Gilbert Goh and the cybernuts have the constitutional right to threaten FTs, instead of relying on the defences according by s3(2):

Notwithstanding subsection (1), any act, speech, words, publication or other thing shall not be deemed to be seditious by reason only that it has a tendency —

(a) to show that the Government has been misled or mistaken in any of its measures;
(b) to point out errors or defects in the Government or the Constitution as by law established or in legislation or in the administration of justice with a view to the remedying of such errors or defects;
(c) to persuade the citizens of Singapore or the residents in Singapore to attempt to procure by lawful means the alteration of any matter in Singapore; or
(d) to point out, with a view to their removal, any matters producing or having a tendency to produce feelings of ill-will and enmity between different races or classes of the population of Singapore,

if such act, speech, words, publication or other thing has not otherwise in fact a seditious tendency.

But Meng Seng couldn’t care less about going to prison. He has seen the publicity that Roy, New Citizen Hui Hui and the other hooligans, and Amos Yee can generate by breaking the law.

Ipdate on 21 Dec at 11.5am)And guess what? Amos calls Goh Meng Seng and gang “retards” for being in favour of the law that got Amos into trouble.

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*Text of part of rant: The Internal Review Committe has stated that there were serious lapses in the hospital’s staff whereby they have not adhered to established protocols as basic as hand hygiene which subsequently caused contamination to other medical equipment. We suspect that this is a symptom of a bigger fundamental problem of MOH’s Human Resource policy.

Our hospitals have employed a substantial number of foreign healthcare providers over the decade. This is due to various reasons which include increasing demand of hospital care due to explosive population growth in the past decade. We also learn that many locally trained nurses have left the industry due to unfavorable shift work schedule.

Nursing is a professional job but apparently the salary scale for nurses in Singapore is only half of the salary scale paid by Hong Kong hospitals. It is apparent that MOH has allowed hospitals to employ cheap foreign substitutes from Third World countries instead of making the effort to look into the shortage of Singapore nurses seriously. Training and certification of nursing in these foreign countries may fall short of our expectations and this might have compromised the safety and standards of our healthcare system. This may well be the reason why SGH nurses have breached even the most basic requirement of hand hygiene.

 

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