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MDA $50,000 licensing: Authorities turning its trust into thrusts

Posted on 28 May 2013

Authorities are back to their thrusting ways, but will Singaporeans take things lying down?

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In the mainstream media as of late, there has been plenty of news about how public trust in institutions have been eroding in a drip, drip, drip fashion.

Many reasons were cited, but none of which makes sense because Kishore Mahbubani’s picture appeared alongside the reports, hence, rendering everything laughable.

But it now appears that the focus of trust is being shifted back onto the Singapore authorities, who are dropping their trusting ways — for more of their thrusting ways.

This change of tack is understandable. Websites are running amok, providing the increasingly incredulous populace with credible information (even if it is wrong) and filling the void vacated long ago by the mainstream media — the powerhouses of publishing and broadcasting, which has over the years, become increasingly more interested in running condominium advertisements, full-page NTUC grocery discounts and inconsequential bullshit.

Alternative media websites, grudgingly and without fail, have been picking up their slack.

Authorities are now stipulating that websites with 50,000 visitors and reporting on local affairs (such as what Lee Hsien Loong is having for dinner) have to put up a $50,000 bond and adhere to rules — something which is as arcane and unheard of to the online community as hunting for sabre-toothed tigers is to you and me.

Singaporeans, gladly, are defiant and not taking things lying down.

They will prove that the authorities’ new found thrusts are mere posturing, like a sexually frustrated eunuch confronting arresting images of sexually attractive women. And men.

And they can never get what they want.

One Singaporean, Phua Nin Neh, said: “Websites can go to hell. We will use Facebook to disseminate information then. If they clamp down on Facebook, we will go back to using pigeons. If they clamp down on pigeons, we will use smoke signals like the First Nations people.”

“They can take our lives, but they will never take away our freedom!” he said, channeling William Wallace a.k.a. Mel Gibson from Braveheart.

However, other Singaporeans are opting to be more realistic about what is happening.

Jin Suay Diao, a local, said: “It is pointless to be talking about the authorities and how they’re replacing trust with thrusts. We all know they have short penises anyways.”

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Wang Pei can be considered a new citizen of Singapore. She has been here all her life, just that her environment's changed beyond recognition.

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