[Proceeding into China, you need to be mature, steady and understand how the Chinese work. Then, you talk business with the Humans. You also need to be sharp to spot the talents and handle the crooks.]
Just dumped the posting regarding Blog laws into the fridge. Fuck lah~ Seems like very few like very bothered about the very sianz legal grandfather’s story of Blogging.
Anyway, writing on law like very mind-bloggering~ Scope is definitely too stupid for that sort of sianz-ering chantings.
Nevertheless, Scope really received legal threat hor~! But whine and fart in blog is one thing, this issue is thrown to the authority like that recent Lasik case. Shouldn’t be my problem in the first place what…
Naturally, Scope’s like very angry when kena-ed this sort of absurd threat. It’s just so freakingly insulting to Singapore’s service quality. Somemore, to think we small citizens have to live in this climate of fear in Singapore for blogging our ill-feelings towards bad services…
Singapore situation is like very hazardous.
Don’t you people think it like very childish when you serve people, they no happy, make noises and find alternatives, you send lawyers?
No wonder voting is secret one… Otherwise I vote PAP, Opposition sue me, I vote Opposition, PAP sue me. Waliao~
Especially to non-talents like us. No wonder that joker Melvin Tan already jar-pok-ed (Singlish: Run away) from Singapore; Singapore like very hostile to us creative type of people. If I can, I like want to put a ban on ignorant Singaporeans prefering to be in cultural desert to visit Scope’s blog. For fuck come, cannot understand, and want to assert more sands into the artistic blog?
How big a cultural desert does Singapore fancy?
Anyway, this blog is designed to accomodate to foreign civilisations with higher cultural appreciation lah~ Because this blog ‘movie’ came to birth by foreign entertainment industry people involved in film-makings. If Singaporeans online cannot even tahan (Singlish: endure, accept, accustom to) MDA directors’ sibeh (Singlish: Very) funny rap, then they can stop coming to my fucking blog.
It’d be even harder to understand with sands packed into the brains.
[China is interested in talents, so many talents are charging China, and China is charging ahead. Singapore is interested in something else, which is probably why the talented are leaving to be groomed outside. But can Singapore afford such losses, hide behind the paper walls and stay behind the race? Beats me.]
Scope is 31yo fucking uncle blogger, can also learn from young bimbo queen like Xiaxue, why other Singaporeans like wanting to be stucked in some deserts?
Not happy? You blog me, I blog you lah~ Waliao~
China saying got like this: 此地不留人，自有留人处.
In English, we also got this: East house no hit hit west house.
If Singaporeans want to come Scope’s blog, come with mindsets open and prepare to get off the froggy-well-mentality. For those non-chinese, this blog is very the Chinese in English wordings since Scope’s blog started in China Sohu. Don’t just assume this is another Singaporean blog.
Anyway, Scope learns alot in China, and is kind of ‘groomed’ over there. Every trip to China seems to be a step forward to success.
[What the fuck is Blogging? Ueto Aya (left) asked in this CGP as if Scope (right) has the answer. But we have arrived,nonetheless. The cool personalities shalt blog history. Let’s make a better world in cyberspace…]
Blogging Regulation Consultation Meet: TheOnlineCitizen.
Frankly speaking, Scope has more intention to rant about Singapore government’s funding in movie making than to talk cock on this Bloggers’ Meet by TheOnlineCitizen. For fuck~? Scope’s blog is about nosensical rants in entertainment fashion, not politics or what fuck lah~
Never mind, never mind.
Here’s the fucking link to this bloody thing for bloggers:
Heard that, quoting from TheOnlineCitizen:
A government-linked body has embarked on a review of the regulatory framework over the internet. While the focus of the review seems to be “what to regulate and how to regulate”, there is a sense from those currently being consulted that the aim of this exercise is not liberalisation.
Well~ A busybody has embarked to review what framework for the internet, basically like what and how to regulate. Regulate what? Blogging?
Basically, they are meeting tonight lah~ (4/12/07)
Actually, the basic idea of blogging is that it is too private to reckon in regulation. While rumors say that TheOnlineCitizen is formed by members of the ruling party in Singapore, aka People Action Party, the government’s concern about internet forces on politics is understandable, and Scope is not optimistic on the outcome of this consultation.
But here and again, Scope is a whining nobody in a silly blog, why would the fuck will the government bother with a joker like myself? As if Scope’d bother about organising a fuck quest for kicking 377A or what.
No lah~ where got so much fucking time? So many things to fuck around, and so little time.
But this issue is really quite important, if it is not, then why the shit would Scope dump the precious movie-making-funding topic and slot this in. Guys and gals, ever heard of this: 唇亡齿寒.
It means, if somebody can tekan (Singlish: To sabo, or make negative impact on) a blogger, that somebody can go on to tekan any bloggers. It is a dangerous thought, but it could materialise if some jokers abuse the government’s regulatory zeal and start shooting legal arrows all around the local blogosphere. Funny right?
I can even imagine the faces of some in the cabinet turning purple in embarassment for promoting blogging; and of course, Singapore risks to be yet another weirdo now known to the world due to the connectivity of the internet by having bloggers living in a climate of fear.
And various governments could just conveniently learn from Singapore, and this climate of fear could spread to Malaysia, to Vietnam, to China… fuck~ China is never a free state in communication, I mean, it could end up spreading to USA, to France, to the north pole and so on. So never underestimate this impact just as the world is blur on blog cases.
The government of Singapore must remember its non-mediocre image as one of the most enlightened governments given the great salary scale. Where internet can be regulated for government to be insulated reasonably against nosensical political movements hoping to bend the government left-right-centre, it must leave blogging alone.
While no government should be subjected to the wire-strangling of internet forces to affect policy-makings, bloggers should not be subjected to threats for blogging their minds out. If the government regulates blogging, blogging will no longer be blogging. And common bloggers should never be taken as on par with professional journalists.
For the population, including politically-ignorant Scope, there are two choices to express their horrible plights and terrible encounters. They are either blogging out their issues so that the authority can pick up and provide attention, or they can just shut up and express themselves via votes.
Regulate if government must, but interfering on forums and blogs by commoners is simply anti-social.
Commoners, by the art of mother-nature, are different, and they have their own pieces of mind, and they blog their pieces of minds out. Regulating mother-nature is rather nosensical. Just as Scope who is a victim of misleading ad, a victim of poor service quality, and a victim of legal threat, we have to make such social issues known for the finest and most talented government to deal with them.
Surely, not only Ministry of Health is interested to rein in on problematic operators. I am sure the great government of Singapore would like to learn of what are so horrendous in Singapore so that Mr PM can do something to make Singapore a better place.
Surely, bloggers such as Scope who are totally stupid when it comes to politics and governance should be left alone to blog about… say, their experience, their stories, their talking cock on movie industry and so on; basically, whining and whining and whining.
Whining is not a crime lah~
Basically, the internet is just like a huge REACH forum with the government ministers and MPs staring at it and hosting it. The netizens quarrel and fight among themselves, talking rubbish or expressing their love among themselves… It’s just some fart and go business.
So like Xiaxue, 芙蓉姐姐 and so on, we are all part of the international blogging community. We have to appeal to international civilisations and cultures. Singapore should respect this globalisation, and not make a Myanmar out of this international blogosphere by one-sidedly placing in bullets and mines, and retard the whole progress.
Why make Singapore such outstanding?
Besides, who in the fuck can expect young kids and old aunties to be blogging like some professional legal experts? And most of us can’t even be bothered about what-law-changes-when. I hope the government of Singapore can be understanding in this, and if needs be… please enrol the entire Singaporean blogging community into some journalist tertiary program for free.
As for the local and foreign bloggers, burn this phase into your hardcore-brain: 唇亡齿寒. If one blog goes down, you can go down too. If somebody hits Xiaxue, or Mr Brown, or My Myaki or what the fuck, anybody can become next, including you.
There was such a research dunno-done-by-who, that about 99% blogs can be tekan-ed if they are viewed as traditional media.
Now the problem is, will you want the government to view blogs as traditional media? For me, blogging is never traditional. Before the Women Charter and Women’s movement, who in the fuck can imagine blogging like no tomorrow today?
Which is why I see this government-linked busybody’s review as seriously as ERC’s legal threat on a noise-making consumer. Behold~ when you encounter corporate threats and abuses, you can go after the government for protection like going to MOH against the terrible lasik operators.
But when you encounter the threats from government… who can provide you security other than yourselves?
Remember, you are the young generation who easily can catch up with advanced development. But not everyone can, especially with people in rigid services. But Uncle Scope is definitely not wanting to drop behind.
So I cheong… and cheong-ing…
Best wishes to TheOnlineCitizen. Actually, I suppose Mr MM should start blogging as well. Looking and actually fooling around with the keyboard are just so different in feel. Singapore is a cosmopolitan subjected to globalisation, hence blogging.
It’s fun, it’s cool, and it’s all about yourself and your feelings. As love cannot be ordered, love cannot be regulated. Bad feeling will become sick-feeling with legal arrows flying around.
Common sense lah~
In virtual reality, it is like a big movie screen… where you can be anything as much as you believe in ‘The Final Fantasy’.
Misleading Ad: Singapore Needs No Integrity.
Actually decided to write for the aspiring souls in Singapore but… … What’s the fuck use? Hahaha… Singapore either knows to appreciate its human resource and how to groom them, or simply… loses them, the true blue Singaporeans.
Other than that… Aspiring souls must still risk and move on in their lives.
Aspiring true blue Singaporeans with good characters are the ‘special elite forces’ for Singapore to win in this tough competition. If Singapore cannot groom them but waste them… It just implies lagging behind.
And common sense this is…
So Scope decides to place a Misleading Ad: Singapore Needs No Integrity in this last section of this posting instead.
What is an ad? It is done by sending a document applying for a space on some media so that you can convey a message to the public with that document. That ends up an ad lah~
For instance, you imagine finding this sort of Ad in Singapore’s mainstream media, the Straits Times:
Singapore Ministers Helping The World To be Unemployed. (Ad 1)
And then there is a stamp of Guaranteed for results to obtain, say, an Income of S$1,000,000 per year if you join Singapore for a fee.
And you compare the above mass-appeal to the following:
Buy The Magic Stone From Tan Ah Gow That Ensures You To Cure Your Cancer! (Ad 2)
And there is a government agency’s support appearing in that second mass-appeal. This makes Tan Ah Gow’s sales a national issue because a government agency is seen backing it.
At this point, the above are not necessarily considered illegal yet, though it’s probably quite defamatory because Singapore’s reputation and integrity are at stake with such Ads.
Now we first focus on Ad 2. Say, you may find people shouting this to the public on the streets: Buy my magic stone, it will cure Cancer for you! But it’s not illegal, yet.
However, if someone who may be desperately finding a way to deal with cancer and actually pays you for the stone… You better make sure that the Stone has a success rate of 100% to cure the buyer’s cancer. Because once the buyer finds the stone doesn’t work for him, it becomes a crime to make such sales.
Officially, misrepresentation comes in. Then, you are considered a cheat. And the police comes after you. Yes. That’s a business, but it’s a fraud. And the police rightfully comes after you.
What else do you expect?
And if you are operating as a Singaporean in Singapore, and there is a possibility that foreigners (Eg. tourists) may buy from you. Singapore’s reputation and integrity will be tarnished. So that doubles the problem.
Using this, we go on to assume then that the police discovers that a sales agreement has been signed, where the seller shall keep the money.
Now, can this agreement be valid in the first place? It looks pretty complicated, but actually it’s not.
The sales itself is bogus. The stated result is bogus. The stone’s magic is bogus. The seller’s intention is understandably bogus. And this amounts to a tort, plus a crime. Particularly because there is an obvious damage here to the buyer, a member of public. And it’s an agreement based on bad moral: Immoral lah~
And it becomes an illegal agreement.
Otherwise, the police would have to be wrong to go after the Magic Stone seller. Which is ridiculous. And the police won’t go against state policy by right. So there is no such things as upholding an agreement for Tan Ah Gow where he can keep the money in accordance to state policy.
Now does it matter if Tan Ah Gow has promoted his Magic Stone on the streets or if he sent messages to the public via an Ad? Fucking obvious.
Here, we don’t even need to touch Unfair Trading Act. It’s just pure logic.
This is the issue of Misleading Ad. Before anyone buys from you, hence tested the service or products, you can claim whatever you want in an ad.
Put it this way, if Mr Bell produced something called Telephone that could be used for people to communicate across vast distances, what stated on the Ad might not be quite believeable to people who never knew what was a Telephone, and how it worked. But if people were to buy the products, and the products worked, the claim is valid. But if some telephones don’t work, people would want to be refunded or get a replacement unit that actually works. Nothing illegal here.
Which is why it is not illegal in general to place an Ad that could be rather ‘creative’. But it becomes a misleading Ad when unrealistic results are placed in the Ad, and… it is really unreal.
For instance, in China, we have all those bogus ads that (eg) promised abortion services with a 99% success rate by experienced surgeons. And yet, the truth is that the success rate of any such services is likely very much lesser than 99%, and the surgeons might not even be qualified in the first place!
We also have such Ads in China, whereby food were bogus, services were bogus, and even now… China people are questioning whether the ‘Hua Nan Tiger sighting’ picture is bogus…
So it is not hard to understand of why Singapore’s Ministry of Health is so particular about the misleading ads of some lasik operators. Credibility and integrity plus reputation of Singapore are at stake… particularly when those operators could also be drawing in foreign patients with those fanciful ads!
[What to do when given an encounter] In Singapore, there are also many problematic operators across various industries. Using (Ad 2), we have actually explained (Ad 1) in a way. High competition is not a legal excuse to commit crime by putting up a misleading ad and letting consumers to incur damages. This is kind of cheating in a large scale.
Now we go on to (Ad 1) and discuss, because (Ad 1)‘s impact is way more severe. And that’s also when we bring in the component of government support in such public claims. And when encounter such problematic operators, you must do this:
1. Find out as much before and after you engaged a service. In Singapore, sometimes you have seminars, so this part is done.
2. Have copies of the Ad, the documents and other materials given to you, the company’s records and happenings, including emails, fax copies, schedules, itinerary, video clips and so on.
3. Make noise as you rightfully should, and also go to the relevant authorities, including your own Member of Parliament. It would be best if the mainstream media can pick up your happening. But the media is often there when the happening is sensational enough, such as when it ends up a court fight, or the consumer dies and so on.
Remember, such is case by case basis.
By right, when you bring such issues to your MP or any related agencies in Singapore, an investigation will be on its way. But before you approach your MP, you must first do your own communication with the seller.
In these modern days, you have one more avenue to make noise: The internet. Nowadays, a company can promote its services and products in online forums. A paid consumer can also rate the services and products, and relate his or her experience using the services and products online. It is the same when one watches a movie, and rates the movie providing his or her views along the way.
[Misleading Ad and the diehard operators.] In Singapore where the government preaches a clean and effective administration, local consumers can approach their MPs while the foreigners can go after agencies such as CASE, or even ministries. Of course, all can choose to report to the police.
If a company advertised a job and its benefits, and subsequently imported a foreign worker. The worker upon arriving in Singapore found the job was not 100% as the one being advertised and the benefits were lacking, such as the pay was not in full. The worker could approach the Ministry of Manpower for it to intercept. And he could also go to the local police.
This is another type of misleading ad.
Misleading ad is a crime in itself, if proven true. It seeks to promote a service or product by selling unrealistic expectations to the uninformed public. Misrepresenting the services or products literally to uninformed public and profit from this is a crime. And it is a threat to the reputation of Singapore, and since all local businesses are regulated by and licensed with the talented government of Singapore, there is an integrity issue clearly embedded here.
The government of Singapore would hence be responsible in such misdeeds. Furthermore, MPs have their constituents’ interests to consider as well.
And of course, since a misleading ad frequently reaches out via the official mainstream media to the citizens of Singapore and probably the foreigners as Singapore is a cosmopolitan, it becomes a grave national embarassment at times, especially when a government agency appears alongside in the misleading ad.
Which is why when one encounters such problematic operators in Singapore, they should approach the government of Singapore (via their MPs for locals) before alleging that the government is sleeping on job.
So assuming we come across (Ad 1) which claims that Singapore Ministers would be helping the world to become unemployed by offering them success, the example here is making the advertisers’ status and power in a state supreme, which is to the extreme for the discussion. Which hence can be described as about the most diehard operators Singapore can have.
Now, assuming a Singaporean Mr Tan Jee Suan* read this, and (Ad 1) is government backed with or without a state agency appearing in the ad, since it is indicated that Singapore Ministers are involved. Now before Mr Tan Jee Suan went to commit suicide by jumping into the Chinese Garden MRT tracks, he read this Ad 1 which ensured results few could ever dream of and so on and so forth, and as an unemployed he decided to use the last of his S$16 in his pocket to sign up with Singapore Inc. And Singapore Inc took his money.
Mr Tan then discovered the service was poor, and he was also served not necessarily by the Ministers of Singapore, but perhaps a minister from Mars or even by an ikan bilis from civil sector, and the service providers’ conduct was crappy. And the Singapore Inc’s success rate was only 55% against the Guaranteed stated in the Ad 1.
He has been sold an unrealistic expectation!
And he proceeded to make claim for a refund. But Singapore Inc refused citing an agreement of no refund Mr Tan Jee Suan had been induced to accept when signing up.
There was also unprofessional conducts involved by Singapore Inc.
This could be a real case, but we make the operator one of the most diehard of any in Singapore. However, assuming we have an even higher authority called Minister of Ministers. Mr Tan, who has no money to sue Singapore Inc, approached the MP who is the MM, naturally.
What will MM do then?
[State Interest Vs Diehard Operators] The above example gives you the ‘feel‘ that the bigger the operator, the more powerful the operator, the more threatening it is to Singapore’s reputation and integrity, so is all the more important to get the government’s attention since the government runs Singapore, not you.
This is especially so because a state agency may be involved.
As a small ikan bilis consumer running into such an operator, you need more firepower than the usual agencies such as CASE. Whether one likes or trusts the government is one thing, but such an operator is the government’s duty to deal with.
Would your MP assist you?
What do you think?
And Ministry of Health has moved in on errant lasik operators. This is not about political meddling in business. This is what the government is about. All MPs have a duty over their constituents’ interests. And all businesses are regulated by the government. So how can your MPs not be moved by your concerns?
This concerns your MP’s integrity and credibility, and you as a concerned public. Because such operators are publicly committing a crime and profitting from uninformed public while threatening Singapore’s well-being. And if the Mr Tan Jee Suan subsequently dies or kena attacked by the operator in some ways, the MP will be placed in the bad spotlight, hence the government will have an issue.
It’s just that serious.
(Ad 1) and (Ad 2) differ only in the scale of this problem. Basically, they share the concerns. See how serious can misleading ad be. There are always sick operators around out for the money, and even pleading caveat emptor. Unfair trading act is a weapon with limited use because you have to go to court in first place. Which is why ikan bilis must alert the government when the operators could be well too big to be handled alone.
Some operators could jolly well resort to threatening you if the victim makes noise. You better believe it is happening~! So this is not a joke.
Given experience, if you kena small shops, you can go to CASE and file a record; If you kena something bigger and above, you need the attention of your MPs who would be in a position to knock on the government’s doors for you. This is especially if you are an ikan bilis making a claim on the operators for a rightful refund.
Of course, before you allege your MP is sleeping on the job, you should not save the trouble of not informing them. You cannot assume the government will know without you raising your concerns. The infamous National Kidney Foundation scandal was a result of many brave reports to the government under the threatening moments from its then despicable CEO to the many ikan bilis.
Back then, NKF had utilised mainstream media to mislead the public on its performance and so on by various claims and reports and ads, which were subsequently being exposed to the public by Singapore Press Holdings.
This scandal had rocked Singapore heavily. Ironically, the reason why the NKF CEO had fallen was due to his own legal attack effort against his critic.
There will always be dishonorable and sick people behind misleading ads. Some may ask you to buy magic rocks who can cure cancers, or services described out of proportion, and expect to keep your money.
It’s your own duty to inform the government: I want my money back. Don’t just whine and whine. Since no government enjoys scandals, your MP will normally be more than happy to help you.
[About terms and conditions] For an unrealistic expection, which is unreal in the first place, which is based on what is basically against moral and probably state policy as well… terms and conditions, no matter how valid they look, are part of the lies or crime which you are expected to honor your payment.
…if your stone can’t cure cancer or your lasik operator fool around with your eyes, and you call the Ministry or the police, what terms and conditions shall matter when it is based upon unreal but guaranteed expectations?
Do they hold water in the first?
Does Singapore advocate that crime pays?
For Scope, he also wants to know the answer. And he has been waiting, and waiting, and waiting. Well…
… in Singapore, who can he trust?
So by left, he is inclined to leave Singapore. Common sense.
Singapore was good.
*Mr Tan Jee Suan, 46yo, was a Singaporean who made news having committed suicide on 18 October 2006 by jumping into the MRT tracks of Chinese Gardens, Singapore. When he died, he was reportedly carrying his last S$16 in his pocket. It came to light that his MP actually knew of his plight/case of poverty because Mr Tan had approached his MP. The horrendous death drew about S$500,000 from the public in the form of White Gold (Chinese Custom: Money for the Dead).