When I read that NMP Siew Kum Hong was going sue people who post some “defamatory” statements about him on the net, I can’t help but think that this was a very, very bad idea by him. The statements in question was regarding Mr. Siew Kum Hong being a “mole” for the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) and him being a foreign agent as he had received donations from foreigners.
Mr. Siew Kum Hong's problems started when he got himself a front-row seat in the AWARE saga and offered legal advice to the Old Guard of AWARE. I had posted on this blog last week on how a backlash is brewing against the Old Guard of AWARE and those who helped them. The fact that Mr. Siew Kum Hong is now going to sue people who post some “defamatory” statements about him on the net is a situation rich in irony.
When the AWARE saga first started, supporters of the Old Guard and gay supporters used the net to drum up support for their side and demonized the New Guard. The New Guard were accursed of religious fundamentalism and even the police were called in as threats were made against members of the New Guard. I read on singaporedaily.net that Mr. Siew Kum Hong has a blog himself and I checked it out. On several posts, he clearly made known where he stands on the AWARE saga and what he thinks of the New Guard. Now the shoe is on the other foot and Mr. Siew is trying to sue?
I don’t think the irony of the situation is not lost on anyone and that’s why I think Mr. Siew should not sue. He risks being seen as a hypocrite who can dish out criticism but can’t take it when criticism is directed at himself.
For a NMP and social critic, that’s a very, very bad idea.