The Singapore Government through its legal representative, the Attorney General Chambers, has sent a letter of demand to internet news media, The Online Citizen, wanting the website to take down an article it alleged to be untrue.

In the letter submitted by “Concerned Singaporean” and posted by TOC on its website, the letter stated that the funds raised from Singapore Savings Bonds will be used for the construction of an underground city to accommodate a 10 million population.

Screenshot from TOC
Screenshot from TOC
Screenshot from TOC
Screenshot from TOC

On record, the PAP Government has never stated that the Singapore Savings Bonds will be used for the construction of an underground city, or mention if the funds will be used to invest in the infrastructure and preparation for a 10 million population, or even mention about a 10 million population target.

The 10 million population idea actually came from former chief of the HDB, Liu Thai Ker, who attracted severe criticisms recently for saying that Singapore must plan for a population that size. The issuance of the Singapore Savings Bonds and the need to raise the billions of funds were never explained by the Singapore Government. However the Attorney General Chambers admit that there are plans for an underground development for people to “work, live and play.”

This is the second letter sent by the Singapore Government to the website, the first was over a Ministry of Defence patent where TOC covered extensively of the claims by a Singaporean entrepreneur who complained that the government ministry stole his idea of a mobile first aid vehicle.

However, the obvious question lingers: how does a government organisation feel “harassed” to validate a call for protection against harassment?

The PAP Government enacted the Protection from Harassment bill in 2014 and have since used it twice to protect itself. When the bill was first introduced, the public have speculated that the bill was introduced to protect the Singapore Government and its supporters. It appears the saying could be true especially when no other individuals have been publicized to have attain a protection order for over a year.