Photo of Lee Hsien Loong from RSF

In response to rising anti-PAP sentiments and politically-motivated crimes in Singapore, the ruling party government came out with a new organisation, Commacon, to teach Singaporeans how to advocate change and disagree with the government “legally”.

Advertised on state-controlled propaganda mouthpiece Straits Times:

“Not happy with the way things are and passionate about a cause? How can one be an activist without running afoul of the law? Learn how to advocate effectively for change in a workshop at the National Gallery on Sunday.”

Over at the government workshop’s website, Commacon wrote that they will teach Singaporeans how to “advocate for change legally”. You may view their website here.

The Singapore government is currently clamping down on dissent, and have jailed 3 writers and sued another into bankruptcy. 18-year-old teenager YouTube filmmaker, Amos Yee, was forced to seek asylum in US, while prominent CPF expert Roy Ngerng had to leave Singapore for employment after being made to pay dictator Prime Minister S$155,000 in defamation charges. Two former writers for The Real Singapore, Ai Takagi and Yang Kai Heng, had to stop writing in exchange for the right to live in Singapore without harassment from the government.

A former writer for The Real Singapore, Alex Tan, had to flee Singapore for Australia and base his news website, States Times Review, in Australia in order to avoid local censorship and Orwellian-style compliance. However unlike the others, the ruling party dictatorship is unable to get their hands on Alex Tan because local censorship laws do not apply anywhere else outside Singapore. Worried that there might be more young people like Alex Tan basing their anti-government operations overseas, the Singapore government is putting in more propaganda effort to give the Singaporean people a facade of freedom.