Seems that the government of the very “fine” land of Singapore — fines for littering, fines for chewing gum, fines for walking on the grass, etc. — remains intolerant of anyone saying something bad about it or the ruling party.
Abdul Malik Ghazali was arrested after he posted comments on Facebook critical of how Singapore is running the inaugural Youth Olympic Games. Special attention was paid in those comments to the minister for community development, youth and sports.
AFP reports (Singaporean arrested for anti-gov’t remarks on Facebook) that Malik’s postings on his own Facebook page highlighted recent floods in Singapore, the escape of detained terror suspect Mas Selamat Kastari, the amount of money spent to host the games and reports of the poor standard of food served for games volunteers.
He said it was time to “burn” the sports minister and the ruling party.
“Rally together and vote them out!!!” he wrote.
Abdul Malik said in comments published Wednesday by The New Paper that “the comment is a metaphor”.
“I did not intend for it to be taken literally. I did not mean for someone to actually burn,” he said.
The Singapore government takes a dim view of any dissent it cannot control. Government leaders have successfully sued dissidents for libel. In some cases the lawsuits have bankrupted political organizations.