Ok, I have reconfirmed that Cooling-off Day’s rules apply to Polling Day too! What a disingenious law. All for the purpose of silencing the people and to protect the ruling party’s power. It takes a devious mind to come up with such ridiculous draconian laws in a supposed first world democracy. And as usual, there are double standards. The people are muzzled while the pro-PAP mainstream media are allowed to sing the praises of their master on CoD.
And PM Lee dares proclaim with a straight face that PAP is “on the side of the people”? And what’s that claim about having integrity? Actions speak louder than hollow words. All we are seeing is Hypocrisy with a capital H.
There is confusion among many people as to when the COD rules end. In the intro of the press release issued by the Elections Department it says “Cooling-off Day is A Day when campaigning is disallowed and election advertising must not be published or displayed.”
But the Elections Department states in the very next paragraph of its press release “the following campaign and election advertising activities “are prohibited on Cooling-off Day and Polling Day by the Parliamentary Elections Act”. The law even says “candidates and supporters should refrain from attending public events on Cooling-off Day and Polling Day” except for religious or work reasons (ok does that mean no grouping in kopi-tiams too?).
There is also confusion as to whether the draconian rules apply to individuals. I don’t think it does as there is an explicit clause in this law that states there are exceptions to the prohibitions which include “The transmission of personal political views by individuals to other individuals, on a non-commercial basis, using the Internet, telephone or electronic means”.
Going by this exception, I would think it is ok for us mere mortals to discuss all elections matters. So people, don’t be frightened off again by bullies who try to intimidate. Speak all you want about this hot topic – it is our right to do so in the first place.