Daily Lessons from Life 03 April 2018 - Select Committee's Conducts
"Select Committee to look into complaints on public hearings: Charles Chong
SINGAPORE: The Select Committee on deliberate online falsehoods will look into the allegations it has received on some of its public hearing sessions before issuing a response, its chairman Charles Chong said on Tuesday night (Apr 3).
Human Rights group Maruah issued a press statement on Tuesday stating their "misgivings" about the hearings.
Some witnesses from the committee's public hearings held last week, including freelance journalist Kirsten Han and social worker Jolovan Wham, said the summaries of the evidence they presented, which were released by the committee, misrepresented their views.
In addition, a group of civil society activists released a signed statement on Monday criticising the way the hearings were conducted.
In a blog post, Ms Han reproduced a formal complaint she had sent to Parliament and said her views during the hearing were "drastically misrepresented within the Summary of Evidence".
Citing an exchange with committee member Edwin Tong during the hearing, he said: "I did not say that there was no evidence of online falsehoods. I said there was no empirical evidence that online falsehoods have a significant impact on Singapore society.". I said there was no empirical evidence that online falsehoods have a significant impact on Singapore society."
The group of civil society activists which released the signed statement included Ms Han, CAN, civil society group Function 8, historian Thum Ping Tjin and The Online Citizen's chief editor Terry Xu.
Besides misrepresentation of summaries, the group highlighted that the hearings were "hardly open or consultative" and committee members appeared uninterested in soliciting witnesses' views.
The group's statement also said that "numerous leading questions were asked" and that members of the Select Committee "repeatedly insisted on yes or no answers to their questions despite repeatedly being told of the importance of context and nuance".
Human rights group Maruah voiced similar concerns on Tuesday. It said that the proceedings were at times "overly focused" on showing that the witnesses were propagators of falsehoods through "a process of intense interrogation".
It also called the committee's approach to some witnesses "disrespectful", and said it functioned "at times, patronisingly and discriminatingly".
"We express our dissatisfaction at the modus operandi and the approach that the committee took on when it came to the hearings from some civil society actors, online media practitioners, technology providers, academics," the statement said. "There were instances of aggression and a confrontational stance that underpinned the approach taken for these witnesses.""
I finished in 6hrs50mins in 2015 SCMS. Worst of the 8th attempts!
My 2016 Resolutions
1 Life Long Pursuit always: - at personal level, to be a good father, husband, son, friend and human being; - at work level, to be a professional; practising the 7e Way of leaders;
2 To continue the holistic healthy lifestyle of 'eating right and exercising regularly' so as to keep the weight at 70-71kg and off HBP medication;
3 To continue to find ways to promote the 7e Way of Leaders, to generate revenue from at least 3 sources, and to get article published in established publications;
4 To continue to contribute as Volunteer Probation Officer (VPO) with the Probation Services Branch; as Senior Health Ambassador (SHA) for Health Promotion Board (HPB); and some other Volunteer opportunities.
5 To invest wiser and trade wisely to profit from an extremely challenging 2016;
6 To complete the 2016 SCMS on 04 December 2016 under 6.5hrs and raise at least S$5.9k for Singapore Cancer Society!;
7 To always has space for the Unexpected.
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2010 Tour of Amsterdam/Brussels/Paris/Lucerne/Cologne
Family Outside Versailles Palace, France
2009 Dec Tawian Holidays
Four of my Most Important People
2008 Dec HkgMacauHolidays
HawNgee, ZJ and Jun in JAWs!
Lu's Marathon on 7 Dec 2014
I did it 6hr19sec for the 7th time!
Lu's Marathon on 1 Dec 2013
I did it in 6.16. Worst than 2012 of 6.05 and > Target of 6hrs. Still, I will take it! :-)
Lu's Marathon on 2 Dec 2012
5th Time 6.06 > Goal of 6hrs
Lu's Marathon on 4 Dec 2011
I did it again in 5hrs53min05sec!
Lu's Marathon 05 Dec 2010
I completed my 3rd Marathon - 6hrs 24mins
Lu's Marathon 06 Dec 2009
I Did It AGAIN at 6hr20mins!!
Lu's Marathon 07 Dec 2008
I Dit It! 42.195km in 5hr 53Min 34Sec. My 1st Marathon at 51+ Years Old