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Let’s Talk COC

No I am not being vulgar, so please don’t set the internet police on me. Just in case the COC inspectors and arresting officers are already in place, may I just protect myself by reminding you that it is YOU who came up with this term, not me. So ok let’s talk COC.


COC – code of conduct. So you want to implement this on the internet? OK, but what are the rules? Can you actually write objective rules for internet users to follow? Show them to us. Next show me how you are going to implement those rules. And of course how you are going to police them, and what are the consequences. How many trolls, oops, I mean staff are you going to employ, using taxpayers money of course, to check and control what goes on in the internet? Will the PA be involved?


Do I have cause to be afraid? Me – I am just a very simple person, who gets riled by certain events. To make myself feel better, I rant on my blog. Hardly anyone reads my blog, but do I have reason to be afraid?? After all, my only healthcare and retirement plan is my hdb flat. I cannot afford to pay any legal fees or whatever it is you intend to do to me if I do not maintain your good old COC.


Or is the real intention for all to go underground? That there will be no noise, that MSM will rule the earth once again?


While we are talking COC, can I suggest you extend it? You want us to help integrate foreigners into our land? Can I suggest you give them a COC first? I have had enough listening to them taunting local Singaporeans as not being as good as them. We had no choice over the colonial masters in the past. Why did we import new colonial masters to lord it over us? If they do not have a COC, why should we spend money to integrate them? We want these foreigners to help support our aging population? Would they, if they treat locals with derision? Won’t they simply take what they earn back home to support their own aging?  Don’t you think we need to include respect, humility and a goodly tongue in their COC?



What about giving our politicians a special COC too? After all, we the humble citizens ofSingaporeare paying them good money. We had to forego Peach Garden Chai Tow Kuay you know. For a start, part of their COC should include listen before they speak. Be empathetic rather than defensive. And mathematical logic on a piece of paper does not prove anything. Life is not about how the maths make sense. Life has got to do with other lives, about emotions about a sense of wellbeing, of being cared for.


Oh? My suggestions of COCs for foreigners and politicians are not feasible? Not quantifiable? I forget, I am a lesser mortal. Only your COCs can work.

  1. SpeakSpokeWriteWrote
    April 30, 2012 at 3:28 am

    As if to prove my point, a very sensitive statement by the Min of Finance. http://business.asiaone.com/Business/News/Story/A1Story20120429-342813.html

  2. Sgcynic
    April 30, 2012 at 9:01 am

    1. Thou shalt not label others as lesser mortals green-eyed with envy
    2. Thou shalt accord respect to differing (dissenting) views and not be a deaf frog.
    3. Thou shalt not use knuckle busters on people or whips to their “hides”.
    4. Thou shalt use misleading statistics to lie that HDB flats are affordable.
    5. Thou shalt not dismiss concerns and jump to conclusions that a occurrence is one-in-50 years.
    6. Thou shalt not be overbearing, condescending and deceitful.
    7. …

  3. Yawn
    April 30, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Since they unwilling and unable to be more open (transparency), their only knee-jerk reaction to soothe their insecurities is = more control. Ran out of creative ideas, apparently.

    • SpeakSpokeWriteWrote
      May 1, 2012 at 1:00 am

      Creativity not quite their strong suit is it? if there is congestion on the road, introduce concept of COE. If that still not good enough, increase no. of ERP gangtries. That still not enough, increase the ERP fees. Principally they use fines and charges to control us, and to enrich our reserves – errr…. these are just what you pay – not taxes.

  4. mediacop
    May 1, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    I think the proposal of a COC is just testing the waters by going softly slow slow. They have shown that they do take action against sites overcritical of them – look at TOC which has to register as a political association. And the reason – foreign funding. Ultimately they still have the 2 biggest deterrents: the ISA and defamation suits, or threats thereof. And being control freaks, I wouldn’t be surprised at any legislation to control the internet and social media in the future. Look at how they control mainstream media through the newspaper and printing presses act.

  5. Talk COC, Sing Song
    May 3, 2012 at 5:37 am

    Another excellent piece Sophia. Always enjoyed reading your articles. Very insightful, and written with a witty sense of humour. And don’t worry, its not vulgar. Keep up the good work !

    • SpeakSpokeWriteWrote
      May 3, 2012 at 6:26 am

      Thank you. Should write soon about how dangerous living in Singapore has become. Hah!

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