This brings into question the level of competency which the government manages its own human resources, while it continues to lecture the private sector about training and retaining human capital.
If you have friends who use the gay word to insult and demean others, know that it is wrong and put a stop to it. But you should not be forced to choose sides. You don’t have to tell someone you are straight or gay just to gain their friendship.
The sword of damacles continues to dangle over politically divisive issues such as homosexuality and 377A in Singapore. Singaporeans and their government will need to try and reign in individuals from the political fringes, whether left or right, to avoid a potential Orlando Shooting from taking place here.
What seemed to be missing was one simple question from the pack of journalists busy taking frantic notes; Were any of these attacks facilitated by an employee using an Internet browser at his workstation?
However, the damage was done, Aliya started crying, ‘Ma, they want me to leave the plane because of how I look??…’. I hugged Aliya and held her tight. My older daughter also started crying, saying, ‘Ma, how could they say all that? It was not fair. How could they do this to Aliya?’ I had no answer.
To be fair, the government’s reaction was prompted by a genuine concern for cybersecurity. In the news, the agency spearheading this move seems to be the Cyber Security Agency (CSA). Speaking at a briefing with the press yesterday, CSA’s chief executive Mr David Koh addressed the media and revealed that the government has been the target of up to 16 waves of cyber attacks since last April.
Being straightforward offends many people, but it’s hard to lie when you’ve been taught not to. Honesty is a trait that isn’t really valued much. When I think I’m being considerate by asking a question or doing something extra, it is sometimes met by suspicion and offence. But consideration for others is something we’ve been taught too. So conflicting.
Pasting stickers, drawing cartoons, releasing a comic book, interviewing SMRT drivers, posting on Facebook on Cooling-off Day, are all apparently deemed more serious than the EIGHT Hepatitis C deaths in a hospital.
Closer to home, on 8 June the Straits Times reported that from May next year, “Web surfing can be done only on the employees’ personal tablets or mobile phones as these devices do not have access to government e-mail systems.” The emphasis on government email systems leaves little doubt regarding Hillary Clinton’s influence on this domestic policy shift.
Since we are on the topic, why not ban all public servants from using the internet altogether. After all, these public servants are walking repositories of the government’s secrets! They need to be kept under lock and key. So no Facebook, no personal emails, no internet, nothing!