Dialogue, not threats, the way to resolve issues

Dialogue, not threats, the way to resolve issues

SINGAPORE - Hacker group Anonymous' threat to the Government's critical IT infrastructure is akin to a group of bandits taking over a town ("Government agencies on alert after hackers threaten attacks"; Friday).

We should never allow our Government to be forced into a particular position as a result of coercion or threats.

While there may be much discontent with the new regulations requiring certain popular news sites to post a $50,000 bond, we should engage in meaningful discourse with the Government, regulators and representatives alike.

Even in the event that dialogues do break down, there are avenues within the legal system to adjudicate on the justness of the regulations.

One can easily apply for a judicial review on the relevant regulations, so as to have a final arbiter to decide the issue.

The maturity of our society is best reflected by how we handle divisive issues in a worthwhile manner. If we are really unhappy with a regulation, let us be circumspect about it and be open to dialogue.

By resorting to threats, Anonymous has failed to represent the behaviour and views of Singaporeans, but instead has chosen to foist its own liberal comprehensive doctrine on the rest of us.

We must question whether this is what we want of our society - to be held hostage to one particular ideology.

Desmond Chew

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