Here's part of Tarn How's description of the PAP government manages dissent:
1) Concentrate the attack on centres of power and influence. While there are plenty of dissenters, a few of them matter more than others. From these few, pick a very small number which can be used as OB markers for the limits of allowed dissent. Note that they don’t target every dissenter, or every person associated with the dissenter. They just pick out the key figure – those around him need not have to face the same fates, though they often suffer collateral damage. mr brown, especially post-Bak Chor Mee election podcast, can be considered a centre of influence measured by his very big fan base.I agree with Tarn How's take on this point. I've always known it. Acclaimed poet Alfian Saat, who writes fiercely political poetry, has also previously said that the only reason why the government permits him to do so is that they know that few Singaporeans will actually read poetry.
In fact, if or when my blog starts hitting 30,000 unique visitors per month on a consistent basis, I think it will probably be time for Mr Wang to think about stopping blogging here and about moving on. Oh, this blog will stay up, and old posts will remain available for reference. But no more new posts here.
Mr Wang would have to die and reincarnate and appear elsewhere on the Internet with a new name that has nothing to do with baking karmic biscuits. That's the only safe way for Mr Wang to continue to be able to express his honest views.
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