30
Apr

Mr Miyagi’s definitive opinion about being sued over something written on a blog

You want (see comments in that post) Mr Miyagi to say something as regards the laws of defamation? Can!

Mr Miyagi says being ‘threatened with legal action’ is not a laudable achievement. Does not matter if it is in connection with something you blogged. Saying ‘I am the first Singapore blogger to be threatened with legal action over something I said about someone’ is like saying, ‘Hey, sliced bread! Cool!’.

Do not insinuate that by my silence over this matter I am afraid to talk about matters of any importance. My silence over this matter is because it bores the shit outta me, and the only important lesson in this whole debacle can be found in any law textbook to do with defamation. And this is not a law textbook to do with defamation.

I do however respect the right of every individual to talk about the matter till the cows come home and place themselves in parks and every available open space in Singapore.

But if you’re daring me and egging me to say something about the matter, here ’tis:

If you get ‘threatened with legal action’ because of something you wrote on your blog, I could recommend a coupla good lawyers, but you really should know better than to run with scissors. Also, you’ll now be used by several agenda-laden and sometimes misguided groups as a poster boy/girl for the poor, oppressed no-hoper Singaporeans who have internet access at the university they are obtaining their expensive degrees in. That doesn’t mean the world is sitting up and taking notice of you because you’ve achieved something or attempted to make the world a better place.

I can get the same kind of attention by standing naked in an MRT train. Once I get arrested and make the news, there’d be at least some quarters who’d defend me saying I’ve had my freedom of expression curbed.

But I don’t need that kind of attention.

I’d much rather write something about Steph Song and get strung up by her instead.

Oh, and another thing. The law’s the law, and you’re not immune even if you’re writing anonymously.

Go on. More cows coming home.


I’d much rather look at this

iTunes’ party shuffle is playing a copy of: Abraham, Martin And John – Marvin Gaye – The Very Best of Marvin Gaye, of which I have the original CD and therefore didn’t steal music.