PAP breaking films law?

A PAP activist who spoke at the party’s recent conference revealed to the Straits Times that “the party has put together some political videos” and “these will be posted on the party’s website” once the laws governing political videos are changed.

I wonder if the PAP is aware that according to Section 33 of the Films Act, which governs the “Making, distribution and exhibition of party political films”:

Any person who —

(a) imports any party political film;
(b) makes or reproduces any party political film;
(c) distributes, or has in his possession for the purposes of distributing, to any other person any party political film; or
(d) exhibits, or has in his possession for the purposes of exhibiting, to any other person any party political film,

knowing or having reasonable cause to believe the film to be a party political film shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $100,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years.

But they probably know full well about the law, since they came up with it in the first place. So is this another case of the PAP’s double standards?

Author: Gerald Giam

Gerald Giam is the Member of Parliament for Aljunied GRC. He is a member of the Workers' Party of Singapore. The opinions expressed on this page are his alone.

13 thoughts on “PAP breaking films law?”

  1. Why don’t you, bro? I’m already sending in something about the PM’s speech on Sunday, so I’ll have reached my quota for the week.

  2. This sounds like a logical and well-put together charge.

    However, I wonder if the party will hide behind the term “put together some political videos”. “Put together” is a rather loose term and could mean that they simply formulated some ideas for political videos.

    In order to prove that the law has been broken, you’d have to prove that the video in question was made or owned prior to the law being changed.

    Simply ‘thinking’ about making one is not an infraction of the law.

  3. Alright what’s the name of this guy?

    I am volunteering to make a police report against him for breaking the law.

  4. Quote from Straits Times:

    PM Lee, the PAP’s secretary-general, also spoke about the party’s efforts in harnessing new media. ‘I think we have the ideas, but we need the effort,’ he said.

    The party has put together some political videos, he revealed. These will be posted on the party’s website once the laws governing political videos are changed.

    Will be interesting to see if the PM actually said the quote which you attributed to him, or if it was the ST paraphrasing it.

  5. alphaville – be careful about making a police report…remember what happened when JBJ made a police report against GCT “and his people” in 1997?

  6. Gerald,

    That was Tang Liang Hong. He made the report, passed it to JBJ who mentioned it during a rally. It was all over for them both, financially.

  7. Unfortunately, I haven’t been reading the papers and only found out about this through your blog, so I don’t know heads and tails to be able to craft a finely worded letter.

  8. A PAP activist who spoke at the party’s recent conference revealed to the Straits Times that “the party has put together some political videos” and “these will be posted on the party’s website” once the laws governing political videos are changed.

    Erm… doesn’t that mean they’ll just change the laws. I think your quote quite clearly points that out. They will only post once laws have changed. Read carefully in future guys, before foaming at the mouth.

  9. pmg – you don’t understand. Making a political video, or being in possession of one, is an offence in itself, even if they don’t post it.

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