Friday, December 02, 2005

Melvyn Tan or Us?


I left a comment regarding the Melvyn Tan affair at Kway Teow Man’s blog. Here’s an amended version:

I am of the opinion is that the whole Melvyn Tan media spectacle has quite fascinating effects. Killing many Tweeties killed with one stone—if any at all. (In comparison, Molly fails miserably in this bird-hunting business.) The fact that a controlled media is allows some form of discussion insteading of covering up minimizing the issue's profile/exposure probably suggests that the issue has its functions.

The wonderful effects of the spectacle (purely Molly’s speculations and do not necessary bear any resemblance to truth):

1) Take some attention away from death penalty. And other issues like casino bidding, seditious bloggers, etc.

2) Since people complain, we have the chance to implement harsher penalties than ever. Harsher punishments are a way to maintain the status quo and preserve social order.

3) A good way to test waters—test the success of years of national education. See how people react to the issue.

4) If people support the punishment (or think the punishment is too light), they acknowledge that NS is necessary and defaulters have to be punished. (Otherwise, they will be saying that the punishment is unfair to Melvyn Tan.) In the process, they are voicing out an implicit willingness to go through NS.

5) If they don't support the punishment:

(a) Perhaps they think it's too light. "So, ok lor. We make it harsher next time. See who kena more jialat." Next time even fewer people will dare to go against the system.

(b) Perhaps they think it's too heavy: why must people be forced to a corner because of one sacred state policy? Aha! This is the only possible flaw. But has anyone said so yet? Predictably, no. Play on the people's simple-mindedness and capitalize on their very sense of inequality to make it seem as though a particular policy is well-supported—and it is!

6) Those people who talk about democracy and human rights (stupid Dr. Chee! always making trouble!) cannot say much. If they talk about human rights and democracy issues (involved in punishing Melvyn Tan), they will alienate themselves from people who feel that Tan already has too light a punishment.

The Great Ones: 7
The Peasants: 0

Winner: The Great Ones! Hurray!

7 Comments:

Blogger meepokman said...

Harlo Molly,

I know my Maths in school last time no good lah. But hor, I sell mee pok, so I count money every day now.

I counted six leh, how come you say 7-0 leh? Great Ones got free goal izzit? Great Ones = Molly's favourite football team?

11:20 PM  
Blogger Molly Meek said...

The seventh one is bonus. No. 5 has part (a) and (b). Such a brilliant goal that Molly had to award extra marks.

Yeah, Great Ones = Molly's favorite team. Also known as Miw United.

11:54 PM  
Blogger yh said...

my theory:

The number of NS defaulters increasing.
Government wants to impose mandatory jail term.
Doing so will cause an uproar.
So, release pianist's story.
Everyone is indignant.
Government, appearing to be addressing the feedback of people, imposes mandatory jail term.
everyone applauses.

Brilliant!

3:20 AM  
Anonymous The Boy from the heartlands said...

My theory:

Fatalistic. Shld never have seen the light of day, because bound to have people like Molly who can pierce the darkness.

Why My Theory is Wrong:

You think Uncle at KopiTiam Read Molly? My friends also don't read Molly or they don't know. They have blogs I don't read too. They don't know I have a blog because I pretend to hate blogs.

How to make my Theory Right
The Mollification of Singapore society is not well-done. Molly says 7:0. I say its time to Mollify Singapore.

about 4,000,000 : maybe 100.

5:27 AM  
Blogger Molly Meek said...

yh: Theory only ok, no claims to truth. Wait got people knock on Molly's door.

boy from the heartlands:
yes, mollify singapore. People should all be meek and stop complaining.

5:43 AM  
Anonymous Chin Ho Seh said...

Correct, correct. Singaporeans should really be very careful of what they wish for. Because some wishes actually come true!

12:13 AM  
Blogger Molly Meek said...

Yah lor, they call it LPPL, don't they?

1:14 AM  

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