(Quoted - Straits Times, Insight. November 7, 2009)
Last week, we examined the issues confronting the new Censorship Review Committee in the age of the Internet and asked readers whether they favoured more liberalisation or more help in curbing negative content. Of those who replied, a majority wanted less censorship, arguing that children should be educated by their parents and not the authorities. A few, however, expressed concern that Singapore society was becoming too liberalised. Here are some responses:
No one should be stopped from creating and showcasing his art using a medium where others need to make a conscious decision to see it. If you object to the subject matter, don't see it!
- Derick Goh, via e-mail
As a mother of two teenagers, my view is that more censorship is needed to protect our children to prevent further moral decay. Co-regulation and self-regulation will end up as no regulation.
- Lee Eng Hwa, via e-mail
If adults are worried that kids will see adult content when R21 videos are available on the shelf, it is the responsibility of those who purchase or rent them to educate the young.
- Ding Tai Wei, via e-mail
The Chinese believe in yin-yang balance - too much control kills creativity; too much freedom leads to disaster.
- Eric Ang Teck Sin, via SMS
We can't deny the fact that homosexuality is getting more common in our daily lives. More and more movies and TV shows have characters who are gay.
- Joseph Lim, via e-mail
What is cut is soon reported in the press and on the Internet - and as with the Spy Who Shagged Me, it sends the wrong message. I remember seeing The Sum Of Us in Sydney, then the R21 version in Singapore where Russell Crowe kissed another male and the scene was cut out here. I don't think seeing it would have turned anyone homosexual!
- Peter Adam, via e-mail
To each his own interests, agenda, tastes, interpretation, you name it. Then who is going to regulate the self-regulated? Some ground rules are necessary to maintain orderliness in civil society. It is useless and vain to shout for total liberalisation that leads to degeneration and disarray. I say status quo ante.
- Winston Chin, via SMS
A common argument is for the preservation of our social fabric and moral values, and about how the media affects our children. I shall not bother addressing moral absolutists who are concerned and defensive only about their ideological domination, but would like to point out that our children will eventually live in a world that will not include us.
- Ho Chi Sam, via e-mail