20 Oct '11, 2pm

Pritam Singh: Singapore needs a Freedom of Information Act$

Workers' Party MP Pritam Singh called for a Freedom of Information Act in his speech in Parliament on 20 October 2011. Here is the relevant extract from his speech. What a Freedom of Information Act would do is to allow ordinary citizens to pull information from public bodies that have not put the information sought in the public realm. A Freedom of Information legislation is not meant to oblige the government to release sensitive data such as defence deployments and procurement. Exceptions are routinely scheduled in Freedom of Information legislation elsewhere, which prohibit government release of sensitive information. It is useful to note that Freedom of Information legislation is very much the norm in countries, which host a diverse and plural polity. And in case some members feel such open-government legislation only originates in Western countries and that we Asians ...

Full article: http://journalism.sg/2011/10/20/pritam-singh-singapore-ne...

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