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PM Lee describes being unashamed and thick-skinned as elements key to online resilience

He says one must not be ashamed of what one is doing and be thick-skinned

Published on Aug 23, 2013 7:02 AM
PM Lee Hsien Loong and Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong at a dialogue with 60 youth leaders last night. Mr Lee told the audience there are limits to how widely, and for how long, his Government can consult the public before deciding on policy. This is because an excessive amount of time spent consulting could mean 'the opportunity passes you by'. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

Being proud of what you are doing, and having thick skin: these are the two elements of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's resilience in the face of a hostile cyberspace.

At a dialogue last night with 60 youth leaders, PM Lee was asked by a participant from the Singapore Kindness Movement how he remains positive, for example on his Facebook page, when online commentators are unkind.

"First of all, you must not be ashamed of what you are doing," he said. "If there are some naysayers, you must decide if you have the majority with you or not."

He said that in cyberspace, "some generally disagree, some are just looking for things to disagree with you about".

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Background story


I think everyone wants to pay less tax and get more. But the Government has to get money from you, we have no other magic source. Today, our balance is good. But beyond a point, like the US or Europe, we are in trouble. In my Sunday speech, after talking about good things, I have to remind everyone that all good things have to be paid for. Which I think all working adults know.

- PM Lee


If in society, we look down on somebody because of the way he dresses or the way he talks, you make him feel uncomfortable to be with you, I think that's not a good thing... You can be of any family background but when you go to the hawker centre, you sit down, you eat together. If a stranger comes, he sits with you.

- PM Lee