Is this a victory for rubbish sites? Winning the court of appeal decision against the Government that the Protection from Harassment Act cannot be used by the government or corporate bodies as the interpretation of “person” is restricted to natural persons?
In the first place, the government invoked the anti-harassment law on TOC was because they were publishing falsehoods alleging MINDEF bullied Dr Ting Choon Meng!
SINGAPORE: The Court of Appeal on Monday (Jan 16) ruled in a rare split decision that the Government cannot invoke an anti-harassment law that allows people to stop the publication of false statements against them.The case hinged on the legal question of whether the Government can be considered a person under Section 15 of the Protection from Harassment Act. The Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) had sought to invoke the law to get socio-political website The Online Citizen (TOC) to take down statements made by inventor Dr Ting Choon Meng about a patent rights dispute.