Editor: This is not really a big deal, as I’d have agreed with a few other readers, but it’s just the way that the comment was being phrased that seems… *don’t know how to explain*. Nay, I am just being sensitive.

I saw this comment posted today in my blog and alarm bells started ringing immediately. The blog post in question was the one about the seemingly fake evidence on Pedra Branca. Now, "nal" wrote that:

I can’t imagine an island with a ‘foreign’ name got stuck somewhere in the middle of the malay’s archipelago region. It just doesn’t add up……….Who is this smark aleck, who changed the name ?

I think Pulau Batu Putih sounds more realistic.

To which, "anon" replied:


shattap, Pulau Batu Putih no longer exist, it’s Pedra Branca now!


Now, if "anon" is a Singaporean, or for that matter, any other nationality, I would have just closed both eyes. But a check at the IP address revealed:


Of course, I am being just oversensitive. I guess it’s just the way that it’s being put across, especially with the "shattap" (shut up). It could all be said in jest, but knowing how people are being prosecuted and all, it’ll not be forgivable if I hear alarm bells and let it continue ringing. So…


I decided to do the Singaporean kiasi thing. I removed the comment. At least temporarily. Hmm…

Reader's Comments

  1. Ridz | May 26th, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    I don’t see how that’s seditious…

  2. dead_cockroach | May 26th, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    err, me too.

  3. Hisham | May 26th, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    me three. is there anything in chinese or other language with regards to shattap? if there is … you could clarify .. then we come to a better understanding.

    otherwise, id be none the wiser about it.

  4. Parrot | May 27th, 2008 at 11:41 am

    To have a M’sian replying like this is not seditious; it’s more like an informal rebuff – like a pro-colonialism M’sian against an anti-colonialism one. Then again, assuming Mr Anonymous was on a proxy server…

  5. Derrick Kwa | May 27th, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    I don’t see what’s too bad about the comment.

    And anyway, personally, I tend to not remove any comments unless they are spam. I personally try to maintain full transparency.

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