Monday, 2 April 2007

Response - Is the media reliable in conveying the truth?

I believe that the media is not very reliable in conveying the truth although it is a very powerful tool in disseminating information to the people of that particular country and worldwide. It plays a very significant role in the people's understanding and stand on current issues which may directly affect them.

If the media fabricate lies and attempt to cover up actual information to delude the people, it would have very serious consequences, people may accept the lies as truth, they would blindly support something which is internationally-preceived as incorrect, leading to misunderstandings. Take for example, in North Korea where the communist government has a firm grip on the media, people are unable to understand the world's concern over their country's nuclear enrichment. In some other cases, it can be dangerous, such as the cover up of outbreak of diseases. An example would be the recent case of bird flu, if the country does not acknowledge of such an outbreak and use the media to provide the general public with full accurate information, it would have disastrous consequences.

To a certain extent, I feel that the media indeed would portray the truth, only if it does not affect the ruling party. Some typical examples would be some natural disaster which happened in some other country or some social problem faced globally, information which is objective. Different countries have different extent of control on the media, the media is thus credible to varying degrees.

MM Lee Kuan Yew

MM Lee Kuan Yew was the key to Singapore's remarkable development and success, transforming Singapore from a fishing village to a thriving metropolis. He made wise choices in developing the economy of Singapore, which is very crucial to a country with little or no natural resources. With expert advice from Dr Albert Winsemius, MM Lee set Singapore on the path of industrialization, similar to that of Switzerland. With forsight, he set up the Economic Development Board in 1961 to attract foreign investment to boost Singapore's economy. This was accompanied by a well-trained, disciplined and low paid workforce. This is something which many neighbouring countries then fail to realise, instead, they were more interested in protecting the interests of their domestic investment. In addition, he also set up the Singapore Tourist Promotion Board to attract visitors to the country, creating employment and increasing country's revenue.

MM Lee was also aware of the downsides of a corrupt government, he set up the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) to monitor and single out any officer or minister suspected of corruption, this was prove to be effective as several ministers were charged. A clean and effective government, Singapore has today, is due to the weeding out of corrupt officials in the very beginning.

His contributions in transforming Singapore from a third world nation to a first world nation has made him influential, many other leaders in developing countries would like to emulate his qualities and style of governing to enable their countries to be comparable to Singapore. He laid the path to victory for Singapore and managed to convince our forefathers to aid him in his efforts.