Singaporean bloggers and journalists have suggested that the government should engage with new media , instead of regulating it- as the blogosphere can regulate itself - for example, websites that feature wild, baseless accusations or irresponsible content will soon lose their readership and credibility, as readers move to other websites and that unfair criticisms will likely draw counter-arguments, sparing the original writer the need to respond to every comment. However, they also acknowledged the importance of bloggers being mindful of existing laws, and not breaking them. Popular bloggers Mr Brown and Mr Miyagi provided an example - the use of their slogan "prison got no broadband " as an effort to educate bloggers on the importance of following existing rules.
Mr Peter Lim, 67, a former editor-in-chief of The Straits Times, suggested that the government engage with new media (for example through maintaining their own blogs and participating in on-line-forums) with the aim of eventually leaving the Internet to self-regulate.
Minister for Communication, Information and the Arts, Lee Boon Yang countered the argument by stating that irresponsible comments on race or faith-related issues in multi-racial Singapore could be horrendous and so the matter should be approached with delicacy and sensitivity and be given the importance that it calls for. On the bright side, he also mentioned the possibility of blogs and other on-line forums being given more leeway during the next Singapore General Elections (politically oriented postings and pod-casts were banned during the most recent one).