13 Jan '11, 10pm

An Objective Test Of Secrecy: Adrian Kwong Sze Ken, TodayRelying on the government's own classification of what

I refer to the Law Minister's comments in Parliament on the Official Secrets Act ("S'pore on WikiLeaks: 'Once bitten, twice shy'", Jan 11). Mr K Shanmugam was quoted as saying "public interest in the free flow of information cannot justify the abuse of confidential Government information". It is important to note the fundamental qualification that the information must be confidential in the first place. Relying on the Government's own classification of what is "secret" or "confidential" official information that may not be disclosed, with no objective test of whether that classification is justified, leaves the Official Secrets Act open for abuse. Especially where there is no 30-year rule on automatic declassification, as is the case, for example, in the United Kingdom. In my view, information that is in the public domain can also not be an "official secret". That the Sing...

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