Hey, Lee Hsien Loong: 1984 is not a “how-to” book, nor is it “Dystopia for Dummies”. Quoth Orwell:
The rocket bombs which fell daily on London were probably fired by the Government of Oceania itself, “just to keep people frightened.”
But some of those catching the parade on TV at home were startled when news presenter Cheryl Fox cut into the parade broadcast to report that explosions had rocked a housing estate in Singapore.
Adding to the confusion was a ‘reporter’ at the parade itself saying that the nation’s 44th birthday celebrations had been disrupted, with the discovery of a bomb at the floating platform.
Some netizens even posted a news alert on their social networking website accounts like Facebook. But as the ‘attack’ progressed on stage, it became clear that it was part of a Total Defence display, simulating a terrorist strike.
I can’t be the only person who thinks that staging a fake terrorist attack on your own citizens is a bit messed up.