GOVT CLAMP DOWN ON FAKE NEWS, BUT SPF GOT INVESTIGATE FAKE WHATSAPP NEWS BY GRASSROOT MEMBER?

I refer to the selective police actions taken over seemingly and purportedly false news disseminated on and offline:

www.theindependent.sg/police-have-arrested-2-men-for-spreading-rumours-of-jurong-point-kidnap/

outdonews.com/news/844159/police-looking-false-claim-report-involving-underage-sex-was-futile

singaporeinformer.com/243634/police-refute-online-citizen-story-that-their-officers-accused-a-wheelchair-bound-man-of-motorbike-theft/

But have not or refused to investigate this:

theonlinecitizen.com/2017/03/27/spam-message-circulating-on-whatsapp-warning-public-not-to-write-or-forward-messages-about-the-government/

According to The Independent, the fake news is probably linked or originated from a grassroots leader.

Question we need to ask ourselves is: “Are we really that stupid or dumb as a First World Nation to need the government to tell us what we can or cannot read and believe”? And the manner in which our police and politicians alike being so afraid of netizens taking to social media to air grievances or exposing victimization is very telling of what they really have to hide!

After all, haven’t we witnessed how dictatorial regimes around react by clamping down on outlets which threatens their iron fist rule based on falsehoods and manipulation through state media and sanctioned religious leaders?

I believe as people of Singapore, we are wiser than the government thinks and can discern right from wrong, falsehoods and truths. Is just that things have not gotten to a point where we feel we need to change the government or vote in a one third SDP-filled Parliament. But that might just change depending on how much we are able to tolerate the unaccountable price hikes, rapidly growing foreign workforce from Philippines, India and China in recession time and artificially suppressed wages with spiralling costs of living.

Shania Ong
A.S.S. Contributor

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