The wife of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has drawn flak and anger from netizens in Singapore, for claiming that only people who likes to write fake news will be affected by the Fake News Laws that will soon make its debut in Singapore.
Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) that was tabled in Parliament earlier this month, and this law will allow Ministers the authority to determine what is an online falsehood and to decide whether to take action against purveyors of online falsehoods. Ho Ching, in one of her Facebook posts, shard a CNA article where Law Minister and Fake News fighter K Shanmugam spoke about the POFMA, and commented “Of course, the purveyors of fake news will object, right?”
Her comment seemed to imply that all other netizens and Singaporeans will not be affected by this draconian law, and rightly, has netizens fuming. In case Ho Ching have been hiding in a bubble, she should know that a host of local and international groups have expressed their objections to POFMA. And all of these groups are not purveyors of fake news.