The 158th state media published a story about Peoples Voice Party (PVP) Secretary-General Lim Tean facing two bankruptcy applications over $1.45 million. Later that night, Lim Tean responded to this smear article with a Facebook post "When You Fear, You Smear!". Lim Tean rubbished ST's claims about him about to become bankrupted, clarifying that "Let me make it clear. I am not going to be bankrupted, and it is total rubbish that I owe $1 450 000!" He even shared how ST faked that they tried calling him for comments because he never received any calls or queries.