It appears that the Whatsapp message of supposed police action that is being circulated in chat groups may have been initiated by an active People’s Action Party (PAP) member.
According to TISG, 2 of their sources have confirmed that the person responsible for forwarding the supposed hoax is an active PAP member. [ LINK ]
Two sources have now confirmed with this publication about a message of police action that is being circulated in Whatsapp chat groups. The message being circulated reads:
“Don’t forward any posts or videos etc, you receive regarding politics/present situation about Government/PM etc. Police have put out a notification termed .. Cyber Crime … and action will be taken… just delete… inform your friends and others too. Writing or forwarding any msg on any political and religious debate is an offence now…. arrest without warrant. This is very serious, please let it be known to all our groups and individual members as group admin can be in deep trouble. Please take note of this seriously.”
One source said the person who circulated this to a Whatsapp group of old school friends is an active PAP member, and that he downplayed it as being ‘unverified’ when some of his friends questioned him.
The other source who also confirmed receiving the same message from a PAP grassroots member described it as a “sick tactic”. He said that the police should investigate this.
Additional information gathered by TR Emeritus (TRE) seems to suggest that the wordings of the message is likely to have been taken off a similar hoax which originated in India.
Apparently, the person who forwarded the message has deliberately edited the crucial part “All India Police” and forwarded the message intending for it to appear to be applicable to Singapore instead of India. [ LINK ]
The following is the original wording of the hoax in India.
Don’t forward any posts or videos etc., u receive regarding politics/present situation about Government/PM etc.
All India Police have put out a notification termed ..Cyber Crime … and action will be taken…just delete…inform your friends & others too.
Writing or forwarding any msg on any political & religious debate is an offence now….arrest without warrant…
This is very serious, plz let it be known to all our groups and individual members and admin can b in deep trouble. Even let it be in foreign country or anywhere in world.
Please take note of this seriously.
No sound from police
Although the supposed hoax was widely reported on social media, the police have yet to issue any advisory or confirm if any action will be taken.
TOC, which wrote to the police yesterday, have also yet to receive any reply.