The Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) Office on Fri (17 Apr) issued a correction direction (CD) on a post made by The Temasek Review Facebook page.
In a statement today, the POFMA Office said that it was instructed to issue the CD by Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam for a post for alleging that police had fined a GrabFood delivery rider S$300 for wearing a cloth as a mask or for illegal parking.
Contrary to the question posed by The Temasek Review in its 15 Apr post, namely “Grabfood delivery rider issued summon by SPF officers of fine of $300 for alleged wearing cloth as mask or illegal parking?”, government fact-checking website Factually clarified that the officers “were in fact rendering assistance to the delivery rider who had approached them for help”.
“The GrabFood delivery rider had thought that items were stolen from his motorcycle and approached the Police officers for help,” Factually’s statement today read.
The officer in the photograph posted by The Temasek Review in the post on Wed, said Factually, “was actually taking a statement from the delivery rider”.
“No summons was issued to the delivery rider, and the event had nothing to do with the circuit breaker measures or illegal parking,” the statement read.
“Such allegations are highly irresponsible and hurt public confidence and trust in the Police.
“It also undermines our officers, who are at the frontlines trying to keep Singaporeans safe and secure during this challenging period.
“Let us stand united, instead of sowing division and discord,” said Factually.
The website also clarified that masks made of cloth and textile are permitted under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures)(Control Order) Regulations 2020.
“We advise members of the public not to speculate and/or spread unfounded rumours,” said Factually.