Minister Josephine Teo has rejected The Online Citizen Asia’s (TOCA) application to cancel the correction direction issued on 5 July, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) informed the publication via email on Wednesday (22 July).

In a statement on 5 July, the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) Office stated that Aubeck Kam – the Permanent Secretary for the MOM and the Minister’s alternate authority – has instructed the Office to issue correction directions to NUSS video, TOCA’s Facebook post and video, CNA’s online article, and New Naratif’s audio recording.

The POFMA Office noted that the issuance of correction direction was due to the false statements made by Dr Paul Ananth Tambyah who stated the following:

  • Ministry of Manpower’s (MOM) email advisory to employers on testing of migrant workers was made without the advice from public health medical professionals
  • MOM‘s advisory stated that employers would lose their work pass privileges if they brought their workers for COVID-19 testing
  • MOM actively discouraged the testing of workers

The correction directions were issued to two of TOCA videos – “TOCA GE2020 Livestream – Afternoon session 2 July 2020” and “Dr Paul Tambyah reveals MOM’s role in outbreak of COVID-19 within dormitories”that were published on 4 July.

It noted that Dr Tambyah has implied in the videos that the MOM did not consult the Ministry of Health or public health professionals before informing employers that they would be penalised for testing their workers.

The justification given by Aubeck Kam was that the Minister had clarified in a Facebook post that the MOM advisory was sent out at the request of the MOH.

Meanwhile, TOCA had filed its application to cancel the correction direction on 17 July to the Minister of Manpower, stating that Dr Tambyah’s statements in the video were based on the fact that the MOM did warn the employers via email not to send their migrant workers for COVID-19 testing.

As for Dr Tambyah’s remarks that said, “There’s a result of which the Ministry of Health is blindsided”, TOCA explained that the context of his comments was that the MOH became unaware of the number of migrant workers who are infected with the virus due to the workers not being sent for testing.

Subscribe
Notify of
8 Comments
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
You May Also Like

Oldest Children’s Home in Singapore Celebrates 110th Anniversary

MEDIA RELEASE  Oldest Children’s Home in Singapore Celebrates 110th Anniversary New Teens’…

班机三度延误 服务“糟糕” 乘客誓言不再搭乘新航

新加坡航空公司一架飞机因机械故障,导致班机延误约17小时,再遇上“可悲”的服务水平,乘客在脸书上帖文抱怨,甚至誓言不再乘搭新航。面对有关的延误事件,新航已经做出道歉。 据《今日报》指出,新航一架原定于周五(11月29日)下午4时25分,自我国飞往印度首都新德里的SQ406航班发生机械故障,航班延至隔日早上9时30分才启程。 其中一名乘坐该班机到新德里,以参加孩子颁奖典礼的乘客Deep Roy因为不满航班公司的服务,因此在脸书上分享其糟糕经验,只是过后他就将有关的帖文删除了。 他指出,当时他们在候机室等待多时,但是新航职员却没有提供任何详细解释,而且他们也没有为有关的延误做好准备。 他表示,有关班机首次因为天气的缘故,而延误了数小时。但是当他们在没有空调的飞机舱中等待了超过一小时后,当局才表示飞机发生机械故障,乘客们有被安排回到候机室。 “当时我们只获得当局提供,‘少得可怜’的15元餐券,他们都不愿意拿出我们原本在机舱中就能够享用的餐点。” 他指出,当机组人员表示飞机已成功试跑,并安排乘客再度登上同一班机时,已是晚上11时了。但是在要起飞时,再传来噩耗,指班机面对另一宗机械故障。因此乘客们又在凌晨1时返回候机室。 乘客要求更换飞机 “当我们向机组人员表示基于安全考量,不愿意在登上同一班飞机时,他们却表示没有准备代用的A380飞机了,但是他们的总部和货仓都在新加坡,而且还是国际航班啊!” “新航并没有意思要为滞留的乘客准备住宿,甚至表示所有的酒店已经客满了。他们都在对我们说谎!” 他指出,当乘客们在不断地抗议和要求后,机组人员才拿出三文治、咖啡和茶来,而乘客们最后也在第三度登上不同的飞机,于早上9时启程到新德里。…

苏睿勇起诉田总诽谤

新加坡马拉松好手苏睿勇,今早在脸书分享将入禀法庭起诉新加坡田径总会。 “尽管我已尽力去达致共识,不过我和田总的调解失败了。我的律师已把传票令状(Writ of Summons)和诽谤诉状寄至田总处。但我仍崇敬会长邓永辉,我感到他有善良的心。” 不过,他强调仍需还他一个清白,并且让国内体育界人士清楚,如果要公开谴责一位运动员,也要有理有据,否则就应被追究责任。 事发于今年8月2日,田总对苏睿勇提出了一些指控,指他们注意到有马拉松运动员作出一系列据称“有违运动员行为准则”的行为,但是没有提供有关的细节解说。 对此,苏睿勇发律师信函予两协会高层,即马利克和奥委会秘书长陈志荣,8月13日下午5时前给出具体解释,详细解释“行为失当”的指控。 田总于13日回复苏睿勇的律师信函,前者称体愿以“无偏见会面”进行调解,但是苏表示,“他们没有为诽谤指控提供依据,或者澄清他们在此事件中的立场,试图在作出诽谤性指控后暗地解决”。 接着,苏睿勇于14日再次对田总发出律师信函,要求对有关指控作出澄清;8月20日,他表示决定给新加坡田径总会(SA)一个机会,并且愿意和对方见面,但田总执行董事马利克(Malik Aljunied)除外。 不过,显然在9月6日的见面,双方并无法达成共识。

Number of sugar baby signups from Singaporean universities on the rise due to increasing university fees

In the wake of students struggling to cope with the rising costs…