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Police: We will not hesitate to take action against those who spread ‘false information’

Posted by temasektimes on March 31, 2012

The police has issued a stern warning to Singaporeans to stop spreading ‘false information’ about unverified cases of ‘kidnapping’ on social media or face the consequences for their actions.

Since a netizen ‘Allison Goon’ shared her experience of almost having her child led away by a PRC lady at Ang Mo Kio Hub two weeks ago, suspected ‘kidnapping’ cases have surfaced in Simei, Tampines, Yishun and Bukit Panjang.

The latest incident about a Malay girl being ‘kidnapped’ in Tampines Street 22 turned out to be hoax as the police has confirmed it did not receive any police report on the case at all.

Neither was the Primary 3 boy from Griffiths Primary School who reportedly went ‘missing’ on the morning of 29 March ‘kidnapped’ as well as the school principal Madam Yap Weng Ha has smsed concerned parents clarifying that the boy simply took a bus home without informing anyone.

In the statement released to the media, the police clarified that investigations into the matter are on-going and so far, nobody has been  ‘kidnapped’ or ‘abducted’, adding that it will not hesitate to take action against anyone who ‘knowingly’ spread the rumors.

Singaporeans should heed the police’s warning seriously as it will be joke if they end up being arrested instead of the suspected ‘kidnappers’ at the end of the day.

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4 Responses to “Police: We will not hesitate to take action against those who spread ‘false information’”

  1. Ken Lee said

    hope is ‘false information’!! or happen again let’s hope SPF would take up the responsibility for no informing the public!

  2. Ron Lim said

    Good. It time that action be taken to either confirm the incidents or to prosecute those spreading the hysteria about child kidnapping.

  3. Derp said

    Peasants, do not touch the carpet!

  4. HK said

    We don’t need SPF to play orwellian nanny to censure any truths just so to make things ‘look or sound’ palatable to the public.
    The job of SPF is to simply confirm/verify/deny that such reports or cases exists or not, so we can act or respond accordingly.
    Why resort to ‘threatening’ or warning people about spreading false information?
    There is nothing wrong when public are merely doing their active citizenry in sharing and alerting each other.
    If not, why bother to recruit old aunties/uncles or even neighborhood workers to be your ears/eyes ?

    It is better that SPF don’t get too complacent.
    When useful information are shared, it can help the police do their jobs better, or even alert them quickly on cases that are in the ground/underground.
    Sometimes they don’t even say thank yous.
    But when information is not true, they accused us of spreading false information.

    Look at it this way – you can’t mass import 2m of new migrants and don’t expect crimes to go up.
    Plus with all the casinos , gambling, vices and loansharking activities that is going around, one can never be too alert that some crooks might just resort to unsavory activities for money.
    And some reported cases have been happening around our neighbor countries as well.

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