Authorities in Singapore have contested the description of an alleged call between Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Malaysia Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin over easing travel restrictions in a Facebook post, Bloomberg reported on Monday.
6月27日，臉書專頁「State News Singapore」發布新聞聲稱新加坡總理李顯龍致電馬來西亞總理，要求開放兩國通勤，卻被馬國拒絕。新加坡政府將該則新聞視為對執政黨及其領導人的批評。
The government has subsequently issued a correction notice to the June 27 post on a page called “State News Singapore,” which is considered critical of the ruling party and its leaders.
The correction directions argue that this was “false.” Malaysia requested the call and made the proposal for a daily cross-border commuting arrangement, Bloomberg reported.
The original post said Lee personally called his Malaysian counterpart requesting to open up daily commutes between the countries and that Malaysia refused.
The direction is the first known use of Singapore’s recently-enacted fake news law, known as POFMA, since the 2020 election was called. The election will be held July 10.
The government reportedly issued another targeted correction direction to Facebook, as well as a correction direction to Alex Tan, a frequent government critic who shared the post and has been targeted under the law before, Bloomberg said.
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