SINGKANGIA– Prime Minister Keng Tong Li refute claims that he was involved in a wide-range of inappropriate behaviour from groping, sexual assault and even rape. This comes after a fake news report was released yesterday, with details of a fictional rape concerning him and a minor, supported by a video featuring him at the scene of the ‘crime’. PM Tong Li said, in his official statement, that he had no involvement in the video, and added that it is faked.
The fake news was released on the fake ‘Singkangian Times’ website, where the paper’s colour scheme and logo was used to make it look convincing.
The newspaper said that they were only notified of the fake website and news when a reader emailed to the newspaper, asking questions concerning the article. “It was very believable, especially if you weren’t aware of the tiny details for example that articles do not usually end with the reporter’s name and date,” said the editor-in-chief of the paper, Song Ong, explained.
The police said that there could be a political motive behind the news report and the video, to tarnish the PM’s reputation before the upcoming 2018 general election in Singkangia. The police also confirmed that the PM has no involvement with the ‘crime’, as at the time of the ‘crime’ the PM was having an official meeting with his officials. The subject matter of the meeting, however, is not disclosed due to official reasons.
“This is not the first time fake news was released on the Internet for political reasons. Last year, a fake news was released saying that the government is planning to demolish rental flats and replace with executive flats, affecting many from the low-income group,” said Police Lieutenant Zhua Syong. “This requires a thorough investigation though. We can’t assume anything just yet.”
The website was forced to shut down, and the police are tracking down the creators of the website. The other opposition members denied any involvement behind the creation of the website and its contents.
The PM is expected to give a speech tomorrow addressing fake news in Singkangia, and what the government is getting ready to do to address it. Meanwhile, the government also urged caution to all Singkareans against fake news by checking the URL of the news website and also report any fake news to the editors in chief so that it will be removed.