Lawyer and opposition member, Mr Lim Tean, was recently served a correction notice for two of his more recent posts under the new Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA).
This was the 4th time correction directives were issued since the Act came into force and required Lim to carry a full correction notice on top of his Facebook posts.
But what exactly did he post about?
His allegation was that the “PAP spends $167 million for grants and bursaries for Singaporeans but $238 million on foreign students”.
Gov.sg’s Factually made clarifications to counter Lim’s falsehoods, calling out his claims for being false and misleading:
We’re not sure where Lim plucked these figures from but spending $238m on foreign students vis-avis $167m on Singaporeans would mean the Government only allocated 40% of funds to Singaporeans.
However, the actual figures of how much money the Singapore Government spends on Singaporeans is closer to $13 billion. We say again – $13,000,000,000. That’s nine zeros, 98% spent on Singaporeans and only 2% of that (the $238m in question) spent on foreign students.
You think a lawyer would have much better math and have the sense not make ridiculous claims. That aside, the last we checked, he has already issued a correction.
We can’t say this enough… don’t trust everything you read on the internet.