Singapore’s state media Straits Times and other government-regulated media yesterday (Aug 9) published fake news about China setting up an army base in Johor Malaysia.
Malaysia’s Defense Ministry officially denied the reports and slammed Singapore state media Channel News Asia to ask their own source. Deputy Defense Minister Johari Baharum said:
“No such thing. No such discussion. So you ask the Malaysian Insight, ask them…Why put it in Johor? To fight with Singapore? No such thing”
Straits Times apparently quoted anonymous “senior Malaysian government sources” claiming China is setting up “radar and missile system” in Johor, right across the straits from Singapore. Straits Times wrote:
“The government source told The Straits Times that discussions on the matter were still continuing, and that a firm decision would be made only when Datuk Seri Najib meets Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is expected to make an official visit to Malaysia some time in November.”
You may view Straits Times’ fake news here. As of press time, Straits Times did not remove the fake news nor was there any fake news warning issued from the Singapore government.
The Singapore government-regulated media is ranked 151th in the world for credibility and independence. The Singapore government has a vested interest to topple Malaysia’s ruling party government due to their improving diplomacy with China. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is unhappy Malaysia did not support him when he opposed China in the South China Seas dispute.
Just last month, the Singapore government warned of “foreign powers” influencing Singapore’s election. However, the Singapore government is doing exactly the same thing publishing fake news to influence the Malaysian electorate who will be having a general election this year.