Barely a day after issuing five POFMA orders on a 10 million population proposal raised by Minister Heng Swee Keat, the PAP government today issued another five POFMA orders to news outlets, including state media ChannelNewsAsia and government school NUS:
“Five correction directions have been issued to the National University of Singapore Society (NUSS), Channel News Asia (CNA), The Online Citizen Asia (TOC) and New Naratif.”
Issuing these POFMA orders are Manpower Minister Josephine Teo and Health Minister Gan Kim Yong.
The PAP government wanted to censor SDP candidate Dr Paul Tambyah’s verbal comment made at a forum. Dr Paul Tambyah revealed that the Ministry of Manpower issued an advisory deterring foreign workers from getting tested.
On 19 Feb 2020, the manpower ministry warned employers that they will lose their work passes privileges if their workers tested negative. The news was reported by state media Straits Times.
Both the MOM and MOH today denied making such a statement:
“In the advisories to employers, MOM did not say that employers could not take their workers for testing. Neither did MOM actively discourage the testing of workers. What MOM said was: “Do not send workers to hospitals unless it is a medical emergency. If the worker is unwell, employers should send him to a general practitioner to seek medical attention, who will make a proper assessment on whether the worker needs to be sent to the hospital.”
The ruling party government is in the past week has been spamming POFMA orders to stop discussion of election issues. Failure to comply will see a jail term up to 10 years and a S$100,000 fine.