SINGAPORE: The Home Office (MHA) has rejected a request by activist and social worker Jolovan Wham to amend or rescind a remedial instruction issued to him under the Protection Against Falsehood and Falsity Act. online manipulation (POFMA).
A correction instruction was sent to Mr Wham on October 8 following a social media post he posted about K Shanmugam’s remarks on the rule of law in law and home affairs .
The tweet, dated October 6, communicated “the lie that the Home Secretary believes the rule of law does not work anywhere in the real world, including Singapore,” the MHA said in a statement. press Thursday 14 October. ).
The conditions for issuing Mr Wham’s correction instruction were “met” and the request did not disclose any contrary grounds, the Home Office added.
“After carefully considering the request, the Home Secretary decided to reject it,” he said, adding that Mr Wham had also been informed of the rejection.
Under the POFMA rules, if he so chooses, Mr. Wham can now challenge the correction direction in the High Court.
On October 10, Mr Wham posted the correction notice on his Twitter account, which said his original tweet contained false statements about Mr Shanmugam’s comments.
“However, I do not agree with this correction and will be making a request to cancel / modify this notice,” he later said in a tweet responding to the correction notice.
On October 7, the MHA sent letters to nine entities, including Mr. Wham, who had posted “bogus messages” on Facebook that “distorted” what Mr. Shanmugam had told parliament. All entities except Mr. Wham apologized for what they did, corrected their posts, or did both.
Mr. Shanmugan’s comments on the rule of law in Singapore came towards the end of a debate on the Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Act (FICA) on October 4.