RESPONSE TO OPINION LEADERS WHO TRANSMIT PARTLY FALSE INFORMATION WHICH MAY UNDERMINE SINGAPORE’S FOREIGN POLICY POSITIONS

MP Gerald Giam

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs how does the Government intend to respond to Singaporean key opinion leaders who express or transmit partly false information that can potentially undermine Singapore’s foreign policy positions.

Dr Vivian Balakrishnan: In this digital age, the spread of misinformation that sows fear, suspicion and discord in a population is a clear and present danger. All of us should exercise discretion and not share anything unless we are certain of its veracity. This responsibility to avoid disseminating misinformation applies particularly to public figures and opinion leaders.

A Singaporean public that is well-informed, that recognises the geostrategic forces at play and understands our national interests, is essential for our defence against misinformation and disinformation campaigns. We encourage the public to verify information with official sources, and apply a critical mind to what you read and share. 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
4 April 2022

https://sprs.parl.gov.sg/search/sprs3topic?reportid=written-answer-na-10310

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