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Singapore’s PMO looks into the fake statement on Lee Kuan Yew

Nurdianah Md Nur | March 19, 2015
The image of the doctored statement from the PMO caused some foreign media outlets to mistakenly report Mr Lee’s death.

Singapore's Prime Minister's Office (PMO) announced yesterday (18 March 2015) that it will be lodging a police report over a fake statement about former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.

A hoax image of a statement supposedly from the PMO's website started circulating via social media yesterday, prompting some foreign media outlets to carry the news and later retract them. 

At about 10pm yesterday, CNN's breaking news Twitter account tweeted to its followers the death of Mr Lee before posting another tweet minutes later saying that the "statement attributed to the Singapore government may not be official." Besides CNN, China's CCTV, Sina and Phoenix Chinese news mistakenly reported Mr Lee's death and have rectified the mistake.

CNN Tweet

CCTV tweet

According to PMO's latest press statement earlier today, Mr Lee remains critically ill at the Singapore General Hospital. He has been hospitalised since 5 February 2015 after being admitted for severe pneumonia and his condition has deteriorated since.

 

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