The First Faker I Met


There are many ways to express different and alternative ideas. As Malcolm X once said, you have to do what is right by “any means necessary” and sometimes that takes an attempt at creativity. Below are excerpts from a story which may become quite true for many when the Fake News legislation is in force:

“It was the first time I ever met a Faker. These people worked for the Bureau of Truth (BoT), a department that cut across all ministries though it seemed one ministry had more sway over it than others. I knew Joe K. from university where we studied business.

…“We just hired new members, part-time and full-time, who will check out all possible statements made that may impact government or society, especially those posted online. Suspicious items are referred up and some of those will go even further up, then sometimes someone will act. But we are fortunately assisted by the Higher-Ups: some of them will on their own issue take down orders and the like. That alleviates our burden.”

…“Tell me, how do you decide what is true or false, I mean not obvious instances that goes without saying: how do you people decide what’s a viewpoint and a statement of fact, how do you distinguish between a subjective view and an objective statement…how exactly is something regarded or perceived as false?”

He sipped quietly then looked me in the eye: “We decide what’s what, there’s always the chance to appeal…don’t get too sentimental, that’s your failing, get real and get used to the real world.”

…He grinned slowly and looked as if he could see through me to what happened behind (his eyes widened and there were tics on his face which almost made me turn around). With a slight cough, “We also hire people to write letters to the press, but mainly go online and post challenges and cast doubt on statements that go against the Establishment. They vote down people and comments at dissident sites, they have anonymous social media accounts, they harangue virulent statements or those who make them, statements that make the Higher-Ups uncomfortable, you understand.”

… I read in the lines of his face a man who would turn his friends in if they proved, or were perceived, to have fallen foul of the Fakers or the Higher-Ups. Or if it was useful to gain notice and increase prospects for promotion by showing loyalty to the extent that you could turn anyone in for those year end bonuses.”

“You mean they have fake accounts and are trolls?” I regretted that.”

Sanjay Perera

*Writer, and founding editor of Philosophers for Change. An excerpt first appeared at Facebook, and the full version: The First Faker I Met.

[Picture: liberalforum.]

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14 Responses to “The First Faker I Met”

  • LIONS:

    Conclusion: in $in City,MONEY TALKS FOR FAKER$?

    Saw these words emblazoned on a youth’s T-shirt: *NEED MONEY NOT FRIENDS*.

    Sgs,you have been $OLD…to the Devil him$elf?

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  • MarBowling:

    … I read in the lines of his face a man who would turn his friends in if they proved, or were perceived, to have fallen foul of the Fakers or the Higher-Ups. Or if it was useful to gain notice and increase prospects for promotion by showing loyalty to the extent that you could turn anyone in for those year end bonuses.”

    Great article by Sanjay.

    Meritocracy can go fly kite and fiack spider. New thing in town…it’s PROMOTOCRACY. To rub shoulders with the Higher-Ups and eventually to have an audience with and also go into the good books of the Emperor w/o clothes, meritocracy is NOT ENOUGH! You need to be ruthless, sneaky, HEARTLESS so that you are ABLE and WILLING to turn your friends in! This is ONLY WAY to be “useful to gain notice and increase prospects of joining the Elitist PROMOTOCRACY scheme of things! First you have to gain the notice of SMS Xiao Ding Tong, then Minister SnakeMugam before reaching the Pinnacle to the touch and kiss the FEET of the Emperor w/o clothes! Great stuffs ahead! What do you think?

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  • never voted pap:

    who is the master of fake news in small island Spore?


    what fake news did pap make?

    operation cold storage. inside 200m is not within 200m. INDIAN is malay president. HDB is asset. car lite. cannot eat degree.

    the list of pap fake news is very long. the only way to make it right is for New Government to form and take a careful look at pap fake news.

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  • Deconstructin Fake Personality:

    “I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth … When men stop believing in God, it isn’t that they then believe in nothing: they believe in everything.”

    - Umberto Eco

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Sanjay, they are better known as Dogs who are let loose to Bark & Attack on COMMAND…and there are The Parrots and Sparrows…the former to REPEAT the BullShit and the latter to flit around the courthouse HeeHawing and Braying as Donkeys do YesSir!!!YesSir…we are FOOLS!!! (on the quite among themselves…keep the million dollar payment coming)

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  • Fakers all & some more:

    “There are four kinds of people in this world: cretins, fools, morons, and lunatics …
    Cretins don’t even talk; they sort of slobber and stumble… Fools are in great demand, especially on social occasions. They embarrass everyone but provide material for conversation … Fools don’t claim that cats bark, but they talk about cats when everyone else is talking about dogs. They offend all the rules of conversation, and when they really offend, they’re magnificent …Morons never do the wrong thing. They get their reasoning wrong. Like the fellow who says that all dogs are pets and all dogs bark, and cats are pets, too, therefore cats bark…Morons will occasionally say something that’s right, but they say it for the wrong reason … A lunatic is easily recognized. He is a moron who doesn’t know the ropes. The moron proves his thesis; he has logic, however twisted it may be. The lunatic on the other hand, doesn’t concern himself at all with logic; he works by short circuits. For him, everything proves everything else. The lunatic is all idée fixe, and whatever he comes across confirms his lunacy. You can tell him by the liberties he takes with common sense, by his flashes of inspiration, and by the fact that sooner or later he brings up the Templars*… There are lunatics who don’t bring up the Templars*, but those who do are the most insidious. At first they seem normal, then all of a sudden …”

    (* their metempsychosis here and now)

    - Umberto Eco

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  • oxygen:

    IN POLITICS AND WAR, it is the same, the first FATAL CASUALTY is TRUTH.

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  • oxygen:


    Law Minister, Shanmugam : Truth is not malleable – either something is true or it is not true.

    Proposed law on falsehoods has ‘clear oversight mechanism’ to prevent abuse by Government, says Shanmugam

    HE HAS, IN MY INFORMED OPINION, FALLEN FLAT ON HIS NOSE, it must be bleeding badly now from the hurtful wounds.

    IF HIS CLAIM IS NOT DISINGENUOUS, he is WRONG TO INFINITE. My illuminations and other bloggers’ comments in this thread invites his rebuttal.

    The Truth, The Light and The Messiah

    Mr Shanmugam is NOT an expert in linguistic expressions. He is a brilliant lawyer, NOT A FINANCIAL ACCOUNTANT OR AN INVESTMENT BANKER OR A GEOLOGIST.
    Neither is or was he an economists. Did he ever sat in the boardroom of any major listed entity THE RISKS IMPLICATION OF THIS PROPOSED LEGISLATION?

    I don’t know.

    But academics are up in arms against the proposed fake news legislation. They want statutory quarantined of law exemption.

    Some scholars want academic protection reflected in fake news Bill

    Why is the Govt. refusing to budge?


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  • NotMyProblem:

    I know a friend who is a fortune teller on the road side of Little India, he uses a bird to pick the cards from a pack to tell your fortune.

    He went for an interview in this BoT. He said this job would be much easy, he only need two cards. The thing is his bird’s salary is higher than his and have to work 7 days a week.

    His employment, together with his bird, will be starting soon. Should anyone still need his/her fortune told, he is still in Little India but for a little while only.

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  • Haigen-Diaz:

    It is all about the worship of money and how to make more at the expense of others. And keeping the fake narrative going as a vital element when the new Fake News legislation comes into force.

    It can only be confronted, and called out, in the way done regularly by Sanjay and others, here. They will probably pick a more credible liar for the new job. It’s going to take a long time — and a severe downturn in the economy — for more than a few dafts to figure out they’ve been had.

    Attempting to reason with such paranoia is fruitless. The real suckers for all this fakery are the daft population. Does one thinks that the masses who love their reality star “clown jewel” are educable? And it’s all going to come crashing down very soon.

    I lived in China for a few years recently. And what stuck me was the although there is a strong government presence in everything, the Chinese go out of there way to avoid government control. However, Chinese government covers up all the fakes and manufacture lies, and many Chinese, especially those who enjoy the power and money, don’t want the facts to come out.

    All these arguments have already been made several times before. So, what is the use? Where ignorance is bliss, it is folly to be wise. Unless the alternate media finds a friendly “white knight” galaxy with an adequate gravitational pull, perhaps as in the Superman myth–truth, justice–it is doomed to annihilation in the gravity well of all the fakers.

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  • Dr Tan Tai Wei:

    Perhaps, using actual test cases such as the following would help. Recall such disputes as this during the very proceeding of the Ministerial and Parliamentary enquiry over the issue chaired by Minister of Law. That historian claimed that there had been no Marxist “conspiracy” that LKY and the official PAP narrative claimed occurred which justified Operation Coldstore. Minister, whilst agreeing that no direct communication took place between Chin Peng and alleged activists on the ground in Singapore, asserted that, whilst no active or evident conspiracy took place, there was conspiracy nonetheless, conspiracy perhaps even more insidious and potent precisely because of its silence and difficulty of detecting. Now, what are the “facts” being asserted here? Historian’s saying there was no conspiracy, and Minister says there was. Let’s apply the “law” to be made to this case. Does the law empower Minister to rule against historian’s assertion, judging it to be fake news? Or are the facts the historical absence of active and direct involvement of the likes of Chin Peng, who had fled to Thailand, with politicians on the ground – facts which both historian and Minister agreed to? And so both Minister’s and historian’ assertion as to whether there had been “conspiracy” would be mere opinions and interpretations of the base facts? And so, Minister could not rule historian’s claim that there had been no conspiracy to be fake news? Now can we be confident such will be the case, considering the manner the Minister had judged it so important for him to spend so much time and expenditure subjecting historian to cross examination, which included even character and professional assassination?

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  • Whatever it takes:

    Abusing your money at your account for the party to stay in power forever. Fakers, Facebook, Youtube Propaganda, whatever it takes, eat into health budget or any budgets if necessary for they are simply TOO MUCH TO BE GAIN and TOO MUCH TO BE LOST, once lost, to be exposed and forever be demised, hence whatever it takes, including OPERATION SPECDRUM and fake new lawnPOKEMAN if necessary.

    Whatever it takes, for We have nothing good to show, We are losing it!….

    My old man cannot die twice but somehow I have got to play into their MedeKans sentiment. Monkeys have learn our tricks fast, but the teams from My billion dollars study funds [of your money] have gotten up with nothing so far. I have got to come up with new tricks fast and good. I am running out of times. I may have to start Operation MarxisMan conspirator yet again. LT, SL, my primary targets. I must destroy them.

    Faker story continue….

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  • bgkl:

    Is this for real? That there are treasonous locals who work in this so-called Bureau of Truth and stop at nothing to betray their own kind?

    Pathetic, pathetic…

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  • Bad Boy:

    In society, everybody acts. Majority theres a moral limit plus conscience. Some limitless.

    Many examples , recent korea artists big bang member ” burning sun ” nightclub fiasco.

    Then all these prcs 五毛 or 共青團 hamtam overseas artists including theirs for saying the wrong words or country e.g. taiwan. Reignite ” culture revolution ” 車輪戰罵人 is it ?

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