POFMA correction directions issued to Peoples Voice party’s Facebook page and YouTube channel

The Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (Pofma) Office has issued a correction direction to the Facebook page of the Peoples Voice (PV) party over a video containing a false statement about government spending on foreign students.

The Pofma Office also issued another correction direction to the YouTube channel of PV’s Secretary-General, Mr Lim Tean, where the video was also posted.

In the video in question, Mr Lim had said:

We spend a quarter of a billion dollars providing free education for foreigners every year.

However, the alternate authority for the Minister for Education (MOE) said that Mr Lim’s statement is “false and misleading”.

According to Factually:

This is false and misleading. The Ministry of Education (MOE) does not spend a quarter of a billion dollars to provide free education for foreigners every year.

While MOE (Education Ministry) spends about $238 million on foreign students a year as stated in a parliamentary reply on 5 August 2019, the significant majority of these students are still required to pay fees higher than those of local students and/or fulfil a bond obligation after graduation.

The latest correction directions issued on Thursday (2nd Jun) is the first of its kind to be issued to a political party and candidate contesting in a General Elections, although it is Mr Lim’s second correction direction from the Pofma office to date.

The first correction direction was over a post on Ms Ho Ching’s yearly remuneration as CEO of Temasek Holdings, which was rumored to be about $100 million.

Mr Lim has indicated that he intends to fight the initial correction direction in court.

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33 Responses to “POFMA correction directions issued to Peoples Voice party’s Facebook page and YouTube channel”

  • Pofma Balakrishnan, ok?:

    Dr Balakrishnan said: “Let me state for the record. We will never have 10 million. We won’t even have 6.9 million.”

    This guy is blatantly talking nonsense.

    Firstly, he did not say a time frame. 1 yr, 10 yr, 100 yr? With the population close to 6 million now, it will surely hit 6.9 million soon.

    Secondly, in what capacity did he say this? He’s only a minister, not the dpm, not the pm. How much can we trust that statement?

    Thirdly, no minister has ever been able to constrain future Cabinets. Even LKY could not control the Cabinet after him, about a small tiny matter such as his personal house.

    So, it is definitely nonsense for a minister to say something like that. We can put ZERO trust in such a statement.

    Tio Boh.

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  • oxygen:

    VB DENIALS OF PAPpypolitics’ aspirations for a population size of 10 million is NOT CREDIBLE, for many reasons.

    - It came too late

    - both the Government mouthpiece and social media have uttered the target population of 10 million and PAPpypolitics/PAPpynomics top guns vomited the same claims in official communications/press meetings releases INSTEAD OF DENIAL. You can’t complicit a “falsity” in the public space for years and now POLITICALLY-INCONVENIENTLY denying the same.

    - 10 million is NOT a figure plugged out of the air from Dr Chee/SDP 3 days ago, PAPpypolitics were engaged in public seduction of failed public acceptance of the SAME BASELINE figure, so it is a SPECIFIC DEFINED QUANTUM implicitly “accepted” in official qtrs as its planning parameter at least. URA town planning DOES NOT EXIST in the hollow of fiction.

    - HSK had made previous reference to Liu Thai Ker same postulate of 10 million BASE MINIMUM congestion density. Is VB slapping HSK or Dr Chee or both? If PAPpypolitics were to use the POFMA PIMP on Dr Chee, it must do the same on HSK – it is binary of both true or both false, not one truth telling, the other lying in complicit . Otherwise the POFMA law will be found to be lacking in probity yet again in IMHO!

    - If it was ever SDP/Dr Chee’s invented falsehood, why haven’t he uttered 12 million or 15 million instead?

    - One NUS professor source correctly points that 10 million or more must involve underground excavations, tunneling to create habitable/usable space since there are obvious limitations to land reclamation from sea (political boundary is immovable even if subterranean. Such excavation endangers safety of above-ground buildings ( I can see the example of Nichol Highway MRT line collapse of past and maybe, that vibration contribute to the faulty structure of Hotel New World sudden collapse as well)

    - AND FINALLY, IF VB IS CERTAIN THAT 10 MILLION IS NOT PAPpypolitics/PAPpynomic planning parameter, he could easily REFUTE DR CHEE THAT SINGAPORE HAVE NOT DONE ANY DIAMOND CORE DRILLING TO TEST FOR ROCK HARDNESS AND STABILITY used in mining operations. No mines in the world will be given mining licence without DIAMOND CORE DRILLING TO TEST FOR GEOTECHNICAL ROCK STABILITY – you don’t want sudden caves-in and buried alive hundreds of mine workers.

    What is diamond core drilling. Read this weblink.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exploration_diamond_drilling

    A core of actual rock sample is extracted from deep underground and sent to laboratory to test for strength under weight pressure and stress.
    IT WOULD BE OBVIOUS TO VB AND PAPpypolitics of the RISKS/DANGERS of massive island wide excavation that even 6.9 million population base is very dangerous. PAPpypolitic is CLEVERLY SILENT ON THIS ONE. So am I surprised that it has 10 million in its planning horizon?

    PAPpypolitics denial CONVINCEs NO ONE.

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  • oxygen:

    ON 10 MILLION POPULATION TARGET ISSUE before polling date, the score reads

    SDP/Dr. Chee 1

    PAPpypolitics/Dr. Vivian Balakhrisnan 0

    BEFORE the first voter election vote is fired.

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  • trublu:

    What about TIN PEI LING?
    She told us we are getting $23K per capita n i got only $600?

    What about our dearest PM keeps telling ys FTs will create mors jobs for us,is it so?

    What about giving us national labour stats that count PRs as *singaporeans* n misleading us by calling it *licals&???

    So many examples.
    Cant type them all out,too much for my sgaky fingers.

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  • Truth to told:

    Just correct and publish the truth lah…
    Be truthful….
    The fact is Singapore still spend $238 Million on foreign students ?
    If true,it will still piss off many Citizens who has to struggle to support their own child higher education…

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  • Shirley:

    Even if majority of foreign students pay higher school fees, the MOE admitted that 238 millions were spend on foreigners school fee. Such money could have save up.

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  • Anonymous incognito:

    Good for him. The anti fake news law has absolutely no place during an election. The needs to carve out a exception.
    The law during an election is tantamount to intimidating opposition and citizens.

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  • MarBowling:

    Pofma Balakrishnan, ok?:
    July 3, 2020 at 3:54 am (Quote)
    Dr Balakrishnan said: “Let me state for the record. We will never have 10 million. We won’t even have 6.9 million.”

    This guy is blatantly talking nonsense.

    Firstly, he did not say a time frame. 1 yr, 10 yr, 100 yr? With the population close to 6 million now, it will surely hit 6.9 million soon.

    Secondly, in what capacity did he say this? He’s only a minister, not the dpm, not the pm. How much can we trust that statement?

    Thirdly, no minister has ever been able to constrain future Cabinets. Even LKY could not control the Cabinet after him, about a small tiny matter such as his personal house.

    So, it is definitely nonsense for a minister to say something like that. We can put ZERO trust in such a statement.

    Tio Boh.

    Response: see peh Tio! Forked Tongue Reply by this sneaky guy whose face looked like DisGraceFool when Dr Chee commented that he blew hundreds of thousand dollars in YOG!

    PAPigs and Gang floated the 10 Millions TEST BALLON but the Good Doc Chee proceeded to POP it for Sinkaporean!

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  • Truth:

    Just issue pofma?? Can please do an OPEN debate for all to see lah…Lim Tean has been issuing so many challenges for debates..straighten out it man to man in front of the public so that everybody will be convinced mah..

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  • Vote for REAL change:

    Straits Times: UOB joins DBS to make second rate cut this year on flagship savings account

    Banks should be cutting interest rate on loans instead of on savings account. Bankers are just blood-sucking scumbags. They are “value extractors” in the economy, not “value creators”.

    Voters should note that Temasek-controlled DBS was leading the “screwing” of savers.

    I am voting opposition because I want to find out how much Temasek pays Ho Ching its CEO. I also want to know why Temasek did not hold her accountable and sacked her for the BILLIONS lost when Temasek invested in Merrill Lynch and Barclays in 2008-2009.

    I am telling my family members an friends to also vote for the opposition.

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  • Chong Weng Ng:

    The present population of ?nearly 6-millions is already making the common people’s living very uncomfortable and stressful, not to mention of 6.5 or 10-millions people. Now with the convid-19 on, many locals are losing their jobs
    (about ?100,000 or even ?200,000 jobless people.)
    This idiotic PAP is very arrogant and forceful. He is starting likely to use all the state machinery (PAP police force, PAP lawyers, PAP depts, etc,) to suppress the opposition parties at all cost when the debates are heating up.
    Dear Lim Tean, Dr. Chee, and all others, play safe and take care yourselves. This PAP’s weapon is commonly used onto the oppositions with 101% successful. There are countless examples for to see in the past.

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  • Bernard:

    Dear Oppositions’

    You guys are smart enough to see through PAP side stepping, manupilating, distracting etc.. with an aim to confused in inciting frictions among Strong Oppositions and Informed Voters.

    My suggestions;
    (1) Just point and quote reports ST, PAP Populaion White paper and leave it for voters to assessed. Let PAP issue POFMA if they are telling the whole truth. Go to Court for the truth. Only way to eradicate wolf in sheep clothing.

    (2) Focus on issues in which, the PAP government said, they have delivered all their PROMISES ?????????????
    - CPF; Full return on reaching age 55 years – WHERE?
    - HDB; an Assets and now ZERO upon reaching 99 years leases expire. Are citizens owners? Bring PAP to court on contract breaches – HOW & WHY?
    - SINGAPOREAN Citizens FIRST – WHERE?
    - Scholarship for Foreigners and Curbed on local University spaces for SINGAPOREANS Sons an Daughters – WHY?
    - National Service as a form of modern day slavery with low allowance (my take). Not classified as pay. Why political incumbents are being self paid millions with zero transparency, responsibility an accountability? Should it not just be an allowance given a SERVICE to Nation? They have free meals, transports, accommodations, pension etc. Why Pension only among themselves in which, they forced the rest of Civil Servants to change their Pension to CSS etc.. WHO and WHY?
    - Conflict of Interests on Key Governments appointments – bypassing Policies – WHO & WHY
    - Changing Constitution eg. President office – how an Indian turn Malay Muslim hold the office? An Integrity issue at the Highest Order etc.. – WHY?

    Thereafter, let the informed and wise SINGAPOREN VOTERS to decide.

    If above issues and more are still acceptable, you REAP what you SOW.

    If NOT – VOTE PAP OUT
    Don’t waste anymore time to rebut or trying to correct it. Go to Court – a simple solution.

    MERDEKA MERDEKA. MERDEKA

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  • PAP MP Murali's son is in jail:

    Straits Times: Singapore GE2020: PAP says Chee Soon Juan should admit SDP campaign is based on false claim

    The candidate that is running a campaign based on a false claim is more likely to be PAP MP Murali Pillai of Bukit Batok SMC. He supposedly has family problems and his son is in jail. If he cannot look after is family properly how can he look after Bukit Batok residents.

    Bukit Batok residents should keep the above in mind when they cast their vote. They should “help” Mr. Pillai look after his family by voting for Dr Chee Soon Juan of SDP. Murali will lose and he will have more time to spend with his family.

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  • Big falsehood from PAP:

    Straits Times: Singapore GE2020: Spreading falsehoods not the right kind of politics, says DPM Heng

    Really? PAP should “walk its talk.”

    One big falsehood that PAP is selling to Singaporeans is it that Singapore is a First World country. This is definitely a BIG falsehood because Singaporeans do NOT have First World wages, productivity, work quality and standard of living (no Swiss Standard of Living promised by Wood Goh but never delivered). Singaporeans only have First World COST of living with stagnant wages and less job security after 5 decades of PAP. But PAP office holders and top “spineless” civil servants have “out-of-this-world” salaries (much higher than First World, the highest on the planet) despite their mediocre performance.

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  • Covid Kills 6.9M, 10M:

    –The Singaporean government said last month that it expected its population to increase by 30% to between 6.5 million and 6.9 million by 2030, with foreigners making up 45% of that number.—
    —Organisers said more than 4,000 people attended the rally, making it one of Singapore’s largest ever protests.
    They are angry at a recent government policy paper that predicted the population would grow by 30% to 6.9 million by 2030, with immigrants making up nearly half that figure.—BBC 16 February 2013.
    –So 4000 people at Hong Lim Park also must be Pofma-ed.
    –First Screw Up–Stop-At-Two
    –Then tried to correct it with 6.9M.
    –Then let Liu Thai Ker project it to 10M
    –One Screw-up after another
    –Now try it to blame it on Dr. Chee.
    –Maybe want to say Dr. Chee came up with ‘No need to wear mask’
    –Since Inception papigs have never admitted a single mistake.
    –6.9M and 10M only way to prolong the asset enhancement CON
    [HDB 99=Zero TimeBomb]
    –The HDB timeBomb cannot be defused.
    Lawrence Wong please say again: HDB 99=zero.
    Then COVID come a-calling—-no 6.9M; no 10M
    Papigs now clueless! Blame Dr. Chee again..

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  • PAPpy are corrupt corporation:

    Those conniving buggers promised never to build casinos on our little island thirty years ago – and over his dead body the old man boasted. Two giant casinos tons of money later and jobs galore for foreign talent, how come we have the lowest median wages among developed nations but the highest costs of living? Errr….

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  • Dun Bluff Mi U Tink I 2pid?:

    PAPpies like to lie.. Good example is Woody Goh.

    Where is Swiss Standard of Living?
    Where is Goal 2010?
    Where is HDB Asset Enhancement?

    All fake. And he retired.

    Vivian can say what he wants. He can also retired like Woody Goh in the next GE.

    No accountability. Empty talk.

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  • Tremendous:

    Mural from Batok land is in ‘death throes’ so his idiot and snaky teammates, beginning with Balaboy is trying to smear the formidable opponent and resurrect their negligent puppy.
    Even foreign news has reported on 6.9-10m planning for a year. If those snakes think it’s so severe and misleading and given their intolerance for fake news, they should have pounced on it last year. Labelling the Oppo villagers’ campaign as one based on false claim is good evidence for everyone to see if BukitHol or Eascoastal has more idiots to elect the scumbags as chiefs.

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  • Tremendous:

    They will put LT on firing squad because they need to resurrect his internationally disgraced competitor JT.
    See if BesarPlace has more idiots during election too.

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  • Dafts pervert democracy:

    Pofma Balakrishnan, ok?:
    Dr Balakrishnan said: “Let me state for the record. We will never have 10 million. We won’t even have 6.9 million.”

    This guy is blatantly talking nonsense.

    Firstly, he did not say a time frame. 1 yr, 10 yr, 100 yr? With the population close to 6 million now, it will surely hit 6.9 million soon.

    Secondly, in what capacity did he say this? He’s only a minister, not the dpm, not the pm. How much can we trust that statement?

    Thirdly, no minister has ever been able to constrain future Cabinets. Even LKY could not control the Cabinet after him, about a small tiny matter such as his personal house.

    So, it is definitely nonsense for a minister to say something like that. We can put ZERO trust in such a statement.

    Tio Boh.

    It speaks volumes about the super majority .

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  • Vivian Kept Quiet:

    During the TV Debate, Dr Chee mentioned that our PM get 2 Million Dollars per annum as basic salary and Vivian is getting more than 1 Million Dollars compared to the old person who collect cardboards for a living.

    Vivian did not raise any objection nor mentioned anything about their salaries. These PAP Ministers are all great hypocrites.

    I have also told all my friends and families not to vote for the horrible and terrible PAP.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    MOE spent $238 million on foreign students not $250 million that’s $12 million different, so it is not quarter of the billion.

    Just like YOG budgeted $100 million overspent $300 Million is not spent $400 million.

    4=5 is correct according to PAP.

    Also $100 million salary for Temasick’s CEO is also wrong, she earns $99.9 million.

    If you are inside 200M is not within 200M radius.

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  • dont believe PAPs anymo:

    the stronger and more popular the alternative parties are, the more often they get targeted or fixed by PAP..
    seems the miws are running scared..
    on tv political broadcast tonite PAPs practically begging ajunied citizens to “bring them home”..promising all kinds of schemes…
    who ever believes them anymo??

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  • Lt appears to be that the POFMA office is playing with figures and language.

    What Factually said is actually to confirm what Lim Tean had said, that ABOUT (he forgot to add this important word) 1/4 billion has been spent on foreign students.

    Also, just because some students do pay fees and serve bonds does not mean that the about $1/4 billion is not spent. Call it subsidy or freebies it doesn’t matter cause the money is ACTUALLY spent.

    It was therefore technically, given away FREE. in that sense, Lim Tean is not entirely wrong at all.

    My 2 cents.

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  • What MOE means:

    This gov is always telling half stories, leaving citizens to guess the full details.

    Combining LT and MOE statements,
    1) We spend a quarter of a billion dollars providing free education for foreigners every year.
    2) While MOE (Education Ministry) spends about $238 million on foreign students a year as stated in a parliamentary reply on 5 August 2019, the significant majority of these students are still required to pay fees higher than those of local students and/or fulfil a bond obligation after graduation.

    We can guess, say,
    1) total foreign students, say, 100,000 from k level to Phd level (MOE can provide the real numbers)
    2) $238 million given to 2000 foreign students (about $100,000 each)

    There, you see, 98,000 foreign students are required to pay fees. Maybe, 1000 students have bonds, what happen to those without bonds?

    MOE is just anyhow throwing pofmas lah. Give full details and not half truths.

    It’s totally not acceptable for a gov to do this kind of thing.

    TRE Techie:
    Lt appears to be that the POFMA office is playing with figures and language.

    What Factually said is actually to confirm what Lim Tean had said, that ABOUT (he forgot to add this important word) 1/4 billion has been spent on foreign students.

    Also, just because some students do pay fees and serve bonds does not mean that the about $1/4 billion is not spent. Call it subsidy or freebies it doesn’t matter cause the money is ACTUALLY spent.

    It was therefore technically, given away FREE. in that sense, Lim Tean is not entirely wrong at all.

    My 2 cents.

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  • Civil servants into politics:

    The alternate authority for the Minister for Education (MOE) issued the pofma. The alternate authorities are civil servants during this election time. The ministers are no longer there.

    Eh, civil servants, remember you publicly declare to be neutral? Don’t play politics at this time. The top civil servants play politics. Even town council cleaners are forced to play politics, distributing party stuff.

    TRE Techie:
    Lt appears to be that the POFMA office is playing with figures and language.

    What Factually said is actually to confirm what Lim Tean had said, that ABOUT (he forgot to add this important word) 1/4 billion has been spent on foreign students.

    Also, just because some students do pay fees and serve bonds does not mean that the about $1/4 billion is not spent. Call it subsidy or freebies it doesn’t matter cause the money is ACTUALLY spent.

    It was therefore technically, given away FREE. in that sense, Lim Tean is not entirely wrong at all.

    My 2 cents.

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  • mountain_tortise:

    238millions is not a quarter of a billion, yea 12M short, just as I recall before CB, leaked news say PM going give speech at 8pm, it was reported as fake news, hours later it was announce PM giving speech at 4pm, what is fake only timing is fake, importantly is PM did gave a speech, wake up please, any words you speak if is 0.0001% different you risk being penalize for spreading fake news

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  • mountain_tortise:

    ok, should correct as we spend close to a quarter of a billion ? happy ? i saw u throw a cat out of the window, no i only throw a kitten out of my window, that’s what fake law will eventually lead to.

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  • PAP Truth means ...:

    Trump in no nonsense tone soberly told Americans tha if there is no test, there will be no Covid 19 cases.
    PAP in the same sober tone say nothing, there will be no fakes or falsehood.
    The world is so lucky to have two geniuses pooping up, more lethal than volcanic eruption! Such fiery wisdom!
    Is this what. Americans want, they r gOing to the streets to say no!
    But is this what. S ingaporeans want, they r. Not going to the stree,t but smaying in the hearts n minds, no n. JT prefers.angmoh style e,lse FAKE,

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  • PAP Truth means ...:

    If thrre r inrefutable evidences to support Lim Tean n if FOROmA isapplied with raising any legalobjection from the Bench in particuar the Chief Justice, then Singapore professionals will forever better go into hiding in shame rather than appearing to be so righteous! Justice is thrown iNto trash by these so called great professionals costing Singaporeans billions of dollars. Is this really what Singapore has degenerated to just for $$$$. Can these fakies appear in international conference n spill out what they thinks as great thoughts but if the same things r said to their children, they will rather died than live in eternal shame unless they have mercilessly DESTROY THEIR SOUL
    ,
    Note well all yee professionals. The oath for medical graduation is not not spoken for shame of betrayal uNlike t
    He oath they took upon their saviour or faith whom they r willing to betray for more $$$$.

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  • Oo Pun Tah:

    Fuck the westerners! Sgreans now got Pofmaed and the English world can only give a statement of “silence of the lamb”

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  • Safe & Peace:

    Lim Tean he is anti pap, anything pap he sure scold and scold. Even PAP hold election in jalan besar grc, he also want change it and call referendum! Friday election day, Josephine teo will teach him lesson and give him lose deposit!

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  • oxygen:

    @ Marbowling

    ONE TRE READER MADE THIS STARTLING DISCOVERY of revelation

    @ Hyflux & 8 million population in this thread revealed PAPpypolitics in 2010 or earlier (in my time interpolation of actual happening) DID ACTUALLY MADE A PROMISE (according to weblink information supplied below) to Hyflux CEO of Tuaspring to cater for a population size of at least 8 million.

    https://www.hyflux.com/qa-from-second-townhall-meeting-for-holders-of-perpetual-capital-securities-and-preference-shares/

    and

    http://www.tremeritus.net/2020/07/07/remember-the-broken-promises-of-the-pap/

    Whilst I don’t know exactly when LT-Ker alluded to a population size of at least 10 million, I am sure that by April 2011 (when Tuaspring contract was awarded for construction), URA and HDB must at least be aware of the 8 million target.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_supply_and_sanitation_in_Singapore

    WHY IS URA AND HDB both found brain-dead, loud as mute and deaf as earthworms now?

    The denial of 6.9 million population target is FALSEHOOD.

    MOM should have directed the POFMA pimp to order all offending news publishings including PAPpyNews Publishing to put out CORRECTION DIRECTION AS now proven necessary.

    That is PAPpypolitics denial of 6.9 million population wet dream is FALSEHOOD and maybe the 10 million population target is true.

    MarBowling: Dr Balakrishnan said: “Let me state for the record. We will never have 10 million. We won’t even have 6.9 million.”

    This guy is blatantly talking nonsense.

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