The concept of intentional falsehood has always been frowned upon due to its deterrent nature, and it’s a notion especially prominent last November, when Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam’s statement in parliament was taken out of context and spun in a new direction by the now-defunct Nussu-NUS Students United page.
With the help of a chart, the spoof page – which was not the official Facebook group of NUS’ actual Students’ Union nor its affiliates – incorporated the quotes of Minister K. Shanmugam and even the late Lee Kuan Yew, in what seemed to be an attempt to oust People’s Action Party member Rachel Ong from her executive position in ROHEI, an organisation with “religious leanings”.
Though the post managed to gain traction, it was soon called out for misusing a quote from Minister K. Shanmugam.
The minister’s press secretary Goh Chour Thong stepped out to clarify that the law minister had not meant what the chart seemed to imply; instead, Minister K. Shanmugan intended the statement to mean that Members of Parliament, including government ministers, can have authority in religious organisations.
The spoof page was taken down by Facebook last November a day after it was addressed (though Facebook has since clarified that the post was not actually taken down for its content but because its admin instead), and a police report was lodged on the 26th of the same month.
Thereafter, everything went quiet, and life went on as normal.
Man Involved in the NUSSU – NUS Students United FB Page Has His Identity Revealed
The police has confirmed the involvement of a 30-year-old man, who’s believed to have impersonated someone else as the administrator of the spoof page.
He’s reportedly assisting with investigations for “suspected involvement in a case of forgery involving a fake Facebook account”.
Apparently, the man in question is a certain Mr Shermon Ong. The identity of the person being impersonated, however, has not been revealed.
Chim, I know. Impersonating someone to create a spoof page. That would have been the reason why Mark Zuckerberg removed the page.
According to TODAYonline, Mr Ong studied law at the National University of Singapore (NUS), where he once served as vice-president of its students’ union.
Fired from HDB After They Know About his Involvement
In response to media queries on Thursday (28 May), the Housing and Development Board (HDB) said that it has sacked Mr Ong from his position.
The statutory board also added that Mr Ong was subjected to disciplinary proceedings prior to the termination of his service, and that it “takes a strong view on matters involving the conduct of our staff”.
Mr Ong was dismissed around two months ago. It’s unknown what his position is, and with the COVID-19 outbreak, we can only say this to him: “All the best.”
Well, at least now we know why the Page was removed.
One can only wonder who Mr Ong impersonated as.
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