- A false report concerning the nationality of a deceased woman in Yishun caused an uproar.
- The Ministry of Manpower has issued instructions to correct this false information.
- Don’t believe everything you read online, especially when it concerns migrant workers.
Here’s a shocker.
False information can stir up a storm.
Worse still, when it’s about a sad incident.
A lie travels around the world while truth is putting on its shoes.
That’s what happened when some media platforms got it wrong about a tragic incident in Yishun.
Their mistake is of great import because it involves our society’s perception and treatment of migrant workers.
The Migratory Bird Who Wasn’t
There’s the old saying, “get your facts straight.”
MOM reported that three media platforms claimed a woman, who met her unfortunate end in Yishun, was a Filipino migrant domestic worker.
But they were wrong.
She wasn’t from the Philippines; she was a Singaporean.
The Minister for Manpower was swift.
He ordered the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) Office to issue Correction Directions to Singapore Eye, Gutzy Asia, and The Online Citizen Asia.
Wrong information, meet right information.
Causes and Sources of Misinformation
Falsehood spreads like wild forest fire, endangering true understanding.
And when it’s about migrant workers, it’s all the more concerning.
This misinformation is not just a mistake, it’s a societal issue.
It often stems from quick assumptions, stereotypes and sometimes malicious intent.
Social media adds fuel to this fire, enabling this rapid misinformation spread, affecting the public opinion on our fellow human beings striving for a better life away from their homes.
The Impact on Migrant Workers
Words can maim.
A migrant worker‘s life is not a bed of roses.
They work hard, far away from their homes, often facing tough conditions.
Misinformation about them adds unnecessary strain.
It can lead to discriminatory behaviour, unjust treatment and even policy changes that alter their lives dramatically.
The Solution? Transparency and Communication
Fighting rumours require clarity.
The Minister for Manpower did just that.
He ordered the entities to put up a clear correction on their posts.
That’s one way to fight the beast of misinformation.
That, and keeping our channels of communication wide open.
And there you have it.
An unfortunate case of misinformation that led to unnecessary confusion and potential harm.
It’s a stark reminder that we must always strive to verify information before sharing it, especially when it’s about the people who contribute so much to our society yet often go unnoticed.
The case also emphasises the importance of government bodies like MOM in keeping our society just and informed.
Now I’ve something to ask you, the next time you hear about an incident related to a migrant worker, will you stop and question if it’s true?
Will you take the time to verify it?