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Blogger says posting made as Govt statements "did not tally with situation on ground"

Published on Jul 11, 2013 5:42 PM
 
Blogger Ravi Philemon (above) said on Thursday that he repeated an allegation doubting the public availability of the Government's stockpile of N95 masks during the haze, because the Government's assurances "did not tally with the situation on the ground". -- FILE PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

BLOGGER Ravi Philemon said on Thursday that he repeated an allegation doubting the public availability of the Government's stockpile of N95 masks during the haze, because the Government's assurances "did not tally with the situation on the ground".

In a statement to the media, Mr Philemon traced his version of events that led him to re-post on the wee hours of June 22 a friend's false allegation that the Government's nine million masks were not meant for the public.

He noted that two days prior, the media reported the Health Ministry as saying there were sufficient masks and pharmacies would have fresh stocks by that evening. But the next day, on June 21, there were reports that some pharmacies did not have stocks.

Mr Philemon said these were facts, and "readers can decide for themselves if I was being malicious or irresponsible". He said he posted the allegation "with the intention of not asserting, but getting more information on that topic".

 
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