Singapore raps Taiwanese talk show for inaccuracies
The Singapore Trade Office (STO) in Taipei has taken a local current affairs talk show to task for "inaccuracies and misleading arguments" in its recent coverage of Singapore.
On Dec 9, Mr James Tai, the host of News Tornado, claimed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he would cane the 27 men arrested for the Little India riot. "We want to point out that Prime Minister Lee did not make this comment," the STO, which represents Singapore's interests in Taiwan, said in a statement yesterday.
"Instead, Prime Minister Lee wrote on his Facebook page on Dec 9 that 'We will spare no effort to identify the culprits and deal with them with the full force of the law'."
It also pointed out that on Dec 10, a News Tornado commentator "erroneously said Singapore government officers are allowed to change locks of public housing units indiscriminately, and that during the dengue season, the officers are allowed to pick locks and enter private residences to check for stagnant water and issue summonses".