On social media

IT WASN'T ME: Home-grown singer JJ Lin has refuted rumours that he is the man suspected to have started a Covid-19 cluster after travelling from Singapore to China's Fujian province.

Last Friday, the health authorities from Fujian's Putian city reported that six people from Xianyou county had tested positive for Covid-19, including a man identified as Lin X. Jie, who had returned to China from Singapore on Aug 4.

Several Chinese netizens speculated that the man could have been JJ Lin, as his Chinese name is Lin Junjie.

Some even unearthed information that the singer's ancestral home is in Fujian.

But the 40-year-old singer was quick to set the record straight, albeit indirectly. Last Friday night, he posted on Instagram, Facebook and Weibo two photos he had taken in Singapore with his friends.

He wrote in English, "The night riders again", and added the Chinese caption: "Enjoying the time when we can go and cycle."

Lin's Instagram and Facebook posts stated that he and his friends were at Lau Pa Sat food centre. In his Weibo post, he set his location as Singapore, which he seldom does for his posts on the Chinese social media platform.

Last Saturday, the singer posted another photo of himself wearing a face mask. He wrote in English: "I could do this all day." He added in Chinese: "Good health is the key to achieving the ideal state."

His posts led to several comments from his fans, who asked when he would fly to China to hold another concert, while some urged him to stay safe and healthy.

Netizens also urged others not to jump to conclusions, with some saying that Lin had posted a video of himself getting his second Covid-19 vaccination jab in Singapore on Aug 20.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 14, 2021, with the headline 'On social media'. Subscribe