15 Feb '12, 11pm

Youth arrested for SAF hoax

SINGAPORE: A 19-year-old Chinese youth has been arrested by the police for posting an online hoax that a full-time national serviceman was shot dead during a training accident at Sembawang. He was arrested for an offence of Transmitting a False or Fabricated message under Sec 45(b) of the Telecommunications Act, Cap 323, said a Police spokesperson yesterday. The youth is assisting the police investigations. A police spokesperson said a report was lodged last Saturday and the Defence Ministry (MINDEF) said on Wednesday that it had filed the police report following an online hoax on January 27. "MINDEF takes a very serious view of hoaxes that undermine public confidence in the Singapore Armed Forces and cause undue alarm to the public," said Colonel Desmond Tan, MINDEF's director of public affairs in a statement on Wednesday. The hoax was posted on January 27 on a blog calle...

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