My wife just got a text message on her phone from her aunt, who got it from a friend.
It warned about a potential terrorist attack at Bugis, and cited a high concentration of policemen as well as a military 24-hour standby.
The Singapore Police has already confirmed this to be a hoax.
Below is a Mediacorp News article:
SMS about terrorist attack in Bugis a hoax: Police
An SMS about a possible terrorist attack on Bugis Village has been circulating amongst members of the public.
But police say there is no credible evidence to suggest such an attack to date.
Still, they've taken the necessary precautions to enhance security in the area.
And investigations into the case are ongoing.
In the meantime, police are advising members of the public to not be overly alarmed, and to contact the police immediately if they notice any suspicious activity.
They also want to warn those who would intentionally mislead the public by perpetuating false threats to public safety.
The police say they take a very stern view against anyone who attempts to cause undue public alarm or fear in such a manner.
They added that they will not hesitate to take action against such perpetrators.
Well, I asked her aunt to call her friend. Hopefully, if each of us spend a couple of minutes calling the person who sent us the text message, we might find out who the perpetrator is.
I rule out capitalism, because this is a poor attempt to generate consumption (the sending of text messages).