Saturday, February 21, 2009

Bugis Terrorist Attack Hoax on SMS

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.

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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).

4 comments:

Sean said...

glad you post this up. got this message too. many thanks

wakuiz said...

Yeah, my friend send it to me too. damn it. I feel like slapping the the person who wrote that msg.

Sam Ho said...

no problem. it's very important to spread information of this nature.

we should also do our part and try to call and "pass it forward". and find the originator of this viral hoax.

Sam Ho said...

of course, at the same time, we should be aware of the boy who cried wolf one too often. we should not immediately dismiss hoaxes so easily either. checking it and cross-referencing with other sources will be a good measure.