Over 1,500 people responded to the poll. By an overwhelming majority, 97 per cent of respondents selected “YES” and only 3 per cent “NO”.
The headline suggested that people can get COVID-19 even if they stay home.
Reporters Without Borders cited POFMA as the main reason for Singapore’s drastic decline in press freedom.
Because of guidelines that alcohol-based sanitizers can be used as a hygienic measure against the virus, some have wrongly concluded that drinking high-proof alcohol could kill the disease.
There is no need to use a sledgehammer to kill a fly. As the ICA has demonstrated this morning, there is no need to invoke POFMA when a simple press release, Facebook post or email would achieve the same result.
The votes were overwhelmingly in favor of ‘NO’ with over 1,800 votes to 82 ‘YES’ votes
Low cited the provisions in the law which gives ministers far-reaching powers to determine what is online falsehood, saying it is akin to a minister who is both a player and a referee during a match.
Many have argued that the law could severely restrict not only freedom of the press but also freedom of speech in Singapore overall.