Turns out Straits Times had also misinterpreted Low Thia Khiang’s Mandarin tribute to Lee Kuan Yew

Just that they simply deleted the tweet. Shhhhhh.

Belmont Lay | March 27, 2015 @ 04:39 pm

For context, do read this article first: Today newspaper apologises for misrepresenting Low Thia Khiang’s tribute to LKY in Parliament

It was reported that Today newspaper had to apologise for misrepresenting Low Thia Khiang’s tribute to Lee Kuan Yew in Parliament on March 26, 2015.

In Today‘s original Facebook post, they took snippets of what Low said out of its original context and misinterpreted him to have said:

The PAP’s one-party rule was not the reason for transformation, he said. “Many Singaporeans were sacrificed.”

“Mr Lee did what was right, but silencing opposition has risked disconnecting Singaporeans from their own society.”


It turns out the The Straits Times had also tweeted the same thing as Today, but they simply deleted the inaccurate tweet.




Check out the location of the missing tweet:


[Missing tweet should have been here]



And here is an ex-reporter’s explanation about how such errors could have occurred:

I thought hard about why I'm doing this, but I thought I should speak up after seeing a bunch of 'misreporting' links…

Posted by Wee Keat on Thursday, March 26, 2015


The only plausible-sounding conclusion we can draw is that either Today was borrowing heavily from the translated snippets by The Straits Times, or vice versa, which could explain the duplication of the exact same misinterpretation and result in the same error.


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