Deathly effect of Twitter rumor mill in Singapore
Singapore celebrated its 47th birthday yesterday and as I do most years, I stayed in to watch the annual parade on the telly along with my fellow citizens.
But this year was a little different. This year, many were watching with bated breath when it was time for the ministers to take their seats on the grandstand, waiting to see if the country’s founding father and first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew would appear as he did every year.
Lee, according to the Twitter rumor mill, had died earlier this week.
His supposedly death was a trending topic on Monday but went so viral on Wednesday even my mum called her reporter-daughter to check if Lee was indeed dead.
The rumors varied. One claimed he was brain-dead, while another alleged he was already dead and the country’s national papers were instructed to hold back the news until after Singapore’s birthday celebrations. …
So when the cameras panned to the entrance of the grandstand and minister after minister walked in, the biggest cheer from the audience erupted when Lee finally made his appearance looking somewhat frail but very much alive. The elderly statesman broke into a smile, which almost looked like a snigger and had me wondering if he had heard news about his unfortunate demise.
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