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Woman and WUSG adminstrator to plead guilty in KKH defamation case

A 28-year-old PR from Myanmar, and founder of Wake Up Singapore Ariffin Sha are set to plead guilty in a defamation case involving KKH. In May, Singapore civil society criticized AGC’s charges against Ariffin, despite his platform having retracted, apologized for, and corrected the story two years ago.



SINGAPORE: Ma Su Nandar Htwe, a 28-year-old Singapore permanent resident from Myanmar, and Ariffin Iskandar Sha Ali Akbar, founder of the alternative news platform Wake Up Singapore, are slated to plead guilty in a criminal defamation case involving KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH).

They stand accused of fabricating and disseminating a false account alleging a miscarriage at KKH.

According to court documents, Ma Su Nandar Htwe messaged Wake Up Singapore’s Instagram account on 21 March 2022, detailing a purported miscarriage at KKH in February 2022.

In the messages, she detailed an allegedly fabricated account of how she suffered a miscarriage at KKH in February 2022, intending that the account be published and harm the reputation of the hospital.

The account was later published in an article, titled “The baby is probably dead – Woman shares a harrowing account of her miscarriage at KKH A&E,”  on 23 March 2022, on the website and social media pages of WUSG.

The story alleged that the woman miscarried after a prolonged four-hour wait for COVID-19 treatment and abdominal pain management at KKH’s Accident & Emergency Department on 28 February 2022.

KKH responded by filing a police report two days after the article was published.

Following investigations, Ma Su Nandar Htwe admitted to fabricating the story, prompting Wake Up Singapore to issue a public apology and correction under the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) in March 2022.

The Ministry of Health confirmed that the alleged incident did not occur after verifying patient records.

Ariffin was then charged in court on 24 April for allegedly publishing the misleading article online that claimed the woman suffered a miscarriage due to mishandling at KKH.

He was given the plea date on 26 August during a court mention on 3 July and is slated to plead guilty.

Ma Su Nandar Htwe was charged on 6 May and slated to enter her guilty plea on the same day as Ariffin.

The penalties for criminal defamation in Singapore include a maximum jail term of two years, a fine, or both.

In May, 46 organisations and individuals in Singapore’s civil society issued a joint statement to condemn the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC)’s decision to charge Ariffin with criminal defamation over the story.

The joint statement expressed deep concern over Ariffin’s subjected to multiple rounds of investigations, culminating in what was deemed as a disproportionately punitive measure.

The statement noted that the hallmark of a healthy media environment is one where peers in the media have ownership over best practices, proactively address mistakes, and publications are able to self-correct, demonstrating transparency and accountability when there are lapses, without state intervention.

The group acknowledged that upon recognizing their error, WUSG promptly retracted the story, issued an unreserved apology, and provided a comprehensive and transparent account of the incident.

While committed to responsibly serving Singaporean communities and readers, they lamented their stretched resources and the unequal playing field they must navigate.

Expressing concern over the loss of several independent media voices in recent years, they emphasized the critical need to preserve independent voices that challenge dominant narratives and expose uncomfortable truths.

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Foreigners create jobs for us someone once said. Only I see they creating jobs for police and prison service.

What support do I get from the govt since I was under their employment?!? Nada, becos dun want to offend their celebs and Oppo on the other sides who are hemming the state 2. Pui system!!!

Govt not always RIGHT. I was sent to AMK Women Clinic (corp entity )who did a bad job of handling my miscarriage leading to abortion that had internal bleeding. I ended in KKH (govt entity) who removal my whole womb. I am barren NOW. Both sides are sorry Not Sorry Abt it. All this as a result of their political Left Right/ Black White/ Sun Moon Star game. They refuse to see the hurt they caused others and still wanna subliminally say frenz?!? Frenz do not treat others like that. Just predators and manipulators!!!!!!

Please, only refer to official news sources by our government. Do not engage in independent research of news from alternative sources, where you have to exercise your own discretion and critical thinking.

In fact, with 100% trust in our government, we no longer need to think. Let’s all learn from North Korea, where everyone is loyal and happy.

They are rightfully punished to show the seriousness of this sort of despicable act of motive to tarnish reputation and confidence as a deterrence. Think about it, if they are let off any other haters will think this is trivial and start sending fabricated message to alternative sites and I am very sure it will get published fervently as they have the joint motive. No need verification with the sender, no need meet up, no need to check with the accused party, took the message raw and immediately published. Easy journalism as long as it serves the defamation motive.

Why did the Myanmar woman mislead Ariffin Sha ? Was there a need for KKH which is a Public Istitution to make a police report? All that was needed to be done was to send Ariffin Sha an email and ask him to publish a correction. Are our civil servants too free and embark on unnecessary work? Why misuse our police force in this manner? Why is there a need for the Public Prosecutor to pursue this case but not the employer of the maid who was wrongfully accused of theft?


WUsg has become 八婆 standard .

Go market , join those auntie bargain for daily needs .

Dont even know the essense of Wake Up .

Can KKH withdraw it’s police report and request AG not to press charges against WUS since there was moral merits on it apart considering WUS did the right thing and apologise, especially?

Presumably if KKH did, then it’s fishy politics.

So there’s it. Laws in SG and not laws per se, for arbitration sakes. They are laws of rules, the decisive arbiter, politics, to show whose power is stronger.

Singaporeans are doomed like snowflakes melting even in the winter