Saturday, June 16, 2012

The Singapore Police Force Responds to Online Comments: The New Normal?

In response to online photos showing Ms Esther Goh (one of the one of the women named in the sex-for-deal corruption case involving former Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) commissioner Peter Lim Sin Pan) posing with police commissioner Ng Joo Hee, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) has issued a statement on their Facebook page clarifing that Mr Ng is "not acquainted" with Ms Goh.
The SPF's response is significant as this is a deviation from previous government policies not to respond to online comments.  I am glad to see that the SPF has recognised that social media can drive public opinion and that they have taken the neccessary steps. In the era of social media, communications must be open, timely, 100% truthful, broadly communicated and internet present.

Thumbs up for the PR Team at the SPF.

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