Fabrications About The PAP (FAP), founded by one Jason Chua Chin Seng, seems to have been neutered since February. A cursory check of its Facebook page shows that its previous behaviour of publishing rabid and strident anti-opposition/civil society posts have, well, largely disappeared.
Instead, the page now resembles several others, with content including videos of traffic accidents (quite a few of these), and assorted (trivial) news. Such as a recent one about how a Malaysian Navy ship had run out of fuel.
What about its signature political postings which had often drawn criticisms and even embarrassment among its pro-PAP/Government supporters? Well, they are still there but less frequently posted.
What is certain is that in 2016, Jason Chua had made some postings on the page during Cooling-off Day in the Bukit Batok by-election (which the PAP eventually won, incidentally). A police report was made by an opposition party supporter about the postings.
It was only in February this year that the police concluded its investigations and decided to issue Mr Chua a “stern warning”, in lieu of prosecution for breaking the law.
The apparent change in tone of the Facebook page occurred at about the same time the police investigation was concluded.
So, what has happened to FAP? Has Jason Chua turned over a new leaf? Or is Jason Chua even in charge of the page now? Has he been replaced by a less angry editor or page manager? Has he abandoned his support for the PAP?
Well, whatever answers thrown up would be speculative, but it would seem that somehow Mr Chua has decided to tone it down. One reason (speculative, again) could be that the police arrest and investigation were an embarrassment to the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) which Mr Chua fanatically supports.
Mr Chua’s postings had been shared by PAP ministers and Members of Parliament, giving them tacit approvals.
Another reason for his apparent “conversion” could be that the page is no longer managed by Mr Chua, and has been handed over to someone else with a more mature sense of things.
No matter the reasons, FAP, which still commands a sizeable number of “likes”, is no longer the pest it once was. Whether this change is only a temporary one is left to be seen.
A hint that it is, and that it still retains its morbidly anti-opposition stance, comes from its latest posting – one which criticises Dr Chee Soon Juan of the Singapore Democratic Party, and Mr Low Thia Khiang of the Workers’ Party, for wanting to abolish the Internal Security Act.
Well, as they say, leopards and spots…