Fake news: TransCom officers did not approach madrasah students to meet quota

The police have denounced allegations that Public Transport Security Command (TransCom) officers conducting checks had approached two madrasah students because they had a quota to hit as fake news.

The police said in a Facebook post on Tuesday evening that the posts by netizens circulating online are untrue and irresponsible.

"Such comments that seek to stir up racial sentiments are uncalled for and unhelpful," the statement said.

UNTRUE AND IRRESPONSIBLE ONLINE POSTS ABOUT TRANSCOM OFFICERS CONDUCTING CHECKS ON MADRASAH STUDENTS #FAKENEWS

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Posted by Singapore Police Force on Tuesday, 16 July 2019

"The TransCom officers were in fact engaging the two students on a new initiative called Riders-On-Watch (ROW) that was implemented on 2 July 2019. 

"We are happy to share that the two students have signed up as ROW volunteers, and they now join other ROW volunteers to help keep Singapore’s public transport networks safe and secure."

ROW volunteers help keep watch and share the latest crime information that affects the public transport system with their family, friends and neighbours, thereby assisting the police in crime prevention.

Madrasah Al-Ma'arif Al-Islamiah also clarified "the true nature of a photo" of its students on Facebook earlier.

It has come to our attention that a photo of our students has been circulated irresponsibly in the social media and...

Posted by Madrasah Al-Ma'arif Al-Islamiah on Tuesday, 16 July 2019

"We are proud of our students' sense of civic-mindedness and responsibility towards their community," it said in the post. 

"We are appalled at the irresponsible circulation of our students' photo which had been taken out of context. We would like to appeal to the public to help us in stopping further speculation or irresponsible circulation of the photo in order to respect the privacy of our students."

Earlier this month, the police posted a statement saying that their TransCom officers are impartial in their checks after a video went viral where a man creates a scene and asks the officers why they "always scan Malays".

The police said: "Such checks are necessary to ensure that our public transport system remains crime-free, and to deter would-be-criminals from committing criminal offences and terrorist acts."