TOC fundraiser loses momentum after exposé on its hiring of foreign writersSep 07, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership AI
The Online Citizen's chief editor Terry Xu's fundraiser has managed to raise $136,188.96 after 6 days of crowdfunding - an amount still short of the $210,000 required to pay Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for defamation.
While there was a spike in donations on the first couple of days, the fundraiser noticeably decreased in momentum as news of its preference to hire foreign writers takes centerstage as well as an incident there TOC 'bullied' an elderly woman with dementia.
Netizens riled up over TOC's hiring of Malaysian writers to interfere in Singapore's domestic affairs
Fathership published an exposé on TOC in May this year on the Malaysian writers dominating TOC's editorial team. The article was again put in the spotlight after netizens pointed out the hypocrisy of anti-foreigner Singaporeans donating to a foreign-run media outlet.
Reports by Fathership surfaced that one of the Malaysian writer that wrote the defamatory article on LHL under the guide of Terry had adopted a pen name "Kiara Xavier" for her TOC articles.
Terry later changed the pen name to the writer's real name - Rubaashini Shunmuganathan - after the exposé to try to recoil from the online backlash.
TOC's bullying of a dementia elderly woman resurfaces
Another incident could also be attributed to putting the brakes on TOC's fundraiser.
The incident pertained to a video recorded by TOC of an elderly woman with dementia that took place in Yishun in May and contained allegations of police bullying - which were slammed by the police and later proven to be false.
Netizens took to Reddit to express their outrage:
It remains to be seen if TOC's Terry Xu can keep up with the fundraiser although it will not be entirely surprising if Terry managed to raise the amount needed considering that Singaporeans are known to be daft about issues that goes against their own bias.