Drinking beer won't prevent SARS, Singaporeans told

Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong used a May Day union gathering to shoot down SARS myths.

"Let me try to kill off three more rumours. Abstaining from pork will not increase your immunity. Although alcohol kills viruses, drinking alcohol will not prevent SARS. And I hear that some people think smoking wards off SARS!"

"The lesson is simple: do not spread rumours, and do not believe rumours. Those caught spreading false information can be fined up to 10,000 Singapore dollars (5,650 US) and jailed up to three years under the Telecommunications Act," Lee said.


2 Responses:

  1. bokane says:

    I feel obligated for some reason to say that I'm pretty sure the gigantic beer mug in that photo is actually located in Beijing, at the corner of Sanlitun and Workers' Stadium Road.

  2. dkellis says:

    Sometimes, I really, really wonder what my countrymen are thinking.