Look, typos and errors are pretty common in the publishing industry, and hell knows we’ve made a lot of them over the years. But where we can simply go into the backend and immediately amend articles with corrections, the same privilege doesn’t extend to printed stories, and that results in some awkward interpretations.
This particular misprint on The New Paper — caught by an eagle-eyed reader and highlighted on Facebook — pitches an amusing scenario: A 29-year-old HDB dweller was cited to have said that he bought his first flat twenty years ago, at the wee age of nine years old. The report itself is about Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s new plans for housing and healthcare during the National Day Rally 2018.
Netizens had a laugh at the typo, while some even accused TNP of making up sources.
As it turned out, it was a misprint. On the online version of the same article, Tan Bak Hua was properly noted as a 49-year-old resident, meaning he bought a flat when he was 29. That’s a relief — nine-year-olds really shouldn’t be worrying themselves with housing loans and mortgages.
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