"The Associated Press erroneously reported that police admitted violating or flouting official protocol in their investigation by not seeking fingerprints or DNA samples, and by examining the contents of a laptop in the dead man's apartment.
"Rather than admitting to any incorrect behavior in testimony, a police investigator simply recounted his actions, which he described as permissible under the guidelines."
Of course the Singapore Police Force will never admit their mistake, doing so will confirm its procedures fall short of FBI standards. Thanks to the "correction", the whole wide world now knows how the cops bungled the handling of evidence at site. In first world countries, tainted evidence will have a case thrown out of court easily on technical grounds.
The National Environment Agency's (NEA) political foray into a town council's custodial duties was more easily debunked. NEA said the town council sought to charge hawkers for scaffolding needed for cleaning purposes. The smoking gun email from NEA has this bit:
"... the hawkers association will make the necessary arrangements with their contractors on the scaffolding erection/dismantling during the spring cleaning period."
The hawkers did approach a contractor for the scaffolding quote. Doing so, it was de facto confirmation of the competence of the partisan elements at NEA. "Inaccurate, misleading and mischievous" would an apt descriptive.
But all is not lost. NEA can hire the writer at AP to craft a response statement with real bite. Let the war of words begin.