Singaporeans felt newspaper was operating in its natural environment.
This after they said operating on April 1 made the only English language broadsheet in Singapore appear more credible.
One Singaporean, Tak Sin Boon, said: “Operating on April Fools’ Day allowed The Straits Times to achieve a certain good fit.”
“This was so as they were operating in their natural environment as I am incredulous whenever I read The Straits Times on any other day.”
“As more news coverage on that day were outrageous and fake, this made other news organisations come down a notch to catch up with what The Straits Times has always been excelling at.”
Other Singaporeans said the reason is multi-fold.
Another local, Pian Lang Eh, said: “In comparison to what was getting reported elsewhere on April 1, Straits Times appeared on par in the midst of ludicrous hoaxes.”
At press time, Straits Times has reverted to its less credible mode on April 6 as everywhere else publications were getting serious with their coverage.