Police arrests two 17 year old males for making racist remarks under Sedition Act
Posted by temasektimes on July 1, 2012
Two 17 year old males have been arrested by the police for posting racist remarks online which it said ‘could promote ill-will and hostility between different races in Singapore’.
The postings were allegedly made on Facebook and Twitter about an ethnic minority in Singapore.
Speaking to queries from the media, Commander of Bedok police division, Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Police How Kwang Hwee said:
‘The right to free speech does not extend to making remarks that incite racial and religious friction and conflict. The Internet may be a convenient medium to express one’s views but members of the public should bear in mind that they are no less accountable for their actions online.”
Under the Sedition Act, anyone found guilty of promoting feelings of ill-will and hostility between different races or classes of the population of Singapore faces, on conviction for a first offence, a fine of up to $5,000 or a jail term of up to 3 years, or both.
However, the same law is not applied equally to all offenders, leading some to question if there are double-standards. For example, a Young PAP member who made more outrageous remarks against the same community was let off the hook and no action was also taken against a Nanyang Polytechnic girl for making similar remarks on Twitter.