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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.

36 Responses to “Police arrests two 17 year old males for making racist remarks under Sedition Act”

  1. Mike Zeng said

    Some are more equal than others…

  2. Annoymous said

    So what did they wrote?

  3. jaded said

    yes why arrest them? no chance to apologise and then lets move on?

  4. Parity said

    Sigh. And nothing’s has been done to the foreigners who make seditious remarks against Sungaporeans stirring bad feelings amongst Singaporeans.

  5. Chiang said

    “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.”…the police will only act when there are police reports made on such cases. Maybe Temasek Times can take the lead to make a police report against these 2 that you are so sure had made racist remarks, and if they don’t act, than you can continue with your insinuations!

    Mod’s reply:

    You are obviously outdated. Numerous police reports had already been filed against the duo by others. Go and check out the news yourself.

    • mak said

      hahaha

    • Chiang said

      Thank you, any reference or links you can provide, as I had just returned to Singapore after a long posting in HK, and would like to know more about such development in Singapore. You can sent it to my email address directly if you do not want to publish the same again. Thanks in advance for your kind efforts!

  6. 2 legs good 4 legs bad!

  7. Wolfglare said

    The government is trying to control us from speaking up as there are more and more remark abt the government foreign policy and hate for them

  8. Ishvarlall Singh said

    Inciting can become dangerous for peace loving Singaporeans; many young Singaporeans may have heard about the riots that happened in Singapore; but what should be asked is the true feelings of those who had suffered at that time. We have lived many years harmoniously among the different ethnic groups and should continue to do so for the rest of our lives. The best rule to live in Singapore is “LIVE and LET LIVE”.

  9. Johari said

    Well I believe these 2 racist idiots have been making these disparaging remarks for quite some time. It’s just that they think that they will never get caught by hiding behind the perceived anoniminity of the Internet. If they are male Singaporeans since they are 17 and have yet to serve NS, I hope NS can change them. But then again bigots like these 2 are hard to change. They think they are the smartest of all. The media should publish their photos so that whenever they are out in public, they have to
    constantly watch their backs! That is the best punishment that these 2 bigots deserved .Constantly living in fear because of their seemingly superiority complex.

    • Ron said

      @Johari. Can you share more details? You said “you believe”. Does that mean you did not actually read those comments and heard about them only?

      I will assume the Police acted based on repeated actions by these two 17 year olds but were they given a chance to retract the comments, to apologize? What about their future? How many 17 year olds have the maturity to control their emotions? Were their parents notified prior to the arrests?

      There is a need for a Watchdog for the social media to warn offenders. Even the Police will warn someone who is making a public nuisance before arresting that person. So, why wield the big stick, announce to the Press and create anxiety? What are the invisible boundaries whereby a statement is deemed as capable of inciting racial and religious conflicts?

      • Ron's A Moron said

        Are you fucking kidding me?

        Those two were the ones who made the irresponsible comments. No one induced them to do so.

        Yet, somehow, you’re implying that their wrongful misconduct hasn’t been fairly handled by the authorities? What kind of dumb logic is that???

        Quote: “What are the invisible boundaries whereby a statement is deemed as capable of inciting racial and religious conflicts?”

        Accusing ALL MALAYS of being useless; having the tendency to rob, rape, steal and kill Chinese people; being innately lazy, stupid, brainless, useless and shameless; stupid and inferior compared to the Chinese; prone to causing troubles — how’s that for violating and crossing the so-called invisible boundaries?

        Don’t try to fucking white-wash what’s obviously been a serious judgmental error on those two assholes.

    • Because of their reputution, the other recruits doing NS might destroy them.

  10. Veritas said

    We can find worse racist in Citi @ Changi Business Park, where IT and software development work are done. I estimated close to 100% of the executives are FT Indians. I verified it personally by getting a interview for a software developer position last year. I arrange the interview at around 9, where I could observe the heaviest flow of crowd at the lobby.

    I could not see an East Asian other than two receptionist, for the entire building of 8 storeys, during peak hour at the lobby. I was then interviewed by four people, all of them South Asians. I knew from colleagues and friends that I would not stand a chance. Hence, I amused myself by enjoying the acrimonious technical questions the interviewers thrown at me.

    Most students studying EECS in local universities are non-Indians. There are no reason for the outrageous over-representation of FT Indians doing IT jobs in Citibanks other than shameless racism.

    • Singapore Talent said

      Shocking revelation! Can Temasek Times please extract this post to start a new thread?

      • Compatriot said

        I concur,Singapore has in dire need of a “SECOND MEDIA” Temasek Times will be doing a great favour for all who want to be known and call themselves as Singaporeans

    • Ramesh Mittal said

      Wow! 100% all from the sub-continent?

      Why the discrimination?

      Glad I don’t have any account with them.

  11. Kk said

    F up system.

    Party check. Failed.
    Gender check. Failed.

    So kena arrested lo. Simple.

  12. Singaporean said

    It is important that the police clarify why they arrest the two boys in detailed. Else we might wonder why those foreigners who insulted Singaporeans and gave racist remarks are not arrested.

  13. SG said

    This is the result of being blind “obedient” Singaporeans while PAP members and foreigners get scot-free all the times. Singapore law is so obvious served one-sided. Regardless of nationality, offenders should receive an equal justice and to serve the fair punishment according to the charges. Unfortunately, this is not the case for selected Singapore PINK IC holder/citizen and foreigners (SPR included).

  14. Jessie said

    i think they wrote this…

    • J said

      Wow…. read the snap shots of your pic… man these boys are so so clueless…..Nowadays…. whether you are JC , poly , ite whatever… education you are in…. it does not represent how the person will develop in the future…. for all they know ….they might have a malay boss who is self made businessman from his know how in ITE….. Just for the record…. It’s better to get hands on experiences nowadays…. in my opinion, JC is just a waste of time…

  15. wikileaks said

    harmony is not 100 people saying one and the same thing, harmony is 100 people saying different things and respecting one another

  16. lim said

    Read in between the lines the real intention of this recent police arrest of 2 teenagers under the Sedition Act. It is like slaughtering the chickens to scare the monkeys to pre-empt some people who maybe thinking of using religion on internet under cloak of anonymity to garner support and stir up unrest in this latest case and pressure the govt.

  17. Fed Up Singaporean said

    wtf is this? “‘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.”

    Then that law mind as well be NO FREEDOM OF SPEECH. PAP dictatorship regime doesn’t even know the meaning of freedom of speech. Just another show of force to silence the critics. First world country my hairy behind

  18. What about V Balskrishnan’s racist remark in a public talk that those Singaporeans who post anti-FT remarks are the same ppl who wld go against minorities like himself? Aint he referring to the Chinese segment being the majority who wld go against the minority to stir ill-will and distrust among the local population? As a minister, his words and racist warning wld hv much more weight than the ordinary citizen’s. Is the PM doing anything to allay the ppl’s concerns that V Bala is fishing in dangerous waters to suggest that the majority race, namely, the Chinese wld trample on the minority when singaporeans oppose the influx of FTs?

  19. Injustice and Inequality said

    I wonder if Filipinos are now considered a minority race here in Singapore… (-.-)”

  20. is this democrative? said

    Is this democrative?

  21. Is police work for Public or just government? said

    Is police work for Public or just government?

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