Police Arrest 2 for Making Racist Remarks Online

Tan Dawn Wei, Straights Times, July 2, 2012

The police have arrested two male 17-year-olds for posting racist remarks online which it said ‘could promote ill-will and hostility between different races in Singapore’.

They received two reports on June 27 about the postings on Facebook and Twitter. After investigations, they managed to establish the identities of the two and arrested them on June 28 and 29.

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.

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.’

He said the police take a serious view of acts that could threaten the social harmony in Singapore.

Any person who re-posts or contributes offensive comments to the postings that are the subject of ongoing investigations, and is also found to have committed an offence, are also liable.

He added that members of the public should let the investigations take their course and refrain from adding comments that may further inflame the situation.

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  • IstvanIN

    Singapore is a very tightly controlled country.  That is how they keep the peace.  I would rather live in a racially/ethnically homogenous society that has more freedom, however, this is what our masters want for us.

    • WhiteGuyInJapan

       In some ways, I am a bit surprised by this article.  Lee Kwan Yew, former PM of Singapore, spoke of innate racial characteristics and was a strong proponent of eugenics.  He said things about race and IQ that would get a Western politician assassinated. But he also promoted, er, demanded, toleration and respect among the three ethnic groups in “the little red dot”.

      Yes, it is a very strict nanny state.  Chewing gum was outlawed for years, spitting is illegal (a Chinese habit I find distasteful), etc.   It is also the most successful nation in the region.   They rejected Western-style democracy and promoted “Asian-style capitalism”, with great success.

  • Boereseun

    Sounds like they are treating the human race like a bunch of children really. Say something a bit naughty or that hurts another person’s feelings and you get dragged to the principal’s office. In this case ‘jail’. 

    When did people start growing such thin skin?

    • When diversity became objective number one….

  • IstvanIN

     In 2009, the government census reports that 74.2% of residents were of Chinese, 13.4% of Malay, and 9.2% of Indian descent, while Eurasians and other groups form 3.2%.  33% are Buddhists, 18% Christian, 17% no religion, 15% Islamic, 11% Taoism, 5.1% Hindu, .9% other.  Only 63% of the population are citizens.  Not a formula for natural harmony.

  • It’s amazing that liberal, ‘progressive’ tolerance actually perpetuates the same failures, problems, and stereotypes they try to counter.

  • geraldmartin

    Dateline: Washington, D.C., July 2nd, 2016.  The Justice Department announced today its first series of arrests under the new hate crimes legislation passed last year and recently ruled constitutional by the Supreme Court. The ruling, a 5-4 decision coauthored by Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Elena Kagan, “…was the final OK we needed to begin prosecutions under RAHA [the Rise Above Hate Act],” declared Attorney General Eric Holder. “With the exception of Tom Tancredo, none of the people arrested today are well-known, being mostly part of a lunatic fringe of white supremacists, immigrant bashers and anti-semites who peddle their intolerance and racism on various websites, all of which have been shut down.”  Besides Tancredo, the names of those arrested by the newly formed Speech & Thought Crimes Division of the Justice Department include Jared Taylor, Peter Brimelow, James Edwards, Kevin Macdonald and John Derbyshire.  A warrant has been issued for David Duke, the notorious ex-Nazi, Klansman and all around bad guy, but at present, this dangerous racist is over seas, and not yet in custody. Interestingly, Peter Brimelow, a  naturalized citizen, is subject to having his citizenship revoked and could be deported to his native Britain if he is convicted under RAHA.  Attorney General Holder has promised, “This is only the beginning. We will be arresting and prosecuting many more dangerous extremists like these in the days to come in our campaign to rid America of hate and make it live up to its promises to all people, everywhere in the world.” 

    Conservative websites such as National Review Online and The Weekly Standard were generally supportive of the arrests. Rich Lowry of NRO even exultant, “This is a happy day. It long past time for First Amendment to be redefined in a more humane way, a way that truly respects human rights – this is real conservatism. I am a bit disappointed that Pat Buchanan wasn’t arrested, but perhaps he will be soon.”

  • JohnEngelman

    What did they post? 

  • Detroit_WASP

    My god, they’d give me life for saying black men sexualy assault 36,000 white women per year in the USA!!!!

    Telling the truth has become illegal.  It is 1984 folks.  

  • The__Bobster

    I’d love to live there if I were Japanese. A shrinking population can be a wonderful thing when compared to flooding the country with total outsiders.

    BTW, even Israel is deporting Flips. Why would Japan import them?



    • WhiteGuyInJapan

       “I’d love to live there if I were Japanese.”

      I’m a White guy and I’d rather live in Japan than Oakland.

  • KenelmDigby

    “Arresting people for making internet remarks”.

    Why, the Singaporeans have taken another leaf out of their former British colonialist master’s book.

  • KenelmDigby

    Actually the present birth-rates of White Americans are little different from those of the Japanese.

  • .

    Ethnic Chinese are firmly in control of Singapore. So there is no advantage for them to allow agitation. Since our “free speech” protections don’t apply, Singapore has done well to make an example of these two. If one wants to advocate “free speech” for Singapore than that’s all well and good. But one should advocate “free speech” on its own merits and not because one gets off on racial agitation. Racial agitation for its own sake is ignorant.

  • ageofknowledge

    I do enjoy my freedom of speech and have no designs on moving to Singapore to be caned repeatedly for it.