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  World   Asia  02 Jul 2020  Singaporean charged for racist tweets against Indian migrants

Singaporean charged for racist tweets against Indian migrants

Published : Jul 2, 2020, 12:54 pm IST
Updated : Jul 2, 2020, 12:54 pm IST

If found guilty, the accused may be punished with a jail term of up to three years, fined, or both

Representational Image. (AFP)
 Representational Image. (AFP)

Singapore: A 34-year-old Singaporean man was charged in court on Thursday over stoking racial tensions online by posting offensive content on Twitter against Indian migrant workers here.

Zainal Abidin Shaiful Bahari was handed four charges, all relating to committing acts promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion or race and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony, reported Channel News Asia.


On April 18, the police received a report that a Twitter user had posted offensive content against Indian migrant workers under the pseudonym @sharonliew86.

Zainal allegedly posted a tweet under the handle @sharonliew86 on October 11, 2019, stating Malay students in the different academic streams were not on the same level as their Chinese counterparts.

The same tweet also mentioned Singapore's late founding minister Lee Kuan Yew's book, Lee Kuan Yew: Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going as the basis of the tweet.

On March 25, he allegedly posted a tweet under the same handle using a racial slur against Indians about safe distance in MRT trains, according to the Channel report.


Zainal also allegedly used the same racial slur against Indians in a tweet posted on April 17 under the same handle.

And on April 18, he allegedly posted a tweet referring to Indians as shooting targets.

If found guilty, Zainal may be punished with a jail term of up to three years, fined, or both.

In a Facebook post on May 2, Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said that "action will be taken" against the man.

“Done deliberately to stoke anger, unhappiness, racial tensions. Action will be taken,” Shanmugam wrote.

The police said on Wednesday they will not condone acts that threaten racial and religious harmony in Singapore.


“"Any person who makes remarks that can cause ill-will and hostility between the different races and religions will be dealt with swiftly and firmly," the police said.

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