SINGAPORE - A man who asked for "permission to open fire" in a Facebook post on the page of a local group opposed to an annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rally has apologised "for the misunderstanding" before taking down his Facebook page and original post.
In screenshots of his post, Facebook user Bryan Lim wrote: "I apologise for the misunderstanding. My words were strong. I did not mean anyone. I meant Bloomberg and foreign intervention in local matters.
"This was taken out of context. I hope this clears the air."
In a separate comment, he added: "I did not mean physical bullets nor physical death. I mean open fire in debate and remove them from Singapore domestic matters."
His original comment was made on June 4 on a post on the We Are Against Pink Dot Facebook page. The post was about foreign sponsorship of the annual LGBT rally Pink Dot, held at Hong Lim Park on June 4.
That comment read: "I am a Singaporean citizen. I am a NSman. I am a father. And I swore to protect my nation. Give me the permission to open fire. I would like to see these £@€$^*s die for their causes."
At least three police reports have been made over it.
Some also said that he was with the Singapore Police Force, after a picture of him donning what appeared to be a police uniform circulated online.
A police spokesman has clarified that he is not a police national serviceman.