Online vigilante group in Sim Lim saga says its Paypal account was suspended

SMRT Ltd (Feedback), a satirical and online vigilante group, has gotten its Paypal account suspended after it had started to post personal details about the errant Sim Lim Square shopkeeper last week. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG
SMRT Ltd (Feedback), a satirical and online vigilante group, has gotten its Paypal account suspended after it had started to post personal details about the errant Sim Lim Square shopkeeper last week. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

SINGAPORE- The online group which splashed personal info on an errant Sim Lim retailer on the Internet said its Paypal account has been suspended.

The account was suspended due to "suspicious activity", said the group which calls itself SMRT Ltd (Feedback) in a Facebook post on Saturday.

SMRT Ltd (Feedback), a satirical group that mocked the breakdowns and disruptions on public transport, was set up in 2011.

In the past week, it has started to post personal details about the errant shopkeeper Jover Chew after he was found to have used illegal sales tactics and humiliated a Vietnamese tourist.

Mr Chew's personal information and addresses of his various businesses, including that of his wife's, were shared over online forums and the Facebook page of SMRT Ltd (Feedback).

Some held up shirts with expletives in front of the shuttered Mobile Air shop and these photos were seen on the Facebook page of SMRT Ltd (Feedback). Multiple fast-food orders were also delivered to a home registered in Jover Chew's name.

It also started a campaign on crowdfunding site Indiegogo to raise US$10,000 in order to continue its activities and it launched a  fund-raising effort on site youcaring to raise $5,000.

A check on both sites on Monday morning showed that the link to Indiegogo was broken while the fundraising campaign youcaring was still up.

It is not known who is behind the group, as the administrators of the Facebook page have remained anonymous.

But while their actions have been praised by some, politicians have warned against vigilantism.

Some netizens have gone "too far" and the police is probing in to a case of harassment in the recent Sim Lim Square saga, said Second Minister for Home Affairs S Iswaran, posting on Facebook on Saturday.

"Do exercise restraint and do not take matters into your own hands. Let due process take its course," Mr Iswaran urged on his Facebook page last Saturday.

"The Government is also studying other measures to protect consumers better. This may take some time especially if we need to amend our laws."

Ms Winnie Koh, Mr Chew's wife, said in reports that she had filed a police complaint against SMRT Ltd (Feedback).