Film-maker Martyn See makes police report against PAP MP Lam Pin Min

People's Action Party (PAP) MP Lam Pin Min (above) has been accused of making racially seditious comments by film-maker Martyn See, who has made a police report against the MP on Thursday. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
People's Action Party (PAP) MP Lam Pin Min (above) has been accused of making racially seditious comments by film-maker Martyn See, who has made a police report against the MP on Thursday. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

SINGAPORE - Film-maker Martyn See made a police report on Thursday against People's Action Party (PAP) MP Lam Pin Min, whom he accused of making racially seditious comments.

Dr Lam had posted on his Facebook page earlier this month about three Singaporean men who were arrested at Thaipusam celebrations on February 3 for various offences. These include disorderly conduct and voluntarily causing hurt to a police officer.

Linking to a blogpost that has since been deleted, Dr Lam wrote: "An example of how alcohol intoxication can cause rowdiness and public nuisance."

In his police report on Thursday, Mr See charged that these comments "distorted an allegation by the Police into a statement of fact".

A police statement on the trio's arrest said that "all three men were believed to have been drinking earlier as they smelt strongly of alcohol."

But, Mr See said, this has yet to be established by the authorities as fact and the three men have not yet been tried.

In saying that the three were intoxicated while participating in the holy festival of Thaipusam, Dr Lam incited enmity towards the Hindu community, he charged.

Mr See also complained in his police report that Dr Lam's comments "caused ill-will and hostility between different races and communities. The responses on his Facebook page show overwhelming hostility to his remark. Yet, he has allowed his offending words to remain online".

He added that Dr Lam breached the sub judice rule, as judicial proceedings in this case have yet to be completed.

Dr Lam, who is MP for Sengkang West, could not be reached for comment.