No further action to be taken over former NMP Calvin Cheng's online comments, say police

A police report has been filed against former Nominated MP Calvin Cheng.
A police report has been filed against former Nominated MP Calvin Cheng.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The police have decided not to take any further action against former Nominated MP Calvin Cheng, who was being investigated after a report was made over controversial comments he made online.

The decision was made after careful consideration of the facts and circumstances of the case and in consultation with the Attorney-General's Chambers, the police said in a letter to Mr Cheng dated Oct 5.

They added that all investigations and enquiries into the matter would stop, and the case will be closed.

A police report was made against Mr Cheng last December (2015) by People's Power Party (PPP) organising secretary Augustin Lee Tze Shih, over Mr Cheng's comments online about killing the children of terrorists.

 
 

In a four-line Facebook comment in last November, Mr Cheng had seemed to advocate killing the children of terrorists "in case they grow up to take revenge", which drew sharp criticism from netizens.

Mr Lee had said in his police report that the comments contravened the Sedition Act.

Following the controversy, the Media Literacy Council, which advises the Government on developments pertaining to the Internet and media, and which Mr Cheng was a member of, issued a statement saying that his words were insensitive but did not amount to hate speech.

Mr Cheng also apologised to his fellow council members, the Media Development Authority and his supporters in a Facebook post.