Cops issue warning to 2 for posts on racism

Two women were issued a 12-month conditional warning yesterday for making inflammatory comments online and criminal trespass, the police said.

Last October, the police started investigating the two 28-year-old women for posting remarks on Facebook that were "prejudicial to the maintenance of racial and religious harmony".

The two women had been praying in the fire escape stairwell of a mall that month and were advised by security personnel after they had finished to use a nearby prayer room as the stairwell had to be kept unobstructed for safety reasons. But they returned the next day to pray there again.

When security personnel again advised them to use the designated prayer room, they demanded to see a security supervisor, who they subsequently accused of being racist.

They posted on Facebook allegations that members of one race looked down on those of another.

The police said the decision was reached in consultation with the Attorney-General's Chambers, and the offences would be reconsidered for prosecution if the women commit them again. "The allegations the two women made were serious, but baseless. Such allegations can over time affect our racial and religious harmony," the police said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 07, 2018, with the headline 'Cops issue warning to 2 for posts on racism'. Print Edition | Subscribe