2 women warned for inflammatory comments online and criminal trespass

SINGAPORE - Two women were issued a 12-month conditional warning on Friday (July 6) for making inflammatory comments online and criminal trespass, the police said in a statement.

In October 2017, 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 same month and were advised by security personnel after they had finished praying to use a nearby prayer room as the stairwell had to be kept unobstructed for fire safety reasons.

Despite this advice, both women returned to pray at the same fire escape stairwell the next day.

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.

After the encounter, they posted on Facebook alleging that members of one race looked down on those of another.

In the statement, the police said that the decision was reached in consultation with the Attorney-General's Chambers, and that the offences would be reconsidered for prosecution if the women commit the offences again within the 12-month period.

"The allegations the two women made were serious, but baseless. Such allegations can over time affect our racial and religious harmony," the police said.