Police probe online comments about throwing egg at minister

In response to queries from The Straits Times, the police said on March 25 that a report was lodged against a 20-year-old male netizen who had left a comment on a Facebook post suggesting that he wanted to throw an egg at Law and Home Affairs Ministe
In response to queries from The Straits Times, the police said on March 25 that a report was lodged against a 20-year-old male netizen who had left a comment on a Facebook post suggesting that he wanted to throw an egg at Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam.PHOTO: ST FILE

The police are investigating the comments made by two men on throwing an egg at Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam.

It said yesterday, following queries from The Straits Times, that a report was made last Tuesday against a 20-year-old male netizen who had left a comment on a Facebook post suggesting that he wanted to throw an egg at Mr Shanmugam.

A 47-year-old male netizen subsequently responded to the comment by providing information on the minister's upcoming Meet-the-People Session.

"The police take such threats seriously, and will carry out investigations accordingly," said the police.

Both men are assisting the police with investigations, for the offence of communicating an electronic record to incite violence under Section 267C of the Penal Code. Anyone convicted of the offence can be jailed for up to five years or fined, or given both punishments.

The comments were made on a Channel NewsAsia Facebook page on a post about the controversy surrounding Australian Senator Fraser Anning's comments on the shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. The attack on March 15 killed 50 and injured dozens of people attending Friday prayers.

The right-wing Australian senator, who was widely condemned for blaming the terror attacks on Muslims, was hit with an egg on the back of his head by a young man at a Melbourne event on March 16.

THREATS TAKEN SERIOUSLY

The police take such threats seriously, and will carry out investigations accordingly.

SINGAPORE POLICE, on investigating the comments made on Facebook.

"I wanna do that to K. Shanmugam. I swear," commented Facebook user Edmund Zhong, according to a screenshot of the comment thread that appeared on sociopolitical website The Independent.

Another user named Jack Ng said: "I will supply the egg."

User Louis Ng said: "Go on."

Mr Zhong had also posted on Facebook group Complaint Singapore, saying two police officers had visited his house with regard to his "egg throwing comments towards K. Shanmugam", according to a screenshot of his post on The Independent.

Mr Zhong wrote: "Apparently three days ago, two officers from Ang Mo Kio Division HQ went to my home regarding my egg throwing comments towards K. Shanmugam. Felt a mix of emotions as I didn't expect a harmless but straightforward comment can gain so much reaction."

He also shared a picture of a notice the police had allegedly left at his door, asking him to look for an investigating officer at the police's Ang Mo Kio division headquarters.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 26, 2019, with the headline 'Police probe online comments about throwing egg at minister'. Print Edition | Subscribe