Man running pro-govt Facebook page investigated over Bukit Batok by-election online posts

Fabrications About The PAP founder Jason Chua (left) described the police investigation in separate Facebook posts. PHOTO: ST FILE, SCREENGRAB FROM FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - A man who runs a pro-government Facebook page said he was interviewed by the police on Friday (June 17), over two online posts he made on the Bukit Batok by-election that allegedly violated an election advertising ban.

Mr Jason Chua, 46, a retired software engineer who runs Fabrications About The PAP, said in a Facebook post that he was served a letter on Wednesday (June 15) to go to the Police Cantonment Complex on Friday.

This comes after Mr Augustine Lee, from the People's Power Party, made a police report last week about the online posts that were made on May 7.

The police did not want to comment on Mr Chua's post, but said that investigations were ongoing.

Describing the police investigation in a Facebook post, Mr Chua said he was interviewed for three hours on Friday.

He also said that the police seized his electronic devices, such as mobile phone, tablet computer and external hard drive, to aid with their investigation.

When contacted by The Straits Times, he said he was aware of the police report made against him.

In the report, Mr Augustine Lee had said the posts on Fabrications About the PAP were published on May 7, Polling Day of the by-election.

He had said one of the two posts allegedly said: "Vote Murali because he's working for you. Not because you are part of a political journey."

The other allegedly had a quote from former presidential candidate Tan Cheng Bock, "which criticises... Dr Chee", said Mr Lee, who sent the police report to the press.

The posts have been taken down.

Election advertising, which includes posts intended to enhance the standing of a party or candidate or to promote their electoral success, is prohibited on Cooling-Off Day and Polling Day.

In a separate case, blogger Roy Ngerng, former political detainee Teo Soh Lung and socio-political website The Independent Singapore are also being investigated over online posts made on the by-election's Cooling-Off Day, May 6, and Polling Day.

Posting election advertising on those days is an offence under the Parliamentary Elections Act. A person found guilty of doing so may be fined up to $1,000, jailed for up to 12 months, or both.

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