Two Singaporean bloggers charged for anti-muslim sentiments

Taxi Dog
Might also not be a good idea to sell this book in Singapore…

Thanks to Elia Diodati, we now have the English translated version of Lianhe Zaobao’s news article entitled: “Two youths charged for publishing Anti-Muslim opinions online”. Here’s an abstract kindly taken from his blog…

Two men suspected of expressing Anti-Muslim opinions online in June this year were charged yesterday under the Sedition Act.

The two defendants are 27-year-old dog caretaker Xu Songfa (Ed: pinyin) Benjamin, and 25-year-old assistant sales manager Lin You, Nicholas.

Xu Songfa faces three counts of the charges, indicating that on on the evenings of June 12th, 15th and 17th, he expressed anti-Malay and anti-Islamic sentiments on his blog “Phoenyx Chronicles”, which was hosted on the website www.upsaid.com.

[Court documents] show that Xu Songfa used insulting terms to address and describe Malay people, taunting their customs and religion, and made disrespectful jokes about Allah , the deity of Islam.

Lin You faces two counts [of the charge]: in the early mornings of June 16th and 17th, he wrote anti-Muslim sentiments on an online forum on the dog lover’s website www.doggiesite.com, in response to a Malay lady’s letter in the Straits Times Forum.

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On June 14th of this year, a Malay woman wrote to the Straits Times, saying that she saw a dog, which was not caged, in a taxi with its master. She said that dog’s saliva or claws could have soiled the taxi’s seats. She wanted to know on what basis were taxi companies allowed to transport pets without cages.

The two defendants believed that the Malay woman’s inquiry was unwarranted and hence wrote the provocative remarks online. The authorities investigated after a police report was filed.

This criminal investigation spurred a flurry of discussion amongst Singaporean bloggers, which Elia Diodati once again addressed in detail. We do know that the investigation started only after a police report was filed. As to how the identities of these two youths were discovered remains a mystery. Finally, we still see the long arm of the law going beyond the Singapore’s borders since these racial comments were made on servers in the United States.

If you’d like to learn more about Singapore’s sedition act and see if it really applies to the case of these bloggers, see little pink soap dinosaur’s annotated version of the sedation act.

UPDATE: I found a Straits Times reprint of this story on UCLA’s web site.