Going back in recent history, we’ve seen that the Singapore Police Force is very willing to charge Singaporeans who post inflammatory comments online, and the Singapore Courts are more than ready to jail them under the Sedition Act.
Which begs the question, what’s going to happen to Edz Ello ?
Tan Tock Seng hospital, which employed the anti-Singaporean nurse, has issue a statement that Edz Ello admitted to making seditious remarks, in addition to insulting comments about Islam and Singaporeans on his social media accounts.
That’s the reason the hospital gave him the sack, even though police are still investigating the case because Edz had claimed at first that his social media accounts were hacked and he didn’t post such remarks.
Let’s look how Singaporeans in the past have been jailed for their online misadventures.
Oct 2005: Two bloggers were jailed under the Sedition Act for posting racist remarks online. 27-year-old Benjamin Koh Song Huat was jailed for one month. 25-year-old Nicholas Lim Yew was given a nominal one day jail sentence and fined a maximum S$5,000.
In the same month, sedition charges were also brought against another blogger who allegedly posted inflammatory remarks about Muslims. The district court placed the 17-year-old student on probation.
Now how about our Filipino friend, Edz Ello?
Even if he’s not jailed for sedition, the least the authorities can do is nail him for lodging a false police report. It’s only fair. No one knows for sure what drove this man who was tasked with caring for the sick, to post such hateful vitriol on the internet. But we now know that he did, and he tried to cover his tracks by lying to the police.
Recall now what Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said during last year’s Philippine’s Independence Day saga in Orchard road last year.
“We must treat people in Singapore the way we ourselves expect to be treated overseas. Many Singaporeans live overseas, and are warmly welcomed in their adopted homes. I just attended our Singapore Day in London. How would we have felt if British netizens had spammed our website, and abused Singaporeans living in Britain?”
Singapore’s police and the government must take Edz Ello to task. And if they don’t, there’s the fear that Singaporeans might take matters into their own hands.