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“Great Distress and Alarm”: Police Summon Drives Activist Ariffin Sha to Quit Singapore Political Scene

Singapore civil activist and blogger Ariffin Sha says he will no longer dabble in local politics. He said he will no longer participate in any political activities, on the advice of his parents.

This annoucement comes after Sha was called up by the police to assist in investigations into the possible offence of unlawful assembly at Hong Lim park two weeks ago (27Sep). Sha was involved in the Return Our CPF protest, organised by another activist, Han Hui Hui. Sha said the call-up caused “great distress and alarm” to his parents.

But Sha doesn’t rule out giving his two cents worth on local politics in the future.

He said, “I may however from time to time express my own personal thoughts on any subject matter including local politics on my own personal FB page or on other pages, as this is a fundamental right available to every citizen. That said, such comments will no longer be frequent and only if I feel a compelling need to.”

Sha says he will not comment on the police investigations, and asks the public to respect his privacy for personal and legal reasons.

At 17-years-old, Ariffin was one of the youngest civil activist in Singapore’s history. The outspoken youth took part in several Return Our CPF protests, and was also vocal in his support for Roy Ngerng when Ngerng was sued by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for defamation.

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