Duo behind The Real Singapore website charged under Sedition Act
A couple, identified as the people behind socio-political website, The Real Singapore (TRS), was charged this morning at the State Courts with sedition.
They had allegedly published an article claiming an incident during Thaipusam was caused following a complaint made to the police by a Filipino about noise.
Singaporean Yang Kaiheng and his Japanese-born girlfriend, Ai Takagi, each faces seven charges under the Sedition Act.
They also face one charge each of failing to produce documents to the police for investigations, including revenue information.
The two were also charged with publishing other stories that allegedly promoted feelings of ill-will and hostility between different races and nationalities in Singapore.
Yang and Takagi have each been granted bail of $20,000.
They will appear in court again on May 12.
In a statement sent this morning, police said under the Sedition Act, anyone found guilty of promoting feelings of ill-will and hostility between different races or classes of the population of Singapore shall be liable, on conviction for a first offence, to a fine of up to $5,000 or to imprisonment for a term of up to three years, or to both.
Under the Penal Code, anyone found guilty of omission to produce a document(s) or an electronic record(s) to a public servant shall be punished with imprisonment of a maximum of one month, or a maximum fine of $1,500, or both.
Read the full report in The New Paper on Wednesday (Apr 15).
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