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Police: Two arrested under Sedition Act

The police have confirmed the arrest of a 26-year-old Singaporean and a 22-year-old Australian woman.

They were nabbed for posting remarks online that could promote ill will and hostility among the different races in Singapore.

A police spokesman said they received reports on Feb 5 regarding an insensitive article that had been posted online.

After conducting extensive checks, the police established the identities of the suspects.

The two were arrested on Feb 6 under the Sedition Act and investigations into the case are ongoing.

The spokesman said: "The police take a stern view of acts that could threaten social harmony in Singapore.

"Any person who posts remarks online that could cause ill will and hostility between the different races or communities in Singapore will be dealt with in accordance with the law."

Under the Sedition Act, anyone found guilty of promoting feelings of ill will and hostility between different races or classes of the population shall be liable, on conviction of a first offence, to a fine up to $5,000 or a jail term up to three years, or both.