Polytechnic student pleads guilty to posting anti-Islam remarks on Instagram

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The Singapore State Courts. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)
The Singapore State Courts. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)

SINGAPORE — A Temasek Polytechnic (TP) student pleaded guilty on Friday (6 May) to posting anti-Islam remarks on social media platform Instagram.

Chinese national Sun Sicong, who is now 21, was charged with uploading online remarks with the intention of wounding the religious feelings of others. The Singapore permanent resident committed the offence between 2018 and 2019.

Sun was arrested on 8 June 2020, and the police released a media statement a day later saying that they received many reports "regarding an Instagram user who had posted insensitive comments and threats that could incite violence against the Muslim community".

"The posts also contained hate comments that could wound religious feelings," the police added in the statement.

"Through investigations, officers from Jurong Police Division established the identity of the youth and arrested him. A laptop, a computer and a mobile handphone were seized."

Committed offence due to 'youthful immaturity': lawyer

According to The Straits Times, defence lawyer Justin Ng told District Judge Kessler Soh on Friday that his client was around 18 when he made the posts, and had committed the offence due to "youthful immaturity".

Ng added that Sun had been bullied by his schoolmates, due to his nationality, before he became a polytechnic student.

DJ Soh called for a report to assess Sun's suitability for probation and he will be sentenced on 23 June.

According to The Straits Times, TP had told the national broadsheet that Sun had been suspended for two consecutive semesters following the investigations in June 2020.

"TP does not condone any action or behaviour that incites hatred and violence," a TP spokesperson said.

If convicted of wounding religious feelings, Sun can be jailed for up to three years and/or fined.

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