29 August 2010

Singaporean arrested after Facebook attack on govt -  XinMSN News: Singapore News “要烧维文和行动党” 男子面簿留言煽动被捕

http://news.xin.msn.com/en/regional/article.aspx?cp-documentid=4295467
By Agence France-Presse, Updated: 25/08/2010
Singaporean arrested after Facebook attack on govt

A Singaporean man who attacked the ruling party on Facebook and urge people to "burn" a cabinet minister has been arrested on charges of inciting violence, police said Wednesday.

In a statement, police said they had arrested a "man in his late 20s" on Tuesday "in connection with investigations into offences related to incitement of violence".

The statement did not name the man or give details of the offence, but said that he was released on bail pending further investigation.

Local media identified him as Abdul Malik Ghazali, 27, who posted a series of comments on the social networking site critical of how Singapore is hosting the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG).

The August 14-26 event, held for competitors aged from 14 to 18, has generated limited public interest, with many events blighted by empty seats and the host country's athletes faring badly.

Vivian Balakrishnan, the minister for community development, youth and sports, has come under particular fire from online critics over the games.

Abdul Malik's postings on his own Facebook page and on a separate group account called "I hate the Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee" are also critical of Singapore's ruling People's Action Party (PAP).

Abdul Malik, who works for a company specialising in wood and flooring, said on his Facebook page that he was arrested "due to my involvement in anti-YOG and anti-PAP Facebook pages".

One of his postings highlighted recent floods in Singapore, the escape of detained terror suspect Mas Selamat Kastari, the amount of money spent to host the games and reports of the poor standard of food served for games volunteers.

He said it was time to "burn" the sports minister and the PAP.

"Rally together and vote them out!!!" he wrote.

Abdul Malik said in comments published Wednesday by The New Paper that "the comment is a metaphor".

"I did not intend for it to be taken literally. I did not mean for someone to actually burn," he said.

In another posting, Abdul Malik referred to a version of the communist anthem The Internationale on YouTube and wrote: "This song is a call to rise against tyranny and oppression... Very suited to what is happening now in Singapore."

Prosperous Singapore -- which is spending close to 300 million US dollars to host the games, more than three times original projections -- follows a hardline policy on political dissent.

Public protests are banned without a police permit and anti-government critics in the political opposition and media have been successfully sued for defamation by top officials.

Some in cyberspace rallied to Abdul Malik's defence.

One Facebook poster calling himself "Kok Meng" wrote "seems like even metaphors are forbidden these days".

"Police should get a grip and let loose. We are a democracy."

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http://news.xin.msn.com/en/regional/article.aspx?cp-documentid=4295467

2 comments:

  1. “要烧维文和行动党” 男子面簿留言煽动被捕
    (2010-08-26)

    马力克把对青奥、淹水和回祈团头目马士沙拉末逃脱事件,扯在一起谈论表达不满情绪。警方前天以煽动暴力的罪名将他逮捕。

      因为不满青奥运“频频出状况”,一名男子在社交网站面簿(Facebook)上留言要“焚烧”社会发展、青年及体育部长维文医生和人民行动党。

      警方前天以煽动暴力的罪名将他逮捕以展开调查。警方昨天回答记者询问时说,这名男子目前被保释在外,调查工作仍然在进行中。

      这名27岁的马来族男子马力克在一家建筑公司担任项目执行员。上周三,21名青奥运志愿者食物中毒事件曝光后,马力克上Facebook留言宣泄不满情绪,认为当局花了多达3亿8700万元来筹备青奥运,却没有为志愿者提供妥善的膳食。他也把早前发生的大淹水事件和新加坡回教祈祷团头目马士沙拉末逃脱事件等与青奥运事件牵扯在一块加以批评。

      他写到:“是时候让我们‘焚烧’(burn)维文和人民行动党。让我们团结起来,投票把他们挤出局。”

      马力克是在面簿上一个名为“我讨厌青奥运组委会”网页上留言。网民大多对青奥相关事项如膳食、筹办经费、售票情况等提出见解。

      马力克接受《新报》电话访问时说,三名便衣警员在前天上午11时到他的办公室将他逮捕。警员没收了他的公司电脑和流动宽带器材,也到他家进行搜查。

      针对要焚烧部长一事,马力克声称那只是一种隐喻,而非按照字面上的意思要焚烧任何人。至于说要把大家聚集起来,马力克解释那是鼓励网民采取行动,别只在网上宣泄不满,他声称自己并不是要煽动公民抗命。马力克也上网留言坚称自己没有犯错。

      根据《新报》报道,马力克承认自己曾经坐过牢。去年三月,他担任保险经纪时因为私吞两名客户总值1万1300元的款项而被判一年监禁。

    转载自联合早报网
    http://www.zaobao.com.sg/sp/sp100826_019.shtml

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  2. The interesting thing about this Singapore Local News is the content is taken from Agence France-Presse. Even the news from Channel News Asia web news was also an editing of the Agence France-Presse's version.
    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_singapore/view/1077071/1/.html

    I think there are constructive ways of commenting or suggestion on current issues. I hate the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Organising Committee in Facebook have some positive view on YOG.
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=106184679437182

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    这则英语新闻的吊诡之处在于:新加坡的本地新闻,来源竟然是法国新闻社 (Agence France-Presse) 。

    其实对于时事的评论和建议是可以比较建设性的。我的讨厌青年奥运会筹备委员会面簿(或者称脸书)上有一些人其实提出了一些建设性的意见,http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=106184679437182

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