Police issue 'stern warning' to Workers' Party MP Raeesah Khan over online comments on race, religion
SINGAPORE: The Singapore Police Force (SPF) has issued a "stern warning" to Workers' Party (WP) Member of Parliament Raeesah Khan over comments she made on social media in 2018 and earlier this year about race and religion.
"The police have completed their investigations and in consultation with the Attorney-General’s Chambers, have issued a stern warning to Ms Raeesah Khan for the offence of promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion or race," SPF said in a statement on Thursday (Sep 17).
The warning was issued for both social media posts made by Ms Khan on Feb 2, 2018 and May 17, 2020.
The warning was also issued for "an additional offence of contempt by scandalising the court" for Ms Khan's social media post on Feb 2, 2018.
Two reports were lodged against Ms Khan on Jul 4 and Jul 5 in relation to comments made by Ms Khan on social media.
"She allegedly commented that Singapore law enforcement authorities discriminated against citizens, and that compared to other groups, rich Chinese and white people were treated differently under the law," said SPF in a statement on Jul 5.
SPF added then: "In the context of a news article on the City Harvest Church ruling, Raeesah Khan allegedly commented that Singapore jailed minorities mercilessly, harassed mosque leaders but let corrupt church leaders who stole S$50 million walk free, and questioned who had been paid."
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NO INTENTION TO CAUSE SOCIAL UNREST, DIVISION: RAEESAH KHAN
Ms Khan is a first-term MP who was elected at the Jul 10 General Election. Her four-member WP team won the new Sengkang Group Representation Constituency with 52.13 per cent of the vote.
Ms Khan said in a statement on Facebook on Thursday afternoon that she never intended for her comments to cause social unrest or division.
"I have spent most of my youth and adult life advocating, campaigning and organising for minority causes, such as working with families torn apart by incarceration, people with disabilities and women who have gone through sexual assault," said Ms Khan.
"In my passion, I have said things in a manner that may have caused hurt to certain communities. I apologise for this. I will continue to learn and hope to contribute to positive change in Singapore."
In her statement, Ms Khan referenced her time as a Member of Parliament over the past few months, and said that she and her team are working hard to connect with residents in Sengkang and provide assistance to those who require help.
"The conversations I have had have been humbling, insightful, and have allowed me to understand how each one of us has an important role to play in creating a Singapore that is equitable, just, and compassionate," said Ms Khan.
"From these interactions, I have also learnt that as a leader, I have the power to start difficult conversations, and that it is vital to frame these conversations in a considerate and accountable manner. As an MP, I hope to use the appropriate platforms to speak out on matters concerning my constituents."