Teen in Singapore nabbed for posting about 'dream of killing Muslims'

Kyodo News

Posted at Jun 09 2020 09:33 PM

Singapore police on Tuesday announced the arrest of a 19-year-old student who posted online about gunning down Muslims in a dream.

"Police have arrested a 19-year-old Singapore Permanent Resident Chinese male for his suspected involvement in inciting violence and posting comments with deliberate intent to wound religious feelings on social media," a police statement said.

According to local media reports, the teenager, a Temasek Polytechnic student, posted on Instagram about having "a dream where I shot up an office building where I only killed Muslims."

He went on to say it felt "great gunning down anyone that's relatively brown or non-Chinese looking."

He was nabbed on Monday after the police received complaints regarding "an Instagram user who had posted insensitive comments and threats that could incite violence against a group of people."

His laptop, a computer and a mobile phone were seized, the statement said, adding that investigations are still ongoing.

"The police will not condone any acts that threaten racial and religious harmony in Singapore," it added.

Temasek Polytechnic said in a statement that it is investigating the incident and "will not hesitate to mete out the necessary disciplinary action."

Incitement to violence carries a penalty of up to five years jail and/or a fine, while posting comments with deliberate intent to wound religious or racial feelings is punishable by up to three years in jail and/or a fine.

Singapore has strict laws to ensure racial and religious harmony among its multi-racial population.