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Temasek Polytechnic student admits posting viral anti-Islam stories on Instagram that sparked 62 police reports, Singapore News

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SINGAPORE — A Temasek Polytechnic (TP) student has admitted in a district court to posting anti-Islamic remarks on social media platform Instagram.

Chinese national Sun Sicong, now 21, pleaded guilty on Friday (May 6) to posting remarks intended to hurt the religious feelings of others.

The permanent resident of Singapore committed the offense between 2018 and 2019.

Two other counts, including one count of harassment, will be considered at sentencing.

Deputy Attorney General Senthilkumaran Sabapathy said that initially no police report was filed regarding the offensive Insta-story posts on Sun’s Instagram account.

The court heard that Insta-story posts are automatically deleted after 24 hours.

The DPP told the court: “The offensive posts however resurfaced online around June 7, 2020, after the defendant created and uploaded further insensitive Insta-story posts… containing a screenshot of the a rape victim’s account of her rape ordeal accompanied by comments (lewd and lewd)”.

Other Instagram users got angry when they saw Sun’s posts and responded to him.

In doing so, they referred to screenshots of his previous anti-Islam posts, which went viral soon after.

They were circulated widely on the internet and police subsequently received 62 reports from members of the public who felt threatened and alarmed after seeing the anti-Islam posts.

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In an earlier statement, police said that in June 2020 they received “numerous reports of an Instagram user who posted insensitive comments and threats that may incite violence against the Muslim community.”

Police added that the posts contained hateful comments that could hurt religious feelings.

In their statement, the police also said they seriously consider acts that may harm racial and religious harmony in Singapore.

On Friday, defense attorney Justin Ng told District Judge Kessler Soh that his client was around 18 when he posted the posts and committed the offense due to “juvenile immaturity”.

Mr. Ng also said that due to his nationality, Sun was bullied by his classmates before becoming a polytechnic student.

Judge Soh has requested a report to assess Sun’s fitness for probation and he will be sentenced on June 23.

Earlier, TP told the Straits Times that Sun was suspended for two consecutive semesters following investigations in June 2020.

Its spokesperson said, “TP does not tolerate any action or behavior that incites hatred and violence.”

An offender found guilty of uploading material online with the intent to hurt another person’s religious feelings can be jailed for up to three years and fined.

This article was first published in The time of the straits. Permission required for reproduction.