Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Donaldson Tan of New Asia Republic & his racially offensive post on the Internet

Donaldson Tan, the editor of commentary website, New Asia Republic is currently under investigation for allegedly publishing racially offensive posting on the Internet.

Donaldson Tan had reportedly re-posted a picture deemed offensive to Islam on his Facebook wall.

From the Facebook page of "New Asia Republic":



The Online Citizen (TOC) has this to say in "Racist posts on FB by blogger – police investigates": Singapore Police Force is investigating blogger and chief editor of New Asia Republic, Donaldson Tan for re-posting an extremely offensive picture to Muslims; one of a prohibited animal in Islam, superimposed on the Ka’ba – Islam’s most sacred site, on his Facebook. In his report to the police, the complainant, Amran Junid, also highlighted a Serena Lee for posting racist comments on that FB post by Donaldson Tan.

Mr Tan was also revealed as formerly an editor with TOC. He was asked to leave TOC in January 2010, and he subsequently set-up New Asia Republic – a commentary website.

A blogger is currently under investigation for allegedly publishing racially offensive posting on the Internet.

Blogger Donaldson Tan had reportedly re-posted a picture deemed offensive to Islam on his Facebook wall.

The picture is of an Islamic holy site (the Ka'ba) superimposed with an animal prohibited in Islam.

Tan is the editor of commentary website, New Asia Republic.

This is the third such case in a week.

The first was Jason Neo, a former member of the People's Action Party's youth wing.

He had posted an offensive caption on his Facebook for a picture depicting Malay children in a school bus.

A few days later, full-time National Serviceman Christian Eliab Ratnam came under investigation for posting a text critical of Islam on his Facebook page.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) says police are investigating several complaints of offensive postings on religion on the Internet and has requested the public let investigations run its course.

MHA warns the public not to add any comments to offensive Internet postings on religion which may further inflame the situation.

It adds that the right to free speech does not extend to making remarks that incite racial and religious friction and conflict.

MHA says the authorities take a very serious view of all instances of racial and religious incitement.

Any person who re-posts or contributes offensive comments to the postings that are the subject of on-going investigations, and is also found to have committed an offence, will be dealt with in accordance with the law.

From Channel NewsAsia, "Blogger under investigation for racially offensive posting".

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