Singaporean insults Indians in coronavirus tweet
Action will be taken against a Singaporean man for allegedly “insulting Indians” on social media to deliberately stoke anger, unhappiness and racial tensions, a senior minister stated.
The man using @SharonLiew86 Twitter username posted tweets with derogatory terms to refer to people of South Asian descent, reported Channel News Asia.
He tweeted that amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, those who sit too close to each other are Malays, Indians or foreigners, and not “true blue” Singaporeans, triggering an outrage in the city-state.
The minister said that “some weeks ago, there were nasty posts by one Sharon Liew @sharonliew86, insulting Indians, saying: COVID-19 is the apuneneh (considered derogatory term for people of Tamil origin) virus; and how smart Chinese women do not want to sit next to ‘smelly apuneneh’ inside the MRT.
“Done deliberately to stoke anger, unhappiness, racial tensions. Action will be taken”.
The police said that they were investigating a 34-year-old man for “promoting enmity between different racial groups”.
Migrant workers make up the bulk of COVID-19 cases in Singapore, with the outbreak affecting several foreign workers living in crammed dormitories.
As of 3 May 2020, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed 657 new cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore.
Among the cases:0 imported cases
13 are cases in the community
10 Singaporeans/Permanent Residents, 3 Work Passes
18 are Work Permit holders residing outside dormitories
626 are Work Permit holders residing in dormitories