Aspiring Politician Posts Racist and Islamophobic Photo Caption; Resigns from Party

(Original story on the Straits Times here.)

The People’s Action Party (PAP) in Singapore routinely spots talent from its youth wing, the Young PAP (YP), and fields them in the general elections. Looks like this one will not be making his way to the top of the hierarchy. Ever.

That would be the least of his worries, however. This is because the Singapore authorities do not hesitate to charge makers of racist remarks with sedition, which is a criminal offense punishable with jail.

(The story from the Straits Times censored the caption on the photo. After some searching, I found out that he wrote “Bus filled with young terrorist trainees?“.)

PAP Youth member quits over ‘racist’ online posting

Youth wing acts swiftly, condemns posting; police probing reports

By Rachel Chang

Published on Nov 18, 2011

A PEOPLE’S Action Party (PAP) youth wing member has resigned from the party after one of his Facebook posts sparked accusations of racism as it circulated online.

Mr Jason Neo, 30, drew criticism from Malay opposition politicians and playwright Alfian Sa’at, among others.

His actions were also condemned by Young PAP (YP) leaders on Thursday.

At least three police reports have been made against him, and the police told The Straits Times on Thursday that the matter was being investigated.

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