The police are investigating two Malay Singaporeans, a 19-year-old man and his 53-year-old mother, for their suspected involvement in uttering racial slurs and vulgarities on social media with deliberate intent to wound the racial feelings of others.
According to a news release, the police received several reports against both of them for apparently uttering racial slurs and vulgarities during a live Instagram session on June 3, 2020.
The live session was apparently done in response to viewers' comments about a video the 19-year-old had made in 2017 and re-posted on his social media account, in which he used a racial slur.
"Figure of speech"
The video of the live session went viral on Twitter.
In the video, the mother defended her son's use of the racial slur saying it is "just a figure of speech".
The man also said: "I said the word n****. What the f*** are you going to do about it? Call the police? Call lah."
Police investigations are ongoing.
For uttering words with deliberate intent to wound the racial or religious feelings of any person, one can be imprisoned for a term of up to three years, receive a fine, or both.
The police said: "The police treat acts that can threaten racial or religious harmony in Singapore very seriously. Any person who makes remarks that can cause ill-will and hostility between the different races and religions will be dealt with swiftly and firmly."
Top image screenshot from video.