Nurse charged over Facebook comments
Source: iPad Straits time
Published on: 8 April
The issued discussed here is that a male nurse is charged for several Facebook comments, criticizing Singaporeans and promoting ill will and hostility between Singaporeans and Filipinos in Singapore. Before he was charged and during the investigation, he lied to two officers consecutively at three events. One week after he posted the comments on Facebook, he was fired from his workplace, Tan Tock Seng hospital. Not only he was charged with promoting feelings of ill will and hostility between different races or classes of the population, he was also charged for providing false information to the police. Both of these mistakes committed lead to fines of up to 5000 per charge and/or up to 3 year jail term.
The writer did not provide any personal opinions but I feel that since the nurse dared to post such comments about Singaporeans online, he should have the courage to own up to his wrong doing and not cowardly lying about his innocence and even claiming that someone had hacked into his account and posted it on his behalf. I agree that what he has commented may leave an impact on the relationship of Singapore and The Philippines now. The Philipphines authorities may consider his comment and will result in straining our current strong relationship with the Philippines. Besides, nowadays, many Singaporeans depend on a large number of Filipinos to work. Some example is the clinic and domestic helpers. Without these people working in Singapore and helping us, we will not become Green city for all to live in and nobody to take care of when we are sick. Therefore, I feel that the male nurse should have courage to own up to his own mistakes.