Not having received a response for action from the Elections Department (ELD) on their earlier report about how a fanatical Facebook fanpage of People’s Action Party might have breached election advertising rules, two individuals decided to file a police report.
Mr Augustin Lee said that he wrote the ELD on 30 May to report the incident, but it was only when he contacted ELD directly on 6 June that he received a response from ELD, which comes under the Prime Minister’s Office.
Mr Lee said that an ELD officer called him on 7 June to say that they are looking into the matter.
“The officer acknowledge that the evidence shows that FAP has posted “Vote Murali because he’s working for you. Not because you are part of a political journey,”” he said.
At that point in time, ELD did not indicate to him if they have made a police report on this matter, nor if they intend to take any action against the owners of the fanatical Facebook page that openly tags PAP Ministers and MPs in its posts.
ELD has earlier filed a police report against Ms Teo Soh Lung and Mr Roy Ngerng for similar Facebook postings they made on Cooling Off Day, whereupon the police began a thorough investigation, including holding them for hours for questioning, searching their homes and confiscating their computers and mobile phones.
With no further updates from ELD, Mr Lee made the police report accompanied by Mr Teng Yong Ping, who had earlier made another police report about two other possible elections advertising breaches – one during the Bukit Batok by-election at a town council facility, and one during General Election 2015 at Nee Soon GRC.
Mr Teng had also flagged these incidents out to ELD, but have not received any reply on any action taken.
“We hope that the police will treat all violators of the law in a fair and equal manner,” said Mr Lee and Mr Teng. “We have brought the above matters to their attention and ask that they take the necessary actions.”