Singaporeans slam activist Jolovan Wham for saying burning the state flag should come under freedom of expression

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Yet again, many Singaporeans have taken to social media to call out activist Jolovan Wham for his comment on Twitter as to how burning the state flag it should be considered freedom of expression. Others also brought up his recent meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, where Wham claimed it was acceptable for a foreign government to interfere in Singapore’s politics.

In a Tweet on September 6, activist Jolovan Wham shared an article of a man who was arrested after he burnt the Singapore flag at a mosque, despite him being schizophrenic. Wham also said, “The right to free expression should be extended to the right to burn the state flag”.

He continued and added, “In this case, having schizophrenia didn’t even count for anything when he was sentenced. Singapore is a country where even the public display of any flag is an offence”.

His comment sparked outrage online, with netizens creating posts with harsh words for Wham.

Dear stupid,

Posted by Fabrications About The PAP on Saturday, 8 September 2018

Jolovan Wham is going full retarded by wanting to extend to the right of burning our state flag.

Posted by Shut down TRS on Sunday, 9 September 2018

PJ Thum and gang are patriots? Source:https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/shanmugam-stands-by-comments-made-about-thum-press-secretary-10687056

Posted by Shut down TRS on Friday, 7 September 2018

Many also commented that the act of burning a country’s flag was hardly freedom of expression, but more so an act of hatred and meant to incite rebellion.

 

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