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Police closes case against ex-NMP Calvin Cheng




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The Police have said that they will not take further action against former Nominated MP Calvin Cheng. Mr Cheng made a controversial remark in his Facebook in December 2015 that seemingly advocated the killing of terrorists’ children “in case they grow up to take revenge”. At least two police reports were lodged against the former Parliamentarian.

The Straits Times reported that the police in a letter dated 5 Oct to Mr Cheng said that the decision was made after careful consideration of the facts and circumstances of the case and in consultation with the Attorney-General’s Chambers. The letter further said that all investigations and enquiries into the matter would stop, and the case will be closed.

Mr Cheng was a former PAP member before being selected to become an NMP in 2009. He created controversy because he did not resign from the party before submitting his application to become a non-partisan NMP. He only resigned after he was selected.

Mr Cheng’s case is the second one the Police closed in recent weeks. it was reported on 29 September that the Police also closed the case on a case of Nee Soon GRC MP, Lee Bee Wah, going up on the stage at a seven-month Getai event during the GE2015 campaigning period (https://theindependent.sg.sg/police-closes-case-against-nee-soon-mp-lee-bee-wah).

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Police reports made against other MPs have also been closed in the past years. In 2011, Nicole Seah lodged a  complaint against Tin Pei Ling for breaching Cooling-Off Day regulation. The Police decided not to take any further action against Marine Parade GRC Member of Parliament.

In Feb 2015, filmmaker Martyn See filed a Police report against MP Lam Pin Min. The filmmaker filed a complaint against Dr Lam for offences committed under the Sedition Act (Chapter 290) and sub judice contempt of court. Referring to a scuffle that happened at a Thaipusam festival, the Sengkang West MP remarked “an example of how alcohol intoxication can cause rowdiness and public nuisance.” This case has also been closed.

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