Local musician Subhas Nair accused of attempting to promote ill will between religious and ethnic groups, Courts & Crime News & Top Stories
SINGAPORE – Local musician Subhas Nair was charged on Monday (November 1st) with four counts of attempting to promote feelings of ill will between different religious and ethnic groups.
In an earlier statement, police said Nair, 28, violated a 24-month conditional warning given on August 14, 2019, after allegedly producing and posting a racist rap video online.
The clip allegedly attempted to promote feelings of ill will between the Chinese and other races.
One of the terms of the warning was that if he reoffends, Nair could be prosecuted for the offense for which he was warned, in addition to prosecution for the alleged new offenses.
Despite the warning, Nair reportedly posted comments to social media on July 25 of last year, in response to a video of Chinese Christians making hateful comments against another community.
He reportedly said that Malaysian Muslims who make the same hateful comments will be treated differently by authorities compared to Chinese Christians.
Nair is also accused of attempting to promote feelings of ill will between Chinese and Indian by claiming in an October 15 article last year that one of the Chinese involved in the murder of an Indian in Orchard Towers in 2019 would have received lenient treatment from authorities because of his race.
Later, while under police investigation, Nair allegedly attempted to promote feelings of ill will between Chinese and Indian during an indoor stage performance on March 11 by exhibiting a cartoon of his message of October 15, 2020.
His case was adjourned until November 29 and he was offered $ 10,000 bail.
For each count, an offender convicted of attempting to promote feelings of ill will between different groups on the basis of religion or race may be sentenced to imprisonment for up to three years and to a fine.