SINGAPORE – A 62-year-old Singaporean is under police investigation for allegedly damaging an election poster along Jurong West Street 92, which falls under the West Coast Group (RCMP) representative constituency.
In a statement on Wednesday, July 8, police said they received a report around 12:30 p.m. indicating that a Singapore Progress Party (PSP) election poster had been damaged and began an investigation.
Officers from the Jurong Police Division then established the identity of the man who allegedly committed the act.
West Coast GRC will see PSP’s Dr. Tan Cheng Bock, Mr. Leong Mun Wai, Ms. Hazel Poa, Mr. Nadarajah Loganathan and Mr. Jeffrey Khoo take on the incumbents MS Iswaran, Mr. Desmond Lee, Mr. Ang Wei Neng, Ms. Foo Mee Har and Ms. Rachel Ong of the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP).
On July 1, two other men were also questioned by police for allegedly damaging election posters in two separate cases along Avenue Bukit Batok 5 and Avenue Hougang 10. The parties involved were the PSP, including the posters for his Chua Chu Kang GRC slate were torn. lampposts to which they had been attached; and the PAP, whose posters of its Aljunied RCMP team were damaged.
Then PSP chief Dr Tan urged supporters to stay calm amid the election fever and said, “Let us remember to keep a cool head.
“Let us also remember to always be calm, polite and respectful, despite a difference of opinion. For the country, for the people.”
Police said they have “a very harsh view of people who vandalize or damage property and will not hesitate to take action against them.”
Under the Parliamentary Elections Act, anyone who alters, removes, destroys, obliterates or damages election posters or banners is an offense. The penalty for such an offense is a fine not exceeding $ 1,000 or imprisonment for up to 12 months.