Singapore has slapped sedition charges on an Australian woman and her husband for posting anti-foreigner articles on a Singapore website.
Australian-Japanese Ai Takagi, 23, pleaded guilty to four of seven sedition charges along with her Singaporean husband, Yang Kaiheng, 27. Takagi admitted that she fabricated two articles that racially insulted Filipinos and mainland Chinese.
Takagi was the owner and chief editor of the now defunct site “The Real Singapore.” Her sentencing will take place on March 23. Three more charges of withholding information from the police will also be looked into, reports The ABC.
The Australia-based couple was arrested in February 2015 when they visited Singapore but are now out on bail. One of their articles alleged that a Filipino family was responsible for creating trouble at a Hindu festival.
The second article said a Chinese woman made her grandson urinate inside a metro train. The court said the articles “promoted feelings of ill-will and hostility” between different races.
Singapore’s sedition laws carry a penalty of three years of imprisonment and a fine of $4,847, or both. The couple may also face additional one month in jail and $1,454 in fines for withholding information from the police.
Court documents suggested that the closed website had more than 400,000 likes on Facebook and 13 million page views a month. The controversial content was posted to boost page views and revenue.
Meanwhile, media reports said a neo-Nazi group has been circulating anti-Islamic pamphlets in Perth homes to recruit new members.
WA Today reported that the Perth chapter of Aryan Nations Australia had been dropping flyers in High Wycombe, Maylands, Belmont and Girrawheen to drive up membership. The newsletter claimed that the cost of living in Australia has been “excessively rising” because “we” are paying for the average cost of goods and services to “support inhumane Halal slaughter.”
One member of the group, Robert Edhouse, told WA today that members of his group had concerns about the growing Islamic immigration.
“It’s becoming a problem and we want Australia to stay Australia and people should follow Australian law not Sharia law,” he said.
A local resident named Andrew Waddell said anything that promotes hate speech and violence was not welcome. A Forrestfield resident said he too was alarmed to see a pamphlet in his letterbox that had a masthead, “Say No to Islamisation.”