The messages were sent in June this year
Here’s what not to do on Facebook.
Don’t send threatening messages to people.
Especially if that person is the Prime Minister of Singapore.
Unfortunately, 33-year-old Singaporean Tan Yeong Hong didn’t get the memo, and sent 4 private messages to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s Facebook page on 24 June 2015.
He sent the messages after being prompted by “a hidden audio and surveillance device” from within his house.
Signs first emerged a decade ago
His ordeal started 10 years ago, when an unnamed male told Tan to “pass data” to PM Lee.
Before sending the messages, Tan went to a Meet-the-People session, hoping to pass PM Lee an article. However, PM Lee was not at the session, and Tan had to give the letter to a grassroots leader instead.
Later that night, Tan used his mobile phone to send the messages.
The messages read:
“Eh, You challenged me to visit your MPS but you are not here. I will find and stage an Attack on you when I have information on your Public Appearances. You know who I am”.
Tan also included his IC and mobile numbers.
Assaulted policemen during arrest
After a police report was lodged over the messages, Tan was approached below his block at Hougang Ave 1 the next day, where he resisted arrest. Tan punched a police officer and elbowed another before being subdued.
A report from the Institute of Mental Health revealed that Tan was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, which played a part in his behaviour. Nonetheless, he was found to not be of an unsound mind, and was found guilty of both criminal intimidation and hurting public servants.
The case will be adjourned to 15 Oct, to give the originally unrepresented Tan time to engage counsel to contest his sentence.
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