The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) said on Monday (Jul 17) it is “aware of the post” made by Li Shengwu – the eldest son of Lee Hsien Yang – on Singapore’s court system, and is “looking into the matter.”
Shengwu had shared a private link on his personal facebook page implying that the Singapore Government is trigger-happy on who they sue and that the Singapore courts can be easily influenced. He said:
It is understood that Shengwu’s comments is tantamount to contempt of court, more specifically, the offence of scandalizing the court in Singapore
Shengwu published a follow-up comment saying that the original post was shared on “friends only” privacy settings. He also said he was “somewhat surprised” that what he had said “has been enough to tigger a response from the Attorney General’s Chambers”.
According to Singapore law, any contemptuous remark made even in a private capacity (to friends and family members) is an offence.
His auntie, Lee Wei Ling, also posted about the matter on Facebook, saying that she is “surprised that AGC takes such negative reaction to a private post”.
She added: “Is there a Government servant whose duty is to follow the Facebook activity of all people related to (Lee) Hsien Yang and I, including our private musings. Also, what Shengwu posted is a common topic amongst Singaporeans who are well informed. Is this not an example of ‘Big Brother government’. Perhaps it is a case of “if the hat fits, take it.”
On other news, SMRT Feedback may be in trouble over Shengwu’s post. Read: Is Singapore’s top troll SMRT Feedback in trouble over contempt of court?