SMRT Feedback by The Vigilanteh had on July 15 posted a criticism of Li Shengwu’s allegedly contemptuous remarks on Facebook. In doing so, they had also republished Shengwu’s original post.
Shengwu had shared a private link on his personal facebook page on the same day implying that the Singapore Government is trigger-happy on who they sue and that the Singapore courts can be easily influenced.
It is understood that Shengwu’s comment is tantamount to contempt of court, more specifically, the offence of scandalizing the court in Singapore. The Attorney-General Chambers is looking into the post.
The offence can be committed in various ways, including the following:
- a publication in a print medium;
- a television or radio broadcast;
- physical acts;
- spoken words; or
- words displayed on a poster.
In response to media queries, SMRT Feedback told Observer+:
When questioned as to how one evaluates if the post was done in good faith, SMRT Feedback said:
They added: “As such, our post could not in any way be characterised as a deliberate and provocative vilification of the Singapore courts.”
While SMRT Feedback may think that their actions are no cause for concern, only the AGC will have the discretion to decide.