A Singaporean Netizen by the name of Edmund Zhong received a visit from the Singapore Police Force after joking on Facebook about smashing an egg on the head of Minister for Home Affairs K Shanmugam.
Mr. Zhong’s comments were made on a ChannelNewsAsia Facebook post regarding the recent controversy surrounding Australian Senator Fraser Anning’s comments on the Christchurch Mosque shootings.
Senator Anning said that the mass shooting reflected the “growing fear” of Muslim immigration in Australia and New Zealand. His comments were roundly condemned by his colleagues in the Australian Parliament.
Politicians from other countries also joined in the condemnation, with Malaysian Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali accusing Anning of choosing “to vent his racist prejudice and hatred against Islam” instead of demonstrating empathy and compassion.
Singapore Minister for Home Affairs K Shanmugam described Anning’s statement as “sickening” and “completely unacceptable”.
On 16 March 2019, Australian senator Fraser Anning was hit with an egg while he made a statement regarding the Christchurch mosque shootings. The egg was crushed on the back of Anning’s head reportedly by William Connolly at a conference in Moorabbin, Victoria who was simultaneously filming the action on a mobile phone.
Mr Zhong, who picked up the story on Facebook joked about doing the same to Minister Shanmugam in an apparent jest.
However, his harmless comment soon attracted the attention of the police who visited his house for questioning on March 19 (Tues). In a Facebook post, Mr. Zhong described his surprise that his “harmless” comments would warrant such a heavy handed response.