Singapore charges two for anti-Islam pamphlet

Singapore authorities have charged a couple with sedition after they distributed pamphlets that negatively portrayed Islam, court documents showed on Thursday.

Singapore charges two for anti-Islam pamphlet
Ong Kian Cheong and Dorothy Chan, both in their late-forties, were charged by a lower court on Tuesday under the sedition act for distributing evangelical cartoon pamphlets titled "The Little Bride" to two people last year.

The pamphlet, published by gospel literature publisher Chick and available on its website, tells a story of a young Christian girl who warns her friends about the pitfalls of becoming Muslim and describes the religion as "dangerous".

This is the fourth time since 2005 that individuals have been charged under sedition act. In 2005, three bloggers were charged for making racist comments on the Internet.

Under the sedition act, the pair could face a fine of up to S$5,000 ($3,700) and up to 3 years in prison.

Offences include distribution of material that would "promote feelings of ill-will and hostility between different races or classes of the population of Singapore".

Ong and Chan are also facing another charge under the undesirable publications act, the maximum penalty for which is a fine of S$10,000 and imprisonment of 3 years.

The government of the ethnically mixed Southeast Asian city of 4.6 million is highly sensitive about race and religion.

In Singapore, 51 percent of the population are Buddhist, 14.6 percent Christian and 14.9 percent Muslim.

Last Mod: 17 Nisan 2008, 11:24
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