It seems like decades ago, but it was only in July that Singaporeans went to the polls to cast ballots for their preferred political party.
Politicians, political parties, and supporters of political parties were the alleged offenders.
Surprisingly, even an influencer had a police report lodged against her. And now, more than two months later, it seems like nothing will come of it.
Police Not Taking Any Action on Xiaxue’s Old Posts That Were Allegedly Racist
The police said they will not take any action against social media influencer, Xiaxue, after she was reported for making allegedly racist posts.
According to a police statement, the person who reported Xiaxue alleged that these online posts had “intended to wound religious or racial feelings and constituted harassment against minorities.”
“The Police have consulted the Attorney-General’s Chambers, which advised no further action in relation to these posts as the elements of an offence have not been established beyond a reasonable doubt. The Police will not be taking any further action on the matter”, they said.
While Worker’s Party MP Raeesah Khan was recently given a stern warning by the police for her allegedly racist posts, no warning was issued to Xiaxue.
If you’re that white cat who stole voters’ hearts on Polling Day, you probably have no idea what the heck I’m talking about.
Well, here’s a little recap, my furry friend.
See, it all started when a netizen lodged a police report against Khan for comments she made on Facebook, making her the focus of media attention just a week before citizens took to the polls.
In 2018, Khan had written a post in relation to the City Harvest Church ruling. And in Feb 2020, she wrote another post alleging that local law enforcement discriminates against minorities.
Khan apologised for her comments, but Xiaxue decided it was imperative that the world know her thoughts on the matter.
So, she posted this:
She called Khan a “racist” and accused her of “stirring up racist sentiments”.
The only problem with calling the kettle black on the internet is that netizens will dig up pictures of you as a pot from a decade ago, and shove it in your face.
One netizen who did a little digging found that Xiaxue had posted some questionable tweets of her own in the past, reportedly targeted at migrant workers.
And so he made a police report against Xiaxue.
Made Her Blog & Twitter Private
In response to a wave of online criticism, Xiaxue uploaded a 19-minute-long video on “Cancel Culture”, claiming she’s a victim of a witch-hunt organised by the “woke crowd” on the internet.
View this post on Instagram
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Xiaxue’s Twitter and blog had also been made private, though her Instagram and Facebook accounts are still public.
Some netizens aren’t too pleased with the police’s ruling, especially in light of the stern warning issued to Khan.
So Raeesah Khan gets a ‘ stern warning ‘ for “ promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion or race. “ but XiaXue gets nothing? No warning? No nothing? 🙂
— Boo 🏳️🌈 (@maybebhu) September 17, 2020
Xiaxue was not issued a warning and no further action was taken since “the elements of an offence have not been established beyond a reasonable doubt”
Xiaxue can peddle her whole career on offending minorities precisely because there seems to be little repercussion in doing so.
— ديانة (@_verkur) September 17, 2020
Seriously?!! Stern warning on Raeesah Khan but not even a single warning issued on this xenophobic Xiaxue?! How are we not seeing the disparity! https://t.co/6iTEZT3XlC
— Roöpii᷈ (@FakeRoopii) September 17, 2020
I guess with the subject matter and the timing, it’s probably hard not to compare the two cases.