CPF activist Ms Han Hui Hui, who was last convicted and fined $3,100 for her role in the CPF protest event which clashes with the YMCA event in September 2014 may face more charges.
Ms Han was convicted in 27th June 2016 and fined $3,100 for disrupting a charity event for special needs children at Hong Lim Park in 2014 by leading a rowdy protest, which she organised without approval from the National Parks Board.
1. SGD$2,500 fine because “She rallied her Facebook readers”.
2. SGD$600 fine because she “made vitriolic speeches to denounce the government and various government policies”.
An appeal was subsequently made to the High Court, which was rejected on 22nd Feb 2017 and Ms Han was sent to prison on the same day for failing to pay the fine.
Fresh contempt charges
In a latest posting on her Facebook page, Ms Han wrote that she had just received an official letter from the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) dated 13th March 2017, informing her that they are intending to “commence contempt of court proceedings” against her for 6 postings she made on YouTube and Facebook, unless she removes all the offending postings within 7 days and apologises.
From the date of the postings, it appears to have been made while her case was awaiting appeal at the High Court.
If she is found guilty this time round, she faces a fine not exceeding $100,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years or both, per charge.
Postings on inhuman conditions at Court lockups
Ms Han was recently banned by Facebook for a period of 12 hours after she related her supposedly inhumane ordeal at both the States and High Court’s lockups in one of her postings on Facebook. [ LINK ]
In her latest posting (also cited by the AGC for contempt) which was initially removed and later restored by Facebook, Ms Han had complained about the inhumane conditions which she and her fellow female prisoners were put through while awaiting transfer to Changi Prison.
She had related in details how they were subjected to ridicule and harsh treatment from auxiliary police officers guarding the Court’s lockups, most of whom were presumably from Malaysia.
Ms Han also made disturbing revelations of how she and fellow female prisoners were made to strip-search in an area in plain sight of passing male police officers:
It was done in front of about ten female officers with male officers passing by at the gate. There was supposed to be screen used but they simply put it there for show rather than really using it.
She also alleged that the police officers guarding the lockups at States Court were surfing Facebook and the Internet while on duty and had even watched the female prisoners relieve themselves via CCTVs and even joked about it.
I was being put at the cell that was the nearest to their office. From my viewpoint, I could see that they were surfing the web, mostly facebooking while they were working.
Whenever someone pass motion, they started shouting and asked everyone to gather at the CCTV. The police will then mock how people wash themselves without any tissue and soap. Since the water only come out when being pressed, they laughed at how the inmates were unable to clean their hands properly.
Such is the level of hygiene in Singapore’s prisons.
On a side note, the police have neither confirm nor deny the allegations in Ms Han’s Facebook post, which was made on 25th February 2017. It is indeed understandable though because its a “they say” versus “she say” thingy and hard to gather concrete proof to take any necessary action, even if an internal investigation were to be launched.
What do you think?
Updated: MHA has since issued a clarification dismissing Ms Han’s allegations as “baseless”. [ LINK ]
* TRE has contacted Ms Han via email to attempt to confirm and clarify certain claims she made which were confusing in her Facebook postings. We have not heard from her as of this article.