Man warned after post­ing a torn Sin­ga­pore flag im­age

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A MAN has been given a stern warn­ing by the po­lice for post­ing on so­cial me­dia an im­age of Sin­ga­pore’s torn flag to re­veal the In­dian flag un­derneath.

Avi­jit Das Pat­naik, 44, who has been a Sin­ga­pore per­ma­nent res­i­dent for nine years, lost his job at the coun­try’s DBS Bank over the in­ci­dent.

On Au­gust 14, he posted the pic­ture on the Face­book page of the Sin­ga­pore In­di­ans and ex­pats group, show­ing the Sin­ga­pore flag on a T-shirt be­ing torn, re­veal­ing the In­dian flag un­derneath.

He was in­ves­ti­gated un­der the Sin­ga­pore Arms and Flag and Na­tional An­them Rules, Chan­nel News Asia re­ported, cit­ing the po­lice.

The rules state that “no per­son shall treat the flag with dis­re­spect”.

“Fol­low­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions, the po­lice, in con­sul­ta­tion with the At­tor­ney-Gen­eral’s Chambers, has ad­min­is­tered a stern warn­ing,” of­fi­cials said.

The warn­ing was given on Oc­to­ber 3, about two months after a po­lice re­port was made for Pat­naik’s Face­book post, the re­port said.

The im­age was taken down after some ne­ti­zens com­mented that the post was of­fen­sive and in­sult­ing to Sin­ga­pore.

The re­port said that Pat­naik, who lives in Sin­ga­pore with his wife and two chil­dren, was cur­rently un­em­ployed as the in­ci­dent re­sulted in him los­ing his job at the DBS Bank fol­low­ing an in­ter­nal probe and dis­ci­plinary ac­tion. | IANS

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