Singapore Poly looks into racist Instagram posts linked to student

The Singapore Polytechnic campus. Photo: Singapore Polytechnic/Facebook
The Singapore Polytechnic campus. Photo: Singapore Polytechnic/Facebook

Singapore Polytechnic said today that it is investigating a student over an alleged history of racist comments made on social media.

In the school’s second controversy to erupt on social media this week, administrators said they were aware of posts, many of which expressed racism toward Malays and Indians, allegedly made by a male student on Instagram over the past year. Screenshots of the posts resurfaced briefly Tuesday on Twitter but have since been removed. 

“We are aware of offensive remarks” that were called out Tuesday, the institution said in a statement. “We are investigating the incident and will not hesitate to mete out the necessary disciplinary action.”

Singapore Poly probes student accused of rape over Twitter

Just yesterday the school used identical language in its vow “to mete out the necessary disciplinary action” after another student was accused of rape.

The student who authored the posts was identified online as Justin Neo and said to be enrolled in the school’s Singapore Maritime Academy. Messages sent to the account attributed to Neo went unanswered Thursday as of publication time.

The posts included disparaging remarks about Malays and Indians, such as stereotyping them as likely to work as cleaners and engineers. One described other Malay students as “useless people.”

“I’m so triggered because for one of the module, need work in [a group] then unfortunately I’m grouped with 3 stupid fucks. Like 1 indian and 1 malay FML someone get me out,” read one post.

The institution said its students should do better. 

“Singapore Polytechnic (SP) expects all members of our community to uphold themselves to the highest standards at all times,” it said.

Racial discrimination has been at the fore of public consciousness during the past week as protests have spread from the United States over the death of a black American at police hands.

Three days ago, a Temasek Polytechnic student was arrested over hate speech posted to his personal Instagram account. One of them detailed his dream about gunning down Muslims.

Other stories you should check out:
Singapore Poly probes student accused of rape over Twitter
Temasek Polytechnic investigates student over Instagram hate speech
Teenage suspect arrested for Instagram hate speech

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