For sending threatening messages to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Facebook and assaulting two police officers who tried to arrest him, Tan Yeong Hong will spend 15 months behind bars.
The 33-year-old Singaporean, who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, became frustrated when he attended a Meet the People’s Session in PM Lee’s Ang Mo Kio constituency in June this year, only to find that the PM would not be there.
Tan then wrote four threatening messages to PM Lee: “Eh, you challenged me to visit your MPS but you are not here. I will find and stage an attack on you when I have information on your public appearances. You know who I am.” Tan also included his NRIC number and handphone number in the messages.
When police arrested him near his home at Hougang Avenue 1, a hostile Tan punched a police officer on his shoulder and elbowed his colleague in the face. He was eventually subdued and placed under arrest.
A subsequent search of Tan’s home revealed a stash of weapons including a hammer, two choppers and several knives. Police also found a list of the PM’s upcoming appearances.