The police are currenty investigating a 32 year old India national in relation to an alleged offence under the Public Order Act.

The said man was apparently unhappy with the Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019 that was recently passed by the Indian parliament. To protest against the amendment, he then allegedly participated in an illegal public assembly at Marina Bay.

The amendment has split opinions in India. The move to allow for citizenship to be granted to non-Muslim minorities fleeing persecution from Muslim-majority countries such as Pakistan and Bangladesh, has been criticised as discriminatory towards Muslims. 

The police have advised that it will not grant any permit for assemblies that advocate the political causes from other countries. It also urged foreigners living here to abide by local laws.

It is important that free speech is not eroded in Singapore.

Foreigners taking part in such illegal political assemblies here are not doing Singaporeans any favours. Any increase in such transgressions can be used by the government to further restrict the already-limited political space for Singaporeans. 

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