Police investigating threatening letter to PM Lee, DPM Tharman
SINGAPORE: The police are investigating a threatening letter sent to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam and other government leaders.
The police have confirmed that reports have been lodged but are unable to comment further as investigations are ongoing.
Channel NewsAsia understands that the letter was written in English and had two hell notes attached to it.
The TODAY newspaper said in an online report that it had received a copy of the handwritten letter.
TODAY said the letter expressed anger that the Sungei Road flea market - which will be shut for development from July 11 - will not be relocated.
The letter, which was signed off by a "Koh Eng Khoon", also reportedly contained the following:
"Don't forget the 200 people and supporters. We only ask for this place. That's not much."
Channel NewsAsia understands that police raided the flat of Mr Koh Eng Khoon, the president of the Association for the Recycling of Second Hand Goods at Sungei Road flea market, on Friday night.
The iconic market is Singapore's largest and oldest flea market, and it has been operating since the 1930s.
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The police have arrested two suspects for allegedly sending threatening letters and hell notes to Government leaders, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam.
A copy of the letter, which expressed anger over the decision to close the Sungei Road flea market on July 11, was also sent to a TODAY reporter last month.
The two suspects, an 18-year-old girl and a man, 53, were arrested on Thursday (May 4).
Several handwritten letters, mobile phones, laptop, envelopes and hell notes were seized following their arrest, the police said in a statement on Friday. Investigations are ongoing.
The Sungei Road flea market will be shut to make way for development and will not be relocated.
The author of the threatening letter, who signed off as "Koh Eng Khoon (Friend)", wrote: "Don't forget the 200 people and supporters. We only ask for this place. That's not much."
The president of the Sungei Road market association is also named Mr Koh Eng Khoon. It is unclear if he had sent the letter or had his identity misused.
Mr Koh could not be reached for comments. TODAY understands that he is not related to the two suspects.
Police have classified the case as Criminal Intimidation by an anonymous communication under Section 507 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224. If convicted, the suspects could be jailed, or fined, or both.