Tampines resident who harassed and provoked Muslim neighbour’s religious sensitivities charged in Court

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A woman was charged in the State Courts today (25 Jan) for hurting the religious feelings of her neighbours at an HDB block in Tampines last year. The woman, Lee Dji Lin, 63, faces one charge of wounding the religious or racial feelings of Marliah Jonet for throwing a piece of raw pork from a lift to outside the victim’s flat at Blk 247 Tampines Street 21 on 18 June 2016.

She also faces two charges of harassment. Madam Lee allegedly waved a pig-shaped figurine and shouted insults in Malay at one of Marliah’s daughters including “pig, pig, pig, piglet, one by one (your) children die” on 24 Apr 2016. She is also accused of using a bamboo pole attached with a female underwear and swinging it towards Marliah’s flat on 14 Jun last year.

For the charge of wounding the religious or racial feelings, Lee faces a jail term of up to three years, or a fine, or both; and for the charges of harassment, she faces a fine of up to $5,000 for one harassment charge, and a jail term of up to six months, or a fine of up to $5,000, or both for the other harassment charge.

Youtube user Jane Smith (who was later revealed to be Jonet’s sister-in-law and former model Hanis Hussey) shared the video of a Chinese woman seemingly harassing her neighbours. Besides other inconsiderate acts, the woman was accused of throwing pork on her Muslim neighbour’s front door.

Jane Smith said that the person being harassed is her sister-in-law who lost her husband and daughter a few years ago. The user who titled her video, “Muslim Hate Crime in Tampines, Singapore”,  said: “Throwing (pork) meat on someone’s front door is inciting religious and racial hatred! That’s a crime!”. According to jane, the harassment has been ongoing for the last 6 years.

Jonet is described as a 61-year-old widow  and the incident happened at Blk 247 Tampines Street 21. The neighbour lives on the 9th floor, one floor below Marliah’s flat.

“Everyday this neighbour shouts hurtful and disturbing words about the loss of this (her sis-in-law’s) family,” said Jane in explaining that it has caused severe stress on the family. jane’s sister-in-law was also recently admitted to hospital due to this harassment.

Jane claimed in the video that the Police were not able to arrest the harasser as she locks herself in her home and ignores the Police. The user said that she was sharing the video because she felt helpless.

The video captured a Chinese woman mocking the dead husband and child of a neighbour, and spraying water on neighbours’ clothes. But Jane claims that the most recent disturbing act happened during the month of Ramadan, when the harasser allegedly threw port at her sister-in-law’s doorstep. She was caught on CCTV and the Police were called and yet again, Jane claimed.

But again, no actions could be taken because the harasser would not open her door, claimed the Youtuber.

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