53-Year-Old Man Charged with Bomb Threats Against Politicians, Including Taiwan's Legislative Speaker; Remanded in IMH

53-Year-Old Man Charged with Bomb Threats Against Politicians, Including Taiwan's Legislative Speaker; Remanded in IMH

Singaporean Man Remanded in IMH After False Bomb Threats to Politicians, Including Taiwan's Legislative Speaker

A 53-year-old Singaporean man, Loo Peng Seng, found himself remanded at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) on Tuesday (March 26) after being charged with making false bomb threats against two politicians, one of whom is Taiwan's legislative speaker.

Loo faces four charges of communicating false information of a harmful thing, following a report to the police on March 4 regarding an alleged bomb threat. The police statement revealed that a member of the public had flagged a Facebook post by an overseas public figure claiming to have received bomb threats from someone in Singapore. However, investigations concluded that Loo had no intention or means to carry out the threats.

According to court documents, Loo allegedly sent false bomb threats via Facebook Messenger on Feb 28, 2024, targeting Han Guo Yu, a member of Taiwan's Kuomintang party who was recently elected as the legislative speaker. The threats included intentions to place bombs in Mr. Han's car or home.

Subsequently, Loo allegedly sent similar threats to another Taiwanese politician, Mr. Lo Chih-Chiang, indicating plans to "blow up to pieces" and threatening to bomb his home and the Legislative Yuan building.

Mr. Lo Chih-Chiang also reported receiving bomb threats via Facebook Messenger from an individual named "Spencer Lui," with screenshots aligning with the dates of Loo's threats.

While the investigation continues, Loo remains in custody at IMH, underscoring the serious consequences of making false threats, especially in the current climate of heightened security awareness.

Potential Consequences Await: Singaporean Man Faces Up to Seven Years Jail for False Bomb Threats

Should Loo Peng Seng be found guilty of the charges against him, he could face a maximum sentence of up to seven years in prison, a fine of not more than S$50,000, or both.

CORRECTION: In a previous version of this article, it was inaccurately stated that Mr. Han Kuo-yu contested the 2024 Taiwanese presidential election and lost to Mr. Lai Ching-te. This is incorrect. Mr. Han actually contested the 2020 presidential election and lost to Ms. Tsai Ing-wen. We apologize for any confusion caused by this error.

In conclusion, the severity of the charges against Loo Peng Seng underscores the gravity of making false bomb threats, especially against public figures. With the potential for a lengthy prison sentence and hefty fines, the consequences of such actions are significant. Additionally, the correction regarding Mr. Han Kuo-yu's participation in the presidential election clarifies any inaccuracies, highlighting the importance of factual reporting. As the legal proceedings unfold, it serves as a reminder of the importance of responsible communication and adherence to the truth.