Man, 22, under police probe for posting racist remarks under pseudonym ‘Heather Chua’

A screengrab of "Heather Chua"'s Facebook profile, which has since been deactivated. (Screengrab of "Heather Chua"'s Facebook profile)

A 22-year-old man is under investigation by local police for a string of offensive remarks he allegedly posted under the fictitious name “Heather Chua” on Facebook.

In a statement issued on Friday, police said several members of the public have filed police reports against his posts, which angered many Internet users. The first, police said, was filed on 3 January this year.

Police said they determined the 22-year-old’s identity through “extensive investigations”. The man is now assisting police with their investigations.

Police warned also that any person found guilty of promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion or race, and carrying out acts that undermine harmony, can be jailed for up to three years and fined.

Using the moniker “Heather Chua”, the man allegedly posted comments insulting the work of National Servicemen, ITE graduates and Malays, among a series of other things. “Chua”’s posts, which were frequently geotagged to Sentosa Cove, ignited the ire of many Facebook users, prompting the efforts of some to track down who “she” was.

In a recent post, "Chua" told a lengthy story of a friend of hers from Raffles Girls' School who got married to an ITE graduate. "She" claimed that her friend's parents disapproved of their relationship "because of his poor family background and where he came from", adding that they did not attend her wedding while saying how "extremely disappointed in her" "she" was.

Several bloggers accused him of creating fake modelling events in a bid to trick aspiring models to send their portfolio pictures to him. They also said in various posts on Facebook that the photographs of luxury cars “Chua” posts on “her” Facebook profile contain digitally altered licence plates that do not exist on Singapore’s vehicle listings.

The female images used as “Chua”’s profile pictures were also allegedly stolen from Thai actress and blogger Pimpatchara Vajrasevee. The latter also previously took to her Instagram account to call “Chua” out for stealing her pictures, but she allegedly denied doing so in comments on Vajrasevee's pictures.

According to screengrabs of “Chua”’s account, “her” birthday is 25 July 1973, and listed the University of Phoenix, National University of Singapore, Temasek Junior College and Raffles Girls’ School among her places of education.

By Wednesday, the man’s Facebook profile had been taken down.