One of the four alleged offenders accused of transmitting obscene materials in messaging application Telegram was handed five more charges involving pornography on Tuesday (Oct 29).
This means, Liong Tianwei, 37, is now accused of nine counts of transmitting pornographic material by electronic means.
He allegedly transmitted the material through Telegram to a chat group called SG Nasi Lemak on eight separate occasions between June and October this year.
Only one of his nine charges did not mention the chat group.
According to his charge, he is said to have transmitted pornography on Telegram between January and October this year.
He was offered bail of $15,000 on Tuesday and will be back in court on Dec 10.
The other three alleged offenders are: Abdillah Sabaruddin, 17; Justin Lee Han Shi, 19, and Leonard Teo Min Xuan, 26.
All four were first taken to court on Oct 15.
Abdillah, Justin and Leonard now face two charges each.
The two teenagers were later offered bail of $5,000 each and their cases have been adjourned to Nov 15.
Leonard had not been offered bail and he will be back in court on Nov 5.
In an earlier statement, police said the alleged offenders were caught for their “suspected involvement in circulating obscene materials and promoting vice activities” through SG Nasi Lemak.
Officers from Ang Mo Kio Police Division managed to establish their identities and arrested them at various locations islandwide earlier this month.
More than 10 electronic devices, including a central processing unit, a laptop, a hard disk and several mobile phones, were seized as case exhibits.
The chat group was used as a platform for sharing obscene photos and videos of women in Singapore. The photos are said to include upskirt images.
Screenshots of the chat group suggest there were more than 44,000 members when it was still active.
According to Chinese evening daily Lianhe Wanbao, the chat group was set up more than a year ago, but its membership numbers spiked in recent months, with more people becoming aware of it. Members had to pay $30 as an “entry fee”.
For each count of transmitting obscene materials by electronic means, offenders can be jailed for up to three months and fined.
Text: Shaffiq Alkhatib / The Straits Times / October 2019
4 Arrested For Involvement In SG Nasi Lemak Telegram Group
Four male suspects, including two teenagers, have been arrested for their suspected involvement in circulating obscene materials and promoting vice activities through the SG Nasi Lemak Telegram chat group.
Police said in a statement early on Tuesday morning (Oct 15) that between March 15 and Oct 3, they received several reports against the chat group for the alleged offences.
Reports earlier this month said the chat group was suspected of sharing obscene photos and videos of Singaporean girls.
The photos allegedly included upskirt photos.
Police said on Tuesday that their officers from Ang Mo Kio Police Division established the identities of the suspects and arrested them at various locations on Monday.
Investigations showed that two men, aged 26 and 37, are the administrators behind the SG Nasi Lemak chat group. Two teenagers, aged 17 and 19, are the distributors of the obscene materials.
More than 10 electronic devices – including a central processing unit, a laptop, a harddisk and several mobile phones – were seized.
Screenshots of the chat group suggest there had been more than 44,000 members when it was still active.According to Chinese evening daily Lianhe Wanbao, the chat group had been set up for more than a year, but its membership spiked in recent months with more people coming to know of it.
Those interested in gaining access to the group would pay $30 as an “entry fee”.
On Sept 30, Twitter user Darcel Anastasia condemned the group on the social media platform as she was mentioned in the Telegram chat group.
This prompted many other Twitter users to express their disgust at the content being circulated in SG Nasi Lemak.
The four arrested suspects are expected to be charged on Tuesday with conspiracy to commit distribution of obscene materials.
If convicted, they can be jailed for up to three months, fined, or both.
Police advised members of the public not to solicit in any lewd websites or join such online platforms and illicit chat groups.
They added that the police take a “serious view of anyone involved in criminal activities and will continue to take tough enforcement actions against those breaking the law”.
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Text: The Straits Times / October 2019
Telegram Channel SG Nasi Lemak Under Police Investigation For Sharing Nudes
The police said on Friday (Oct 4) that they are investigating a Telegram chat group suspected of sharing obscene photos and videos of Singaporean girls after reports were lodged by some of the victims.
The photos allegedly include upskirt photos.
The chat group under investigation, “SG Nasi Lemak”, is no longer accessible, although screenshots seen by Chinese evening daily Lianhe Wanbao show there had been more than 44,000 members when it was still active.
According to a reader Wanbao interviewed, the group had been set up for more than a year, but its membership had spiked in recent months with more people coming to know of it.
Those interested in gaining access to the group would pay $30 as an “entry fee”.
On Sept 30, Twitter user Darcel Anastasia condemned the group on the social media platform as she was mentioned in Singapore Nasi Lemak.
This prompted many other Twitter users to express their disgust at the content being circulated in the chat group.
Police said the circulation of obscene materials is an offence, and that anyone with information should call the police hotline on 1800-255-0000 or submit their information online via http://www.police.gov.sg/iwitness
All information will be kept strictly confidential, they said.
Anyone who transmits obscene materials electronically can be jailed for up to three months, fined, or both.
Text: Clement Yong / The Straits Times / October 2019
Telegram Channel SG Nasi Lemak Shared Nudes Of Women Without Permission To 44k People
Tumblr can ban NSFW posts and Singapore can block access to adult sites all they want, but porn always finds a way.
Despite various attempts to shut them down, platforms spreading lewd content involving Singaporeans can always be found if you know where to look. While these platforms are typically used for non-nefarious purposes, the likes of Instagram, WhatsApp and even Google Drive can be utilised to circulate illegal content—including child pornography.
With Tumblr out of the picture, the glut of local smut has since migrated to Telegram chats, which are well able to host tens of thousands of users in a single private group.
The anonymity ensured by Telegram (you don’t have to make your phone number visible) furthers the popularity of these private spaces. Members can simply hide behind handles and pseudonyms to lurk or even contribute pornographic materials involving young Singaporean women—most of which are shared without the ladies’ permission.
One particular Telegram group chat that has been blowing up on Twitter the last couple of days? “SG Nasi Lemak”, a group that holds way more raunch and obscenity than what its name would imply.
What is SG Nasi Lemak?
The group is no longer live on Telegram, but at the point of its closure, it had over 44,000 active members—a shocking number that’s made even more appalling when it was revealed within chats that there were up to 46,000 at its peak.
It would seem that the recently-shuttered SG Nasi Lemak group is not even the first of its kind. Judging from its handle (@SGNasiLemak4) and other similar handles found via a global search on Telegram, this could be the group’s fourth iteration—and its biggest one.
We managed to gain access to SG Nasi Lemak before it shut down and found four primary purposes of the group.
Circulate lewd images/videos
Forming the biggest bulk of the content was pornographic and voyeuristic material of women. Open sharing of nudes and lewd videos was encouraged without any prejudice to age or consent. Nudes of young Malay women were even turned into custom Telegram sticker packs.
In other cases, members circulated photos of various clothed women—screenshots of their Instagram pages or grabbed from their social media profiles. One member shared some pictures he surreptitiously took of women on the MRT.
One of the group’s administrators disregarded any responsibility about the photos and videos in a dismissive post that puts the blame on the victims instead.
“…you are the one to blame for sharing on social media platforms. You are the stupidest ever person to let your BF/GF take SEXUAL VIDEOS to be leaked out all over the social media platform not just telegram STUPID!”
Twitter catches on
Though it’s unclear when the group was set up, it was only over the last couple of days that the local Twitterverse became aware of its existence. Twitter user @sajidvhhh posted on Sept 30 about her experience scrolling through the group chat’s content, vowing to expose all the members who make up SG Nasi Lemak.
SG Nasi Lemak properly blew up after Singaporean celebrities Dee Kosh and Sezairi Sezali brought it up.
Since the exposé, some women have expressed their horror after seeing their pictures being shared within the group chat.
Others conveyed their dismay over seeing known friends inside the group—including other women.
Confrontations were simply met with contempt and doubling down that the victims of the leaks are to blame.
Report, closure and the eventual revival
According to Coconuts Singapore, a Twitter user by the handle of @Eliciayeoxq mentioned that she has since filed a police report.
Since then, SG Nasi Lemak is no longer available on Telegram, though it’s unclear if the Singapore Police Force played any role in it.
But knowing the nature of internet platforms, it’s safe to say that a subsequent version of SG Nasi Lemak would emerge again in the future once the commotion has died down.
After all, the Telegram chat group SG XMM—which had a previous life as SG Telebabes—is still out there with thousands of members sharing images of uniformed school girls.
Literally Nasi Lemak
One positive offshoot that has come out from the ghastly hullaballoo is another Telegram group chat similarly titled SG Nasi Lemak. This time around, they’re taking back the name of the beloved dish—over 100 members are chatting about actual nasi lemak and where to find them. Wholesome.
Text: Ilyas Sholihyn / AsiaOne / October 2019
Images: Telegram screengrabs