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    Jun 15, 2016

    Man apologises over anti-Pink Dot FB post

    A MAN who asked for "permission to open fire" in a Facebook post on the page of a local group opposed to an annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rally has apologised "for the misunderstanding" and has taken down his Facebook page and original post.

    In screenshots of his post, Facebook user Bryan Lim wrote: "I apologise for the misunderstanding. My words were strong. I did not mean anyone. I meant Bloomberg and foreign intervention in local matters.

    "This was taken out of context. I hope this clears the air."

    In a separate comment, he added: "I did not mean physical bullets nor physical death. I mean open fire in debate and remove them from Singapore domestic matters."

    His original comment was made on June 4 on a post on the We Are Against Pink Dot Facebook page. The post was about foreign sponsorship of the annual LGBT rally Pink Dot, held at Hong Lim Park on the same day.

    That comment read: "I am a Singaporean citizen. I am a NSman. I am a father. And I swore to protect my nation. Give me the permission to open fire. I would like to see these £@€$^*s die for their causes."

    At least three police reports have been lodged over it.

    Mr Lim's employer Canon Singapore declined comment, saying the case was under police investigation.

    On Monday, Canon Singapore had said it does "not condone violence in any form".

    Some netizens claimed Mr Lim was with the Singapore Police Force, after a picture of him wearing what appeared to be a police uniform circulated online. A police spokesman has clarified that he is not a police national serviceman.

    Singaporeans from the LGBT community said Mr Lim's comments - whether they were taken out of context or not - were a reminder of their vulnerability as a marginalised group.

    They said they were spooked by his comments given Sunday's mass shooting at a gay club in Orlando in the United States that left 49 dead and 53 injured.

    Nicholas Lim, 36, founder of GLBT Voices Singapore, said: "What if someone decides to take a knife and go out to a gay bar? It's one thing to have strong personal beliefs and another to share thoughts of violence online."