Update: Following a Facebook post by the head mistress from the Madrasah school which described the assailant as a “foreign Chinese national”, the Singapore Police has came out to clarified that the assailant is a Singaporean.
According to the Singapore Police, the unidentified 48-year-old Singaporean Chinese was arrested today (April 2). The Police also clarified that the three victims aged between 14 and 16 are all from the same Madrasah school at Geylang Lorong 39. They were hurt on three separate incidents near Paya Lebar MRT station.
The three girls were assaulted by an alleged middle-aged Chinese national outside a Muslim girls’ school at Geylang Lorong 39. The incident happened at around 7.20am outside Madrasah Al-Ma’arif Al-Islamiah and the Chinese national man kicked the first girl at her thigh while the second and third victim hit with a plastic bag of heavy items. The third victim sustained the attack on one of her eyes but details of the injuries of the 3 girls are unreported by local media.
According to a Facebook post from the headmistress of the Muslim school, the “foreign Chinese national” was wearing a red t-shirt, light brown bermuda and black boots. He was also carrying a green backpack. The attacker fled the scene before police could arrive.
The unprovoked attack have sparked speculations of racism and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam confirmed the incident on his Facebook post, saying he will “get to the bottom of it and ensure that justice is done”.
Other PAP MPs like Minister Teo Chee Hean, Minister Yaacob Ibrahim, MP Amrin Amin and Minister Grace Fu have also joined in to sing the same chorus condemning the attack.