'It's a case of mistaken identity'

'It's a case of mistaken identity'
IT WASN'T ME: Mr Kelvin Yip with the articles that say he made defamatory comments on Facebook.

He was just about to start work on the morning of July 29 when he received a Facebook message that shocked him.

"Eh, a******, u got problem is it?"

It was from a stranger and it was a message that left him confused, claimed Mr Kelvin Yip.

"I had no idea what it was about initially," the 30-year-old driving instructor told The New Paper.

"At first, I thought he got the wrong person, but the stranger then sent me a screen grab of a racist comment made by a person who had the same name as me."

While a check on Facebook revealed at least 50 other people sharing the same name, Mr Yip said he was targeted only after Malaysian netizens posted a picture of him and his girlfriend Miss Jolene Koh online, claiming he was the culprit.

He does not know why he is being targeted.

He claimed that the picture that was being circulated was taken from his Facebook page. It had been left for public viewing.

The Facebook rant, believed to have been made by a Malaysian on the morning of Hari Raya Aidilfitri on July 28, posted the man's unhappiness with the sound of the takbir raya (Raya recitals) made over the mosque speakers at 6.45am.

However, the person who made the post later apologised on Facebook for his remark and deleted the post.

But somehow, netizens blamed Mr Yip for the post and began circulating his picture, hoping he would be punished by the authorities.

Fearing he would be further targeted for "something I did not do," Mr Yip said he decided to report the matter to the authorities.

The police have confirmed that a report was made. Mr Yip is also seeking legal advice.

"It is a case of mistaken identity and someone took my picture from my public Facebook page and spread it online," claimed the bachelor, who lives in an Ang Mo Kio four-room flat with his parents.

STILL SHOCKED

"I am still shocked by this because I have absolutely nothing to do with this incident."

Mr Yip claimed he did not know who made the offending post. The other Kelvin Yip has since deleted his Facebook page.

But after at least 12 abusive messages from complete strangers on July 29, he has set his Facebook account to private.

Since then, he claimed that another 50 people have tried adding him on Facebook.

The incident, he said, has caused "distress" to his family and his girlfriend, especially since the couple's picture has been splashed across Malaysian dailies like Utusan Malaysia and Berita Harian Malaysia.

All the articles have named him as the person responsible for the comments.

Malaysian politicians and several right wing groups have even stepped in and called for action.

According to The Rakyat Post, the country's Sports and Youth Minister Khairy Jamaluddin had posted a screen shot of Mr Yip's picture and the alleged profanity-filled comments, adding: "This one should also be charged. Teach him a bit. Once and for all. Act strongly and swiftly upon anyone no matter their race."

Meanwhile, Malaysian Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar reportedly told Malaysian daily Utusan Malaysia they were investigating the incident with the help of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.

"We will not stay silent on this crime," he told the daily. Mr Yip learnt of all this after some colleagues returned from across the Causeway, bringing back copies of the articles for him to see.

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