Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Controversial blogger arrested, referred to Institute of Mental Health (IMH)

A controversial Singapore-based blogger who sparked heated debate about her dating habits has been arrested and referred to the Institute of Mental Health (IMH). According to The New Paper, 23-year-old Singapore Permanent Resident (PR) Jiang Lai was arrested after trying to check in to Fairmont Hotel along Bras Basah Road on 13 May.

She reportedly got into an argument with hotel staff after she was asked to make a deposit for a week's stay. During the argument, Jiang threatened to commit suicide and began to speak incoherently.

Jiang was subsequently arrested by police and referred to IMH. It's not clear why she had planned to stay at the hotel for a week when she lives with her parents in Ang Mo Kio.

Currently a Singapore PR, Jiang came to Singapore when she was six and has lived in Singapore since. She studied at CHIJ St. Nicholas Secondary School and Anglo-Chinese Junior College. Just last month, Jiang Lai shot to online fame after writing on her blog that only Anglo-Chinese School (ACS) schoolboys are worth dating.

In subsequent media interviews, she claimed to be studying at Reed College, a liberal arts college in the US and was on an extended 1 and 1/2 year school break. However, a check with Reed showed that Jiang is currently not enrolled with the school and last studied there in the first half of 2010.

Since her arrest, her Facebook page and blog have not seen any activity.

According to the same paper, the hotel incident is not Jiang's first police case. Jiang was also reported to the police when she threatened to pour concentrated hydrochloric acid on a woman's face in a blog post of 7 May. She later retracted that comment and posted an apology on her blog.

The woman who lodged the report is the wife of a man Jiang used to be involved with. The police classified this case as attempted extortion. Investigations are still ongoing.

Before these incidents, Jiang wrote a blog entry titled "Boys Schools" which rated how boys from different secondary schools would fare as boyfriend material. She also wrote extensively about her own experiences of dating boys from schools such Chinese High School, Catholic High School, Raffles Institution and St. Andrews Secondary School. Read More

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