The 36-year-old Singaporean pleaded guilty to “making a threatening, abusive or insulting communication under the Protection from Harassment Act” at Singapore court last Friday.
He was originally charged with “encouraging violence against the LGBT community,” an offense that could have landed him a maximum of five years in jail plus a fine.
In a June 4 Facebook post on the page of a local group opposed to Pink Dot, an annual LBGT rally, Lim allegedly wrote: "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."The post quickly went viral and police were notified of the hate speech.
He 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. I did not mean physical bullets or physical death. I mean 'open fire' in debate and remove them from Singapore domestic matters."Lim's lawyer Adrian Wee said: "He has had his career, reputation and livelihood irretrievably tarnished by this event."