'Sovereign' woman filmed not wearing mask at Shunfu market caught again in viral videos

Videos of altercations involving the woman have been circulating online.
PHOTO: Screengrab/Facebook/Marceino Tng, Stomp

A Singaporean woman who was filmed not wearing a mask at Shunfu Market and engaging passers-by in a heated argument is under investigation for voluntarily causing hurt, causing public nuisance and breaching safe distancing measures.

Videos of the altercations have been circulating online since Sunday afternoon (May 3).

In one clip, the woman says to a couple of other people: "You don't tell people what to do, that's the law."

One replies that she should not have made an indecent gesture, but the woman says: "You should have minded your own business... in the first place, you should not have been shouting at me."

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In another clip, at a different location, she can be seen covering her face with her arm and holding on to the phone of a man, while arguing with another group of people.

In it, she claims to be a "sovereign", saying: "It means I have nothing to do with the police, it means I have no contract with the police. They have no say over me."

A man, who is off-screen, responds: "This doesn't even make any sense. If you're a person in Singapore, you have to follow the rules of Singapore."

But the woman replies: "That's the thing - I'm not a person, I'm 'we the people'."

She claims in her previous encounter with the police at the same wet market, she was not stopped by them, neither was she issued any fine. Contrary to media reports that she was fined $300

Posted by Sarah Leong on Sunday, May 3, 2020

The police said on Sunday that they received a call for assistance around 12.15pm that day at 320 Shunfu Road.

According to preliminary investigations, the woman in the video, a 40-year-old Singaporean who had previously breached safe distancing measures, was not wearing a mask and had allegedly assaulted a 47-year-old woman who advised her to put one on.

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In a statement, a police spokesman said the police take a serious view of such abusive and irresponsible behaviour, especially in the current Covid-19 situation.

"We urge the public to take the circuit breaker measures seriously and comply with the safe distancing measures," he said.

Many are rightly concerned about the incident of a repeat offender who defiantly refused to don a mask at Shunfu Market...

Posted by Chong Kee Hiong 鍾奇雄 on Sunday, May 3, 2020

This article was first published in The Straits Times. Permission required for reproduction.