Tongue trouble sparked 'that' train fight

You may have seen the video of two men fighting in an MRT train last month. Now, the reason for their brawl has finally come out.

It all started because one of them, 40-year-old contractor Teeng Kok Yong, had a metal stud in his tongue, according to court documents.

On the night of Jan 11, Teeng boarded the train and started playing with his mobile phone. He also began playing with his tongue stud by moving his tongue inside his mouth.

Across the aisle was odd-job worker Ng Cheng Kiat, 50, who was with his girlfriend. Ng assumed Teeng's mouth movements were directed at his girlfriend in a perverted manner, and shouted at him in Hokkien.

Ng then grabbed Teeng by the shoulder, and proceeded to punch him twice in the face, with Teeng kicking and punching back.

The two ended up scuffling on the ground for about a minute before a fellow passenger clad in black separated them. They were subsequently escorted out of the train by MRT staff at Yio Chu Kang Station.

The video of their exchange of blows later went viral online, with many hailing the passenger who separated them.

Both were arrested on Feb 20. Ng yesterday pleaded guilty to one charge of affray.

Ng, who is married with three children and was unrepresented yesterday, reiterated in court that Teeng's actions had been obscene. He also sought leniency, sharing that his wife had recently gone for an operation and is on medical leave.

He was fined $2,500.

Teeng is expected in court next month.

This article by The Straits Times was published in MyPaper, a free, bilingual newspaper published by Singapore Press Holdings.

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