Two men arrested for MRT train brawl

SINGAPORE - Two men involved in a brawl on a train which spawned a viral video online have been arrested.

The incident occurred on Jan 11 at about 11.55pm, on a southbound train approaching Yio Chu Kang MRT station from Khatib.

Police were alerted by SMRT staff, but the men, aged 40 and 50, had already left when officers from Ang Mo Kio Police Division got to Yio Chu Kang station.

They were arrested on Monday in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 9 for alleged affray. If found guilty, they face up to one year in jail, a $5,000 fine, or both.

The video had garnered more than 2,000 views on YouTube, and been shared about 2,500 times on Facebook by last night.

The middle-aged men can be seen throwing kicks and punches at each other, and exchanging expletives in Hokkien. They even wrestle each other to the ground.

Midway through the two-minute or so video, a ringing sound is heard, and an announcement comes on indicating that the train's emergency button has been activated. Another commuter, in a black T-shirt, eventually steps in to break up the fight.

The Straits Times understands that the two men are not related, and that the fracas erupted after one of them thought that the other was teasing his girlfriend.

SMRT's director of media and marketing communications Alina Boey confirmed that a passenger on board activated the train's emergency communication button, which alerted staff at Yio Chu Kang station.

"SMRT staff were on hand to escort the two parties out of the station," she added.

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