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SINGAPORE – A 39-year-old man who refused to wear a mask while on the MRT train was arrested by the police on Sunday (May 9) for allegedly causing public nuisance and flouting safe distancing measures.
In a video circulating on social media, the man can be seen telling fellow commuters loudly: “I’m very religious… I hate seeing uncles, granddads with the mask on.”
When a fellow commuter offers him a mask, the man rejects it. The video also shows a commuter leaving her seat when he takes the one next to her.
SINGAPORE: A man was arrested on Sunday (May 9) for allegedly causing a public nuisance and flouting safe distancing rules after refusing to wear a mask on an MRT train.
A video circulating on social media shows the man without a mask on a train on the East-West Line. Throughout the almost two-minute video, he could be heard telling another commuter why he did not want to wear a mask.
In response to queries from CNA, the police confirmed that a report was lodged and investigations were ongoing.
“The police arrested a 39-year-old man for allegedly causing public nuisance and flouting safe distancing measures in relation to the case,” they said.
In the video, after other commuters appeared to have urged the man to put on a mask, he replied: “Just wear your mask, it’s fine. I will never wear a mask.”
The man then sat between two commuters, prompting a woman on his right to quickly vacate her seat.
“I’m very religious and I love human beings,” the man said. “And I hate seeing uncles, granddads with the mask on.”
The man could be heard on the video talking about how he has researched the issue of wearing of masks. The commuter on his left then got up too and appeared to tell fellow commuters not to engage the maskless man.
“(You’re) just giving him attention,” the commuter said.
Just past the one-minute mark of the video, another commuter offered the man a mask.
The man looked disgusted. “I’m not going to put that on my face,” he said, using an expletive. The mask was left on the seat.
On the same day a woman was handed a 2-week jail term and fined S$2,000 for not wearing her mask and being a public nuisance, another man was filmed on the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) refusing to wear a mask.
According to Facebook user Keefe Chan who posted this video on May 8, the incident happened on the evening of May 7 on a train that was headed towards Redhill, which is on the East West Line.
“I will never wear a mask”
In the video, a Caucasian man is seen talking to someone off-screen saying, “I will never wear a mask.”.
The man, who remained very calm throughout the video, then proceeds to sit on an empty seat — sans mask. His actions prompt an adjacent female commuter to get up.
The Caucasian man goes on to say that he is “very religious”, “[loves] human beings” and “hates seeing [unclear] with the masks on”.
As he continues talking, another other commuter on his left got up, and gestured to the person off-screen to stop because “you’re just giving him attention only”.
As the train picks up speed, the Caucasian man asks if the person off-screen has done his research on a bizarre range of topics including, Bill Gates, Freemasons, Jesuits, and the United Nations.
“I’ve researched this quite a lot and it’s not good,” he says.
A chunk of the conversation cannot be heard clearly, but as he is talking, a person walks over to pass him a mask. The Caucasian man makes a face and says: “I’m not going to f*cking put (unintelligible) on my face.”
The person off-screen then tells him that wearing a mask is actually quite comfortable, but the Caucasian man appears unconvinced.
He later asks the person off-screen if he would be happy if his kids are “injected with the vaccine”.
SMRT, the train operator which runs the East West Line, posted an update today (May 9).
It said that whenever its staff are alerted to such incidents, they would request commuters to don their masks. Failure to comply would result in a TransCom activation.