3 men in Singapore are currently being investigated by the Police for using abusive language against safe distancing (SDA) officers from the National Environment Agency (NEA).
The men are aged between 36 to 58 years old.
The 36 year old man involved spewed vulgarities on a female SDA at Newton Food Centre after she approached him and his friends to stop drinking as it was after 10.30pm
He refused to comply and is now being investigated for using abusive words on a public servant and breaches of the Liquor Control (Supply and Consumption) Act.
The 41 year old man involved spewed vulgarities at a SDA officer at Newton Food Centre after the officer approached him and his five friends to disperse as they have breached the permissible gathering limit (up to five people) at that time.
The man did not comply and is now under investigations for using abusive words on a public servant as well.
On top of that, he and his group of friends are also being investigated for breaching safe distancing measures.
The 58 year old man involved spewed vulgarities on a SDA officer at Haig Road Market and Food Centre after the officer approached him to stop drinking and wear his mask and leave the premises as they were going to start deep cleaning.
He is also being investigated by the police.
Penalties for such offences
The penalties for using abusive words on public officers are a fine not exceeding $5000, up to 12 months jail or both.
Penalties for failure to comply with COVID-19 regulations are up to six months jail, up to $10,000 fine or both.
The police takes a serious view on such incidents and they have mentioned that offenders will be dealt with strictly by the law.
They have also advised members of the public to take these laws in place seriously.
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