SINGAPORE: A 29-year-old Chinese national woman, who allegedly used abusive language towards a public servant and recorded herself in a heated argument with police officers in two viral videos, is set to face charges on Friday (13 Oct).
These charges encompass at least six counts, including offences related to public nuisance, verbally abusing a public servant, and assaulting or using criminal force against a security officer, among other allegations.
This incident occurred at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) in the early hours of Tuesday (October 10th).
The woman in question posted videos of her confrontations with the investigating officers on the popular short video platform TikTok, sparking widespread discussions and reactions.
In the video recordings, the woman claimed that she had been waiting for three hours at the hospital due to her involvement in a car accident. She further alleged that a nurse informed her she couldn’t receive medical treatment at the hospital because she wasn’t a Singaporean citizen.
When the police officers sought to record her statement regarding the use of inappropriate language towards one of the hospital’s nurses, the woman refused to provide a clear response.
Instead, she insisted that the police officer should question the nurse and persisted in her request to be taken to the police station while demanding that the female Investigation Officer (IO) reveal her identity.
At one juncture, she even attempted to seize the officer’s identification card while continuing to document the incident, which led to a stern warning from the officer.
In a follow-up post on Tuesday evening, the woman disclosed that she is a long-term pass holder, and mentioned that she had undergone an X-ray examination and was provided with some medication.
The woman claimed that the driver who hit me fled the scene, unwilling to face the issue or take responsibility.
She emphasized her insistence on having the officers identify themselves because she wanted to prevent the driver from providing “unfavourable evidence” that might diminish the impact of the car accident on the driver.
Authorities intervene in early morning disturbance at SGH involving Chinese national
On Thursday night (12 Oct), the Singapore Police Force (SPF) responded to media inquiries by issuing a statement.
The statement outlined that they had received a report at approximately 2:35 am on Tuesday, involving a 29-year-old Chinese national woman seeking medical attention for an injured foot.
It was reported that she was causing a disturbance and inconvenience to the public due to its loud nature. Additionally, she was accused of verbally abusing a nurse before the arrival of the police.
Around 3:15 a.m., two investigating officers (IO) arrived at the scene and initiated a conversation with the woman.
The police stated that the two IO identified themselves as hailing from the Central Police Division and were accompanied by uniformed police officers.
During the course of their conversation, the woman declined to provide a statement, and at one point, she used strong language in Mandarin directed at one of the IO.
“While recording, she attempted to take one of the investigation officers’ security pass. The investigation officer firmly told her not to touch her pass,” the statement added.
Given that the woman was awaiting medical treatment, the officers decided to allow her to complete her treatment first, with plans to follow up later.
Possible Work Permit violation
The police noted that this wasn’t the first time they had dealt with a case involving the woman.
Earlier on Oct 3, they received a call for help from the security team of a condominium located along Marina Boulevard.
“The woman was allegedly intoxicated, and the security team assisted in escorting her up to her unit. ”
“The woman then allegedly pushed one of the security officers on his shoulder and pulled his tie. She also purportedly used insulting and abusive words towards the security officer,” the police said.
Despite her compliance upon the police’s arrival, they initiated an investigation into the alleged offenses committed against the security officer.
During the investigation, the police found reason to suspect that the woman may have violated the conditions of her work permit, and they plan to refer this matter to the Ministry of Manpower.
The charges brought against the woman include:
- One count of being a public nuisance, which carries a fine of up to S$2,000.
- Two counts of using abusive language against a public service worker or public servant, punishable with a jail term of up to 12 months or a fine of up to S$5,000, or both.
- Two counts of assaulting or using criminal force on a security officer, with a potential jail term of up to two years or a fine of up to S$7,500, or both.
- Intentionally causing harassment, which can result in a jail term of up to 12 months or a fine of up to S$5,000, or both.
The police emphasized their commitment to taking a strict stance against abusive behaviour directed at public servants and public service workers carrying out their official duties.
“Firm actions will be taken to deal with such offenders in accordance with the law.”
SGH: The woman refused to wear mask and verbally abuse a medical staff
Earlier, As reported by Chinese media Lianhe Zaobao, Singapore General Hospital (SGH) has clarified that the medical staff noticed that the woman was not wearing a mask and handed one to her, but the woman not only refused to wear the mask but also allegedly began verbally abusing the medical staff.
Assoc Prof Dr Kenneth Tan, Head and Senior Consultant at the Emergency Medicine Department of SGH, added that approximately two hours after the woman arrived at the Emergency Department, she was thoroughly examined by medical staff and subsequently discharged to return home.
Dr Tan emphasized that every individual seeking care at the Emergency Department will receive the necessary treatment.
He stressed that The hospital has a zero-tolerance policy toward any form of physical or verbal harassment.
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