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Chinese tourist probed by police for flying drone near Singapore Parliament

A Chinese tourist was involved in assisting a police investigation after flying a drone near Parliament House. The Chinese Embassy in Singapore issued a statement urging citizens to comply with local drone regulations.



SINGAPORE:Β  Singaporean authorities reportedly investigated a Chinese tourist recently for flying a drone near Parliament House, according to the Chinese Embassy in Singapore.

In a statement released via WeChat on Wednesday (1 May), the Embassy emphasized the importance of its citizens adhering to Singapore’s drone operation regulations.

The Embassy highlighted a recent incident where a Chinese visitor, while in Singapore, flew a drone near Parliament House to capture ‘memorable moments’.

However, this action prompted Singaporean police to detain the individual for further investigation.

Singaporean regulations on Unmanned Aircraft (UA) stipulate that operating drones without a permit within designated areas, such as within a five-kilometre radius of airports or air force bases, restricted zones, or protected areas, or exceeding 200 feet above sea level, is illegal.

Under the Air Navigation Act 1966, violators may face fines of up to S$50,000, a maximum two-year imprisonment term, or both.

Parliament Singapore and the surrounding area are under no-fly zones.

Data released by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) in April this year revealed enforcement actions taken against 309 cases of illegal drone usage in 2023.

Among these, eight individuals and seven companies were prosecuted, resulting in fines ranging from S$4,000 to S$45,000.

CAAS reported taking enforcement action against 396 cases of unlawful unmanned aircraft operations in 2022 and 266 cases in 2021, with drones being the primary concern in the majority of instances.

In February 2023, a 25-year-old man was fined $23,000 for recklessly flying an unregistered drone without recreational or educational purposes and lacking necessary permits.

Similarly, in May 2023, a construction firm faced a $45,000 fine for eight charges related to operating a drone in their business operations without required permits, with an additional 51 charges under consideration.

CAAS emphasized the growing popularity of drone flying activities in recent years, urging all operators to conduct such activities safely and responsibly.

They underscored the severity of violations, given the risks they pose to aviation operations and public safety.

Individuals are advised to consult the website or the OneMap app for information on areas where unmanned aircraft activity is prohibited or necessitates a permit, according to CAAS.

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Apparently, claiming the whole of SCS is not enough for them.

Fake security, act KangCheong don’t know for who to see, scare people know you sold out your own country and its people ah …..

LHL’s gov oredy SOLD OUT our little country to the highest bidder… not much else left for foreign players to dig out.
All those so called ” family offices” …peleeezz!

The only secrets left are the state of our national reserves and HC’s salary…πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜…

Does anybody believe this Chinese National didn’t know our laws? Or was he testing the time taken by the police to react to the drone presence? Buying 4 submarines at $2.4b may negate the purpose when the enemy may already be inside the island after being allowed to walk in through the airport.

Thats how LHL’s beloved 10 millionaires he welcomed with open arms managed their 3bil$ multi scam businesses in SIn City..
They could be just the tip of the iceberg…many more in hiding mode .
They know more about us than we can ever know about them…
One tiny dot on the map vs china ..a giant of a ctry..!!!

Xi smart. Just a small test of πŸ‘ Police ability.

I can bet prc xjp oredy knows all about SG secrets..

Tiong FT , forgiven, plead ignorance to local laws.
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