45-year-old woman who refused to wear mask on bus 69 assisting police with investigations

On June 14, 2021, a woman on board SBS Transit bus service 69 caused a scene after she refused to put on a mask.

Investigations ongoing

Responding to queries from Mothership, the police said that they received a call for assistance at 12 Bedok North Drive at 10:26pm on June 14.

A 45-year-old woman is assisting in investigations for public nuisance and breach of Covid-19 regulations.

Police investigations are ongoing.

What happened

An eyewitness told Shin Min Daily News that he saw the woman with no mask on when she boarded the bus at Bedok Interchange.

He then notified the bus captain, who subsequently approached the woman and reminded her to put on a mask.

However, the woman refused to do so and started arguing with the bus captain.

The bus captain then called his colleagues for assistance.

The woman could then be heard taunting the SBS Transit staff and asking them to “call 999” and “report it to the police”.

The incident continued to drag on for around 15 minutes.

Response from SBS Transit

In a statement to Mothership, Corporate Communications Senior Vice President at SBS Transit, Tammy Tan, said that the bus captain had reminded the woman to don a mask “for the safety of everyone onboard”.

However, the commuter “refused although she carried (a mask) with her”.

This led to a delay, with some passengers alighting from the bus.

Tan added that the commuter subsequently alighted from the bus, which then resumed its journey to Tampines interchange.

“We would like to remind all passengers to wear a mask when travelling on public transport as part of our health and safety measures during this pandemic.”

Top images via Shin Min Daily News & SPF.