SINGAPORE, Sept 8 — After being caught lighting up outside a designated smoking area in Orchard, Chee Kam Fah and Koh Lee Yen hurled abusive comments at an enforcement officer, asking her to “talk to rich people nicely” and calling her a “crazy girl”.
The Singaporean women, both aged 50, were each fined S$3,000 (RM9,300) on Wednesday (Sept 8) after pleading guilty to harassing a public servant.
The court heard the two friends were smoking outside Lucky Plaza mall along Orchard Road on the morning of September 21 last year.
Asyikah Suri Kamsari, an auxiliary police officer appointed by the National Environment Agency as an enforcement officer, was carrying out her duties with a colleague when she spotted Chee and Koh smoking outside the designated area.
The officers approached them and asked for their particulars in order to issue a summons.
When Asyikah was keying Chee’s details into her electronic handheld terminal, Chee retorted: “Your salary how much? One thousand only one month, I think.”
She also said: “Talk to rich people nicely, you’re a poor girl”, “I tell you, you careful walk fall down ah you don’t bang to the car” and “So what, pay only what, I got money (expletive)”.
Koh followed suit, saying: “You shut up and ask for IC” and “You poor forever, you know or not?”
She also accused Asyikah of being a” crazy girl” who did not earn enough to buy a pillow to cry into, and told her in Cantonese that she had no upbringing.
Chee then took out a S$1,000 note and waved it in front of the officer’s face, while Koh said she should just shut up and take the money.
Their actions were captured on Asyikah’s body-worn camera.
State Prosecuting Officer Nasri Haron asked for a fine of between S$3,000 and S$4,000 for each woman. He told the court that the verbal abuse was “prolonged and calculated to insult and degrade the victim”, who was merely doing her job.
Both women, who did not have a lawyer, said in mitigation that they were under stress at the time.
Chee said through an interpreter that Asyikah had “suddenly walked towards me, so at that point of time, my mind couldn’t get adjusted to the whole situation”.
She added that she was a businesswoman and the Covid-19 pandemic had been a stressful period for her.
When District Judge Jasbendar Kaur questioned Koh on why her friend had waved a S$1,000 note around, Koh said they had thought they could pay the summons on the spot. She claimed she had been caught discarding a cigarette before and paid a S$300 fine then.
She further alleged that there were two other men smoking outside the designated area but Asyikah “let them go like that”.
“That’s why I used this type of language. I don’t like to use this type of language as well.”
The judge told them that stress did not excuse their behaviour.
They could have been fined up to S$5,000 or jailed for up to a year, or both. — TODAY