Section 290 basically means you can be arrested and fined up to $1,000 for anything deemed a “public nuisance” that they didn’t mention in the previous sections and chapters.
Which also means you can be arrested for displaying any behaviour that people don’t like — behaviour that may have been called to attention by the general public via a viral Internet video.
After all, who decides whether your behaviour is a public nuisance or not? Why, the public of course — at least that’s what it seems to be like.
Here are the 4 cases of people arrested for public nuisance that were heavily publicised in the media:
- Toa Payoh Hawker Centre Couple
- Old Man On MRT
- Woodleigh MRT Hashers
- Unattended Bag At Hougang MRT
Couple in "Chope" table incident arrested
Police on Tuesday (Apr 25) arrested a 46-yr-old man and a 39-yr-old woman for causing public nuisance at a hawker centre in Toa Payoh.
In a statement, the police said they received reports on Sunday about a couple who allegedly used offensive language and force against a 76-yr-old man at Toa Payoh Lorong 8 market & hawker centre.
Investigators established the identities of the 2 people and they were arrested. Investigations are ongoing.
Arrested: Aggro old man who violently demanded for sex from young American on MRT
You can’t just violently demand for sex from a stranger on the MRT and not expect to be screwed in other ways. The drunk old man caught on video accosting a young American expat on the train has since been nabbed by the cops.
The police confirmed on Saturday that a 70-year-old man was arrested for allegedly harassing, slapping and generally being a nuisance towards Joe DeMarini, the victim who uploaded the footage. The exceedingly viral video is a pretty disturbing one, with the old man — who claimed to be gay — insisting that DeMarini was gay as well (he’s not), and aggressively demanding that they have sex. At one point, the elderly man even slapped the American, and the situation would have escalated even further if not for the intervention of fellow commuters.
A report was lodged by DeMarini about the incident, and the 70-year-old was apprehended along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 on that very same day. He was arrested for the offences of causing public nuisance and voluntarily causing hurt — crimes of which could land him up to $6,000 in fines as well as two years in jail if he’s convicted for both.
Man Arrested For Causing Public Nuisance Onboard MRT Train
The Police have arrested a 70-year-old man for the offences of causing Public Nuisance and Voluntarily Causing Hurt.
On 21 April 2017 at 3.59 pm, the Police received a report where a man had repeatedly used offensive language and also assaulted a commuter on board an MRT train.
Through extensive follow up investigations by officers from Ang Mo Kio Division, the identity of the suspect was established and he was arrested along Ang Mo Kio Ave 1 on the same day at about 10pm. Investigations against the suspect are ongoing.
A 69-YEAR-OLD MAN ARRESTED FOR CAUSING PUBLIC ALARM AFTER LEAVING WHITE SUBSTANCE AT MRT STATION
The Police have arrested a 69-year-old man for an offence of Public Nuisance under the Penal Code after he left suspicious white substance at Woodleigh MRT station, triggering a temporary closure of the MRT station for about 3 hours.
On 18 April 2017 at about 1.00pm, the Police were alerted to a case of suspicious white substance found at Woodleigh MRT station. Singapore Civil Defence Force’s (SCDF) HazMat officers subsequently established the substance to be baking flour. Police investigations are ongoing.
The Police treat all security threats seriously and will not hesitate to take action against anyone who cause public alarm. The Police would also like to remind the public to report any suspicious items or behaviour to the transport authorities or the Police immediately.
Man Arrested Within 2 Hours For Causing Public Alarm After Leaving Bag Unattended At Mrt Station
The Police have arrested a 39-year-old man for an offence of Public Nuisance under the Penal Code after he had left a bag unattended at Hougang MRT station, triggering a temporary closure of the MRT station.
On 2 April 2017 at 2.45pm, the Police were alerted to a case of an unattended bag at the train platform of Hougang MRT station. The bag was later established to contain only household items.
Officers from the Ang Mo Kio Police Division and Public Transport Security Command, with the assistance of SBS Transit, quickly traced the owner of the bag and he was arrested at Hougang MRT at about 4.35 pm. Preliminary investigations revealed that the man had intentionally left his bag inside Hougang MRT station while he ran an errand. Police investigations are still ongoing.
MRT Shutdowns due to Flour Scare & Unattended Bag
Officers from SCDF’s hazmat team collected at least 7 vials of samples at Woodleigh station. TNP FOTO: GAVIN FOO
Just over 2 weeks after Hougang MRT Station was closed for security checks related to an unattended bag, a similar incident occurred at Woodleigh Station yesterday.
Woodleigh, which is the 3rd stop from Hougang on the North East Line, was closed for about 3 hours from 1.25pm as a precaution after a cleaner found suspicious white substance on the premises.
The police and the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) hazardous materials (hazmat) team later determined the white substance to be flour.