Begpackers spotted on S'pore East-West Line MRT performing for donations

Yet another one.

Guan Zhen Tan | May 28, 2019, 11:56 AM

Begpackers are an unwelcome group of tourists who travel the world begging for money to fund their travels.

They have been spotted in many parts of Southeast Asia, including Singapore, with one in particular banned from returning here.

Singing on the MRT

Outrage hasn't stopped them from coming it seems, with this particular foreign couple spotted singing and performing on the MRT on at least two separate occasions.

On both occasions, they were on trains travelling along the East-West Line (EWL).

Photo courtesy of a reader

Here's a video of the couple performing on the train on May 23.

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Sought donations

Even more recently, they were spotted performing on May 28, on a train headed towards Pasir Ris.

The couple was decked out in the same outfit, seen in this video shot by commuter Andrew Wong:

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It is understood that the couple said that they travel the world to perform, and the money donated to them is how they are able to do so.

After they had finished performing, the couple split up and sought donations, before getting off the train at Tampines MRT station.

Permit required

Buskers here require a permit in the form of a Busking Card, which contains the cardholder’s information, validity period and designated busking sites allocated.

For foreigners, only foreigners on Employment Passes residing in Singapore may apply for the Busking Scheme.

Besides undergoing an audition, foreigners require a Letter of Endorsement from the Ministry of Manpower prior to the collection of their Busking Card.

Buskers or begpackers performing without a license could be fined up to S$10,000, under the Public Entertainments act.

They are also not allowed to actively solicit donations.

Top image adapted via a reader and Andrew Wong


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