Victim of MRT fight on May 23 declined help, insisted he was fine & carried on with journey: SBS

SBS will share CCTV footage with the police for investigations.

Syahindah Ishak | May 23, 2021, 09:55 PM

On May 23, a 40-year-old man and a 24-year-old man in Singapore had a dispute on board an MRT train.

The dispute escalated and the 40-year-old had allegedly assaulted the younger man as a result.

A video of the attack went viral online:

SBS staff alerted

Responding to queries from Mothership, SBS' Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications Tammy Tan said that the incident happened on board a Downtown Line train heading towards Bukit Panjang at about 10am on May 23.

SBS operates the Downtown Line.

According to Tan, an SBS staff onboard had immediately proceeded to the relevant cabin when he was alerted to the commotion.

The staff saw the victim alone and asked if he needed medical assistance.

However, the young man declined any assistance and said that the aggressor had already alighted.

He also insisted he was fine and proceeded with his journey.

Tan added that SBS will share its CCTV footage with the police for their investigations.

Police alerted

The police said in a news release on the same day that they were alerted to a case of an assault on an MRT train at 10:13am on May 23.

Police added that the incident had happened in the vicinity of 60 Bukit Timah Road.

Upon receiving a “999” call, police officers from the Public Transport Security Command were dispatched to render assistance.

However, the persons involved were no longer at the scene.

Police officers from Central Division worked with officers from the Public Transport Security Command to identify and locate the persons involved.

Arrested for public nuisance

The 40-year-old man was subsequently identified and arrested on the same day for the offence of public nuisance, said police.

The man will also be investigated for voluntarily causing hurt.

Investigations are ongoing.

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