Man, 60, apprehended in Tampines for not wearing mask

None of this would have happened if he wore a mask.

Belmont Lay | May 17, 2021, 12:26 AM

A 60-year-old man was apprehended by the police for refusing to put on a mask in Tampines.

The incident occurred at around 8pm on Saturday, May 15, at the walkway between Block 201D and 201E at Tampines Street 21.

A video of the incident was shared on Facebook, where the man is seen pinned to the ground by two police officers.

The police confirmed the man was apprehended under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Act.

The man was seen shouting and struggling as the police pinned him on the ground to subdue him.

He could be heard shouting while getting pinned: "Help! I staying here. I didn't do anything. My back pain."

One witness, a staff at Swee Heng Bakery at Block 201E, told Shin Min Daily News that the man would frequently enter the store without wearing a mask.

Even though the staff would offer him a mask and persuade him to wear it, he would still refuse to comply.

The man would then be asked to leave the store, but he proceeded to hurl vulgarities at the staff.

In one incident, a staff refused to sell the man any products and he took to the streets shouting for others not to buy from the store.