14 suspected gang members, aged 17-40, arrested after 200 people attended funeral at Boon Lay Drive

The police said it has zero tolerance towards secret society activities.

Alfie Kwa | June 15, 2021, 11:54 AM

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On June 13, 14 men were arrested for being suspected members of an unlawful society after 200 people gathered for a funeral along Block 191 Boon Lay Drive.

Funeral procession

According to Lianhe Wanbao, the large group carried out the funeral procession on the ground floor of the HDB block at about 6pm, and walked around the perimeters of the HDB block until 7pm in the evening.

Eventually, they moved to the carpark,  and placed the coffin into a hearse.

The incident, which was captured on video and subsequently shared online, shows a large group of people at the procession. Shouting can also be heard.

An obituary posted on the HDB's notice board revealed that the deceased was a 43-year-old man with four daughters and a son, Lianhe Wanbao reported.

14 men suspected of being members of an unlawful society

In response to Mothership's queries, the police said they have arrested 14 men for being suspected members of an unlawful society in relation to a funeral procession.

A subsequent police news release on June 15 stated that they are aged 17 to 40.

Another 42-year-old man was also arrested for alleged disorderly behaviour at the vicinity of Block 191 Boon Lay Drive.

Preliminary investigations revealed that two purported secret society members were allegedly wearing shirts emblazoned with their secret society’s insignia.

The police said it has zero tolerance towards secret society activities, and that it will not hesitate to take firm action against those who are associated with gangs and blatantly disregard the law.

Any person who is a member, or acts as a member of an unlawful society may face a fine of up to S$5,000, imprisonment for up to three years, or both.

Potential breaches of safe distancing measures at funeral

The police are also looking into potential breaches of Covid-19 safe distancing measures during the funeral procession.

Many of the funeral attendees were seen crowding together, with some not wearing a mask.

From the video, it appears that there was a crowd of 200 people or more, though the exact number taking part in the procession is unclear.

For not complying with safe distancing measures, first-time offenders may face a fine of up to S$10,000, imprisonment for a term up to six months, or both.

Police investigations are ongoing.

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