Woman on bus 69 refuses to put on mask, asks SBS Transit staff to call the police

The incident resulted in a delay of around 15 minutes.

Tanya Ong | June 16, 2021, 12:37 PM

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A woman was seen not wearing a mask and making a scene on board a SBS Transit bus service 69 on Monday (June 14).

Woman refused to put on mask

According to an eyewitness who spoke to Shin Min Daily News, the woman was not wearing a mask when she boarded the bus at Bedok bus interchange. He said that it's possible that the bus captain did not notice that she was not wearing a mask when she first boarded.

The eyewitness notified the bus captain, who then approached the woman and reminded her to put on a mask.

However, the woman not only refused to put on a mask, but also started arguing with the bus captain.

The bus captain had to call his colleagues at the bus interchange for assistance.

The Chinese daily reported that the woman could be heard taunting the SBS Transit staff and asking them to "call 999" and "report it to the police".

There was around 20 people on the bus at that time, but some passengers decided to alight as the incident continued to drag on for around 15 minutes.

SBS Transit responds to incident

Tammy Tan, Corporate Communications Senior Vice President at SBS Transit told Mothership that the bus captain had reminded the woman to don a mask "for the safety of everyone onboard".

However, the commuter "refused although she carried (a mask) with her". This led to a delay, with some passengers alighting from the bus.

Tan also said that the commuter subsequently alighted from the bus, which then resumed its journey to Tampines interchange.

"We would like to remind all passengers to wear a mask when travelling on public transport as part of our health and safety measures during this pandemic," she added.

Top photo via Shin Min Daily News.