In 2020, a man was arrested after he threw chairs off the fourth floor of a Yishun HDB block.
A viral video was taken of the aftermath and it showed pails, plastic chairs, and other household items strewn on the ground.
As if that isn’t bad enough, yet another man is now being charged for throwing things down an HDB block.
This time around though, it wasn’t chairs, but a whole bicycle.
Man Charged for Throwing Bicycle Down HDB Block in Punggol
Last Saturday (18 Dec), a 23-year-old Singaporean man was charged in court for allegedly threw a bicycle from a Housing Board block in Punggol.
A. Harinthear is now accused of one count of committing a rash act.
On 16 Dec (last Thursday), the police said that they received a report from a member of the public. It was regarding a bicycle that was allegedly flung from an HDB block along Edgedale Plains.
Within the next day, the culprit was arrested by officers from Ang Mo Kio Police Division with the help of images from police cameras.
Swift and efficient.
If found guilty, the possible punishments are as follows:
- Jail term of up to six months
- Fine of up to S$2,500
- Both of the above
The police also mentioned that they do not condone such acts that put the safety of others in danger. They will also not hesitate to reinforce actions against those who violate the law.
Our Gahmen really isn’t kidding about ensuring safety in our nation.
The accused is scheduled to return to court again on 31 Dec.
High Rise Littering Problem In Singapore
In 2020, more than one thousand enforcement actions were taken against high-rise litterbugs. This came after the number of CCTVs installed increased by more than 50% from 2019.
To raise public awareness on the rising issue, National Environmental Agency (NEA) has also put up more informative standees. They are mostly around public areas where more complaints are heard.
But it doesn’t just stop there.
NEA has also installed more posters around HDBs, to emphasise the importance of upkeeping our environment and the possible consequences of littering.
Penalties have also been raised over the years.
In 2014, the Environmental Public Health Act was altered. If you’re a first-time offender, you now face a fine of up to S$2,0000. Repeat offenders can be fined up to S$10,000.
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