Back in Phase 1, two men, who were lucky enough to still be employed were tasked to do a simple job.
They had three options:
- Do their job properly and go home
- Anyhowly do their job and go home
- Literally anything but hold a party within the unit
Unfortunately for the two of them, they decided to do the opposite of the last option.
During the reopening of Phase One, from 2 June 2020 to 18 June 2020, social gatherings were not allowed. Exceptions were made for people visiting their parents or grandparents.
Loo Jiale, 32, and Peter Ngin, 52, were hired in April to do renovation works for the shop unit at Golden Mile Tower. They were given the keys to the unit as they needed to check for water leakage.
However, instead of doing their jobs and then go home, they decided that it would be a better idea to invite their friends to the Golden Mile unit for a drink.
In total, they invited 4 other Singaporean men and 4 Thai women on 11 Jun 2020.
- Rainven Tan Choon Chye, a 49-years-old Singaporean man
- Ho Hua Heng, a 51-years-old Singaporean man
- Lek Guan Heng, a 56-years-old Singaporean man
- Kwok Kian Ghin, a 56-years-old Singaporean man
- Ketthim Supatsara, a 25-years-old Thai woman
- Ob-un Wanwisa, a 30-years-old Thai woman
- Khamsam Wararat, a 30-years-old Thai woman
- Bunkhan Supapron, a 33-years-old Thai woman
Loo admitted that he had been involved in 2 to 3 gatherings since the later part of April.
‘Illegal Disco Pub with Sexy Ladies’
According to the charge sheet, the 10 individuals met each other on 11 June 2020 at the 1st-floor unit at Block 6001, Golden Mile Tower.
They drank and chatted between 3pm and 10pm, and seems to be having a very happy time.
So happy that an anonymous person thought it was an “illegal disco pub with sexy ladies” and decided to inform the police about it.
When the police entered the unit, they found 10 people huddled within.
There were also cups of beer and a few crates of beer bottles on the floor. Soju bottles could also be seen lying around the unit.
Breakdown of fines
On 28 Aug 2020, all of them pleaded guilty to breaching the Covid-19 regulations.
Loo was fined $8,000 while Ngin was fined $6,000. The remaining guests at the party were fined $4,000 each.
Loo was given a higher fine because he had opened the unit, organised the party and invited people over. Ngin was also given a higher fine (compared to the rest) because he did not say no to the party and had agreed to order the beer.
All of them were not accompanied by lawyers.
For breaking a COVID-19 regulation, the accused could be jailed for up to 6 months, fined up to S$10,000, or both. A repeated offender can be jailed for up to a year and fined up to S$20,000.
But at least they didn’t break up because they were caught for having a party, right?