Have you ever been slapped with a stay at home notice but have had cravings for food so strong that you just had to leave the house?
The answer is probably no because there’s this magical thing called Grab Food.
Unfortunately, this man did not get the memo:
Man Flouted SHN for Bak Kut Teh Might Be Charged After All
Here’s a quick recap of what went down:
A die-hard Bak Kut Teh fan had just come back from Myanmar but allegedly did not know that the Stay-Home Notice would start immediately.
Thus, he casually went out to purchase some groceries and even stopped by a restaurant for dinner.
He also took photos of his bak kut teh and shared it online for the whole world to see, including ICA.
Landed Him In Hot Soup
Needless to say, his actions landed him in hot soup.
Why do you ask?
Well, since 20 March 2020 at 11.59pm, anyone who comes back to Singapore from any country will be slapped with a Stay-Home Notice.
Anyone who understands English will know that this means you have to stay at home for 14 days.
Even his friends were unhappy with his selfish act.
But he defended himself saying, “tomorrow then start” and “coz I also the person at the custom they tell me like that. they say tomorrow is the 1st day.”
FYI, the first day of return from abroad is considered Day 0, while the day after is Day 1.
Initially Issued A Warning
Initially, ICA only issued him a warning. However, Minister for Home Affairs and Law K. Shanmugam actually brought up the man’s post in Parliament.
Shanmugam then asked that further investigation be launched into the case and continued saying that stern action will be taken against those who breach Stay-Home Notices.
Mr Shanmugam also said that many “Singaporeans get upset when they hear about this…and we are trying to verify some of these messages of stay-home notices being flouted.”
He added, “And if anyone, members of the public, you have information about such behaviour, please give it to the police. We will follow up, and we cannot allow such behaviour.”
Stay Home Notices
If you’re issued a Stay-Home Notice, here are the dos and don’t so you don’t end up in hot soup like Bak Kut Teh guy.
Firstly, those given SHN must stay in their homes at all times from the day that they come home.
This means that you can’t even go out to buy diapers or any other essential items.
Secondly, you aren’t allowed to have any visitors.
If you fail to do the above, you would be breaching the Stay-Home Notice and thus, can be fined up to S$10,000 and jailed for up to six months.
Not very worth it if you ask me. Better just stay at home and order food delivery.