Former actor fined S$3,000 for dispute over dog poo

Melissa Aw

He wanted to do the right thing, but ended up being fined instead.

Former MediaCorp actor Ng Aik Leong, better known as Huang Yi-Liang, was fined S$3,000 on Thursday for getting into a physical dispute with a dog owner when the latter refused to pick up her dog’s poo.

On 20 May at Toa Payoh Lorong 2, Ng, who was in his car, noticed that a woman, Tan Buay Huang, had not cleaned up after her pet though she had a bag on hand, reported The Straits Times.

The 50-year-old former actor drove up to her and demanded to know why she did not clean up the mess, sparking angry words between them. They continued hurling verbal abuse at each other even after Tan eventually picked up her dog’s poo, according to the paper.

When Ng returned to his car to drive off with his family, Tan stood in front of his car and hit it to prevent him from leaving. Angry, Ng got off the car, held Tan by the neck and close to the ground, letting go only after a passer-by shouted at him, ST reported.

In sentencing on Thursday, District Judge Lee Poh Choo cited “the ungracious behaviour of an irresponsible dog owner”, according to Channel NewsAsia.

Lee added that Ng was right in confronting the dog owner, but he “unfortunately went overboard” and reacted in an “ungentlemanly manner”, CNA reported.

Despite suffering multiple abrasions, Tan did not seek compensation.

Ng, who pleaded guilty, could have been jailed for up to two years and fined up to $5,000 for voluntarily causing hurt.