SINGAPORE — The infamous "Badge Lady", Phoon Chiu Yoke, who was jailed 16 weeks for not wearing a mask at various places in Singapore, has been spotted without a facial covering in public again.
Blogger-influencer Xiaxue bumped into Phoon along Orchard Road on Sunday (6 March) and shared a photo of the woman in an Instagram Story.
Xiaxue wrote in her post:
"OMG I SAW THE BADGE LADY TODAY!!!
I went to approach her and ask her to be interviewed and she ignored me just glared at me 🤣 then I asked if she is the badge lady and she glared at me in silence and walked off 😆 She really next level really not wearing mask!!! I love how she really die die stick to her principles hahahaha!! Half an hr later she walked past us again. I think she's just walking around Orchard without a mask coz she purposely wanna have people film her!! If not why she wearing her distinctive sunglasses just walking around aimlessly right or not? Anyway ok lor I fulfil her wish lol."
Viral videos for breach of COVID-19 regulations
On 6 September last year, 54-year-old Phoon was jailed for 16 weeks after she pleaded guilty in the State Courts to nine charges under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act and Infectious Diseases Act.
Police investigations found that between 2020 and 2021, Phoon failed to wear a mask in accordance with safe distancing laws at Marina Bay Sands, Newton Food Centre, and Mandarin Orchard hotel.
She was also seen not wearing a mask as she arrived at the State Courts for her trial, and took off her mask as she exited the State Courts.
Her jail term was backdated to the date of her remand, which was 24 July 2021.
Videos of Phoon last year not wearing a mask at various locations were widely shared on social media.
In one incident at MBS, Phoon was seen in a video not wearing a mask despite being asked by a safe distancing ambassador (SDA) to do so. Phoon was heard in the video questioning the SDA, "If you have no badge, why are you asking me to do something? Who are you representing?"