SINGAPORE: The police are investigating a 40-year-old Singaporean woman, who had previously breached safe distancing measures, for not wearing a mask at Shunfu Market.
Police said they received a call for assistance on Sunday (May 3) at around noon at 320 Shunfu Road.
"Preliminary investigations indicated that a 40-year-old Singaporean woman, who had previously breached safe distancing measures, was not wearing a mask," said police.
The woman also allegedly assaulted a 47-year-old woman who advised her to put on a mask, police added.
The police said they take "a serious view of such abusive and irresponsible behaviour, especially in the current COVID-19 situation".
"We urge the public to take the circuit breaker measures seriously and comply with the safe distancing measures."
In a video circulating online, a woman in purple and without a mask is seen holding on to what appears to be her mobile phone, that is also being held by another person.
Several police officers are later seen in the video talking to the woman.
In another video, she is heard arguing with several people and said: "I'm a sovereign, I am a sovereign."
When told by a man - not seen on camera - that she had to follow the rules, she replied: "I'm not a person, I'm we the people."
Member of Parliament Chong Kee Hiong said in a Facebook post that in a previous incident, the woman had been caught and fined.
"I would like to thank SPF officers for swiftly apprehending the offender on the spot today. We cannot have such acts of irresponsibility while the whole of Singapore makes sacrifices and is fighting COVID-19 as one," wrote Mr Chong, who is MP for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC. Shunfu Market is part of the GRC.
"Rest assured that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated and offenders will be dealt with according to the law," he added.
On Monday, Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said he checked up on what the woman might have meant when she referred to herself as "sovereign".
"There is a movement in the US, and adherents to that movement, (broadly speaking) reject Government, reject the police and any kind of authority," explained Mr Shanmugam in his Facebook post.
"Such people should not live within society," he added. "She should not expect any of the benefits that come from this system of governance, including her security, medical care, other benefits.
"If she doesn’t follow the rules and (say) ends up infecting someone - why should society accept that? Or if she falls ill herself, she will be imposing a medical burden on the rest of the society - whose rules she rejects, presumably."