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No fines issued so far to PSP members over alleged safe distancing breaches during Bukit Batok walkabout: NEA

No fines issued so far to PSP members over alleged safe distancing breaches during Bukit Batok walkabout: NEA

The Progress Singapore Party symbol. (Photo: Facebook/Tan Cheng Bock)

SINGAPORE: No fines have been issued so far to several members of the Progress Singapore Party (PSP) over alleged non-compliance with safe management measures, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said on Sunday (Jun 21).

In response to queries by CNA, NEA said it was aware of an incident on Sunday where PSP members had their particulars taken down in relation to alleged non-compliance with safe management measures at a Housing Board (HDB) block in Bukit Batok.

“NEA would like to clarify that the personnel who had taken down the particulars is not an NEA staff (member). He is a community volunteer with NEA, who has been trained as an SG Clean Ambassador," it said.

NEA added that it was looking into the circumstances of the case, including if there was a violation of safe distancing measures as reported.

"No fine has been issued so far," said NEA.

According to information published on NEA’s website, the role of SG Clean Ambassadors is to "advise the public to comply with safe distancing measures". They cannot take enforcement action. 

During patrols, SG Clean Ambassadors will be paired with enforcement officers, who “conduct enforcement when necessary”, the website said.

The Straits Times on Sunday said that one of their reporters as well as six PSP members had their personal details taken down by a “safe distancing officer” while on a walkabout at Block 358 Bukit Batok Street 31.

The report said all individuals were informed that they had breached safe distancing rules and would be issued fines.

The Straits Times report identified the individual as an NEA officer who said he had received a complaint from a member of the public saying the group was congregating at a coffee shop nearby, exceeding the five person limit for social gatherings.

In response to further queries by CNA, NEA on Tuesday said it had given an advisory to PSP "for the party to observe the group gathering limit of five persons, and to have at least a 1m separation between groups, while doing their walkabouts".

"As the regulations would also apply to members of the media, NEA has similarly advised the reporter who was present during the incident," it added.

CNA has asked PSP and HDB for comment.

This story has been updated to include additional comments from the NEA. 

Source: CNA/zl

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