SINGAPORE – A woman who was caught on camera making allegedly racist remarks has been offered $ 5,000 bail after being remanded in custody at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) for psychiatric observation.
Former real estate agent Tan Beow Hiong, 57, is now represented by attorney Sng Kheng Huat, who appeared in district court on Friday July 2.
He told the court he understood his IMH report was ready. The lawyer did not disclose his contact details.
Mr Sng also said he will make representations to see if the prosecution is willing to consider a mandatory treatment order (OMT) for his client.
Offenders who have received an MTO will be required to undergo treatment to address their mental health issues instead of jail time.
Tan had previously been charged with two charges of allegedly “prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony between different racial groups”.
She is also accused of one count of public nuisance.
In April, Tan reportedly maintained a YouTube channel containing several videos alleging racism or harassment by people of other races.
The Singaporean was on an MRT train on April 21 when she allegedly distinguished other passengers and made derogatory remarks about them.
Tan is accused of being a public nuisance on another occasion on an MRT train on May 11.
This time, she reportedly spoke loudly in a car, stating that she was not a racist. She is also said to have made statements such as: “We are very different”.
Tan made headlines earlier this year after being recorded talking to passengers about their run on an MRT train.
His YouTube channel and his job as a real estate agent were terminated.
In a previous Facebook post, real estate consultancy Knight Frank Singapore said Tan’s conduct came to its attention.
He added that one of its core values is to be “a responsible business to people and the community” and that it “maintains zero tolerance for the hate speech and racism which threatens the foundations on which Singapore is built”.
Tan, who was a partner in the company, was struck off the public register of the Board of Real Estate Agencies.
In a previous statement to the Straits Times, YouTube said its channel was taken down due to violations of its harassment and cyberbullying policies.
Tan’s case was adjourned until July 30.
For each count of committing an act prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony between different racial groups, an offender can be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of up to three years and a fine.
For being a public nuisance, a person can be jailed for up to three months and fined up to $ 2,000.