Former real estate agent who made racist comments on MRT train charged in court
SINGAPORE – A woman filmed making allegedly racist remarks appeared in district court on Friday (June 18) and was charged with acts allegedly “detrimental to the maintenance of harmony between different racial groups”.
Tan Beow Hiong, 57, has also been charged with one count of public nuisance.
In April, the Singaporean reportedly maintained a YouTube channel that included several videos alleging racism or harassment by people of other races.
She was on an MRT train on April 21 when she allegedly distinguished the 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 his conduct had come 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.
“We have strict policies that prohibit harassment on YouTube, including content that maliciously insults someone because of their race, gender expression or sexual orientation,” her spokesperson said.
“We promptly remove content that violates these policies when flagged. “