“Badge Lady” once again charged for not wearing mask for 15 minutes in ION Orchard


Phoon Chiu Yoke, 55, who is familiar with a name “badge lady” received one charge of failing to wear a mask over her nose and mouth while in ION Orchard for about 15 minutes.

She allegedly did so between 11.48am and 12.03pm on Aug 16, 2022, days before the mask rule was lifted in most places except on public transport and in certain places like healthcare settings, according to Channel News Asia.


Phoon Chiu Yoke now facing four charges in total. She received the other three in the month of September, for failing to wear a mask twice along Orchard Road in March, and for failing to attend an investigation.

Her case was adjourned to Oct 14, when she will return to court for a pre-trial conference. She had previously said that she intends to plead guilty.

This is Phoon’s second round of offences for failing to wear a mask. She was sentenced to 16 weeks’ jail in September last year for the first set, as per the media reports.

She was jailed last year for breaking multiple COVID-19 regulations was brought back to court on Sep 7 for fresh charges of failing to wear a mask when required.

She is accused of failing to wear a mask over her nose and mouth along Mandarin Gallery in Orchard Road at about 3pm on Mar 6. A second similar charge states that she did not wear a mask outside Victoria’s Secret in Orchard Road about half an hour later that same day.

Phoon is also charged with failing to attend an investigation for not wearing a mask. She was supposed to be at the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) on Mar 31 this year.

If convicted of failing to wear a mask when required, Phoon could be jailed for up to a year, fined up to S$20,000 or both as a repeat offender.

The penalties are the same for a repeat offence of not complying with an officer during investigations under the Infectious Diseases Act.

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