A Hong Kong restaurant owner’s passport has been impounded by local police after he allegedly organised a gathering here for people to air their views on the Hong Kong protests.
The event that the man, Alex Yeung, organized was initially held at Kimoto Gastro Bar located at The Sail @ Marina Bay, and after some time, shifted to the public area in the vicinity of The Promontory at Marina Boulevard.
According to a police statement, “Currently, Yeung’s passport has been impounded while he is assisting the Police with ongoing investigations. He is, however, neither arrested nor in Police custody, and is free to go about his activities within Singapore”.
Yeung is the founder of the Wah Kee chain of restaurants, and is known for his pro-China views.
In their statement, the police also add that they “would like to remind the public that organising or participating in a public assembly without a Police permit in Singapore is illegal and constitutes an offence under the Public Order Act. The Police will not grant any permit for assemblies that advocate political causes of other countries. Foreigners visiting or living in Singapore should abide by our laws”.
The Hong Kong resident is also rather active on his YouTube channel, frequently posting videos. He said in a video posted on YouTube on Monday that he visited Singapore on October 10 to explore the possibility of setting up shop in Singapore and living here, as it is difficult to do business in Hong Kong with the current situation there.
He also added that he had planned to stay here for three days, until October 12. /TISG
The full police statement: