Singapore – A man who had been smoking illegally under a sheltered walkway behind Tanglin Shopping Centre tried to flee when he was caught by National Environment Agency (NEA) officers, Saturday (2 Mar).
An eyewitness, Facebook user Collins Voo, caught the encounter on camera and shared the footage with the SG Road Vigilante Facebook group page. In the video, a man can be seen being stopped by two NEA officers around 11.45am.
The man refused to stop and was seen running away as the officers gave chase. At one instance, the man trips and falls down but quickly gets back on his feet and tries to dash away. The video ends as the NEA officers chase the man out of the frame.
NEA has since confirmed that the officers managed to take enforcement action against the man. A spokesman said: “The smoking offender had claimed that he did not have any particulars on him
“The footage was taken when the smoking offender tried to get away, while our officers called the police and had advised him to wait for the police’s arrival. The police arrived shortly after, and the smoking offender then provided his particulars to the officers.”
Presently, smoking is strictly prohibited in places such as sheltered walkways, common corridors, stairwells, staircase landings and void decks, under the Smoking (Prohibition in Certain Places) Act,