Woman who allegedly made racist comments in viral videos under police probe

·Editorial Team
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(SCREENCAP: Beow Tan/YouTube)
(SCREENCAP: Beow Tan/YouTube)

SINGAPORE — A woman who had allegedly made racist comments recorded in several viral videos is under police investigation.

Police in Singapore on Tuesday (27 April) said they are investigating incidents of alleged racism and harassment involving a woman who recorded them and uploaded videos of the incidents on YouTube.

Her YouTube channel was uncovered after the videos went viral on Twitter.

The channel, belonging to a "Beow Tan", has 29 videos, with several titled "Malays Harassing Chinese". They were uploaded as early as 8 December, 2016, with the latest uploaded on 12 April accusing a Malay man of attempting to molest her.

In the 12 April clip, the man can be seen wearing a mask ignoring the woman who continuously berated him in both English and Mandarin and accused him of molesting her at Boon Lay MRT station.

"You are not my type, I am not your type. Full stop. Malay touching a Chinese, what is this?... Boon Lay station has a lot of CCTVs (closed-circuit television), okay?" the woman can be heard shouting in the five-minute clip, at which the man alighted at Jurong East MRT station. 

"Did your religion teach you how to touch Chinese?...F***k you, man," the woman said, before alighting the train to speak to other female passengers about the man.

The video, as well as others, was accompanied with text alleging that the woman graduated from Hwa Chong Junior College and an unspecified university in Canada.

Most of the videos show members of the public going about with their own business, with some unaware that they are being recorded. In some videos, a woman's face can be seen, with her grilling them about their religion and accusing them of harassing her.

In a video uploaded on 27 April, 2019, "Beow Tan" alleged in a caption, "I was sitting at Crystal Jade when this Malay family purposely came to sit beside me. Malays always try to come near me."

Another dated 4 May the same year read, "I refused to marry my Malay then neighbour (sic) and I have been harassed for eight years because I approached MP (Member of Parliament) Fatima Lateef for help. Check with my MP Cedric Foo if you don’t believe me!!"

One dated 22 May last year, tagged at Jurong East MRT station and titled "Indian sexually harassing 56-year-old Chinese lady", was a seven-second clip of passengers sitting in an MRT cabin.

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