177 individuals checked, man arrested for suspected secret society activities

A 30-year-old man was arrested for his alleged involvement in secret society activities during island-wide enforcement operations between December 17 and December 27.

The series of enforcement operations were jointly carried out by the Secret Societies Branch of the Criminal Investigation Department and the seven Police Land Divisions, together with safe distancing enforcement officers from Enterprise Singapore.

A total of 56 public entertainment outlets, nightlife establishments and F&B outlets, as well as 177 individuals, were checked during these operations.

Three F&B outlets at Golden Mile Complex, namely 'Thong Lor', 'Angel Bar Beer' and 'CY Bistro' were found to have allegedly committed breaches under COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020.

Anyone found guilty of being a member of an unlawful society faces a fine of up to $5,000 and/or a jail term not exceeding three years.

Anyone convicted for contravening a control order under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020 may face a fine of up to $10,000 and/or up to six months in jail.

The police said they will continue to carry out enforcement operations at various public entertainment outlets, nightlife establishments and popular congregation hotspots during this festive season, and "will not hesitate to take firm action against those who are associated with gangs and blatantly disregard the law."

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