Man confronted for smoking in Bishan Park: 'I'm actually not, I'm just holding a cigarette'

Submitted by Stomper JTT

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It is not allowed in the park.

A man was confronted for smoking in Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park by another park user and started hurling vulgarities.

He also claimed he was actually not smoking and was just holding a cigarette.

"There's a big difference," he said.

The other park user, Stomper JTT, shared a video of the encounter on Oct 21 at 10.25pm.

"When I confronted him and told him politely that he shouldn’t smoke in the park and pointed him to the 'no smoking' sign, he shouted at me aggressively, wanting to start a fight," recounted the Stomper.

"It was good that he was with his wife and she pulled him back. From the video, you can see she was trying to ask him to stay out of trouble.

"He used his middle finger and expletives. He continued to hold his lit cigarette while walking."

The man, who was wearing a white tank top and dark shorts, told the Stomper to get lost.

"No, I won't," said the Stomper. "This is not your park."

The man retorted: "It's neither yours. It's called Bishan Park. It's not called A**hole Park."

The Stomper shot back: "Yah, like you?"

At the end of the video, a woman's voice can be heard saying "enough".

Smoking is prohibited at all public parks, gardens and nature reserves with effect from July 1 last year.

If caught smoking in a prohibited place, you are liable to a composition sum of $200 or a fine of up to $1,000 if convicted in court.

Under the Smoking (Prohibition in Certain Places) Act 1992, “smoking” is defined as inhaling and expelling the smoke of tobacco or any other substance, and includes the holding of any cigar, cigarette, pipe or any other form of tobacco product which is alight or emitting smoke.