Orchard Road busker released, says run-in with Police is 'misunderstanding'

A veteran street busker who was arrested for disorderly behaviour at Orchard Road on Saturday night (Mar 11) has been released and spoken up about what happened.

The incident, which took place outside Takashimaya at around 9.22pm, stirred controversy due to a Facebook post by witness Eric Fong, who claimed that the "police abused his authority".

In response to media queries, Police confirmed the arrest of a 54-year-old man.

Stomp understands that a member of the public had complained about the performer Roy Payamal, who has been busking full time since the late 1980s.

It is understood that Mr Payamal was unhappy that he was the only performer being checked by the police.

According to The Straits Times, "he then produced his licence but raised his voice, gesticulated and attracted a sizeable crowd."

After Mr Fong intervened, it is understood that the male police officer told Mr Fong not to obstruct his work.

Popularly known as 'Silver Man' as he often performs with his body and face painted silver, Mr Payamal said the whole episode was just a misunderstanding.

"I'm fine. It's just a misunderstanding. My voice is naturally loud as an entertainer and a rocker but it just sounded to them like I'm shouting," he told The Straits Times after his release.

"I did explain to the officer in the station and she understood me. I was treated very well at the station and so I really appreciated that and thanked them before I left."

Based on a Facebook post that he wrote on Sunday morning (Mar 12), he went back to perform that same night.

"Am having my fishball noodles then rest and go busking tonight at Taka, yay!" said Mr Payamal.