Woman cuts off flowers from plants in Serangoon, ignores passer-by who told her to stop

Submitted by Stomper Anonymous

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A woman was seen cutting off flowers from public plants in Serangoon last Thursday (Sep 23).

Stomper Anonymous witnessed the incident along Upper Serangoon Road, in front of Block 1 Lorong Lew Lian, at around 5.45pm.

Anonymous said that the woman was holding a pair of scissors and continued cutting off flowers despite being told to stop.

The Stomper recounted: "This woman had a pair of scissors and a plastic bag. She was cutting white flowers off some roadside plants.

"I told her to stop it but she ignored me."

Under the Parks and Trees Act, damaging/removing plants or parts of plants from parks and gardens is not permitted. Offenders who cut, collect or displace any plant in these areas can be fined up to $5,000.

Most roadside trees, which are typically in areas managed by the National Parks Board (NParks), also fall under the Act.

Can you collect or keep fruits that have fallen naturally to the ground then? No, that is prohibited as well.

According to The Straits Times, the severity of the punishments may vary, depending on where the offence was committed and other mitigating circumstances.

Individuals and groups who wish to collect seeds, cuttings or fruits for research, education, propagation, charity or other purposes must approach the relevant authorities for permission.

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