Singapore Police Force

Worker Arrested For Criminal Trespass

Press Release   •   Jul 06, 2011 14:56 +08

A 29-year-old male Chinese national who trespassed into a construction site and climbed to the top of a 30 metre tall crane tower has been arrested by Police.

On 4 July 2011 at about 8.30am, Police were notified that the man had trespassed into a construction site and was spotted sitting on top of a 30 metre high crane tower located at Changi South Ave 2. Upon receiving the information, emergency responders from the Police and SCDF were despatched to the incident. An officer from the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) was also at the scene to facilitate negotiations. At about 10.10am, following lengthy negotiations, the man was finally persuaded to come down from the crane.

Investigations revealed that the man had climbed to the top of the crane tower to express his unhappiness following a salary dispute he had with his former employers, threatening not to come down unless his demands were met. He committed the act despite the fact that the dispute had already been referred to the MOM for resolution and the matter was being looked into. The man was also not authorised to enter the construction site.

The man will be charged in Court on 6 July 2011 for Criminal Trespass under Section 447 of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum of 3 months imprisonment upon conviction.

Commander of Bedok Police Division, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Teo Chun Ching said that workers should refer their work-related disputes to the MOM for resolution instead of taking the law into their own hands. Such offenders who resort to unlawful and dangerous acts to advance their personal agenda will be firmly dealt with under the law.