‘Badge Lady’ withdraws application to travel abroad after prosecution’s objection

SINGAPORE – Phoon Chiu Yoke, who is better known to netizens as the “Badge Lady”, withdrew her request to be allowed to leave Singapore for Hong Kong and China after the prosecution objected to her application in court on Monday.

The prosecution, led by Deputy Public Prosecutor Jane Lim, said there was a risk that Phoon, 55, would not return for the next court date and flagged gaps in the itinerary she had submitted.

Phoon, who was jailed for 16 weeks last year after she failed to wear a mask in public places including at Marina Bay Sands (MBS), had on Sept 7 sought the court’s permission to travel abroad. 

That same day, she was handed three charges, including for failing to wear a mask while walking along Orchard Road on March 6. She was also charged for failing to turn up for a related investigation.

Wearing masks outdoors became optional only from March 29.