Jailed: 'Sovereign' woman who breached COVID-19 regulations

SINGAPORE — A woman who gained notoriety for refusing to wear a face mask in public during the circuit breaker while claiming that she was a “sovereign” above the law in two viral videos last year was on Friday (7 May) jailed for two weeks and fined $2,000.

Paramjeet Kaur, a 41-year-old Singaporean, pleaded guilty to two charges: failing to wear a mask over her nose and mouth outside her home and public nuisance.

Five other charges were considered in sentencing: three counts of breaching COVID-19 regulations and one charge each of failing to report a change in her home address to the authorities and failing to sign a police statement.

Kaur's jail term was backdated to 5 May last year, when she was remanded at the Institute of Mental Health for two weeks after she was first charged in court.

Viral videos on social media

Kaur, a physiotherapist, breached COVID-19 regulations on the following occasions:

- eating without reasonable excuse at a table in front of a stall at Shunfu Mart and Hawker Centre at about 9.25am on 14 April last year

- failing to wear a face mask at a food stall at 236 Upper Thomson Road at about 7.45pm on 26 April last year

- failing to wear a face mask at a food stall at 236 Upper Thomson Road at about 9.15pm on 30 April last year

- failing to wear a face mask at Shunfu Mart and Hawker Centre at about 11.30 am on 3 May last year

In one of the viral videos in May last year, Kaur and a man can be seen holding onto a phone at Shunfu Hawker Centre.

She then argues with a person off-screen, claiming, “I am a sovereign. This is something people are not going to know even what it is…It means I have nothing to do with the police…They have no say.”

A voice can be heard saying, “That does not even make any sense. If you are a person in Singapore, you have to follow the rules in Singapore.” Kaur then replied, “I’m not a person.”

Jailed: 'Sovereign' woman who breached COVID-19 regulations