A racist woman filmed harassing train passengers in a viral video last week has been recording herself berating Malay and Indian individuals for a YouTube channel since 2016.
The Beow Tan channel has close to 30 clips of the same woman harassing what appear to be either Malay or Indian strangers simply going about their lives who are presented as antagonists by misleading titles. Shocked and perplexed Singaporeans have been discussing the videos, some of which have been watched tens of thousands of times, since they came to attention yesterday.
“[S]o apparently she has a whole ass youtube channel where all her [videos she has posted of] her ‘claiming’ to be harassed by only MALAYS & INDIAN!” Twitter user Erikatatyanaa wrote yesterday. The videos, which are between a single second to five minutes long, have titles such as Racism: Indian harassing Chinese and Malay physically assaulting Chinese.
In the videos, Tan appears to film some people surreptitiously while directly confronting others. Most of her victims appear confused and uncomfortably try to avoid her. In all of the videos reviewed, she appeared to be the aggressor.
The latest and most-watched video, Malay Man Attempted To Molest Chinese Woman, has been watched 40,000 times in just over two weeks. The clip shows her berating a man on a train for five minutes while accusing him of molesting her. He does his best to ignore the verbal tirade and preoccupies himself with his phone.
She even follows the man off the train and warns a group of girls in Chinese about him. The man completely ignores her.
“There’s CCTV you know, Malay touching a Chinese. You all Malays support that? Islam taught you that?” she shouts.
She adds: “Fuck you man, please go back to your Muslim friends and tell them OK. Bring him to the mosque and go and wash his brain.”
In a number of the video descriptions, she repeats what has become her signature catch-phrase: “I was from Hwa Chong Junior College,” in reference to the elite Bukit Timah Road school. Comments have been disabled on all of the videos.
After this story was published, the police told Coconuts that they were investigating the woman and declined to comment further.
Knight Frank Property Network Pte Ltd, a real estate company that Tan is linked to, also told Coconuts that they were investigating her. She was listed in an online directory as a salesperson registered with the company.
“We take the professional conduct of our associates very seriously. Please allow us to investigate into the matter,” the real estate company said in its statement.
A Malay man who discovered he appeared in a 2019 video uploaded by Tan said that he and the family didn’t even notice that they had been filmed at the supermarket while “engrossed by our selection of peanut butter” until much later.
“We were stunned when we realised she was videotaping us but we brushed it off and didn’t think too much about it,” Ismail Tahir wrote on Twitter last night. “Many have texted us with concerns and some of my Chinese friends were apologising on her behalf … so just to be clear. My family and I are safe and we actually found this entire incident amusing!”
“However we are saddened that she felt that way about us and we truly apologise if we made her feel uncomfortable,” he added. He was seen in the clip titled Malays Harassing Chinese.
A number of people stressed the obvious and called attention to her apparent mental health issues.
Tan came to attention last week when one of her victims posted a two-minute video of her harassing him as well as five other non-Chinese individuals on a train, telling them that they were inferior and that she will “never mix around” with them because they are “so different.”
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