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TWICE 2018 News: Police Investigates Gang Chant At K-Pop Concert In Singapore

by Jessica Rapir / Jun 22, 2018 03:11 AM EDT
Police is investigating gang chant at TWICE concert in Singapore. Photo by TWICE/Facebook

Some concertgoers could possibly end up in jail if found guilty of shouting gang slogan during TWICE's event in Singapore. Apparently, the concertgoers don't know the TWICE fan chant, so they shouted a phrase that is used by gangs and their video went viral.

Although their faces were never seen in the video, authorities in Singapore are investigating the people that shouted a gang slogan during a concert of the Korean girl group TWICE in the country. The investigation will be based on a seven-second clip that was shared online.

In the video, a man can be heard shouting "sah lak kau" ("369" in Hokkien) in the background, The Strait Times reported. The clip was taken during Twiceland Zone 2: Fantasy Park concert over the weekend at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. It quickly went viral after it was revealed that the phrase "sah lak kau" is associated with Sio Kun Tong, a secret society in Singapore.

According to The Strait Times, the person who uploaded the video claimed that the voice in the clip belongs to her brother. Apparently, her brother shouted the gang slogan because he did not know the words of the fan chant that TWICE fandom has been using. The Twitter account that first shared the clip has already been deactivated.

Singapore has strict laws about gang-related activities. Under their law, it is prohibited to join or act as a member of an unlawful society. Anyone convicted of being a gang member may face imprisonment of up to three years or pay a fine of up to $5,000.

Shouting gang slogans is considered as gang-related behavior and it could result in harsh punishment. In 2017, four men were charged for shouting the same gang slogan at a funeral procession.

Many K-pop fans have shared their thoughts about the TWICE concert incident. One reminded other concertgoers to learn the appropriate fan chant of the act that they will be watching to avoid any embarrassment or worst, an arrest. Another said gang chant is an unacceptable replacement even if a member of the audience doesn't know the words of the actual fan chant.

This is not the first time TWICE experience inappropriate chant during a concert. Last month, a campus festival host issued an apology to TWICE for urging festival attendees to chant "service" instead of "encore" after the group's performance.

"Everyone TWICE is not going to come back out (on stage) if you shout 'encore'. You have to say 'service' in this case," MC Lee Jung Pyo told the audience at Sungkyunkwan University's festival.

TWICE fans slammed Lee for using the term "service" which is associated with adult entertainment. The host acknowledged his mistake and issued an apology to the nine-member group and to TWICE fans.

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