January 28, 2009 / 10:07 AM / 12 years ago

Nude couple shock diners with Singapore stroll

The Singapore skyline shines during sunset as locals make their way home, October 8, 2001. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A couple treated open air diners to a 15-minute naked parade in Singapore, triggering both embarrassment and applause for a scene almost unheard of in the conservative city-state.

Pub manager Terence Chia told the Straits Times newspaper he saw the couple taking off their clothes on Saturday night at a staircase in a block of flats in Holland Village, known for its popular nightspots.

“Then, clothes in hand, they coolly walked in their flip-flops towards the market,” he said, adding when the couple did a U-turn a sea of spectators was ready and poised with cameras.

“There were more than 200 people and everyone was taking pictures,” the newspaper on Wednesday quoted Chia as saying. “Even women were busy clicking and people were cheering, whistling and applauding like crazy.”

Police said the couple, a Caucasian man and an ethnic Chinese woman in their 20s, had been arrested and released on bail. If convicted under Singapore law, they could face a fine of maximum fine of S$2000 (931 pounds), up to 3 months in jail, or both.

Protests are rare in Singapore and only made legal last year in a designated area called “Speakers’ Corner,” modelled on London’s Hyde Park.

“They looked really comfortable walking down the street, which led to many curious stares,” wrote blogger Leonard Tan. “Singapore is getting more and more exciting.”

Reporting by Kash Cheong; Editing by Neil Chatterjee and Bill Tarrant

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