She wrote: “The ‘lot’ was once an actual lot. But when they
widened the columns, one out of three lots was removed, they used dark
grey paint to ‘remove’ the lot but the overhead indicators were never
removed and it was lit up in green to indicate an empty lot.
“Because of how low the MX5 is, and the fact that they don’t come with seats with adjustable height, it can be hard to see the lines clearly, unless you’re very tall.”
A Rolls-Royce driver who blocked emergency vehicles’ access to a
Beijing hospital after a row with security has apologised for her
The woman, surnamed Shan, faced extensive criticism after footage of the incident went viral on social media.
She had tried to enter the Beijing Obstetrics and
Gynaecology Hospital on Wednesday though an entrance reserved for
ambulances and other emergency services when she was stopped by
She refused their request to use another entrance
where vehicles were queuing to enter the car park and instead stayed put
for over an hour.
She was later filmed arguing with police when they were called to the scene.
“You must be supportive of police work unconditionally!” the police officer was seen shouting at the woman.
“I don’t have the obligation to support police work unconditionally,” Shan replied. “I tell you I simply won’t move my car now.”
She eventually agreed to move the vehicle and was fined for illegal
parking – then later issued a tearful public apology in a video
interview with The Beijing News after footage of the incident started
circulating on social media.
She said she was running late for an appointment and feared she was going to miss the chance to see a doctor.
She added that she had been feeling unwell and suspected she was pregnant.
“I made a mistake. I made a mistake indeed,” said the woman. “I
shouldn’t have caused so much trouble to the security guard and police …
I threw a tantrum and I apologise to everybody for my bad temper.”
She denied that she came from an influential and family background
and that insisted her family ran a private business and the car was
owned by a friend, but declined to give further information.
The incident follows the sacking of a police chief in Chongqing in
southwest China after footage of a road rage incident involving his
Porsche-driving wife prompted a public outcry.
Tong Xiaohua was also placed under investigation for possible violations of discipline after his wife Li Yue became involved in a physical confrontation with another motorist.
Grab, Gojek cracking down on such apps, which also put customer data at risk
Some private-hire drivers here are using modified apps of ride-hailing firms such as Grab and Gojek to cheat the system.
Bootleg versions of these apps allow drivers to bypass verification,
fake their location, cancel jobs without being penalised and, in some
cases, view private customer information.
The New Paper understands that some drivers have been caught and penalised with warnings and suspensions.
Checks by TNP found a thriving online community dedicated to hacking and modifying these apps.
Some people are also offering their services on online
forums and messaging apps to drivers who lack the technical expertise to
do it themselves.
One such advertisement touted such services at a monthly rate of $350 for the Grab Driver app and $200 for the Gojek app.
week, Facebook user Boon Tat Tan alleged that some Grab drivers were
using hacked apps to cancel and decline rides without consequence, or
collude to force a pricing surge for higher fares.
He told TNP that drivers like himself needed to work for more than 12
hours to earn $200 a day before factoring in other costs, but users of
the modified apps could earn more while working fewer hours.
When contacted, Grab and Gojek said they were aware of such abuse, which they described as fraud.
A Grab spokesman said it takes fraud seriously and has dedicated data scientists focusing on anti-fraud efforts.
“We want to ensure fairness for all our driver-partners and will not
hesitate to suspend bad actors who exhibit fraudulent behaviour on our
platform,” the spokesman added.
A Gojek spokesman said it will take swift action such as suspending errant drivers and reporting them to the authorities.
Both firms did not reveal the number of drivers caught.
Cybersecurity firm Group-IB’s head of research and development
Alexander Lazarenko warned that modified apps can compromise customer
He said such apps not only unfairly benefit drivers by letting them
cherry-pick passengers and jump the queue, but they could also lead to
customers’ personal data being compromised, or malicious code being
introduced to spy on them.
REVERSE ENGINEERED APPS
Though Grab and Gojek constantly update the apps to prevent abuse, there are ways to hack them again.
“It is relatively easy to reverse engineer an app now,” Mr Lazarenko said.
“Even if the source code is obfuscated, the app is not 100 per cent
secure and resilient. Reverse engineering it is just a matter of time.”
He said the ride-hailing firms need to adopt solutions such as device
fingerprinting and anti-fraud functionality to allow them to identify
mobile devices with malicious apps.
Such functions would likely block access to all variations of the app except the most updated version.
The proliferation of bootleg apps has led Grab to offer its
driver-partners up to US$1,000 (S$1,350) for information on fraud cases
under its Fair Play Rewards Programme.
Mr James Ow Yong of Kalco Law warned that those who use or modify such apps could be breaking the law.
Modifying the apps to cancel rides without being detected or to spoof
locations is an offence under the Computer Misuse Act that carries a
fine of up to $10,000, jail for up to three years, or both, he said.
If the operator’s loss exceeds $10,000 within a year of the offence,
the offender may face enhanced penalties of a fine of up to $50,000,
jail for up to seven years, or both.
Those who illegally access protected data, such as phone numbers and
payment details of customers, on the app can be fined up to $5,000,
jailed for up to two years, or both.
If they accessed the information to commit an offence, they can be fined up to $50,000, jailed for up to 10 years, or both.
Mr Ow Yong said those who modified the app for others to break the
law could be convicted of abetment and face similar penalties.
“While innocently appearing to ‘game’ the system, these actions can
cause significant loss to service providers such as Grab and the public
“It is in essence cheating and it is only a matter of time before the law catches up,” he added.
All people are the same – this was the message that ex-Grab driver Fadhli Sahar was hoping to spread with his Facebook post that has since been shared over 3,400 times.
People have been praising him for his kindness after he told the story of the time he picked up three Bangladeshis who had been rejected by three drivers for being “smelly”.
In Fadhli’s June 25 post, he said when he first started driving as a
private-hire driver for Grab, people told him to reject bookings from
Bangladeshis as they were said to have body odour that would linger in
One afternoon, he accepted a booking for a RM40 ride. When he arrived at the pick-up point, he saw three Bangladeshi workers who appeared to be security guards. Despite the negative stereotypes, he decided to pick them up.
Throughout the ride, Fadhli tried to adjust his air-conditioner
settings and rolled down the window several times, attempting to get rid
of his passengers’ body odour.
One of the passengers noticed Fadhli’s discomfort. He wrote,
“He knew that something was wrong when he saw me. Sometimes, I covered
my nose with my shirt, frequently lowered down the window and changed
the (air-conditioner) mode… I think he knew that I was not comfortable
The Bangladeshi asked Fadhli repeatedly if he was comfortable with
them in his car and shared that three other drivers had cancelled on
them before he picked them up.
Believing that it would be rude and offensive to comment on body
odour, Fadhli reassured them that he was okay and kept a positive
attitude throughout the ride.
When they reached their destination, his passengers handed RM100 to him and refused to take the change.
Fadhli was stunned and immediately tried to return the
amount to them. His customers at the time would normally tip him about
one to two ringgit. To receive RM50 as a tip was unheard of.
The men told Fadhli to accept the tip as they were thankful for the
ride. They also shared that it was a daily occurrence for drivers to
Fadhli summed up his post by advocating respect for everyone, saying
“Even they are immigrants but they are still human. They have feelings,
emotions and thoughts. Something that we must respect on all people.
“Until now, I don’t understand why some drivers are choosy about
their passengers based on appearance. If it is your job, just get it
done. All people (sic) are the same.”
Fadhli’s post garnered positive reactions and praise from Facebook
users. Some private-hire drivers took the opportunity to share their own
Contrary to negative stereotypes that some may have of foreign
workers, comments said that foreign workers were the most generous with
Others focused on spreading positivity and speaking out against xenophobic attitudes.
A street cleaner in eastern China who was filmed complaining about
the hefty fines he had to pay for the cigarette ends found littering his
section of road has won a hearing for his case and the support of
internet users, social media site Pear Video said on Tuesday.
In the video taken on Saturday, the elderly man from Zhengzhou in Henan province claimed that he was once fined 260 yuan (S$50) – 7 yuan (about US$8) per cigarette end – from an 86 yuan per day pay packet.
“Today, I had to clean up five or six thousand cigarette butts,” the
man said in the video while working outside a subway station.
“All the fines come out of my salary. This month they docked me a few hundred yuan.”
The man blamed littering on unauthorised taxi drivers who throw cigarette ends into the street.
“These black cab drivers come here every day, again and again. They never stop coming here,” the cleaner was quoted as saying.
Pear Video spoke to other street cleaners in Zhengzhou, who confirmed that they were fined 7 yuan per cigarette butt found after cleaning.
However, city authorities denied that the penalty system was strictly enforced and blamed overzealous monitoring officers.
“[Management patrol] will say things like this because they want to
supervise the street cleaners. But there are no detailed written
guidelines, and this was never formally implemented,” a representative
from the Zhengzhou City Management Command Centre was quoted as saying
in the report.
“It is just for the purpose of verbal supervision and encouragement.”
The Zhengzhou official said the centre would investigate further and speak to the street cleaners about fines.
The video stirred up angry reactions on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like platform.
“When [Pear Video] investigated they say it hasn’t been implemented.
If they didn’t investigate, they would have just carried on giving
fines,” read one comment that attracted more than 17,000 likes.
Street cleaners in China often earn meagre salaries for gruelling manual labour for long periods of time.
Last month, it emerged that more than 500 street cleaners in the city of Nanjing were ordered to wear GPS tracking bracelets that would alert authorities if they stayed in the same place for more than 20 minutes. The manufacturer removed the feature after a backlash inside and outside China.
A man in central China who allowed his unleashed dog to run
around a bus is suspected of assaulting the driver after he was told to
Driver Li Jian was working on the 168 route in Hunan’s provincial capital, Changsha, on Monday when he noticed a dog on board. He stopped the bus, opened the doors and told the owner to take the dog and get off, the Xiaoxiang Morning Herald reported.
The owner ran towards Li, grabbed him by his neck and began
hitting him in the face. Passengers came to Li’s assistance and he
managed to call the police, the report said.
“I just wanted him to take the dog off the bus. Just this sentence, I didn’t say anything else,” Li was quoted as saying.
Li received treatment at Changsha Traditional Chinese
Medicine Hospital. He was diagnosed with a misaligned vertebrae, the
Changsha Evening News reported.
In a photo taken by the Xiaoxiang Morning Herald at the
hospital, Li was seen wearing a neck brace and had tubes in his nostrils
to help him breathe. The injuries could take two months to heal, the
Changsha report said.
Li had driven route 168 for several years and was a
responsible driver, Chen Hongbing from Longxiang Bus, which operates the
service, told Changsha Evening News. The company said it will support
Li while he recuperated.
The dog owner is being investigated by the police, both papers reported.
Animals that affect the safety, health and comfort of others
are banned from public buses in Changsha, with the only dogs permitted
being guide dogs and police dogs, the Xiaoxiang Morning Herald reported.
Users of China’s Weibo social media site accused the dog owner of endangering public safety.
“He must be charged with endangering public security and punished severely,” a user from Sichuan province wrote.
Passenger assault on bus drivers has become a problem in China. In October 2018, a scuffle between a passenger and driver led to a bus in Chongqing veering off course on a bridge and plunging into the Yangtze River, killing all 15 on board.
(ANN): A Gojek driver, whose video of himself arguing with passengers
was heavily circulated on social media, apologised on Saturday (March
30) and lodged a police report in relation to the incident the same day.
Sunday, Gojek said it had concluded its internal investigations into
the incident and resolved the matter between both parties, but other
investigations are still ongoing.
latest incident comes just two months after a heated exchange between
another Gojek driver and his passenger, who accused the former of
kidnapping her, went viral on Facebook.
On Saturday, footage taken from inside the car of the driver in the latest incident began circulating on social media.
In the seven-minute clip, the driver, who later identified
himself on Facebook as Aaron Heng, can be seen arguing with his elderly
passengers over the fare for their ride.
The male passenger
appears to be on the phone with Gojek’s customer support, telling them
that when he booked the ride, the fare indicated was $14.10 (RM42).
However, Heng repeatedly claims that his app showed the fare as $21.10 (RM63).
the video progresses, the exchange gets more heated, with Heng telling
his passengers several times to not “waste (his) time”, and interrupting
the man’s attempts to speak on the phone.
At one point, the man tells Heng: “I’m not saying you, I’m not arguing with you, I’m just telling the people…”
he is cut off by Heng, who raises his voice and says: “Then you don’t
waste my time! For $7 (RM21), you want to… I’m driving to earn my
incentive, you know?”
The man suggests that Heng let him and the
woman alight, but Heng says that he cannot cancel the ride. Later, he
says that cancelling a ride will affect his acceptance rates.
During the exchange, Heng also asks the man if he drives a Mercedes, and comments: “I’m not a millionaire like you.”
woman attempts to calm Mr Heng down, patting his shoulder. The man also
tells Heng: “I’m not saying you (are wrong), I’m saying Gojek is
However, Heng continues to raise his voice at the pair, telling them: “Don’t make your problem to be my problem.”
He tells the pair that they are “kicking up a fuss”, and also says he has a recording of the incident.
worry, I’ll make it very big. Trust me, brother… If you can find on
Facebook, I’ll make sure I’ll remember you,” he says.
At the end of the video, Heng’s passengers agree to pay him $21 (RM63) and say they will sort the issue out with Gojek.
Saturday afternoon, Heng posted a statement on Facebook, in which he
said he has “nothing against the elderly, especially the poor and the
He claimed that, shortly after picking the pair up, he
discovered there was a discrepancy in the price displayed on his app and
the fare they were told to pay.
Heng said that his male passenger had “suddenly gotten irritated” and insisted that he alight.
added that after driving to a small road where he could stop his
vehicle and allow the couple to call Gojek and alight, he told them that
he would be recording the incident in case he was accused of
He wrote: “I cannot afford to lose this job.
I’ve mouths to feed. (I behaved) in such a manner because I was accused
of overcharging the passenger. I did not. It is the system.
just trying to hit my incentives, as the fares are already low. The
pressure is immense. The terms are challenging. I’m facing a lot of
stress to meet the targets.”
Heng then apologised for his
behaviour, stating that he was “unnecessarily rude”, “not respectful”
and did not explain himself clearly.
“I pray for a chance to make good,” he wrote.
About four hours before writing his apology post, Heng had lodged a police report on the incident.
a copy of the report, which was uploaded on Facebook page SG Road
Vigilante, Heng said he had sent the video to a Whatsapp group chat to
ask for advice on the situation.
He named the people in the group chat and asked the police to look into the matter and advise him on the actions he should take.
The police confirmed on Sunday that a report was lodged on the matter.
spokesman for Gojek said that the company looked into the case as soon
as it was brought to their attention, and had resolved the matter
between the driver and his passengers.
The spokesman added that
while Gojek concluded its own internal investigations into the incident,
another investigation is ongoing and it would not be appropriate to
The spokesman said: “We want everyone to have a good experience when they use our services, which is why we do not tolerate impolite behaviour by any of our users, be they driver-partners or riders.