An accident occurred near 327 Jalan Besar yesterday morning, which left a car overturned in the middle of the road.
An eyewitness, Mr Mike Ho, said he was on his way to work at Sing Huat Hardware & Machinery, which is located in the area, when he saw the car flip over after colliding with another vehicle that was travelling alongside a double-decker bus.
Mr Ho, a sales manager in his 50s, immediately called for an ambulance.
His colleague opened the door of the overturned vehicle to assist the driver out of the car. The driver was wearing a sarong and looked to be in his 30s, Mr Ho said. He crawled out and walked to the side, looking stunned, Mr Ho added.
Another eyewitness, Mr Jay Lim, 48, told TNP he was awoken by the crash, despite being 15 storeys up at home.
Out of his window, Mr Lim saw the accident and the traffic congestion it caused.
He said: “All the cars had to filter to the right side of the road. The jam lasted around one hour.”
When Mr Ho realised the congestion the accident had caused, he and his colleagues gathered LED-equipped safety vests and traffic light batons from their hardware store and helped direct traffic past the accident while waiting for the ambulance to arrive.
Mr Ho said: “We were afraid other people will get into an accident. We had the equipment to help so we wanted to make it easier for other cars while the authorities were coming.”
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said they were alerted to the incident at 8am yesterday.
A spokesman said a person was assessed by SCDF paramedics but refused to be taken to hospital.
Considering the upcoming release of the 13th movie in the Fast & Furious franchise, many have been taking to the streets to showcase their driving abilities, Malaysians included.
And of all the Malaysian drivers out there, which one would be the one to put their best wheel forward when it comes to burning up the streets?
Myvi drivers, of course.
₆⁶₆ SiD²³ ₆⁶₆ (@Tsgxy_) took to his Twitter account to showcase dashboard camera footage of a Myvi being chased by a police car. The Myvi, clearly trying to prank the cops, decided to drive in circles around a traffic light, forcing the police to follow suit as several motorcyclists watched on.
He wrote, “Myvi again guys. King of the road.”
Netizens had their own theories and opinions as to what was going on in the video.
This comment goes, “He knows he’s going to get caught so he’s taking the chance to play with the cops and not just get caught for nothing.”
This comment says, “He’s so brave to play with the police like that.”
This comment reads, “He’s having so much fun going in circles.”
Eventually, the Myvi driver probably got dizzy from going in circles and drove off with the police car following closely behind.
We’re not entirely sure if the Myvi driver was caught but honestly, after a stunt like that, we hope to see more of him doing crazy car stuff soon. I mean, for entertainment purposes, of course.
It’s getting harder and harder to get an e-hailing ride ever since the new regulations they have to abide to came into play.
Hence, it’s only understandable for passengers to get annoyed or upset when the driver they’ve been assigned to doesn’t follow the basic instructions of an e-hailing ride request, such as picking up the passenger from the pickup point and ‘arrives’ at a completely different location. Let’s see a show of hands on who hates that.
B (@CGigibesi) took to her Twitter account to share her experience with her MyCar driver who decided to completely bypass the pick-up point and wait at a completely different place, and made her face the rain in order to get to his car. But, what’s worse is that when she asked him nicely about why he didn’t head to the pick-up point instead, he decided to go on an ill-mannered rant on how passengers should be thankful that their rides are cheap and dropped her back off at the pick-up point instead of taking her to her destination.
B wrote, “This MyCar driver is super rude.”
She attached 2 Instagram Stories to her Twitter thread which showcased the entire situation.
In the first Instagram Story, she wrote, “We booked a MyCar and when the driver arrived, he was nowhere to be seen. It was raining heavily, and we were at the main entrance, which is the pickup point. When we realised that he wasn’t there, we called him and he sounded very rude, responding with only ‘so?’ and ‘oh’ when we asked him where he was. As I said, it was raining and when we called him, he said he was at the bus stop, which was quite far away. So we were forced to go through the rain but we were okay with it as we didn’t want to trouble him.”
In the video, the driver can be heard saying, “I don’t give a sh*t, I can send you back, for me it’s okay, I can find another job.”
In the second video, he then goes into his rant on how passengers should be thankful for having rides as cheap as her RM6 ride to her destination, as MyCar is considered one of the more affordable e-hailing services.
B continued, “So when we entered the car, I asked him why he didn’t pick us up at the pick up point. Then he rudely explained, ‘F*ck man, you’re paying RM6 and you expect us to pick you up anywhere you want? You should be grateful it’s only RM6.’ To which we asked him why he was blaming the cheap prices. That’s the price on the application. We got into an argument because he seemed to not be able to chill. He was so rude. Then he sent us back to the pickup point because he didn’t want to send us anymore. I spoke to him to nicely and didn’t even look for an argument.”
In the background of the second video, the driver can be heard saying, “You people think that we are drivers, you know, f*ck man, RM6, I’m going to let you get down. Find another car. I’m rude?”
What’s odd is that the driver was angry at the B as a passenger, but she didn’t set the prices. If he isn’t happy with the low fare, he shouldn’t have accepted the ride request in the first place and if he was forced to, he should just switch careers.
Hence, the saying, don’t hate the player, hate the game. The service has set the prices and made the pickup point available for passenger usage.
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.