CHINESE PARANOIA OR HAVE MALAYS GOT THEMSELVES A BAD REPUTATION? WOMAN FEARS KIDNAP WHEN SHE COULDN’T OPEN CAR DOOR, ASKS E-HAILING DRIVER – ‘IS IT BECAUSE I’M CHINESE’

CARMAKERS have incorporated the auto-lock system in vehicles for many years now as a safety precaution.

This is common knowledge but in a state of what looked like self-imposed panic, a woman in Singapore became ‘famous’ for alleging an e-hailing driver was trying to take her hostage upon discovering she could not open the car door from the inside.

What is even more baffling is that she alleged she was kidnapped while the car was stationary, with an auxiliary police officer standing right outside.

While the driver repeatedly denied he was trying to kidnap or cheat her, the frantic woman blurted out, “Is it because I’m Chinese?”, in a situation that was not at all racial, as evident by the video footage that went viral.

The whole thing unfolded when the woman took a Go Jek ride in Singapore one fine morning.

According to Singapore Straits Times, the driver, identified as 49-year-old Kamaruzzaman Abdul Latiff, picked her up from Bishan Street 22.

While they were on the Central Expressway (CTE), the passenger got upset as she wanted him to take a route that had no tolls.

Kamaruzzaman said he explained that it was not possible to avoid tolls, in this case Singapore’s ERP gantries during morning peak hour.

It is believed that he asked her if she knew which route to take to avoid tolls, but she did not make any suggestions, instead she claimed that he was “out to cheat money”.

Following the exchange, the woman then made a call to another person to complain about the driver.

At this point, the passenger could be heard accusing the driver of being “dangerous”.

It can be said that the incident could have played out differently for the driver if it was not for his quick thinking to record what was happening in his vehicle.

The video he took showed viewers what took place and how the woman was not in any danger as claimed.

Not wanting things to escalate further, the driver said he was now driving to the police station so they could settle matters there.

After few day of thinking. I guess i better to let it out. Pax accuse me of kidnapping her just bcoz of E.R.P….. i have already make police report & report to gojek. Be care to all phv driver. Bishan to Coleman St @ 7.10am …..how to avoid ERP? She keep telling that i trying to cheat her. I ask her tell me if she know how to avoid ERP but she cant direct me to where should i go to avoid ERP.

Posted by Kamaruzzaman Bin Abdul Latiff on Thursday, 31 January 2019

The passenger put the person she was on the phone with on speaker, and asked the driver to talk with the unidentified individual.

The driver repeated his stand that he was now heading for the nearest police station.

The person on the phone said the driver did not have the right to take the woman hostage.

As he was looking for a police station, the driver spotted an auxiliary police officer by the side of the road and stopped his vehicle.

He asked the officer for the nearest police station and explained briefly what was happening.

It was at this point that the woman screamed she was being kidnapped when she could not open the door.

Baffled, the driver said it was just the auto-lock system in place. He then unlocked the door and the woman exited the vehicle.

Outside the car, the woman then shouted, “Is it because I’m Chinese?”

Several days later, the driver decided to share the video on Facebook and to cut a long story short, the woman has been slammed for her behaviour by Netizens, as memes sprouted like mushrooms on the Internet making fun of her.

Straits Times reported Kamaruzzaman as saying that he merely shared the video so that other Go Jek drivers can know that misunderstandings can happen.

– NST

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