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Assaulted over taxi fare
Lee Shi-Ian
Sat, May 15, 2010
New Straits Times

MALAYSIA, KUALA LUMPUR, May 15, 2010 - A woman endured a traumatic experience on Thursday when a taxi driver chased and assaulted her following a disagreement over the fare.

Jill Freeman, 45, said she got into the taxi in Petaling Jaya at 10am and asked to be taken to Lucky Garden in Bangsar. The driver used the Federal Highway but did not take the turn-off in Jalan Pantai.

"I asked him why. He replied that there was a traffic jam there and he was taking an alternative route.

"He then took the next turn-off near the MidValley Megamall and took the route which took us around the shopping mall before finally making his way towards Bangsar," Jill claimed.

According to Jill, the driver finally stopped at a taxi stand near Bangsar Village and asked for RM12. She declined to pay that amount and gave him RM7.50 instead, claiming it was the amount she normally paid.

"We started arguing and the driver refused to take the money, insisting that I pay RM12 as that was the figure indicated on the meter. But I refused because that was not the amount I normally paid.

"I decided to get out of the taxi before the situation got out of hand, but the driver turned off the engine and began chasing me as I was crossing the road.

"He started hitting and kicking me in front of several people who just stood and watched. I ran into the Bangsar Village parking lot where a foreigner came to my aid."

The taxi driver later ran back to his vehicle before speeding away.

Jill later went to the Pantai police station where she lodged a report on the incident.

"I had surgery on my knee about a month ago and just stopped using crutches four days ago."

Brickfields district police chief Assistant Commissioner Wan Abdul Bari Wan Abdul Khalid confirmed the report. - NST

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