All 29 SMRT bus drivers repatriated

SINGAPORE - All the 29 former SMRT bus drivers from China who were active participants in an illegal strike last week have been repatriated to their home country.

The Home Affairs Ministry said yesterday that they were placed on flights yesterday between 12.15am and 4.35pm.

"They were cooperative and the process took place without incident," said a ministry spokesman.

He added that embassy officials from the People's Republic of China, as well as SMRT staff, had helped with the repatriation.

Four drivers were charged last Thursday with conspiring to instigate the other drivers to strike.

A fifth will be charged today for being a hostile and aggressive participant in the strike.

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