Malaysian bus driver claims he was attacked by S'porean driver in JB

Malaysian bus driver claims he was attacked by S'porean driver in JB

A Malaysian bus driver was severely injured after he was allegedly attacked by a Singaporean driver whom he had honked at and overtaken in Johor Baru.

The victim, Mr Zheng Guo Hua, 61, claimed the incident took place after the unidentified driver halted the bus near the Kip Mart Hypermarket along Jalan Skudai in Tampoi at around 9.30am on Saturday.

"The Singaporean was driving at an extremely slow pace after exiting the Malaysian checkpoint near the Sultan Johor Baru Customs, Immigration and Quarantine complex.

"I honked before overtaking his car near the city centre.

"I believe because of that, the Singaporean got into a rage and trailed my bus, signalling me to stop," he told reporters on Saturday, reported The Star.

Mr Zheng said that when he stopped the bus, the man got out his car, opened his car boot and took out a wooden bat.

"The driver then starting shouted vulgarities before striking me with the bat, causing me to fall.

"Blood started oozing from the left side of my head," said Mr Zheng, who initially thought the man was just using the bat to intimidate him.

He said that some workers in the bus helped him by stopping a passing car to take him to the hospital.

Others got down and took away the driver's car keys to prevent him from running away.

The alleged assault lasted about 20 minutes, reported China Press.

The bus driver denied retaliating to the attack.

He said that this was his first time meeting a road bully in over a decade of driving.

Photographs of the incident and its details have been posted onto Facebook and have received about 500 shares and 200 comments, reported China Press.

Johor Baru North police spokesman Assistant Commissioner Mohd Khamsani Abdul Rahman said the driver had been arrested.

"The Singaporean, who is also in his 60s, claimed the victim hit him first," he said.

Mr Mohd Khamsani said the police are investigating the case as one of intentionally causing hurt with a dangerous weapon.

He urged motorists to be more patient while on the road, especially during hot weather.

This article was first published on Mar 9, 2015.
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