Bus driver who was stabbed in the thigh recounts attack

In troubled waters: Chong leaving the courtroom in George Town.

GEORGE TOWN: A Rapid Penang bus captain told a magistrate's court here how he got out from his seat to check on a woman passenger's safety only to end up being stabbed by her.

Aisyamudin Yaacob, 28, testified that he was stabbed in the thigh by Chong Lan Keow, whom he identified in the dock.

He said he had picked her up at Pekan Air Itam in the morning of Oct 6 last year, and they were heading towards Balik Pulau.

"At Bukit Paya Terubong, the woman came to the front and punched my left cheek. She seemed angry and said something in Chinese," said Aisyamudin, adding that she gestured for him to stop.

He said after taking a sharp bend, he stopped at a road shoulder and opened the front door for Chong to get off.

"When she got down, I got out from the driver's section and went to the door to make sure she was safe, as it was not a bus stop and it was dark.

"Suddenly, she turned around and stabbed my thigh with a sharp object," he said yesterday.

Aisyamudin said he was bleeding and closed the door. He started to drive to the Sungai Nibong bus depot but did not make it there.

"I felt dizzy and almost blacked out. So, I stopped by the road in Relau to seek help. In the confusion, I went to the back seat and had apparently passed out.

"I don't know how for long I was out but when I regained consciousness, I made my way back to the driver's seat. I honked at an approaching Rapid Penang bus and called out to the driver," he said.

He said he returned to the back of the bus and had apparently lost consciousness again. And, when he woke up, he was in the hospital.

He was testifying against Chong, 50, a vegetable delivery woman, who was charged with intentionally hurting him with a knife on a Rapid Penang bus in Relau.

The hearing before magistrate L. Umma Devi continues on June 11, with DPP Noor Azura Zulkiflee prosecuting. Chong is also represented by Goh Chee Sun from the National Legal Aid Foundation.