Go-jek driver in viral video says he didn't ask for donations, warns people about being cheated

PHOTO: Facebook video screengrab

[Update Feb 7, 2019] The petition on Change.org, titled Save Abang Driver Go-Jek Singapore, has been edited to reflect that the petition starters are "only (collecting) signatures, not funds."

"This is not a monetary donation move, but an appeal to LTA to not revoke Abang (brother in Malay)'s PDVL (Private Hire Car Driver's Vocational License)."

"If you have donated any amount please revert to Change.org," they added.

Explaining their purpose behind this petition, the petition starters stressed that "this is not any scam," but an initiative to appeal for the Go-jek driver embroiled in the viral dispute.

They also apologised for not informing the driver personally prior to putting up the petition to rally public support.

[Original article]

Appeals for donations have been made 'on behalf' of the Go-Jek driver embroiled in a viral dispute with a female passenger -- without his knowledge.

Kamaruzzaman Abdul Latiff, 49, was accused by a passenger of kidnapping her after he picked her up in Bishan on Jan 29.

The passenger was reportedly upset that Mr Kamaruzzaman could not avoid the Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) gantries during the journey.

Go-Jek later said that it has investigated the incident, adding: "A fair outcome has been reached with the driver partner and we are of the view that the matter is now concluded."

According to Mr Kamaruzzaman, Go-Jek also told him that there was "nothing wrong" with what he did and that the company "won't do anything" to him.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA), which said a complaint had been filed against Mr Kamaruzzaman, told Stomp on Feb 4 that it was looking into the incident.

A petition started on Feb 3 is appealing for the LTA to show leniency towards Mr Kamaruzzaman.

Titled 'Save Abang Driver', the petition stated: "Abang has three children and is the sole breadwinner of his family. The loss of income during the period of possible suspension will hit his finances hard."

It has received over 48,000 signatures to date.

However, there have also apparently been netizens who are donating to the petition.

In a post that has since garnered more than 1,800 shares, Facebook user Zarina Jaffar wrote: "The petition that is going around asking for donations for Mr Kamaruzzaman is not to his knowledge.

"He doesn't know anything about it or who is the one asking for the donations."

URGENT! PLEASE HELP ME TO SHARE THIS POST! STOP THE DONATIONS! The petitions that is going around asking for donations...

Posted by Zarina Jaffar on Monday, February 4, 2019

The Facebook user also said that the donations go to the petition's website, and not the person who started the petition or Mr Kamaruzzaman.

Facebook screengrab of Go-Jek driver Kamaruzzaman clarifying on the 'petition'.Photo: STOMP

Apologising for the "trouble", Mr Kamaruzzaman posted on Facebook: "I was told that someone is collecting a $4 donation on behalf of me.

"Please stop donating as I'm not aware of this and never asked (for) any donations or asked someone to do it for me.

"Please stop the donation -- someone is trying to cheat you guys."