Yam Hai Hong 54 year-old man turned out of control against a cab driver, hitting him on the cheeks and 8 times on the rear of his skull after he was told that he could not pay for his ride by NETS.
Yesterday according to court proceedings, 4 weeks after being charged with causing bodily injury to Mr Muhammad Hairi Rahiman where the former restaurant manager was penalised, also 54 years old. As a outcome of the incident, Yam had lost his job.
Last year on 9 October, Yam boarded Mr Hairi’s taxi beside New Bridge Road and requested to be sent to Block 483 Admiralty Link. Before boarding the taxi, Yam said that he had requested Mr Hairi whether he could make payment thru NETS.
When he gotten to the destination, Yam got fed up with Mr Hairi after he was told that he could not use NETS to make payment. Yam also assumed that the argument got intense because he was taken to the wrong place.
Yam turned vicious in the middle of the quarrel, yelling at the taxi driver who tried to call the police. When both the victim and the taxi driver came out of the taxi, Yam pressed and beat the man. The vehicle’s in-car camera videotape took down the clash.
The assault caused Mr Hairi to suffer a black eye for which he sought treatment at a polyclinic.