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Outrage over ex-cabby's actions

Wheelchair users were outraged at what then-cabby Jit Singh, 60, did to Mr Ng Eng Gee.

He had tipped the disabled Mr Ng, 51, out of his wheelchair after the latter informed the Land Transport Authority about his parking offence.

Speaking to TNP on Wednesday, Mr Moses Yao, 39, who was born with cerebral palsy and is jobless, said he fully supports Mr Ng's decision to inform the authorities.

Mr Yao said: "Of course I'm outraged! How can (Singh) be so heartless? He was at fault parking illegally, yet he dared to attack a disabled person.

"He was being inconsiderate by parking illegally. I would have done the same thing and told the authorities."

Another wheelchair user, who wanted to be known only as Madam Siti, felt the same way.

The mother of two adult sons was fuming when she found out about Mr Ng's predicament.

Madam Siti, who is in her 60s and who had a stroke about five years ago, said: "Two weeks' jail is too short for (Singh).

She added: "I'm more angry at the fact that (Mr Ng) was lying on the ground for 10 minutes and no one helped him.

'NO COMPASSION'

"What's wrong with our society? These people have no compassion at all," she said.

Responding to queries from TNP, the Handicaps Welfare Association (HWA) said wheelchair users, when threatened with violence, should call for help and attract the attention of passers-by. If possible, they should also call the police.

Its spokesman added: "(Singh's) physical action should not be condoned, no matter what the circumstances may be. The HWA is indignant that such an action was taken against a disabled individual who is in a wheelchair."

Able-bodied Singaporeans were also appalled by Singh's actions.

VALUES

A primary school teacher, who wanted to be known as Ms Linda, said: "As a teacher, I always remind my pupils to be kind and help others in need.

"These values must be taught at a young age. Teacher and parents must work together to nurture our young - not just in academics, but also in morals and values."

Singapore Kindness Movement general secretary William Wan said it was sad that no one went to Mr Ng's aid when he was on the ground.

He said some of the onlookers could have been stumped at the act of violence against the wheelchair user and did not know what to do.

As a result of the "bystander effect", some might not have wanted to offer help when there were others around.

Said Dr Wan: "However, it takes just one person to do something and others will follow suit.

"Let this be a lesson to all. Please step up when you see others in trouble and inspire others to do the same."


I'm more angry at the fact that (Mr Ng) was lying on the ground for 10 minutes and no one helped him. What's wrong with our society? These people have no compassion at all.

- Wheelchair user Madam Siti