Singaporean arrested in Johor for allegedly attacking bus driver who honked at him

JOHOR BARU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A Singaporean driver was arrested in Johor Saturday after allegedly attacking a factory bus driver who honked at him and overtook his car, according to the police.

The 61-year-old bus driver, known only as Teh, said the incident took place after the unidentified Singaporean halted his bus near the Kipmart Hypermarket located along Jalan Skudai in Tampoi.

"The Singaporean was driving at an extremely slow pace after exiting the Malaysian checkpoint," Teh told reporters. "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."

After he stopped his bus, Teh said the Singaporean got out of his car and reached for a bat from his car boot.

"The driver then started shouting vulgarities before striking me with the bat, causing me to fall. Blood started oozing from the left side of my head," said Teh.

Some of the workers seated in the bus helped him by getting a passing car to send him to the hospital, Teh said. He denied retaliating to the attack.

The police said they are investigating the case under Section 324 of the Penal Code - intentionally causing hurt with a dangerous weapon.

The Singaporean, who is in his 60s, "claimed the victim hit him first", said assistant police commissioner Mohd Khamsani Abdul Rahman.

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