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SMRT bus strike: 5th driver to be charged, 29 to be repatriated

Published on Dec 1, 2012 4:38 PM
SMRT buses leave the Woodlands Domitory during the mid-morning of Dec 1, 2012. The three buses ferried 23 workers to Admiralty West Prison.-- ST PHOTO: TED CHEN

The police has "substantially completed" its investigations into the illegal strike earlier this week and will be charging a fifth SMRT bus driver from China for instigating the work stoppage.

It has also issued stern warnings to 29 other drivers, who have since had their work permits revoked, and will be repatriated by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) soon.

The Ministry of Home Affairs, providing an update on the incident, said in a press statement on Saturday that "baring any new developments, we do not expect further arrests or repatriations related to this illegal strike".

"The police will be issuing warnings to the others who were involved, but no further action will be taken against them and they will be allowed to remain and work in Singapore, so long as they continue to abide by our laws," added the MHA.

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