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Bus timekeeper claims assault after accident that sparked Little India riot

Bus timekeeper Wong Geck Woon said she was assaulted by foreign workers after the fatal traffic accident that sparked the Little India riot on Dec 8 last year.

SINGAPORE: Bus timekeeper Wong Geck Woon said she was assaulted by foreign workers after the fatal traffic accident that sparked the Little India riot on Dec 8 last year.

She was the first witness to testify on Thursday at the Committee of Inquiry hearing into the riot.

Indian national Sakthivel Kumaravelu, 33, died after he fell onto the path of a bus which was turning left from Tekka Lane into Race Course Road.

Video footage taken from a camera in the bus showed a man beating Mdm Wong with his hands.

Recounting her experience that night, she said she was also hit by a beer bottle and a stone thrown from outside the bus.

Mdm Wong claimed that she had encountered other unpleasant experiences during the course of her work, including being molested on New Year's Day two years ago by a foreign worker.

She also cited past incidents of drunk workers vomiting and urinating in her bus.

As such, she has had to turn away more drunk workers recently compared to two years ago, she said, adding that she noticed more shops in Little India selling liquor compared to previous years.

She also noticed that the police have stepped up the frequency of their patrols in Little India, while the crowds have become smaller of late.

The hearing continues with the bus driver, 55-year-old Lee Kim Huat, expected to testify next. 


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