A recent video which is the talk of the town on social media shows a fight between a LTA officer and an Uber driver, Goh Kok Ling, 59. In the video, the driver on the left of the screen was seen whispering something to the LTA officer on the right of the screen, when suddenly the LTA officer started punching the driver on the stomach and in the face.
The fight was eventually broken up by a bystander.
Mr Goh then lodged a police report at the Kampong Java Neighbourhood Police Centre after dropping Ms Pek and was taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital. He is said to nurse a swollen cheek, and has lost a tooth from the fight.
Ms Amber Pek, the passenger who engaged the services of Mr Goh shared the video on her Facebook account to show the plight of the Uber driver and how she felt it was an abuse of power by the LTA officer.
She also shared that it was her first time riding with Uber and did not know that taxi stand does not allow private taxi drivers such as Uber drivers to enter. She noted that the LTA officer is rude and was shouting at the cars.
Ms Pek was also saddened by Mr Goh's injuries from the LTA officer's attacks.
It has also been reported that the LTA officer, who is an employee of an outsourced company, Ramky Cleantech Services has since been suspended for investigation, and was arrested by the police. LTA will bear all the costs for Mr Goh's medical fees.
Below is the full text of what Amber Pek wrote on her Facebook page along with the video.
So today is my first time riding with Uber and I witness a LTA officer beating up the Uber cab uncle. I’m sharing this as I felt this was an abuse of power from the LTA officer. His actions were absolutely outrageous and unacceptable. Using violence on an old uncle and kicking him even when he’s on the ground.I called for a Uber car to pick me up at bugis junction Victoria street taxi stand.
I …did not know only taxis were allowed to turn in. However when I was waiting for my Uber car to arrive, I saw this LTA officer standing at the turning in point, scolding and chasing cars away.He was not friendly at all and was shouting at the cars in a rude manner.
Naturally I quickly went to the entry point when my uber car came and told the officer I called for this uber cab ride and that he’s just turning in to pick me up like normal on call cabs.The LTA officer then proceeded to scold the uber driver in a rude way saying he’s gonna give him a warning and why can’t he read only taxi is allowed to enter?
Uber driver to officer: ” My passenger requested for pick up at the taxi stand. What should i do?”Lta to uber :”tell ur passenger to go to the other side! Can’t your passenger walk?! You wanna talk back now? I warning you and you want to talk back?! I’m gonna report you!” (Yes he was shouting)
LTA officer then begun to block the car taking photos. The uber driver drove in the taxi stand, got down the car and gave the LTA officer his NRIC telling him just take down his details. The officer then continued shouting and said the uncle was harassing him. The uncle got back in the car and the LTA officer started to gesture big actions and started taking photos again.
The uber uncle got down again and asked again if he wants all his details. The lta officer begin to become aggressive, shouting hokkien vulgarities saying he don’t mind losing his job. Then he threw the first punch at the Uber uncle. You guys can see the rest from the video that both times the LTA officer threw the first punch and proceeded to kick the old uncle when he fell to the ground.
Despite all these and his bleeding injuries, the uber uncle told me “xiao mei it’s ok let’s go uncle send you. Uncle old already aiyo my teeth dropped out.” I felt so pained seeing his face filled with blood. I kept apologizing as I didn’t know cars were not allowed.
He just assured me it’s okay and told me not to worry. I gave him my contact and would like to thank him for sending me to my destination safely. I’m currently in contact with his son should he need further assistance because they are at TTSH at the moment.
Ps: I didn’t dare to get out of the car because I felt very threatened by the LTA officer and I felt very helpless but am glad someone tried to stop the fight. Thankful for the kind souls.