Alleged assault, molest in cases involving e-hailing services

Aug 13, 2017

PETALING JAYA: Two cases involving e-hailing services have emerged over the weekend. One resulted in the passenger being injured while the other has the driver claiming molest by his male passenger.

In the first incident, The Star Online reported that a Grab driver was arrested after allegedly assaulting a Form Five student.

It quoted acting Serdang OCPD Supt Mohd Rosdi Daud as saying that the incident happened on Saturday evening.

The driver, he said picked the student up from her house in Puchong Jaya and was supposed to send her to a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur.

He added that a misunderstanding during the drive resulted in the driver allegedly assaulting the girl and she suffered a broken nose.

The suspect, who has been a full-time driver with Grab for at least two years, was arrested at about 2am on Sunday.

He does not have a criminal record and has been remanded until Aug 16 for investigations.

In the second case, Malay Mail Online reported of a male Uber driver who accused his passenger of molesting him on Saturday morning.

The news portal reported driver Syed Rosli Syed Harman as saying that he had picked up the male passenger who wanted to go to Sri Petaling from Old Klang Road.

He claimed the incident happened when they were on the Maju Expressway when the male passenger, who was seated next to him, “suddenly reached across and touched his private parts.”

“He touched my private parts, and I scolded him, I said ‘What are you doing?’, then he just smiled,” the portal reported him as saying.

He added that he did not argue anymore because he was scared the passenger had a weapon.

“Just complete the job and drop him off and lodged a report to Uber,” he said adding that the passenger did not do anything else after the scolding.

He has filed a complaint at the Sri Petaling police station and would be giving another statement at the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters.

Uber, in a statement to the portal, said it was aware of the incident adding that the rider no longer has access to the app pending investigations.

“We also stand ready to assist the parties involved and the authorities in their investigation,” the Uber spokesman said in the statement.