On 8 Aug, an incident happened onboard an SBS transit bus (service 54) at the bus stop of Block 245 Bishan St 22.
The passenger was told multiple times to wear his mask properly but refused to comply.
When the bus captain then contacted the Operations Command Centre (OCC), the passenger got up to confront the driver.
The pair got into a verbal tussle and only ended when the bus captain threatened to call the police.
Before the passenger left the bus, he promised the bus captain that he will make him jobless.
After alighting, he continued spewing vulgarities, pointed the middle finger and spat at the bus captain twice.
Involved In Another Incident
On 22 Aug, it was stated that the Singapore Police Force has arrested a 49-year-old man for allegedly failing to wear his mask properly and verbally abusing an SBS bus driver.
SPF had received a police report regarding the incident on 12 Aug 2020 and arrested him on 20 Aug after police officers from Ang Mo Kio police division established his identity with images from police cameras and extensive ground enquiries.
He is due to appear in court yesterday to be charged with public nuisance.
Mothership.sg has confirmed that the man is also suspected to be the individual who allegedly spat at the bus captain on 8 Aug 2020.
For causing public nuisance, he can be fined up to $2,000.
And if the act causes harm, danger or annoyance to the public, he could be jailed up to three months, fined up to $2,000, or both.
Other SBS Transit Bus Captain Incidents
Previously, when SBS Transit stepped forward to defend their driver from racist allegations, they mentioned that SBS Transit bus captains have been abused over the past weeks.
One had his shirt grabbed by an irate passenger who he had reminded, multiple times, to wear his mask properly.
Another wasn’t sure if a neck gaiter was an approved mask and stopped a passenger from boarding, only to be accused of racism and shamed on a live-stream.
The Singapore Police Force stated that such behaviours are “not tolerated”, especially in the current Covid-19 situation:
“The Police take a serious view of such abusive and irresponsible behaviour, especially in the current Covid-19 situation.
“Everyone needs to play their part by being socially responsible, observing good personal hygiene, and being considerate to others, especially to service staff who continue to serve the public to the best of their efforts during this difficult period.
“The Police will not tolerate any physical or verbal abuse of public servants or public service workers, and will take strong action against perpetrators.”