Thursday, November 29, 2012

4 SMRT Bus Drivers arrested for SMRT strike

4 male SMRT drivers are were charged for their roles in the illegal SMRT strike. They have been charged in the Subordinate Courts this afternoon at 5pm under section 10(a) of the Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act (Chapter 67) read with section 109 of the Penal Code (Chapter 224). If they are found guilty, they can be fined up to $2,000 or imprisoned for a term not exceeding 12 months, or both.

This Monday, 171 bus drivers went on strike to protest about their wage difference to Malaysian drivers and living conditions in the dorms. 88 of them continued with the strike on Tuesday. On Wednesday, it was announced that 20 SMRT bus drivers were called to Police Cantonment Complex to help with police investigation.

According to The Channel News Asia, representatives from the Chinese Embassy were seen at the Subordinate Courts on Thursday. All four SMRT drivers are China national. They are He Jun Ling, 32; Gao Yue Qiang, 32; Liu Xiangying, 33; and Wang Xianjie, 39 and according to media, they are not bailable under the statute and will be remanded for a week at the Central Police Station.

He Jun Ling faces an additional charge of making a post in the Chinese baidu titled "The insults and humiliations suffered by Singapore drivers (SMRT) (where is the dignity of the People's Republic of China bus drivers).

According to court documents, the post contained the following statements in Chinese:
"But why don't we think of it the other way around, if a few hundred Chinese Nationals take the lead, I am afraid the management of SMRT will be fired instead, not that we do not know the traffic situation in Singapore, a few hundred bus drivers do not report got work for a few days there will be public outcry in Singapore, Lianhe Zaobao, MyPaper and the English papers will all wait on us, trying to find out the reason(s) for the action. Land Transport Authority will have to start questioning SMRT." 
Baidu screengrab of SMRT bus driver's post
Source : Yahoo SG
"Rational and hot-blooded fellow workers have to take action! Let's go on MC together tomorrow 26, Monday and 27, Tuesday. We have to depend on ourselves for our dignity and interest, MC (whether paid or not paid) is nothing when compared to your own interest, just tens of dollars isn't? When it comes to fighting for our dignity it is far more important than tens of dollars. Please relay the message to as many as possible, not afraid of traitor(s), Monday morning at the entrance to hostels at Ang Mo Kio and Woodlands please inform those who are not aware, insist not to board the company transport. Boycott and despite those who are not taking any action, they will suffer guilty conscience. It concerns the interest if everybody, everyone should take part."
Source : Police arrested 4 male PRC nationals for illegal strike. They will be charged at 5pm 

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