SBS Transit driver attacked by parang-wielding men in JB
SINGAPORE: A Singapore bus driver was attacked by parang-wielding men in a bold robbery attempt in the southern Malaysian city of Johor Bahru on Tuesday evening.
The incident occurred on SBS Transit bus service number 160 which had just left the Kotaraya shopping centre. It was heading for the Woodlands Checkpoint at the border with Singapore.
A caller to MediaCorp's News hotline said the driver was slashed with a parang when he tried to close the door on the men who were trying to board.
An SBS Transit spokesman told Channel NewsAsia that the injured driver would be transferred from the Johor General Hospital to Singapore soon.
He is believed to be a Singapore permanent resident in his early thirties.
It is not known how many passengers were on board at the time of the incident or if any of them were injured. The assailants fled immediately after the incident.
Service 160 plies between Kotaraya in Johor Bahru and the Jurong East Interchange in Singapore, and the journey usually takes about 70 minutes.
SBS bus captain slashed in JB transferred to Singapore hospital
SINGAPORE: A 29-year-old SBS Transit bus captain was robbed and slashed by two men in a bold robbery attempt in the southern Malaysian city of Johor Bahru on Tuesday evening.
The incident happened onboard Service 160 which had just left Kotaraya Shopping Centre.
It was headed to the Malaysian Customs Checkpoint when the assailants, believed to be in their 30s, boarded posing as passengers.
In a statement, SBS said that the parang-wielding robbers first approached a middle-aged Chinese woman and tried to rob her.
The passenger shouted for help which drew the bus captain's attention.
The driver immediately stopped the bus and told the robbers to stop what they were doing.
The suspects then turned on the driver and demanded his wallet, which contained RM$260 and S$40.
The robbers took the wallet and slashed the bus captain several times on his upper limbs before fleeing.
The victim sustained a deep gash on his left wrist which also caused a bone fracture.
He was rushed to a hospital in Johor Bahru, then later moved to the Singapore's National University Hospital, where he underwent surgery on Wednesday morning.
The three passengers on board were not injured.
SBS said this is the first time such an incident has occurred on their buses.
They are currently assisting the Malaysian Police in their investigations.
Service 160 plies between Kotaraya in Johor Bahru and the Jurong East Interchange in Singapore and the journey usually takes about 70 minutes.