With all the efforts by both government and private companies to make Singapore a more liveable city, there are bound to be senseless vandalism which the nation is starting to get a taste of it.
Days after a 14-year-old boy was arrested for throwing an OfO bike down a HDB block, another case of bike abuse has surfaced. This time, a youth is seen throwing an oBike bicycle into a canal in a Snapchat video.
The Straits Times understands that the incident happened late on Thursday night. A video clip of the Snapchat was sent to Stomp.
It starts with a shirtless young man hurling a yellow bicycle into a canal.
He is then filmed riding around an MRT station, said to be Punggol MRT station, on an ofo bike. Police confirmed that a report on the incident was lodged and investigations are ongoing.
Bike company ofo said that it made a police report, and did not share further details on the case, as it is working with the police and other authorities to investigate the matter.
“We treat these incidents very seriously, and this is something that goes beyond vandalism and bike misuse, as it poses a threat to the safety of everyone around,” a spokesman said.
“We also wholeheartedly encourage anyone with knowledge of the perpetrators to offer any information they possess to local authorities, or to contact us directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that we may continue to coordinate with law enforcement officials.”
oBike said that it condemned the actions of the rider.
“We condemn this senseless act and will not hesitate to take legal action against members of the public who abuse our bicycles. We are in the process of lodging a police report regarding this matter” said Mr Elgin Ee, general manager of oBike.
A spokesman for Go-Ahead Singapore on Monday (June 19) said it is aware of the incident that happened at Punggol Temporary Bus Interchange.