Updated: 25 February 2013 18:45
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He Jun Ling faces extra charge for posting message on baidu

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He Jun Ling faces extra charge for posting message on baidu

Among the first four accused of engaging in a conspiracy to instigate the drivers to participate in the strike, 32-year-old He Jun Ling faces an additional charge of inciting his Chinese colleagues by making an online post on baidu.com on Sunday, a day before the strike took place.

In the message titled “The insults and humiliations suffered by Singapore drivers (SMRT)”, the Henan province native allegedly called on drivers to “go on MC together tomorrow, 26, Monday and 27, Tuesday.”

Excerpts of his post, as reported by TODAYonline, read:

“If a few hundred Chinese Nationals take the lead, I am afraid the management of SMRT will be fired instead… 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.”

“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?”

“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 despise those who are not taking any action, they will suffer guilty conscience. It concerns the interest if everybody, everyone should take part.”

Besides He, ex-SMRT bus drivers Gao Yue Qiang, 32; Liu Xiangying, 33; and Wang Xianjie, 39 were also charged on Nov 29.

All four were remanded for a week for investigations.

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