SINGAPORE: A man was caught on camera shoving an elderly woman off a bus, an incident police have classified as "voluntarily causing hurt".
Authorities told Channel NewsAsia that the 25—year—old has also been hauled in for questioning.
He shouted, threatened to hit her, and finally shoved the elderly woman off the bus.
Other passengers immediately responded — including Ms Tina Chang.
"It was not a light push, it was really hard! Had she not grabbed hold of the handle (on the door) when she fell, she would have flown off," she said.
The incident apparently started when the elderly woman pressed the bell late, resulting in the bus stopping past the bus stop.
"He started shouting at her first, and then he approached her, and threatened to slap her. She was quite shocked, (and) she was shaking," said Ms Chang.
The man, identified as Alex Ong, said on his Facebook page that he suffers from clinical depression.
Associate Professor Munidasa Winslow, senior consultant at Winslow Clinic, said: "Having a condition, having obsessive compulsive disorder or Asperger’s or whatever else, is not a carte blanche credit for you to be able to misbehave or do whatever you want to.
"You still have to live by society’s norms. If you find you have problems with that, then it’s incumbent on you to go and seek help."
On his blog, Alex Ong said what happened was the result of anger simmering inside him — at the difficulty of finding a good job, and even at the recent fatal crash involving a Ferrari and a taxi.
Mental conditions are not necessarily increasing in Singapore, Dr Winslow said, but they are showing up more often with the help of social media and the Internet.
It may also be the impact of social change on the younger generation.
"(For) the early generations in Singapore, when we went to school the prevailing sentiment was that life is difficult," said Dr Winslow.
"But in later generations, some people at least, seem to go in with the feeling that life is supposed to be easy, and why is it that everybody is making life difficult for me?"
It’s unclear whether Ong will be charged, as police continue their investigations.
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I am a 69 year old man, retired from a senior position in a multinational company. Today I live alone in an HDB flat and I am still gainfully employed and I am still paying my income tax.
I take strong exceptions to Mr. Alex Ong's behaviour and his "clinical depression" and failure to find "a good job" is not acceptable as reasons for his behaviour. There are ample jobs available, perhaps he may regard such available jobs as below his expectations.
I sincerely hope the Authorities will take the necessary steps to educate Mr. Ong on what the acceptable social behaviour is and perhaps also to direct him to seek the proper medical treatment for his illness.
Would he even apologise if he wasnt caught on camera? Or would he twist and turn his words about the whole situation?
You think he will let the cameraman off if he knew he was being filmed, or would he pushed him/her off the bus too? This Alex even cursed the old lady to die before him.
Cut the crap man. Be a man. Own up to your mistakes. You are just a bully. Period. Dont feign ignorance.
Unfortunately, we don't see such attributes in Singapore. But to verbally and physically shoved an older person down a bus is tantamount to a beast worst than a dog. A bully in all respect. These are the human pariah of society and I am all for severe punishment to be meted out. Excuses of mentally depressed are all just excuses. This is because a person with deep respect for their elders are by NATURE, filial. Even when they are unwell, their filial piety will prevent them from such uncalled for bad-mannered actions. To sum up, this is just one selfish, bad-mannered bully. Don't you let him get away with it!!!!
This man ought to be charged. There is no excuse. Everyone will claim depression, insomnia, stress
and all medical ailments. The victim coud have died if she fall and hit her head. The Courts are too lenient nowadays.
He is so young at 25 years old. There are more jobs for Singaporeans to fill. Just a lame excuse. Why should he called his father after the incident. Must be a spoilt brat. Upbringing very important.
I am just like others so shocked to watch that news in TV. I am a mother of 3 teenagers, and I am sure his parents and those who know him are saddend by his act. I feel that our youth still have not taught enough to be respectful of elderly. What's wrong with our kids upbringing and education?
This shows how our new generation youth reacts when faced with unhappy situations.
From the video, I saw that he raised his hand and intend to slap the old woman. Although he did not, his first intention already showed to use violence in his mind. Shame.
I was also amazed that the bus driver and other passengers did not intervene when the dispute started. This is so 'Singaporean'. Bo Chap!
Only after the old lady was shoved off the bus stairs, an old man then came to intervene.
When will Singaporeans start to act to show kindness and care to others in the public?
Is more then shocked to know such thing will happen in Singapore! Is a disgrace and this young man need a big apology to the old lady and be punished! He is just too much .........
How will he react if someone pushed his mother n tt someone later says so sorry...?who the hell does he think he is?we already have road rage...do we need a passenger rage?afterall the passenger was an elderly n he should understand tt an elderly will normally 4get his/her destination.what s wrong with this guy anyway?obviously 4 no reasons he react in such a way.
would saying sorry b enough if tt elderly lady was injured?the police should nt b lenient n he should b punish accordingly so a message can b relay 2 anybody tt nobody above the law.
anyone can do anything stupid n later claim mental disorder....?let the IMH ppl do n check if this guy really have mental disorder.
2 the lawmen.....mental disorder or nt....charge him n let the courts decide what 2 do with this sort of ppl.
From what he wrote on Facebook and the video, it shows that he is trying to find EXCUSE, EXCUSE to cover for his barbaric act ! Everybody has stress - it's just a matter of how you handle it yourself . No excuse for this type of uncivilised act especially from a young man .
If the police did not take action on him, more such cases will likely to happen. Everyone has their bad days, but this is not the excuse to cause harm to an elderly. What happen if another similiar case happen and the person involve just claim that he is an autism patient, what will happen to our society? It will become so unsafe cos we might just accidentally offended an autism even though we are not in the wrong. Police should put him in a mental hospital for observation for at least a year before deciding to let him off the case if proven he is sick. This will serve as a warning to others not to use sickness as an excuse to attack elderly or children.
He should be charge and even be given a much stiffer punishment for doing so, He is under stress, so what, you can than take on others to relief your stress and violences is your choice! The target you have choosen which put you in an extreme case of severe punishment and NO EXCUSE at all and it is toltally in human.
Firstly, she is a lady
next, she is an elderly
if she falls and seriously injured or even results in loosing her life, he should be hanged to double death.
He wrote on his blog that it was an result of an anger shimering inside him, thats lame and irresponsible.
If he is not charged and punish severly, than there isn;t justice and seem to be silent support for certain violence is acceptable!
I hope one of this day I will meet him in the bus with me and then he shout at me and push me the way he did to the old lady.. I will give him a BIG excuse to sleep in the hospital for few weeks to cool off his head!!!