6 Singaporeans who had gone to Batam for a good time have vowed to never go there again, thanks to being surrounded and intimidated by a mob of angry taxi drivers who hit them and vandalised their car, all because they believed the Singaporeans were killing their livelihood by using Uber private-hire car services.
The Singaporeans were actually driving a rental car.
Facebook user Jason Wee reported that the incident occured at Batam’s Nagoya Hills Shopping Mall when he and his friends were pulling out of a parking lot. They were stopped by a security guard and a group of men dressed in Nagoya Hill uniforms. The men claimed to be taxi drivers.
A heated argument ensued where the Singaporeans were accused of undercutting the taxi drivers’ business by using Uber. When the Singaporeans tried to explain that they were using a rental car and that they were trying to catch a ferry back to Singapore by showing the gang their passports, the gang members hit some of the Singaporeans and then scratched the rental car.
Wee advised Singaporeans to reconsider going to Batam: “Everyone going to Batam better think twice. I’m never going Batam again. Nothing worth going for. #BatamNoMore”