In a messy situation that was partly caught on camera, a boy who was cycling across ECP overhead bridge accidentally ran over the foot of a man who was wheeling his bicycle across the bridge. The man did not take too kindly to having his foot run over and allegedly pushed and kicked the boy. What the camera did catch, however, was the man doing a lot of shouting. Netizens who saw the boy’s Facebook post about the incident strongly encouraged him to go to the police and file a report against the shouting man.
Here is the post by Zavier Lim:
This man right here kicked me and pushed me . Kicked my bike too . Ik its wrong cycling on the bridge but he did lay…
And here is the video (of all the shouting):
Posted by Zavier Lim on Tuesday, 6 November 2018
Lim’s photos and video (taken by another man, whose voice can be heard) only capture the aftermath of the controversial incident, so we do not see the boy running over the man’s foot and the man kicking and pushing the boy. What we are privy to, however, is the man, clearly enraged and having a proper shout-fest at the boy. The man’s companion on the bridge, a woman, had her phone out also and was taking a video of the situation.
Another media source has handily transcribed the conversation that took place:
Boy who ran over man’s foot (Lim) : “Jiao (call)”.
Man who shouted (Man 1): “Lai ah.”
Lim: “Jiao ah, Jiao jing cha (call police).”
Man taking the video (Man 2): (In Chinese) “So fierce for what, so fierce for what? Why you do this neh? Bully a child. Bully a child.”
Man 1: “You cycle on the bridge and you run over my leg. You can call…”
Lim: “Accidentally, you must kick me ah?”
Man 1: “Don’t need to say anything, I don’t need to talk to you.”
Man 2: “It’s ok let them go, let them go. Let them go, let them go.”
Man 1: “What let them go?”
Lim: “English, don’t understand. You must kick me meh? Stupid…”
Man 1: “Eh come over here la, what you wanna say, say?”
Lim: “You shout until no voice already ah?”
Man 1: “What you wanna say, say.”
Lim: “Shout until no voice already ah?”
Man 1: “You are the one who run over me you know or not?”
Lim: “Accidentally right?”
Man 2: “You never give him chance to say sorry.”
Man 1: “You cycle on the bridge, and…”
Woman with phone: “He didn’t apologise.”
Man 2: “You never give him chance.”
Lim: “He kick me you know?”
Man 1: “You cycle on the bridge and hurt my leg.”
Lim: “Accidentally you don’t understand ah? Must you kick me?”
Man 1: “That means you did it.”
Man 2: “You never give him chance to say sorry, and you kick his bike.”
Man 1: “Run over my leg.”
Man 2: “Ok never mind, never mind.”
That is what went on in the video. The man whose foot got run over was fuming; getting his foot run over was clearly not something he would let go of easily.
Lim, who also seems pretty offended that he got pushed and kicked by the man, claims that it was an accident that he ran over the man’s foot. On video, the woman who was with the man said that Lim never said sorry, but the other man, who was taking the video, was heard saying that the boy was never given a chance to apologise.
Interestingly, no apology is heard from Lim for the entire video (or from the man, for that matter). Tensions were high, and voices were raised. It really was not an amicable situation.
After Lim posted the photos and video on Facebook, netizens responded, condemning the bullying, showing support for the boy and encouraging him change his post to public and to file a police report against the shouting man.
Incidentally, cycling on an overhead bridge is not allowed, as seen here in this Intra-Town Cycling Guide issued by the Land Transport Authority.