2016 Star Awards’ All Time Favourite Artiste, Rui En, has been flagged by her elderly neighbours for being inconsiderate of others. Speaking to Lianhe Zaobao, the neighbours recounted how the actor threw their telephone twice in rage.
The incident happened on 20 April at about 6pm when Rui En appeared at the neighbours door and asked for a power bank because her phone was dead. As the elderly couple did not have a power bank, they invited her to their house to use their landline.
Rui En flew into a rage when the numbers she dialled did not get through and threw the phone in anger twice. She finally managed to put a call through to her maid. The neighbour told the Chinese daily that the actor appeared impatient and agitated throughout the calls, and even ordered the elderly neighbour’s wife to go upstairs to retrieve some items for her. She also did not thank them afterwards.
After news of her rudeness broke, the actor apologised to her elderly neighbours with a gift basket. The neighbours accepted her apology but not her gift basket. They told the newspaper that they hoped the popular artiste would be more aware of her words and actions, and not vent herself when she has the goodwill of others.
When contacted by Lianhe Wanbao, Rui En’s manager said that this was a private dispute between neighbours which has been settled.
This is not the first time Rui En has been in the public eye for all the wrong reasons. Her accident with a a motorbike was much talked about in April last her. Rui En knocked over a stationary motorbike at a carpark in Clementi, and when confronted by the rider she retorted, ‘do you know who I am?’
Rui En subsequently issued a public apology for the accident and explained it as a “judgmental error” and “careless driving”. She further admitted that she should have handled the situation “with more tact”.
In December last year, a netizen shared a video of an unsafe driver along Orchard Road. The netizen said that he was approaching a cross junction and slowed his vehicle to about 30km/h, when the black BMW suddenly jumped his lane and overtook his vehicle.
Rui En later acknowledged that the car was hers and that she drove in that manner when she found out that she was on the wrong lane.