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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.

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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”

Nightmare in Batam. Six of us had enjoyed a day and night at Batam and made a final stop at Nagoya Hills Shopping mall…

Posted by Jason Wee on Monday, 12 June 2017

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