GEORGE TOWN (NST) – A Rapid Penang bus driver is in critical condition after being stabbed by a female passenger, all because he didn’t let her disembark at a non-designated stop.
In the incident on Monday morning, the woman had boarded the Balik Pulau-bound Rapid Penang bus near Weld Quay and later demanded that the driver stop the bus.
However, the driver, Aisyamudin Yaacob, 27, did not do so as the location she chose was not a designated bus stop.
Rapid Penang head of Communication Department Rafidah Abdul Karim said the woman, in her 40s and believed to be mentally unstable, became upset when her demand wasn’t met.
When the driver stopped the bus at a bus stop in Jalan Paya Terubong in Relau and opened the door, the woman rushed towards him.
“She pulled out a sharp object and stabbed the driver repeatedly, causing the driver to fall from his seat and scream for help. The woman then fled the scene,” Rafidah said outside the intensive care unit ward of Penang Hospital.
Timur Laut police chief ACP Mior Faridalatrash Wahid said the 48-year-old woman was detained at 7.30am near Paya Terubong.
“Police detained the woman while she was about to board a Rapid Penang bus and seized a knife, believed to be the weapon used to stab the driver critically, yesterday. She will be remanded for four days,” he said yesterday.
Mior Faridalatrash said the driver has yet to regain consciousness at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Penang Hospital.