A 30-year-old GrabCar driver was arrested yesterday for allegedly raping a woman passenger in his car at Bandar Putra Permai, Seri Kembangan. The man was picked up at 10 pm in Sungai Buloh in a Police operation by a team from the Serious Crimes Division of the Serdang Police Headquarters.
Serdang Police chief ACP Megat Mohamad Aminuddin Megat Alias said the man allegedly raped the 29-year-old woman who was in a state of drunkenness when she hailed the service to return home at about 4 am.
“The police have seized the suspect’s Perodua Myvi car and his clothes.”
ACP Megat Mohamad Aminuddin said the suspect is being investigated under Section 376 of the Penal Code which provides for a maximum 20 years jail term and whipping upon conviction.
Grab Malaysia has since apologized over the distressing news, its country head Sean Goh said that the priority is to assist and provide support to the passenger and her family and to fully cooperate with the police and relevant authorities.
“We have zero tolerance policy to any crime and serious misconduct by drivers, and have immediately removed the driver from our platform, pending completion of police investigations.”
According to The Star, Goh is unable to share further details about the case as investigation are still ongoing. But he assured that the safety of both Grab’s passengers and drivers has and always will be a priority.
“I am truly sorry that we have to let our users and community down in this instance and humbly ask our passengers and drivers to please allow us to keep improving the safety and reliability of our service.
“We have in place rigorous face to face driver screening and criminal background checks, and we are committed to keep investing in driver screenings and training and other safety initiatives.”
The victim claimed that the driver took advantage of her near her house and she could not fight him off because she was drunk.
Goh said that the Grab driver application has a “panic button” for drivers to immediately contact the police in emergency cases. I personally think they should have done this for the passengers first!
“We will be expediting our plans to extend this feature to the Grab passenger app as well.”
Well, you better do it quick for the safety of other passengers, they ain’t gonna feel safe taking your service for now, and ladies, why are you drinking so late into the night and going home alone? Why did you think it would be safe to travel home with a stranger in ungodly hours? You should be smarter than that.
Don’t make stupid decisions please, be smart people!