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Rumour: Jovina Choi has resigned from her job and plans to find work in Australia

Posted by temasektimes on February 15, 2019

According to unverified rumours circulating in cyberspace, Singapore’s unofficial CNY ‘celebrity’ Jovina Choi has resigned from her job in Singapore and is planning to relocate to Australia!

Jovina Choi shot into fame after she was caught on video in an altercation with a Gojek driver over a $1.50 ERP which she refused to pay during which she falsely accused him of ‘kidnapping’ her and discriminating her because she is Chinese.

Her antics sparked a massive public outcry with many Singaporeans condemning her and poking fun at her with memes featuring her.

In an unverified post on hardwarezone forum, one former claimed that she has resigned from the Singapore Academy of Law where she was working as a paralegal:

Another added that Jovina is feeling stressed with all the public attention she is getting from her ‘fame’ and is seeking a change in environment in Australia where she has relatives and friends.

Jovina has supposedly returned from Taiwan and is scheduled to have an interview with LTA regarding the incident.

However, there has been no news about her since her last email interview with the state media in which she insists there is ‘no misunderstanding to begin with’.

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Jovina Choi remains unfazed by public criticisms, considering taking legal action against Abang Kamaruzzman

Posted by temasektimes on February 10, 2019

Despite widespread public criticism of her antics, embattled Gojek passenger Jovina Choi remains unfazed by it all and remains adamant that she is a “victim” of “wrongful confinement” by the driver Abang Kamaruzzaman.

In a viral video which was widely viewed, Jovina was heard accusing Abang of taking her “hostage” after “cheating” her money by taking a route which incur ERP.

Under Section 339 of the Penal Code,  “whoever voluntarily obstructs any person, so as to prevent that person from proceeding in any direction in which that person has a right to proceed, is said wrongfully to restrain that person” and is punishable by a fine of $500 or a jail term not exceeding one month.

Being a paralegal working at the Singapore Academy of Law, Jovina knows the law is on her side and it is within her right to pursue the matter to the fullest extent. She holds a diploma in Law from Temasek Polytechnic.

In an interview with the state media, Jovina said she would not release her video for “legal reasons” and she is still contemplating whether to take legal action against Abang. She is scheduled to be interviewed by the Land Transport Authority next week.

Though Abang is still allowed drive Gojek for now, he is likely to be penalized by LTA for flouting its rules by uploading the video on social media which incurs a fine of $500 and 21 demerit points which automatically disqualify him from driving a private-hire vehicle.

 

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More than 65,000 people sign online petition in support of Gojek driver Abang Kamaruzzaman

Posted by temasektimes on February 9, 2019

More than 65,000 people have signed a petition expressing their support to Gojek driver Abang Kamaruzzaman who is currently under investigation by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) over an incident on 29 January 2019 during which he was accused of “kidnapping” a passenger Jovina Choi.

The petition reads:

“Abang Go-Jek driver may be investigated by LTA following and faces possible suspension. Go-Jek has reassured him today no action will be taken against him after they reviewed the video following a complaint lodged by the passenger Jovina Choi who accused him of kidnapping and held her as a hostage.

Abang has three children and is the sole breadwinner of his family. The loss of income during the period of possible suspension will hit his finances hard.

Under LTA regulations, PHVs are not allowed to have inward facing cameras and recording devices and Abang has breached the Road Traffic Act too by uploading the video of the altercation and sharing his conversation with the passenger publicly.

According to existing laws, Abang can be docked 21 demerit points and fined $500 for sharing the video publicly which will automatically disqualify him from driving Go-Jek.”

LTA has interviewed Abang on 7 February 2019 and will speak to Jovina Choi next week. In an interview with the state media, Jovina remains adamant that she is a “victim” and is considering pursuing the matter against Abang.

You can sign the petition here.

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Jovina Choi: Route via Thomson Road to Bugis incur no ERP!

Posted by temasektimes on February 8, 2019

Controversial Gojek passenger Jovina Choi who was widely ridiculed for starting an altercation with a Gojek driver Abang Kamaruzzaman was adamant there is a non-ERP route to her workplace Singapore Academy of Law at Coleman Street.

Jovina hailed a Gojek cab on the Tuesday morning of 29 January 2019 and started a fight with the driver after accusing him of “cheating” her by driving her along a route which incurred a $1.50 ERP.

In an email interview with the state media, Jovina continues to act “yaya papaya” and replied in a haughty tone when asked if it is possible to avoid ERP charges on a journey downtown in the morning:

“The rides that I have taken have always not incurred ERP cost….such a route ran from Bishan to 1 Coleman Street (via Thomson-Bugis).”

A quick check on MyTransport.SG reveals that it is impossible to avoid ERP charges along Thomson road unless one pass the gantry before 7.30am or after 9.30am:

 

According to Gojek, Jovina boarded the private-hired vehicle driven by Abang Kamaruzzaman at 7.10am.

If traffic conditions are light, Abang should be able to pass the ERP gentry before 7.30am without incurring ERP charges.

It is befuddling that Abang did not know this well-known route and more so that Jovina was unable to recall the route when asked.

In any case, the ERP charges are paid to the government and not earned by the driver and it is unreasonable of Jovina to accuse Abang of trying to ‘cheat’ her.

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Jovina Choi maintains she was “taken hostage”: There was no misunderstanding!

Posted by temasektimes on February 8, 2019

Despite being widely lambasted by fellow Singaporeans for her disgraceful and disgusting antics in a viral video, embattled legal administrative officer at the Singapore Academy of Law Jovina Choi continues to insist she was “kidnapped” by Gojek driver Abang Kamaruzzaman.

In an interview with the state media, Jovina said “there was no misunderstanding to begin with to be cleared”.

“I told the driver my destination and told him I do not wish to take the more expensive route. We did not come to an agreement in Bishan and I asked him to return me to pick-up point or drop me at any safe spot but he refused to drop me off while we were still in Bishan. The rides that I have taken have always not incurred ERP cost.”

In the video, Jovina was heard accusing Abang of “kidnapping” her. She also wrote on the Facebook page of Gojek claiming that she was put in a very “harmful and dangerous situation.”

She was eventually dropped off Toa Payoh Police station after which she hailed another cab and incurred $2 ERP on her way to her workplace at Coleman Street.

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TNP defends Jovina Choi: “Understandable” she crys kidnap

Posted by temasektimes on February 5, 2019

The New Paper has launched a robust defense of Jovina Choi, the controversial passenger involved in an altercation with Gojek driver Kamaruzzaman in a viral video which is widely watched.

Despite receiving widespread ridicule over her disgraceful antics which saw her falsely maligning Abang and playing the race card, TNP staff writer SM Ong wrote he can understand “why she got so triggered.”

Asking readers to put themselves in her shoes, Ong wrote Jovina Choi is perfectly justified in assuming that Abang is trying to cheat her:

“Let’s say you have taken a ride to this place “every morning” and drivers gave you the option of going the faster way with Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) charges or “the way where there are no additional charges”. Then one day, this driver says he doesn’t know the non-ERP way…..you assume the driver is trying to cheat you.”

 

He added that Jovina should be forgiven for misunderstanding the situation as she is not a driver:

“The trouble is, as someone who doesn’t drive, you also don’t know the way, just as you don’t know that car doors have an auto-lock system. All you want is to get to Coleman Street (without paying for the ERP), but now you’re being drivn to a Toa Payoh police station against your wishes because you’ve just accused the driver of trying to cheat you. So you cry kidnap.”

He also blamed Abang and the unseen male Certis Cisco Officer for conversing in Malay which caused her to blurt out her now infamous words:

“The video also shows Mr Kamaruzzaman speaking to an unseen male Certis Cisco officer in Malay, a language the woman may not have been able to understand, which exacerbated her distress, making her feel like the two men were ganging up on her, a vulnerable lone woman auto-locked in a car against her will. Thus when the Certis Cisco officer appeared to take the side of the driver by mansplaining the auto-lock system to her, I can see how she may have felt like she was being persecuted due to her race being different from the two men’s, resulting in her utterance of everyone’s favourite line from the video: “Is it because I’m Chinese?”

Jovina Choi is currently holidaying in Taiwan. In an interview with the Straits Times, she said she is still thinking of lodging a police report against Abang.

With the state media openly on her side, it is obvious how things will turn out in this case as Abang has flouted the Road Traffic Act by uploading the video online and may even be investigated under Section 339 of the Penal Code for wrongful confinement if a police report is made.

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Jovina Choi thinking of lodging police report against Go-Jek driver Abang Kamaruzzaman!

Posted by temasektimes on February 4, 2019

Jovina Choi, the passenger involved in an altercation with a Go-Jek driver Abang Kamaruzzaman last Tuesday is thinking of lodging a police report against him!

 

In a Skype interview with the state media on Sunday night, Jovina, who is currently in Taiwan said she had not had the chance to make a police report as she left for Taiwan shortly after the incident, adding she is “thinking about it”.

Jovina was heard on video accusing Abang of taking her “hostage” and “kidnapping” her. She made a phone call during the trip to her mother who was overheard on loudspeaker threatening Abang saying

“You have no right to take her hostage…You are causing her to lose her freedom”.

 

Under Section 339 of the Penal code:

“Whoever voluntarily obstructs any person, so as to prevent that person from proceeding in any direction in which that person has a right to proceed, is said wrongfully to restrain that person.”

The crime is punished with “imprisonment for a term which may extend to one month, or with fine which may extend to $500, or with both.”

Abang is currently under investigation by the Land Transport Authority and is scheduled to go for an interview on 7 February.

Under the Road Traffic Act, disclosing, or causing or allowing to be disclosed, a visual recording made of any person or thing, or the occurrence of any incident, within a chauffeured private hire car or taxi shall be punished with a fine of $500 or demerit points of 21 which will cause his Private-Hired Vehicle (PHV) licence to be revoked.

 

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Why Jovina Choi is now Singapore’s public enemy number one

Posted by temasektimes on February 3, 2019

She embodies every bit of characteristic that we all hate in a human being:

1. Ignorance. Holier-than-thou attitude

“Because it’s clear you’re out to cheat money”

She is not aware that drivers don’t make money from passing through an ERP gantry, yet she’s so confident that that is what the driver is doing and insisting she’s right.

2. Irresponsible. Everything is everybody else’s fault attitude

“Because you know I am a layperson and I don’t know the route”

She expects every driver to know every road very well. And essentially she pushed all responsibility of her misfortune (in this case, having to pay for ERP) to the driver when she, as a person who ought to be familiar with the route, herself doesn’t know the way.

 

3. Hypocrisy. Double standards

“You do not have the right to video me”

This said, while she herself attempted (but allegedly failed) to film the driver

4. Exaggeration. Drama queen

“He is taking me to the Toa Payoh police station, and I think that he is a very rogue and dangerous person”

Don’t seem to hear any tyre skidding or any other surrounding cars horning.

5. Overcalculative.

“And I have to pay the extra cost from Toa Payoh all the way to City Hall”

This was said when she just declared herself to be in a danger situation and yet she’s also equally worried about the extra cost she’ll have to incur for her to get from the police station to her intended destination. Which is more important to her? Additional ~$15 cost or her safety? Clearly her priorities are off

6. Quick to accuse. Possibly due to poor upbringing.

She pretends to call someone of authority to try to frighten the driver. Person is very likely just her mom. The person on the phone uses threatening words like “going to Court“, “You have no right to take her hostage” “You are causing her to lose her freedom” etc without first hearing the full story. Do note that these are all very serious charges and can get the driver into trouble.

Clearly this pig face was brought up in an over protected environment, which brings me back to point 2: Irresponsible, everything is everybody’s fault.

7. Manipulative. Liar. Playing victim

“Sir can you help me.. This driver is trying to take hostage of me” in a damsel in distressed voice.

The word hostage was never used until the woman on the phone started introducing it. So who implanted the idea of hostage? The person on the phone!

8. Overbearing. The world revolves around her

“No.. no you’re listening to his point of view”

Only her point of view matters.

9. Poor control of emotions.

So this is the epic part. She tries to escape. A simple flick of the door unlock lever would have unlocked the door, but she went freaky and shouted “he locked the door! he locked the door! He’s taking hostage of me, unlock the door now!!” while the door opens…

10. Incoherent. Playing the race card.

When all else is lost, she throws out a very pathetic card.

 

Source: Hardwarezone Forum

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