A powerful family from China managed to win two lawsuits against SMRT and their bus driver today (Nov 24) at the Singapore Court. The incident happened in 2013 when Singapore Permanent Resident 58-year-old Ding Weibo went into a coma after she lost her balance and hit her head against a metal bar inside the bus when the bus driver pulled an abrupt brake. The China national suffered a skull fracture and underwent two operations during her coma which lasted for a few weeks. Ding Weibo has not recovered from her accident, and is only able to talk and walk slowly.

The driver of SMRT bus service 167, M Ezar M Hassan was ruled by the Singapore court guilty of causing grievous hurt by a negligent act in January 2013, where he was sentenced to a fine of S$4,500.

The husband of Ding Weibo, You Bujia, 62, represented her wife in the Singapore court today to file a civil suit against SMRT and the bus driver. Her daughter Ding Xiao Sui, who was a witness at the accident, was also present. The Singapore Court ruled the case in China nationals’ favour and faulted SMRT 95% for the accident. According to Ding Weibo’s lawyer, Tito Issac, the amount of damages are yet to be finalized. Tito Issac is one of Singapore’s top lawyers who own his own law firm Tito Issac & Co LLP.

Photo of Tito Issac and You Bujia from The Straits Times Wong Kwai Chow
Photo of Tito Issac and You Bujia from The Straits Times Wong Kwai Chow