The “obnoxious” man, Alex Ong, has a story to tell as well. In fact, he had a very detailed post on Facebook and a blog to go along with it. He defended his actions in his post saying: “I have OCD, I had clinical depression resulting from the abuse I went through in NS and secondary school, and when I was younger I was diagnosed with ASD. ”
He added: “Try struggling with all of these on top of having to deal with a lifetime of abuse and bullying, from primary school to NS.”
Watch the video of the incident
Take note of what he said after sitting down. He yells: “Anyway, you’re older than me…you’ll die sooner than me.”
Here’s an excerpt from his Facebook post:
So this afternoon I was travelling by bus to Dhoby Ghaut. At around Thomson Road, this old lady hit the bell at the last minute, so I told her not to hit the bell at the last minute the next time. Immediately she shouted at me, “I did not do it intentionally!”.
Of course, from my point of view I was only trying to advise her not to do this kind of thing, so I was quite agitated when she just shouted back at me like this. We got into an argument, and I told her to “get off this bus”. She simply shot back, “no, I won’t.” With emotions running high, I let loose a “I will slap you!” to her, to which she said “come!”.
I reached breaking point and gave her a light push, which resulted in her falling off the steps. Now, I know I should never have done this, but if you were in my shoes, you of course could have exploded as well.
This resulted in her getting the driver of the bus to call for the police and ambulance, who arrived and took statements from both of us. Everyone on the bus had to be ushered onto another bus. I called my father just in case the old lady escalated the case, causing me to be detained by the police. He came by and explained my personal situation to the officers.
How would you react in a situation like this? He is certifiably autistic and depressed so were his actions acceptable? Check out Alex Ong’s blog (for an even longer explanation) and take the poll below.
**UPDATE: His blog is no longer accessible. It is now password protected perhaps due to the onslaught of negative comments.