‘Aiyoh, this Myanmar lad, very daring hor’ – Netizens respond to man suing PUB Singapore for $578K after his bike got caught in drain grate – TBEN Singapore News

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A man is suing the PUB, the national water authority, after he was injured in January last year when the wheel of his bicycle got stuck in the grate of a drain.

Maung Maung Aung Soe Thu, 42, a citizen of Myanmar, is seeking at least $578,000 in damages in a negligence lawsuit.

He argues that the PUB has breached its duty of care for failing to ensure the safety of drain grates in the road.

However, the water company denies this, saying that the chance of a person on a bicycle sustaining a moderate to serious injury from an accident involving a drain grate is only 0.00001 percent.

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The Supreme Court hearing to determine the liability issue began on Tuesday (Sept. 6) and is expected to last three days.

Should the national agency be found liable, there will be another hearing to determine the amount of the damage.

On January 16, 2021, Mr. Maung Maung, a senior technical assistant, was cycling on Changi Point Coastal Walk with a friend.

He did not see a 3-cm gap in the drain grate while he was watching traffic, he told the court on Sept. 6.

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At that time, the drain was covered with fallen leaves.

The accident resulted in head and spine injuries, facial fractures and multiple abrasions to the face and lips, and he now limps with the aid of a cane.

Lawyers for PUB said Mr Maung Maung had also been negligent in choosing to cycle on the road rather than at the park connector.

Netizens had a lot to say about it.

One commentator called him “very daring”, presumably because he filed a lawsuit against the national water agency.

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Others joked that they could also file similar lawsuits.

A number of commentators underlined the importance of road safety and caution as a cyclist.

However, one netizen urged the others not to be so judgmental.

Another wrote that cyclists should be banned on certain roads in Singapore.

/TISG

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