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The daughter of an elderly man, who is at the centre of a video showing his dispute with a couple, has shared her thoughts on the matter after finding out about it.
A video, originally uploaded by Facebook user Manny Quest and which went viral after Thelocalsociety reposted it, shows the couple shouting at the old man.
While the woman used expletives on the elderly uncle, the tipping point that really upset netizens was how the younger guy had pushed him and caused him to nearly fall over.
The couple had initially been misidentified as employees from United Overseas Bank (UOB), leading the organisation to conduct investigations and refute the claims.
In a Facebook post earlier today (Apr 25), Caroline Ng identified herself as the elderly man's daughter and responded to the incident.
She said that she only learnt of what happened "through several online postings and after watching the video", adding that "no words can express my outrage and disgust".
Ng continued, "What I find unbelievable is for the entire 2 days, my dad never for once mentioned a word of it. When I ask him why hasn't he made it known to us? Why hasn't he made a report?
"In his own words, he tells me he didn't think anything will come out of it, will the police even act on it? ..does it make sense to pursue it?..
"Furthermore, will anyone even going to believe him? It will be just his words ... So what can he do? He figured he will have to just brush it off, and move on.. so no point mentioning......"
This left her stumped, and made her realise that there are many old folks out there who have fallen victim to 'similar unruly behaviours", but do not come forward to report it.
Ng also expressed her eternal gratitude to Manny, eyewitnesses and netizens who spoke up about the incident, as well as vigilantes for keeping a watchful eye on wrongdoings and looking out for the more vulnerable.
In addition, she criticised the couple for how they treated her dad and wrote, "My dad only wanted to share the table, there were only 2 of them (the couple) and their food wasn't even ready.... Will it kill them just to share the seats??! I mean ..seriously??!!
"Not only the woman was uncouth with her hurling of abusive profanities, her companion just had to despicably ram my dad from behind, trying to knock him off his feet! .. no matter who is in the right or wrong, nobody should be treated in this manner, let alone to an old folk.
"Even though my dad may appears healthy and he was lucky enough to be able to break his fall this time with the table, he does have a medical condition. A serious fall can result in dire consequences."
Ng added that the violence was uncalled for and said the "display of aggression" came as a shock to many, including herself.
She also advised anyone who could identify the couple to notify the police, instead of resorting to cyberbullying or revealing their personal details.
Ng ended her post by saying, "Oh yes and to the ugly couple who did this to my dad, you know who you are.. what goes around comes around.. even if we don't find you.. God sees everything."