ComfortDelGro apologises for cabbie’s “derogatory” actions

The taxi driver mocked an androgynous-looking man not once, but twice.

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Taxi operator ComfortDelGro has issued an apology on behalf of one of its drivers for mocking Singapore actor and stuntman Hanz Medina last Friday (July 17).

Hanz, who is in his 20s, was hailing a cab near Owen Street at around 2.20pm last Friday. However, instead of stopping for Hanz, the driver stared at him before making a derogatory gesture with his hand.

And it didn’t stop there. The cabbie made a U-turn and drove past Hanz again while showing the "limp-hands gesture”.

In his complaint to ComfortDelGro, Hanz said he felt “really disturbed” by the cabbie’s actions.

“I am a man who happens to look androgynous and have my long wet hair out [but] I am not a transgender nor a transvestite,” he wrote. “No one should go through this [because of] how someone looks … This is a mental disease and outright bullying.”

In its reply to Hanz, ComfortDelGro assured him that the driver has been rebuked for his “disgraceful actions” and has also been issued an official warning for failing to pick up a passenger despite his taxi being available for hire.

“Going forward, we will now monitor him closely and any similar transgressions committed by him can result in the termination of his hiring contract with us," the company said.

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