"Last night I went through one of the most terrifying experiences of my life."
Those were the first few words uttered by Mónica about her traumatising experience from a bus ride from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore.
The young traveller's harrowing night began when she boarded the bus on 28th May. She was the only passenger in the bus that night.
"The trip lasted around 5 hours and I was sitting about 10 rows back. The bus had the lights switched off since it was night time," wrote Mónica on her Facebook status.
It was around 2am when they reached Singapore at which point the driver had apparently asked her where she would like to be dropped off. The situation took an ugly turn when she walked over to him to speak about it.
"He then stopped the bus, and asked if I was alone, if I didn't have any friends, got up and followed me to the back where I was sitting and said to me, 'You sleep here, in bus with me'," read the status.
Assuming that his verbal advances were merely the words of an innocent elderly man "trying to be funny or sweet", Mónica explained how she just smiled in response and went on to tell him her drop-off location.
"He then started telling me 'you're cute, you sleep here, you're cute, you sleep here with me, kiss me, kiss me', repeatedly."
He allegedly made things worse when he sat by her in the dark bus and started touching her everywhere, trying to kiss her. The elderly bus driver was forcing himself on Mónica.
Terrified by the growing advances of the driver, Mónica wrestled and pushed him away with all her might. She was afraid, sexually harassed and all alone.
Thankfully, Mónica's quick thinking and force got him to stop trying to hurt her.
"I know I felt violated to have my body touched in such a forceful and unwanted way, but I feel lucky that he left me alone and I believe it was only because of God's grace he gave up, went back to his seat and nothing else happened to me," said Mónica.
"I asked him to let me out and he wouldn’t so I asked a bit more sternly to let me off the bus and said 'let me out!' as he continued to say 'you sleep here, you sleep here with me' and asking me to sit closer to him."
The nightmarish journey finally ended when the bus driver decided to drop Mónica at an unknown location.
She later found out that the place where he dropped her off was a dangerous neighbourhood that also served as a prostitutes' hangout spot.
Thanking god for her narrow escape, Mónica was grateful that she found a taxi and got back home safely
Wanting to make sure that no one goes through the same horrible encounter that she went through with Delima Singapore's bus driver, Mónica took a photo of him and posted it along with the status on Facebook.
"So wherever you are traveling alone, beware of this man and of this bus company," reminded Mónica.
"I was lucky, but perhaps others haven’t been or won’t be in the future if they find this man along their way, so please share this so no one is ever put in this horrible and terrifying situation ever again."
Mónica's Facebook post has already been shared for 5,233 times as of now, 5:36pm, 3 June. Comments have been pouring in, with people expressing their concern and support
Responding to Mónica's report, Delima Singapore Pte Ltd informed that they have already suspended the said driver, pending internal investigation
Delima posted the statement yesterday, 2 June and have stated that they will inform the public of any information they obtain from the investigation.
Meanwhile, the Singaporean bus service company, KKKL Travel & Tours posted a status earlier today stressing that the driver involved in the incident is not one of theirs
KKKL Travel & Tours posted the status around noon today, 3 June explaining that the driver who drove the KKKL bus that night was someone from a different bus company.
The past week has been abuzz with news of sexual harassment. A local TV presenter narrated her unfortunate experience of meeting a man on a flight who insisted on cuddling her: