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‘You’ve got the wrong person!’ Woman cries innocence after being cyberbullied for having the same name with hit-and-run driver

Before attacking, make sure you have the right target first.

KUALA LUMPUR – A woman is calling upon netizens to stop attacking her on social media after she was accused of being involved in a hit-and-run incident in Ipoh.

In a now-viral video, a Foodpanda rider was knocked down by a Mazda driver who quickly fled the scene last Saturday (Oct 9).

This enraged netizens, who were quick to share the video along with inflammatory captions, calling the driver a “pig” and “stupid”.

Cyberbullied for sharing the same name with hit and run mazda driver
The initial FB post about the accident went viral. (Image via FB/ Chan Sook Mun)
Cyberbullied for sharing the same name with hit and run mazda driver
Information of the driver. (Image via FB/ Chan Sook Mun)

In fact, one netizen went as far as doxing the alleged perpetrator named Chan Sook Mun, revealing her car plate number, address, and full name.

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Not long after, photos of Chan and her Facebook profile were leaked online, followed by a barrage of hateful remarks attacking her.

Woman cyberbullied for sharing the same name with hit and run mazda driver
(Image via FB/ Chan Sook Mun)

Wait…there’s another?

However, it turned out that netizens got the wrong Chan Sook Mun, who in fact, wasn’t even at the scene when the accident happened.

In a lengthy Facebook post, Chan S.* shared her harrowing experience of being verbally attacked for a crime she didn’t commit.

She also added that she had lodged a police report after she was notified of the case and maintained that she was nowhere near Ipoh at the time.

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Police report
Chan made a police report immediately. (Image via FB/ Chan Sook Mun)

“I was at the Damansara One Utama shopping mall during that time and have not left Selangor ever since the interstate travel ban.

“Even after I removed the original post accusing me of the crime, I still received loads of hateful messages over the accident,” she told WeirdKaya.

Woman cyberbullied for sharing the same name with hit and run mazda driver
Chan said the attacks didn’t stop after she proved her innocence. (Image via FB/ Chan Sook Mun)

Chan S.* also said that several netizens threatened to expose her “wrongdoing” to all her friends, which she felt was unfair as they weren’t involved.

On top of that, she has been a target of racist messages attacking her and her family.

Woman cyberbullied for sharing the same name with hit and run mazda driver
(Image via FB/ Chan Sook Mun)

Chan S.* further lamented over the fact that no one offered an apology after the truth was revealed and proved her innocence.

“Internet bullying can be really hurtful and affect one’s life.

Please make sure you understand the whole picture before you make any comments. Don’t just follow the trend blindly.”

Read the original post here:

*Names have been changed for clarity.

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Author: Tan Ying Ren
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