Rail flat-out fun for driverLocal | Stella Wong May 19, 2017
On Monday, a Facebook user uploaded a photo showing the driver later identified as "Brother Shing" in Kowloon Motor Bus uniform taking a nap while lying on an iron railing at a bus station.
The netizen captioned it "Attention: KMB Yang Guo appears," referring to a famous kung fu fictional character in the novel by Jin Yong, The Return of the Condor Heroes, whose "girlfriend" has the skill of lying on a rope.
The post went viral on social media and some even photoshopped versions of the driver doing kung fu.
Netizens joked that the driver was really Yang, amazed at his balance but still others criticized KMB for not providing enough rest facilities.
After the social media outcry, KMB shot a two-minute video featuring the driver lying relaxed on a railing with one knee up to try to make light of the situation.
The video was posted on the company's Facebook page on Wednesday night. Within 17 hours, it had attracted more than 501,000 views.
In the video, someone asks Brother Shing if he is from Ancient Tomb Sect, the martial arts sect that Yang belongs to. Brother Shing admitted that he practices Shaolin kung fu. "In fact, I am from North Shaolin," he laughed.
The short interview took place at one of the two rest stations located near the bus terminus in Hang Hau (North) in Tseung Kwan O. He also demonstrates a few kung fu moves.
Asked why he rested on the railing, Brother Shing explained that he was just having fun with his colleagues at that time. "I usually rest in rest stations during work," he said.
While many praised KMB's public relations for doing a great job, some criticized the firm for not suggesting measures on how to improve the rest facilities and using it for a PR stunt.
Regarding the photo of a driver on a rail, KMB said: "He was performing an exercise and this had nothing to do with the provision of facilities."
A KMB spokeswoman told The Standard that it has set up lounges for frontline staff at bus terminals, equipped with appliances, including microwaves, refrigerators, air-conditioners, televisions, dining tables and chairs.
"We will continue to improve the working environment for our frontline colleagues," she said.