He fell face first after taxi drove off while he was holding on to door
Man was holding on to taxi door when cabby allegedly drove off
He recalls holding the handle of the left rear passenger door of a taxi while trying to persuade his wife to get out.
Mr Mohamad Hisham Ammiruddin also remembers telling the taxi driver to wait.
While his memory remains hazy as to what happened next on Nov 6, the scars on his face and limbs are telling.
He suffered lacerations to his forehead, nose, knees and elbows. He also cut his upper lip as a result of falling face first on the road, he said.
Mr Hisham and his wife alleged that the Comfort Delgro cabby sped off while the door was ajar and he was still holding on to it.
"I remember blood all over my face and shirt," Mr Hisham told The New Paper at his rental flat near Bukit Merah last week.
"The incident happened too fast. In the ambulance, I remembered paramedics telling me not to sleep or close my eyes."
The incident occurred at about 10am outside Penjuru Logistics Hub at Penjuru Lane near Pandan Reservoir.
Mr Hisham, 39, had gone to his wife's workplace to convince her to stop working because he was concerned about her fainting spells.
His wife, who gave her name only as Madam Lin, 30, said she had been working as a data entry clerk for less than a week.
After the couple walked out of Penjuru Logistics Hub, Madam Lin flagged a taxi, which stopped outside the guard post at Penjuru Lane.
They were arguing over Mr Hisham wanting his wife to stop working.
"I told the taxi driver to go," said Madam Lin, who got in while her husband stood outside.
She said that she wanted to be left alone and did not want him to follow her.
But she said that she had also heard Mr Hisham, a part-time waiter, telling the driver to wait as he was still talking to her.
Madam Lin said he held her arm and said: "Please, can we talk about this?"
"But the taxi driver just sped off... The door was still open and he (Mr Hisham) was still holding on to the door."
A security guard who was less than 10m away told TNP that he saw a man holding on to the taxi door and running alongside it for about 30m before falling on the road.
Giving his name only as Mr Nasir, the 39-year-old guard said the cabby was driving quite fast.
"If the taxi had been moving slowly, then the man would have been walking as the taxi moved off," he said.
"But I saw the man running."
A horrified Madam Lin told the cabby to stop. But it was too late - Mr Hisham was already lying on the road.
She then told the cabby to call the police.
Mr Nasir said he saw several men go to Mr Hisham's aid and moved him to safety away from the road.
Madam Lin said: "I was advised by a police officer to stay inside the taxi. I was concerned that my husband was unconscious and he was bleeding all over."
Mr Hisham lodged a police report on Nov 7.
When contacted, Comfort Delgro spokesman Tammy Tan said the company was informed of the incident by Mr Hisham on Nov 15.
"Unfortunately, he was unable to provide us with more details and has referred us to the police instead.
"We are in touch with the police and will assist in their investigations," Ms Tan said.
The police said investigations are ongoing.
I remember blood all over my face and shirt.
- Mr Mohamad Hisham Ammiruddin