PRC bus driver Chen Hongyan jailed one week only for causing death of Singaporean student
Posted by temasektimes on May 8, 2012
Life is cheap nowadays, it seems. While motorists can be jailed for a few weeks for drink-driving, a PRC bus driver who caused the death of a 19 year old Singaporean student in a fatal traffic accident was jailed only a week, a shocking verdict which left many netizens fuming.
Chen Hongyan pleaded guilty to driving negligently by failing to keep a proper lookout and causing a fatal accident as a result.
36 year old Chen Hongyang was in her first month as an SBS Transit bus driver when she got into a traffic accident at the traffic junction of Tampines Avenue 8 and Tampines Street 84 where she turned right without noticing Temasek Polytechnic student Toh Jia Wei riding his motorcycle in the opposite direction.
The young man who would have a bright future ahead of him, was killed on the spot. Yet, the state media appeared to sympathize more with Chen Hongyan, saying that she has dependents in China who are now in a bind after she lost her job.
Speaking in Parliament lately, Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew reassured Singaporeans that all foreign drivers are ‘adequately’ trained before they are allowed to drive on Singapore roads:
“The more important thing actually is to make sure (that), regardless of nationality, every driver is adequately trained, appropriately qualified, and especially if they come from abroad, then they are given the kind of orientation that will help them familiarise themselves with the peculiarities of the system in Singapore.”
Foreign bus drivers like Chen Hongyan reportedly undergo a more ‘rigorous’ and longer training by SBS Transit. About 13 percent of bus drivers in Singapore and foreigners and the percentage excludes those who have been ‘converted’ to Singapore PRs, probably the ONLY country in the world which gives PRs to bus drivers.
Some responses from Hardwarezone forumers:
“Seriously sia, kill a life, 1 week jail? No suspension of license meh. Fug the gahmen man.” – swashlylahs
“english can be learned within 21 days for a china FT? seriously cut cost until like that. sigh” – noobie
“154 even tried to show concern by publishing she got dependents in china.. Wat abt the victim ?So next time u bang anyone, pls be a FT..” – 4Dluckystrike