Singaporean cabby Cheng Teck Hock now ‘brain dead’ after being crashed by ‘handsome and successful’ PRC Ferrari driver Ma Chi
Posted by temasektimes on May 13, 2012
The 52 year old Singaporean taxi driver has been declared brain dead at Tan Tock Seng Hospital today after being involved in a fatal traffic accident with a red Ferrari driven by a PRC ‘foreign talent’ Ma Chi (马驰) on Saturday morning in a Bugis junction.
The driver, known as Mr Cheng Teck Hock (秦德福) has three children aged between 16 and 21 and is the sole breadwinner of his family. His sobbing wife told the media that he has been driving his cab at night for over 10 years and usually knocks off at 6am in the morning.
His daughter is currently studying in a local polytechnic while his sons are taking their ‘A’ and ‘O’ levels this year. Doctors said Mr Cheng is in critical condition and is likely to ‘go’ in the next few days.
“His lungs, liver and brain are all bleeding massively. Doctors said as the bleeding occurred in the center part of his brain, they are unable to operate on him,” she added, breaking down in tears.
Ma Chi was pronounced dead on the spot by paramedics while the female passenger in Mr Qin’s cab succumbed to her injuries after being sent to hospital.
Such an accident being caused by a foreigner would have sparked a massive outcry in other countries but not in Singapore where the mainstream media had a field day ‘glamorizing’ Ma Chi by describing him as a ‘tall, young, handsome and successful‘ tycoon with a net-worth of millions of dollars as if he was some super-star:
The Straits Times even tried to defend him by quoting from his friends that he did not drink that night after a meeting at a clan association even when eye-witnesses already said he reeked of alcohol when they approached his body. It also tried to elicit public sympathy for the family of Ma Chi while ignoring the pain and suffering of other victims.
A month ago, a PRC bus driver ran over an elderly woman crossing the road without even realizing it killing her on the spot. Two months ago, a PRC passenger hijacked a taxi at Changi Airport Budget Terminal and caused an accident minutes later knocking down a cleaning supervisor who died instantaneously.
While Singaporeans have to pass a rigorous driving test to drive on the roads, PRC drivers like Ma Chi do not need to do so and can ‘convert’ their PRC driving licence easily into Singapore licences.
Given the recent spate of accidents caused by PRC drivers, the Traffic Police should consider mandating foreign drivers pass Singapore theory and practical driving tests before they are allowed to drive in Singapore.
Mr Cheng has passed away on Sunday evening. Rest in peace.