Singaporean cabby Cheng Teck Hock whose taxi was rammed by Ferrari has passed away from his injuries
Posted by temasektimes on May 14, 2012
The 52 year old Singaporean driver Mr Cheng Teck Hock (秦德福) has succumbed to his injuries and passed away in the evening at Tan Tock Seng Hospital.
“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,” his wife told the media, breaking down in tears.
He leaves behind his wife, two sons and a daughter. He is the sole breadwinner of the family.
Mr Cheng was driving across a junction in Bugis when the green light was flashing when a red Ferrari driven by a PRC ‘foreign talent’ appeared out of nowhere and rammed into his taxi, a Hyundai Sonata which overturned on the spot trapping him and the female passenger in it:
Ma Chi died on the spot and the female passenger passed away hours later in 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.
Instead of castigating Ma Chi for causing the fatal accident, the mainstream media chose to focus instead on his ‘tremendous contributions’ to Singapore since arriving from Sichuan province a few years ago, adding that he was a member of a clan association for Sichuan Chinese and is well ‘integrated’ in local society.
Some responses from Singaporeans on Facebook:
“R.I.P, hope that justice will be served, dam bloody frustrating to learn our fellow Singaporean dies at the hands of another so called FT.” – Benjamin Seah
“Irresponsible driver. Driving posh cars doesn’t mean that you can flaunt it to everyone. Paying it with your own life , its just your parents that are sad. Taking someone else’s life? That’s totally fcked up!” – Xavier Sioh
“He was a sole breadwinner. We should really all try to help his family after this incident.” – Kwok Chao Yang