PRC nationals in Singapore condemn Ferrari driver Ma Chi even as Singapore media continues to defend him
Posted by temasektimes on May 15, 2012
The tragic accident at Bugis last Saturday morning has shocked not only Singaporeans, but PRC nationals living in Singapore as well, most of whom roundly condemned the Ferrari driver Ma Chi (pic left) for causing the accident.
A dashboard camera on another cab not involved in the accident showed clearly Ma Chi beating the red light and ramming into a Hyundai Sonata taxi which has the right of way.
Ma Chi was pronounced dead on the spot. The Japanese female passenger of the cab Shigemi Ito passed away hours later and the Singaporean cabby Cheng Teck Hock died of his injuries on Sunday evening.
In a thread started on the popular Lion City Forum, most PRC netizens were outraged by what happened.
One PRC netizen put the blame squarely on Ma Chi for causing the accident:
“The dead local cabby was the sole breadwinner of his family, (Ma Chi) caused harm to an entire family.”
(害人啊。。。。死掉 的 本地德士司机，是 家里的 唯一经济支柱，。祸害了 整整一个家庭。。)
Another PRC netizen even cursed Ma Chi:
“Probably had a habit of drink-driving in China…..this type of person should early.”
(酒驾在国内习惯了，可能他爸是某刚~ 尼玛还跑来新加坡酒驾~ 的确是害人~ 这种人早死早干净)
PRC netizen ‘HouTanZhang’ was visibly upset at his fellow countrymen bringing their ‘driving habits’ to Singapore:
“No need to say more, watch yourself. If he wants to die, there is no need to implicate so many people…..Frankly speaking, many PRC Chinese brought their nasty driving habits to Singapore from public bus to racing car….I remember when I first came to Singapore, where got so many problems?”
However, Straits Times journalist Tessa Wong apparently did not think nationality is an issue and criticized Singaporeans on her Twitter for singling out Ma Chi because he was from China:
After running out of excuses to defend Ma Chi, the state media now claimed that the accident could have been ‘worse’ and killed 8 people to imply that Singaporeans should be ‘thankful’ instead.
DJs havealso jumped onto the ‘protect Ma Chi’ bandwagon with 93.3FM DJs insinuating that drivers of high-performance cars like Ferraris are not ‘adequately’ trained to drive them on Singapore roads to downplay Ma Chi’s role in causing the accident.
When even PRC nationals themselves are condemning Ma Chi for reckless and dangerous driving, the Singapore media is trying ways and means to cover up his mistake for him. Don’t you feel ashamed to be a Singaporean?