Cocky PRC new citizen said ‘serve taxi driver right’ and asked why his taxi was not fitted with an airbag
Posted by temasektimes on May 15, 2012
Despite being banned by Hardwarezone forum time and again, PRC new citizen ‘Martin’ aka ‘Jennet’ continues to incur the wrath of forumers by blaming deceased Singaporean driver Cheng Teck Hock for causing the fatal Bugis accident!
Mr Cheng was driving his taxi across a junction between Rochor Road and Victoria Street when a red Ferrari driven by PRC driver Ma Chi sped across and rammed into its side. Ma died on the spot while Mr Cheng passed away from his injuries a day later.
A video clip of the accident showed clearly that Mr Cheng had the right of way as the green light was flashing, but Martin insists that the accident could have been prevented if Mr Cheng was more ‘aware’ of his surroundings, adding that he ‘deserved’ it:
“Why didn’t the taxi driver look at oncoming vehicles before accelerating off? They think green light = no threat? Serve the taxi driver right!”
[Source: Hardwarezone forum]
He added in a sarcastic tone:
“I blame the taxi driver for his negligence. You know Ferrari is a fast car, cannot hear the voorm voorm? Sleeping?”
After Martin was banned from posting on Hardwarezone, he posted on his Facebook insinuating that Mr Cheng died because his taxi was not installed with airbags:
“Heard that sonata taxi’s are not installed with airbags due to cost cutting measure!”
According to Hardwarezone forumers who have met him, Martin came to Singapore a few years ago together with his parents and has obtained Singapore citizenship. It is not known if he has served National Service.
He is reportedly in his early 20s and run a chain of food stalls in Republic Polytechnic, Hwa Chong Junior College and National University of Singapore. His father is a rich businessman and has given money to him to run his food business.
Besides ‘Martin’, many PRC netizens have also jumped to the defence of Ma Chi and trivialized the accident.
‘tao1224’ posted on Lion City Forum:
“Smear PRC Chinese again because of another accident? What if the passenger is an old lady? Should we say the driver respect the elderly and sent her home late at night?”
‘oliver871’ opined Singaporeans are making a big fuss:
“As there are more PRC Chinese in Singapore now, more are driving cars and buses and naturally the chances of getting into an accident is higher. If we want to harp on every accident which happens, then PRC Chinese need not drive vehicles in Singapore anymore and our bus drivers can all retire back to China.”
Due to Singapore’s pro-China immigration policies, large number of PRC Chinese have flocked to Singapore to live, work and study in recent years.
In an interview with National Geographic magazine in 2009, then Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew quipped that it is a good thing that Singapore is welcoming so many Chinese immigrants as they are ‘harder-driving’ and ‘harder-striving’ than Singaporeans.