Netizens outraged over favored press coverage given to PRC Ferrari driver Ma Chi
Posted by temasektimes on July 13, 2012
A free tabloid paper reported today a Health Sciences Authority (HSA) toxicology report showed no detectable traces of intoxicating substances, such as drugs and alcohol in Ma Chi.
Though a video clip of the accident clearly showed Ma Chi beating the red light and ramming into a Hyundai Sonata taxi, the state media used the word ‘allegedly’ to describe the accident, much to the derision of netizens.
Below is an extract from the article in question:
“On May 12, the Ferrari allegedly beat a red light and crashed into a ComfortDelGro taxi, which then hit a motorcycle at the junction. Mr Ma, a financial investor from Sichuan, died at the scene, while cabby Cheng Teck Hock, 52, died in hospital along with his Japanese passenger, Ms Shigemi Ito, 41.”
Ma Chi died on the spot while the cabby Cheng Teck Hock and his Japanese passenger died hours later in hospital.
The state media also addressed Ma Chi as ‘Mr’ while calling the cabby simply by his name.
Some comments from Hardwarezone forumers:
“Singapore is a place where once dignity and place is measured by how much money he makes..so of course limited edition prancing horse driver is Mr. while taxi driver uncle is …” – balzehub
“heck on 154 and taxi driver don’t have mr. or ms. one..is address as “cabby” tan xx xx…” – crazyliao
“should show respect to all equally,right? even the perpetrator of the accident is addressed as “Mr”, why not the victim? is it just because the victim has a humble job as a cabby?” – moolah