The wife of the late Ma Chi (马驰) has posted an apology via a friend ‘Triston’ on Chinese microblog ‘Weibo’ this evening.
Ma Chi died in a fatal accident last Saturday morning when his speeding Ferrari beat the red light and rammed into a Hyundai Sonata taxi at a traffic junction in Bugis between Rochor Road and Victoria Street. The taxi driver Cheng Teck Hock and his passenger Shigemi Ito passed away later in hospital.
In the post written in Chinese, Mrs Ma said the family is very sorry for what happened:
“We express our deepest apologies to the families of the deceased driver and his female passenger. We will not shun our responsibility towards them and will take appropriate measures at a later date.”
Mrs Ma said that while the family will not comment on the arguments going on in cyberspace about the accident, they hope everybody can understand and respect their predicament – that they have to suffer the loss of Ma Chi just when they are preparing to celebrate the coming birth of her unborn baby.
“Ma Chi has paid with his life for his reckless actions and we hope everyone will show a little bit of respect for the deceased,” she said.
She added that the family is also concerned about the female passenger in Ma Chi’s Ferrari, a 21 year old PRC girl by the name of Wu Weiwei, but they are unable to do much for her as they do not know her.
Mrs Ma ended her statement by urging everybody to drive safely and to treasure life.
The Chinese embassy in Singapore had earlier sent a representative to express its condolences at the funeral of Mr Cheng and issued a press statement reminding PRC nationals in Singapore to obey Singapore’s laws.
The public apology and offer of assistance by the Ma family to the victims’ families will go some way towards soothing the pain and anguish of all those hurt by this tragic episode.
The wife of Mr Cheng said her family does not blame anybody and she wants to let the matter rest to move on with life.
Though the accident exposes a widening gulf between Singaporeans and foreigners in Singapore judging by the massive outpouring of vitriol and anger online, it also bring together everybody in support of the victims’ families.
We applaud the remedial actions taken by the Ma family and we hope it will bring a closure to all parties concerned.
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