Since the beginning of the week, we have received several emails from members of the public offering financial assistance to the family of the late Cheng Teck Hock, including PRC students who are currently studying in Singapore.
Mr Cheng was driving his Hyundai Sonata taxi across a junction between Rochor Road and Victoria Street in the early hours of Saturday afternoon before a red Ferrari driven by a PRC national Ma Chi beat the red light and crashed into him.
Ma Chi died on the spot and the Japanese passenger Shigemi Ito in Mr Cheng’s taxi passed away hours later in hospital.
Mr Cheng was declared brain dead by doctors and finally succumbed to his injuries on Sunday evening leaving behind three children aged between 16 and 21. His eldest daughter has to put a halt to her plans to further her studies in universities
One PRC student Zhang Jingshu attended the wake of Mr Cheng last night:
“Today I visited the funeral of the late cabby Mr Cheng and felt sorry and sad for him. All the Weibo users, residing in Singapore or in China, are condemning or even cursing Ma Chi.”
Another PRC student from NUS Heng Bin attended the wake with a group of friends and donated some $500 to the family.
“I feel very sorry for the family. In China, he (Ma Chi) would be cruxified by the public and his family will have to attend the funeral of the victims and bow to them.”
PRC nationals are also appalled at the coverage of the accident by local media. One staff nurse Li Bei wrote in an email to us:
“In Guangzhou, the family would be on ‘Guangzhou Focus’ (current affairs talkshow) and publicly shamed. I am shocked your media is actually praising how rich and successful he is. We spit on such people in China.”
Some other responses from PRC nationals in Singapore on Lion City Forum:
“悲剧！一场车祸毁了几个家庭，为了自己和家人我们应惜福，对自己所做所为负责。最痛苦的是他们的亲人。” – desnow
“有钱人好练。害死无辜的几条人命，新加坡的马路就算晚上开车也是按交通灯走的，因为新加坡人就是这么呆板。无辜的德士司机死都放不下。家属在跟他讲这不是他的错，他才含泪而去。更可悲的事，肇事者家属，自顾自办后事，连个电话安慰都没有。无情无义。丢脸啊。” – cbj
“实际上事故的责任不会因为肇事者死亡而自动消失。两辆车的死者都是家里的经济支柱。善后如何得到妥善的处理，的士家庭如何获得合理的赔偿，肇事者家庭会不会出现人道主义灾难，这才是大家现在应该关注的。法拉利司机是要为自己的死负责，但他母亲，妻子和腹中的孩子还是值得同情的吧。” – nvm
Comfort Delgro has started a donation drive for Mr Cheng’s family.
Members of the public can make cheques payable to “LIM CHOO ENG” and mail them to:
THE CHENG FAMILY
c/o Comfort Transportation Pte Ltd
383 Sin Ming Drive
Attn: Customer Service Centre
Donors should indicate their names on the back of their cheques.
We are in contact with one member of the Cheng family. Singaporean employers who wish to offer a job to the eldest daughter of Mr Cheng can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
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