On 9 November 2014, two Singaporeans were speeding in a Porshe 911 Turbo on the KL-Seremban expressway when it lost control and crashed into a metal road divider
Two Singaporeans were killed after their Porsche 911 Turbo crashed into the road divider of the KL-Seremban Expressway in Desa Petaling, Sunday morning. City traffic police identified the duo as race car driver Kwek Kon Chun, 35, and photographer Franco Toh, 43. They were travelling along KM3.8 of the highway at about 2.30am Sunday, when tragedy struck. It is believed that Kwek lost control of the vehicle.thestar.com.my
“They may have been travelling at high speed. The car spun out of control and crashed into the metal road divider,” said Kuala Lumpur Staff Officer for Traffic Investigation and Regulation Deputy Supt Markandan Subramaniam.thestar.com.my
A 20m steel rail impaled through the driver's side of the car, pinning the two men. Both of them were pronounced dead at the scene.
He said that a 20m steel rail from the divider impaled into the car through the driver’s side, pinning Kwek and Toh inside. KL Fire and Rescue Department operations chief Azizan Ismail said five officers had to cut through the twisted wreck to extract the bodies. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene at about 3.30am, Sunday.thestar.com.my
The victims were identified as Kwek Kon Chun, 35, and Franco Toh, 43. Kwek, a drag racer, came from one of Singapore's most prominent families.
Kwek was a co-owner of the Neverland Group, which runs a stable of nightclubs in Singapore and Malaysia, including Neverland in Orchard Plaza. He was also the nephew of Hong Leong Group’s executive chairman Kwek Leng Beng.themalaysianinsider.com
According to media reports, Kwek used to participate in drag racing championships in Malaysia, including the Supercar Drag Race at the Sepang International Circuit. Markandan said the two men had come for an event at Sepang, and were driving towards the city centre, reported The Star.themalaysianinsider.com
Sports cars bearing Singaporean number plates speeding and racing once they've crossed the causeway into Malaysia can be seen ever so often. In December 2013, three Singaporean Lamborghinis crashed and burned on the North-South Expressway.
After one too many accidents, Malaysians have become jaded at Singaporeans who take advantage of Malaysian highways and threaten the lives of other road users
The default speed limit and National Speed Limits on Singapore expressways is 90 km/h (56 mph), but in certain areas a lower speed limit such as 80 km/h (50 mph) or 70 km/h (43 mph) is applied, especially in large urban areas, tunnels, heavy traffic and crosswinds. Speed traps are also deployed by the Singapore police at many places along the expressways and is deployed from 7am to 12am.wikipedia.org
In the report by The Star Online, 42% of readers were happy with the news of yesterday's deadly crash
On Facebook, Malaysians lamented how Singaporeans let loose on Malaysian roads as if it were a playground or F1 racing tracks
Thankful at the fact that no other innocent motorists were involved, some Malaysians went a step further and say that the victims deserved it
They want Singaporeans to learn a lesson from this incident and respect the law of the land, the speed limit, and the lives of other road users
"How many times must we see Singaporeans driving fancy cars and involved in accidents on the highways in Malaysia?" One Facebook user asked.
On the other hand, others were appalled by the speculation and lack of compassion of their fellow Malaysians
They reminded each other that it is not just Singaporeans who use the highways here as racing tracks
They say the Malaysian police should also clamp down on those who speed and add speeding tickets to the demerit points of Singaporeans
On Singapore daily The Straits Times, Singaporeans mourned the death of Franco and Kwek
A conversation between these Facebook users best describes the argument that have surfaced - do the victims deserve condolences for putting innocent lives in danger?