Most Singaporean road deaths involve regular vehicles

Most Singaporean road deaths involve regular vehicles

Fast cars are not the biggest killers of Singaporeans on Malaysian roads.

Out of the 28 Singaporeans who died on Malaysian roads in the last five years, only seven involved machines deemed "fast". Five of these were motorcycles.

The others involved more sedate vehicles, including three bicycles and five buses.

And at least eight were killed when the vehicle they were in crashed into a road barrier or divider - like how entrepreneur Kwek Kon Chun, 35, and photographer Franco Toh, 43, died last Sunday.

The late Mr Kwek, the son of Mr Kwek Leng Keow, managing director of Hong Realty, and nephew of tycoon Kwek Leng Beng, apparently lost control of his Porsche 911 Turbo, just hours after winning a race with the same car in Sepang.

Statistics culled from press reports showed that the two men were the only fatalities involving a Singapore-registered sports car driven in Malaysia since 2010.

The motoring fraternity was not surprised by the low numbers.

Audi Singapore spokesman Lee Nian Tjoe, who has been driving to Malaysia for years, said such drives are mostly incident-free.

"We had a recent drive up to Kuala Lumpur for (Audi) customers. There were 25 cars, split into three or four groups," he said.

"The events company we engaged made sure that everybody behaved."

christan@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on Nov 17, 2014.
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