A fight between two men believed to be friends turned bloody early this morning, when a 25-year-old man was hacked, leaving his last finger nearly severed.
The fight broke out at Bedok North Street 3, at a playground near the food centre at Block 538, Lianhe Wanbao reported.
The incident occurred at about 5.20am on Tuesday morning.
One eyewitness, Mr Raja, 64, told the Chinese evening daily that the victim was wearing a T-shirt and black shorts, and was spotted staggering towards the food centre from the playground nearby.
The victim used his right hand to grip his bloodied left hand which was injured in the attack, and left a 200m trail of blood.
According to Mr Raja, who rushed to get a cloth to stem the blood flow, the cut was bone-deep, and his last finger was "hanging by the skin".
Before Mr Raja could get water to help wash his wound, the victim had left the food centre.
Another eyewitness said the attacker, a slim-built young man, had waved a knife at two youths and shouted that he had just slashed someone and told them to stay away from the hawker centre.
According to the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), the victim was sent to Changi General Hospital. Wanbao added that the victim was then transferred to Tan Tock Seng Hospital for emergency surgery.
The Chinese evening daily reported that police have classified the case as "voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons" and are on the hunt for the attacker.