Monday , 19 February 2018
Story behind Road Rage at Suntec City: Mark Franklin

Story behind Road Rage at Suntec City: Mark Franklin

SINGAPORE – According to a report made in The Real Singapore, the arrogant motorist flashed his middle finger and hit his car just because Tay tapped his horn (once) when the motorcyclist did an illegal U-turn. However, public seem to be unsatisfied with the report which was deem as incorrect and not accurate.

The Real Singapore reported:

“Yet another road rage incident involving an Ang Moh motorist happened on the roads of Singapore! According to the Singaporean victim Tay, the arrogant motorist flashed his middle finger and hit his car just because Tay tapped his horn (once) when the motorcyclist did an illegal U-turn.”

“Is this the sort of thuggish behaviour we expect from our foreign talents? Regardless of one’s wealth and standing, one is expected to abide by the laws of the land you are in. The motorist’s total disregard for fellow motorists and his arrogance pissed off many Singaporeans. Many have since called for the authorities to take swift action against him. ”

However, the public seem to be very uncomfortable with the report made.

Below is a comment made by Delia:

“Mr. Franklin was pulling over to the right as he suspected that there’s a problem with his scooter. Note: He did not stop to threaten said victim. “Victim” Tay then honked at him, not ONCE as claimed, but continuously for the ENTIRE duration of the video and after. This ‘victim’ also HAD HIS MIDDLE FINGER UP THE WHOLE TIME. This prompted Mr. Franklin to walk over to his car to find out what the problem was. I can only imagine how pissed Mr. Franklin must be because as if getting stuck with a faulty scooter is not unfortunate enough, he now has to deal with a rude fellow road-user who chose to seek unnecessary trouble instead of just taking the left lane where there is ample space to pass. I’m not saying Mr. Franklin is completely right for showing the finger, but he definitely did not do it unprovoked. Next, MR. FRANKLIN DID NOT MAKE ANY DEROGATORY REMARKS DIRECTED AT SINGAPOREANS. “Victim” Tay can be taken to court for slander under the Defamation Act. After catching how he was “victimized” on video, “Victim” Tay then started gloating. He was smiling widely and singing “I got you on video, I got you on video” repeatedly, which brings me to my next point…”

“What is “Victim” Tay’s intention? Tay, why are you terrorizing foreigners like that? Now that you have gotten undiscerning Singaporeans to hate on foreigners (more), what else do you want? Playing victim and turning Singaporeans against foreigners like Mr. Franklin may be fun to you, but did it ever occur to you that you are ruining people’s lives?”

“I am absolutely disgusted at how this (severely misrepresented) incident is magnified just because the man in question is a foreigner. –Okay from this point onwards I am just ranting- The most common reaction from netizens goes along the lines of ‘he is a foreigner, how can he come to our land and do this to our people?’ Hello, NEWSFLASH: As much as they do not have the right to do anything marginally harmful to us locals, we do not REIGN OVER THEM. Stop treating them like they are less of a human and judge them based on a different set of standards. QUIT PICKING ON THEM JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN. QUIT THE DOUBLE STANDARDS.”

“I know Singaporeans’ aversion towards foreigners is not baseless, and I am also guilty of conveniently blaming them for the most random things, but seriously… stop thinking every Ang Moh is out to get you. Stop picking on foreigners. Stop being so xenophobic.”

“I know it is only natural to want to stand up for a fellow Singaporean, but I sincerely hope local netizens will stop taking sides blindly and start withholding judgment before getting substantiated versions of the stories they read online.”

UPDATED @ 11:18PM – Mark stand up and apologize to the public for causing any public disagreement or haters:

Mark wrote in to Wah Lao Eh! Editorial to apologize publicly on this issue and hope this matter will eventually settle down. Below is the text from Mark:

“First and foremost, I want to apologise to the anonymous driver with whom I had the disagreement shown in the video, and to all who felt offended after watching the silent clip.”

“I humbly admit that I reacted in an inappropriate manner and I deeply regret my response.  I lost my patience and for that I am truly sorry.”

“I would like to stress that in the years that I  lived in Singapore, I have built close friendships with many Singaporeans and have greatly enjoyed living and working here. I have absolutely no prejudices against the people of Singapore, or of any other population.”

“Precisely because of the affection and friendships that link me to Singapore, once again I hope that my apology will be accepted by the anonymous driver and by all.”


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Story behind Road Rage at Suntec City: Mark Franklin
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