Traffic Police Officer Gone Too Soon
Is a summons issued by a traffic police officer a big enough issue for you to wish death upon the officer who issued it to you?
For netizen Thomas Chua, it is — so much so that he seemed to rejoice over the death of the unfortunate officer.
And of course, he was met with a huge online backlash, including from a Cabinet minister.
Staff Sergeant Nadzire Matin, 29, died after being hit by a van while performing traffic patrol duties on Serangoon Road on Thursday (June 1).
A 52-year-old driver of the van that was involved in the incident has been arrested, investigations are ongoing, reported Channel NewsAsia.
Sgt Nadzire’s friends and family members were understandably devastated, with many penning tributes to him.
Here Sgt Nadzire is with a woman who appears to be his wife:
Apart from his friends and family members, ordinary Singaporeans who learnt of the incident sent their condolences on the Internet.
But Thomas Chua Poh Heng did the opposite — he gloated over the death by saying that “think police can show off”, but “die also in the end like any other civilian”.
The reason for his harsh words? It’s because Sgt Nadzrie had previously given him a ticket as he found his driving skills not good enough, he said.
He also accused the officer of “act(ing) so great” and being “f**king intimidating”.
See his uncalled-for comments here:
The post prompted none other than Minister for Law and Home Affairs K. Shanmugam to admonish Thomas Chua in a post on his Facebook profile on Saturday (Jun 3), describing Chua’s post as “sick” and Chua as “sick in the head”:
Thomas was gloating about Nadzrie’s death, because Nazdrie had given him a ticket! People like Thomas are sick in the head. No decency or any sense of right and wrong.
Mr Shanmugam also said the post made him “deeply upset and angry”.
Here’s the minister’s post:
Apart from Mr Shanmugam, many netizens also were outraged at Chua’s comments, so much so that his Facebook profile has now been deactivated due to the overwhelming number of attacks.
So netizens did what so many do nowadays: They did a bit of CSI on Chua, found out some info on him and posted it on the Internet..
Turns out he used to be a Singapore Airlines cabin crew, as this old contract showed:
Netizens also found out that he was a flight steward with Jet Airways from his employee pass:
They also found out from his LinkedIn account that he is currently a teacher at the Taipei Language Institute.
But enough about Thomas Chua the “sick” person.
Sgt Nadzrie was given a ceremonial burial with a state flag draped over his coffin on Friday (June 2). Police officers turned up in full force to honour him.
Mr Shanmugam also visited the officer’s family home to pay his respects.
We send our deepest condolences to friends and family of the late Staff Sgt Nadzrie.
He passed away while doing his duty for the country, and we are fortunate to have men like him who serve the country.
And we just don’t know what’s wrong with some people, who even condemn dead people over something like a police summons.
Featured image from Facebook.