A recent news report revealed that Professor Henry Yeung Wai Chung of the National University of Singapore (NUS) has been allowed to continue driving despite a history of traffic offences and a recent road rage incident.
The altercation, which occurred on 3 November along Tomlinson Road, escalated after Yeung, in his BMW, reportedly switched lanes without signalling, causing his vehicle to scratch another car.
The victimized driver recounted to Shin Min Daily News, “I couldn’t stop in time, and his right mirror scratched the left front of my car. Then, the BMW driver stuck his head out [of the car window] and swore at me.”
Following the collision, dashcam footage captured Yeung gesturing and shouting during the confrontation. The incident didn’t end there; as the other driver waited for the police, Yeung reportedly “drove away and nearly hit me,” a move that left the other party both endangered and frustrated.
The other driver involved in the recent encounter with Yeung, left to cover his own repair costs, expressed dismay, stating, “Later, I forked out approximately $100 from my own pocket for the repairs.”
Responding to Shin Min’s queries, the police confirmed that they were alerted to an accident involving two vehicles along Tomlinson Road at 2:20 pm on November 3.
A 55-year-old driver was issued a stern warning following investigations, said the police.
The video of the incident was uploaded to Facebook page Singapore Road Vigilante on 9 November.
The fact that Yeung is still driving has puzzled many due to his past driving infractions, which have been reported publicly.
Notably, in 2018, he was penalized with a S$5,000 fine and a 13-month driving ban for a serious violation involving his Maserati.
“Prior to the above charge, he had been fined thrice for earlier offences of speeding, inconsiderate driving, and careless driving between 2012 and 2016,” reported The Straits Times.
Despite this record, Yeung is still allowed to have a valid driving license.
Permanent bans for repeated traffic offenders exist in Singapore.
In a case reported by TODAY, Quah Soon Hoe, a 61-year-old with a history of driving offenses dating back to 1994, was permanently banned from driving after an incident involving drunk driving and aggressive behavior towards police.
Quah was fined and jailed due to his repeated offences, including drink-driving and failing to cooperate with law enforcement, leading to a lifetime disqualification from holding or obtaining a driving license in Singapore.
NUS looking into disciplinary proceedings
NUS, aware of both the recent and past incidents, has stated through a spokesperson, “The university expects all members of its community to conduct themselves in accordance with the law. NUS is reviewing the court’s decision and will decide on whether disciplinary proceedings will be taken against Professor Henry Yeung.”
It should be noted that NUS made similar declarations about Yeung in 2018, and yet he remains employed and, seemingly, in the same professional standing, with the outcome of NUS’s deliberation back in 2018 unknown.
The former Hong Kong resident wrote in his online biography that he has been working with NUS since 1992. Since February 2018, he has been appointed Distinguished Professor of the National University of Singapore in recognition of his “outstanding academic excellence as well as academic and intellectual leadership.”
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