On April 1, Tay Ping Hui took to his social media to post a snippet from his car’s dashboard camera. According to the 50-year-old actor, he’d come across a group of cyclists who had disregarded the fact that he had the right of way, and continued to filter into his lane.
In his post, he also suggested that it was time to "register all bicycles in Singapore”, a point which ignited furious debate amongst netizens. Even Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's wife, Ho Ching, weighed in on the issue on Facebook, supporting the call to register all bicycles, much like cars and buses.
And now, more than two weeks after his initial post, Ping Hui took to his social media once again to address the uproar that his initial post created.
"It’s been a while since my last post and the furore that followed was unexpectedly explosive. It’s absolutely heartwarming that so many people, drivers and cyclists alike, supported me on so [many] levels. Thank y’all for your affirmation!” he wrote, thanking those who’d shared their opinions in the comments.
He also went on to share more details about the incident documented in his Instagram post above, revealing that he “was already in the left lane 70m before the cross junction” and "traveling at about 51km/h”.
"I was about 32m away when I saw the first 2 cyclists filter out. I immediately flashed my headlights to give ample warning, applying the brakes at the same time. Within 2.4 seconds, I not only had to react, I also needed to make an immediate decision on whether to [emergency-brake] and stop, or swerve to the right (in the middle of a yellow boxed cross junction no less), risking my life and endangering any vehicle that might be diagonally behind me. Thankfully I managed to come to a stop and avoided an accident. Only after ensuring that it was absolutely safe, I later filtered right and overtook them.” he continued on to share, shedding more light on the circumstances of the encounter.