The reckless Maserati driver who earned widespread flak for his road rage last month is finally facing the law. The driver, a China-born Singaporean who serves as a Distinguished Professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS), was charged in court for dangerous driving today.
Although the Professor, 50-year-old Henry Yeung Wai Chung, rose to infamy for his reckless driving last month, he has been endangering the lives of other motorists with his road rage at least for the last five years.
In 2013, Henry – who drives a black Maserati with the license plate number SKK9192G – aggressively tailgated a motorcyclist in a 50km/h. After overtaking the motorcyclist, the Maserati suddenly swerved right, in what appears to be an attempt to intimidate the motorcyclist:
Then, in September this year, Henry was caught once again in a spectacularly shocking display of road rage in Lorong Chuan.
On 7 Sept, attempted to overtake a lorry on a narrow lane and failed, mounting a kerb instead. Despite this, Henry continued speeding against oncoming and tried to corner the lorry. The driver was slammed for being a road bully after a 26-second long clip capturing the incident went viral on social media, with hundreds of thousands of views:
Henry was arrested on 12 Sept as the videos capturing his road rage went viral. The Chinese daily later reported that the Maserati driver is a Distinguished Professor at NUS and that after the incident, the professor blamed the lorry driver for not giving way to him and cutting into his own lane.
The daily reported that the NUS professor is a faculty member in the Geography Department of the school of Arts and Social Science. The publication further revealed that the professor graduated from NUS himself in 1992 and came back to teach in NUS after obtaining a PhD in the UK in 1995.
Ten years later, in 1995, the educator was promoted to become a full professor and in February this year, the professor was reportedly given the recognition of being a “Distinguished Professor”.
While the Chinese daily declined to reveal the name of the professor, online sleuths discovered that the professor is Dr Henry Wai-chung YEUNG, who teaches at NUS’ Department of Geography:
According to NUS’ website, Prof Yeung was born in Guangzhou and moved to Hong Kong with his family in 1979, when he was 11-year-old. Prof Yeung moved to Singapore in 1988 after completing his A-levels in Hong Kong. The professor himself shared on NUS webpage:
“I then obtained my Ph.D, under the supervision of Professor Peter Dicken, from the School of Geography, University of Manchester in England in 1995 and returned to start my career at the Department of Geography, National University of Singapore,” he wrote.
“Since July 2005, I have been Professor of Economic Geography. Since February 2018, I have been appointed Distinguished Professor of the National University of Singapore in recognition of my ‘outstanding academic excellence as well as academic and intellectual leadership’.”
Appearing in court unrepresented by legal counsel today, Henry was offered bail of $5000. The academic reportedly plans to plead guilty to the charge of dangerous driving and will return to court of 5 Nov.
Meanwhile, an NUS spokesman revealed that the school is aware of the incident. The spokesman told reporters that Henry “will continue to carry out his academic duties” at the University:
“Professor Henry Yeung will continue to carry out his academic duties. Pending completion of the legal proceedings, a caretaker head will assist with the day-to-day running of the department.
“As legal proceedings are currently underway, the university is not at liberty to comment on this private matter.”
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