32-year-old primary school teaching assistant Tan Kiat Siang died instantly in a traffic accident yesterday after his motorcycle collided with a car from the Chinese Embassy in Singapore on Sunday morning. The accident took place at about 10.30am at the junction of Mandai Lake Road and Mandai Road. The filial Tan was on his way to pay respects to his father, who had died recently.

Mr Tan was an allied educator in mathematics at Naval Base Primary School. He was also in charge of the Info Comm Club.

According to eye witnesses, the PRC embassy’s red Volvo turned right from Mandai Road into Mandai Lake Road while Mr Tan approached from the opposite direction on his motorcycle. He collided with the car and was flung one meter on the road.

Eye witnesses added that there were a number of passengers in the embassy car who were possibly on a trip to the zoo.

Noah Ong, vice-principal of Naval Base Primary School has issued a response to the tragic accident: “The school is deeply saddened by the passing of our allied educator. He was responsible and well-liked by his colleagues and students. We will provide counselling support to affected students and staff, and are rendering the necessary assistance to his family.”

The Chinese Embassy told reporters: “A staff member of the Chinese Embassy in Singapore involved in a traffic accident in Mandai Road on the morning of 13 Sep is under investigation by the Singapore Police.”

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