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6 years after parents died in motorbike crash, son suffers same fate

March 26, 2012 - 1:26am



At 19, he lost both his parents in a motorcycle accident in February 2005.

Last Friday, Mr Nimallankannan Mahendran died when his motorcycle collided with a private bus outside Orchid Country Club at Yishun Avenue 1.

He was only 25 years old.

Yesterday, more than 100 friends and relatives gathered at Block 275 Yishun Street 22 to pay their last respect.

The police have confirmed that the bus driver involved in the crash has been arrested for causing death by a negligent act.


Today's front-cover headline for this story is " Like his parents, orphan also dies in bike crash. "

The abovementioned headline itself is an insult to Nimallankannan. The bleak reminder of his parent's accident and calling him an "orphan", regardless of how text-and-definition appropriate the word may deem fit, is completely disgusting.

There are many amongst your loyal readers, who are mourning his loss. Reading such an article is blatant disrespect, not only to Nimallan but also to everyone who are coping with the loss of the bubbly and responsible gentleman.

I believe any national newspaper, which has a huge circulation amongst its citizens, would be more tactful and considerate when covering tragedies. When those who have departed from us, are featured in such a flippant manner, the public will definitely lose faith in the newspaper.

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