Everyone is having the last laugh on Thomas Chua Poh Heng, possibly the most hated netizen in Singapore currently.
Thomas Chua Poh Heng was widely condemned by netizens after he put up a Facebook post criticising Staff Sergeant Nadzrie Matin, 29 – who was killed while on duty after an accident along Serangoon Road last Thursday – for allegedly issuing him a ticket. The post has since been taken down.
Chua, 39, was arrested on Sunday for allegedly stealing a 100ml bottle of Must de Cartier perfume from a store in Mustafa Centre along Syed Alwi Road. He was detained by in-house security officers outside the store with the unpaid item and handed over to police.
Police said that Chua, prior to his arrest, was already under investigation for three other cases lodged against him since January. He was out on bail at the time of his latest arrest.
Singapore’s Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam also criticised Chua, saying he was “deeply upset and angry” by his comments.
Shanmugam posted a screen-capture of Chua’s Facebook post and wrote: “Thomas was gloating about Nadzrie’s death because Nazdrie had given him a ticket!”
“People like Thomas are sick in the head. No decency or any sense of right and wrong,” he added.
“You wonder what human decency people like Thomas have – to be so self-centred, smug and making nasty remarks about an officer who died doing his duty. While there is a completely distraught wife, grieving parents and family, and teammates who are crying.”
It is understood that although Chua had a string of traffic violations previously, contrary to his claim on his Facebook post, none was issued by Nadzrie.
Contrary to his Facebook profile, apparently, he does not work at Singapore Airlines but at Jet Airways.
Reportedly, Chua will be remanded at the Institute of Mental Health for two weeks for psychiatric evaluation.