The Ah Pek who was assaulted verbally and physically over a hawker centre seat by a couple young enough to be his children has condemned the Singapore’s “choping” culture.
76-year-old Ng Ai Hua, aka Ivor Ng, called the act of reserving tables using tissue paper or other such paraphernalia “silly”, and said that people wouldn’t know if someone had accidentally left their things there or if they will even be returning to the “reserved” seat.
Ng also condemned the actions of the couple, 45-year-old Chow Chuin Yee and his partner 38-year-old Tay Puay Leng, but says he has forgiven them.
He said that if he were his children, he would scold them for quarrelling over a seat (incidentally, Ng has 2 children, aged 42 and 38).
Ng was attacked on 21 April this year at the Toa Payoh Lorong 8 hawker centre.
Commenting on the incident, the retiree said that he had bought a bowl of noodles and was looking for a seat to have dinner by himself.
He said that an umbrella was placed on a table for 5, and he asked Tay how many people she was reserving the table for.
That’s when, he said, Tay hurled vulgarities at him and Chow hurried over and barged him in the back.
Chow and Tay were arrested days after the incident after public condemnation of their actions.
The couple have since been fined a total of S$2700 and publicly apologised to Ng.
Ng wasn’t injured in the accident as he managed to prop himself up on the table.
He said that Chow should have been more “man” and faced up to him instead of ramming him from behind.