KUALA LUMPUR – A Singaporean race car driver and a photographer died in a fatal crash on an expressway in Malaysia on Sunday morning.
Kwek Kon Chun, 35, who was a nightclub owner and nephew of Hong Leong Group's executive chairman Kwek Leng Beng, lost control of his Porsche 911 Turbo and crashed into a road divider on the KL-Seremban Expressway in Desa Petaling while leaving Sepang, The Star newspaper reported.
Both Kwek and his passenger Franco Toh, 43, were pronounced dead at the scene, at about 3.30am on Sunday, the Malaysian newspaper said.
A 20m steel rail from the divider impaled into the car through the driver’s side, pinning Kwek and Toh inside, the paper said, quoting Malaysia police.
Witnesses told the evening Chinese dailies that the impact was so great that the car spun on the spot, and was completely smashed.
Civil defence officers in Malaysia took about an hour to extract their bodies from the wreck, Lianhe Wanbao reported.
Mr Kwek, a co-owner of Neverland Group, was formerly a vice-president at Hong Leong Asia. Reports say he attended Raffles Junior College and Imperial College in Britain.
Shin Min Daily News said Mr Kwek Kon Chun was taking part in the Supercar DragRace at Sepang International Circuit on Saturday.
Wanbao said Mr Toh was the group’s marketing manager. He wrote that he was “born in Hong Kong bred in Singapore”, on his website.
Neverland Group owns several nightclubs including club Sonar at Orchard Hotel, Neverland II at St James Power Station and Pixie Mansion (formerly Neverland KL) in Kuala Lumpur.