Singaporean motorcyclist dies in Johor accident

A policeman attending to the body of Mr Xavier Liaw Xiang E, 42, who was killed yesterday when he was thrown from his BMW motorcycle at a road junction in Gelang Patah, Johor, about 15km from the Tuas Second Link. PHOTO: ISKANDAR PUTERI POLICE
A policeman attending to the body of Mr Xavier Liaw Xiang E, 42, who was killed yesterday when he was thrown from his BMW motorcycle at a road junction in Gelang Patah, Johor, about 15km from the Tuas Second Link.PHOTO: ISKANDAR PUTERI POLICE

ISKANDAR PUTERI • A Singaporean man died yesterday morning after his high-powered motorcycle was involved in an accident with a van in Gelang Patah, southern Johor, Malaysian police said.

Mr Xavier Liaw Xiang E, 42, was killed when he was thrown from his BMW motorcycle in the 9am incident at a road junction, Iskandar Puteri police chief Dzulkhairi Mukhtar said in a statement obtained by The Straits Times.

The accident happened at the 6.6km marker of Jalan Gelang Patah and Jalan Ulu Choh, roughly 15km from the Tuas Second Link.

Assistant Commissioner Dzulkhairi said initial investigations at the scene showed that the van was making a right turn at the junction when it was hit by the motorcycle.

The victim was decapitated, police said. His remains were taken to Sultanah Aminah Hospital in Johor Baru.

The front of the van, which has a Johor registration plate, was damaged.

The 28-year-old van driver, who was not injured, was detained for further investigations, Mr Dzulkhairi said.

The victim's sister, Ms Liaw Wy-cin, 44, speaking on behalf of the family, said: "We are shocked and saddened by the sudden tragedy, especially on Father's Day.

"We had just met for Father's Day dinner on Saturday night, and my mother spoke to him around midnight.

"This is my father's biggest fear come true. My mother had always nagged him about the danger, but he always said that at least he would go doing what he enjoyed, and we take some comfort in that."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 17, 2019, with the headline 'S'porean m-cyclist dies in Johor accident'. Print Edition | Subscribe