Four more SCDF officers being investigated for NSF’s death, netizens furious and demand answers

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Photo: Facebook/Cpl Kok Yuen Chin
 

According to a statement from the Ministry of Home Affairs, there have been four more Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) officers who are linked to the drowning of Corporal Kok Yuen Chin.

They have had their promotions withheld as investigations continue.

The subsequent four had their promotions held, and this comes after another two SCDF regulars were arrested on Monday.

The MHA said in a statement that a Board of Inquiry (BOI), that will be chaired by a senior director from the Ministry of Trade and Industry, will look into the tragedy and make recommendations to prevent similar incidents in future.

According to The New Paper, The BOI, which will include members who are not from the MHA or the SCDF, will submit its report to the Minister of Home Affairs.

They also reported that the state coroner may separately call for an inquiry into Cpl Kok’s death, and that the Attorney-General’s Chambers is also reviewing the case with a view to criminal proceedings.

Following this incident, netizens are furious. On top of demanding answers as to National Service protocols, they worry for their own sons and seem to have lost trust in the establishment.

They question:

There are those who have lost faith in the practice of National Service:

  

SCDF Commissioner Eric Yap briefed all commanders on Tuesday. He said, “Unit commanders will be held accountable and responsible for any unauthorised initiation or ragging activities by any personnel under their charge. Commanders are entrusted with the responsibility to look after the men and women who risk their lives every day. It is our duty to ensure they are not harmed or demeaned by the actions of others.”

“Let me be clear about this – those of us who are aware of, or have seen such acts being carried out but yet do not stop or report these acts, also bear responsibility. We cannot condone or allow any wrongdoing”, he added.

He ended his brief saying, “Even as we mourn the loss of one of our own, we owe it to Cpl Kok to ensure that this must never happen again”.


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23 COMMENTS

  1. I did NS in the 70s. Then the tekan culture was already prevalent. Bloody lame that after all these years nothing has changed. This government is getting too fat, too sloppy, disconnected, complacent and downright incompetent! Too much money I’d say. The way things are, I wouldn’t send my damn dog to K9 to serve the country!

  2. The reason are simple why This officers n leader can do the so call prohibition activities to their NS men, because they know they are protect by law for wrongdoing, they NS men by law to service NS n loss 2 good year of earnings are not protected by law for the loss of life

  3. From what I have been reading it does appear to me that there are some deep rooted culture issues in the SCDF which needs to be changed. Hopefully the COI will go beyond just finding out what transpired during this incident. The Ministry of Home Affairs needs to lead the effort on this rather than just leaving to the commanders themselves who have proven to be incapable of doing it.

  4. Why always got death incident then do the sorry no cure kind of apology, are all top brass sleeping or just drawing high pay and not knowing theirs are discipline organization which mean you the top guy must put you men under your care are safe and sound to carry out mission under you command.Wake up all your fxxking ideas!