“We have lost a fine young man, a husband and a son – and a true son of Singapore,” Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said of 29-year old Staff Sergeant, Nadzrie Matin.
SSG Nadzrie, a traffic police officer, was performing his duty on 1 June when he was killed in an accident along Serangoon Road. He was sent to Tan Tock Seng Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
A 52-year old driver of a van, believed to be involved in the accident, has since been arrested for a negligent act causing death.
Commissioner of Police Hoong Wee Teck paid tribute to SSG on Thursday, describing the officer as a “dedicated and well-liked officer” who since joining the force in 2009.
“I am deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Staff Sergeant Nadzrie … We will do everything possible to assist his family during this difficult period,” he said.
On Thursday, visitors including Nadzrie’s friends and family, along with officers from the Singapore Police Force (SPF) visited his home in Choa Chu Kang to pay their final respects.
They included Mr Amrin Amin, Parliamentary Secretary (Home Affairs and Health), and Mr Zaqy Mohamad, a Member of Parliament for Chua Chu Kang GRC.
Online, especially on social media, tributes to the officer were posted, with many praising SSG Nadrie for his service to Singapore.
“I visited Staff Sergeant Nadzrie Matin’s family this afternoon to convey my deepest condolences,” Mr Shanmugam posted on his Facebook page on Friday. “He died tragically, in an accident, while on duty.”
He said SSG Nadzrie was a promising Home Team officer who had received a Good Service Medal in 2015.
Mr Shanmugam, who is also Law Minister, added:
“Exactly a year ago, yesterday (1 Jun 2016), he was promoted to SSGT. He signed on after his National Service with the Singapore Police Force, and was attached to various Neighbourhood Police Centres before taking on a posting at the Traffic Police.
“His team mates are all deeply affected. He was such a good officer and also a role model for his teammates. Courageous, and charged with a strong sense of justice. He saw it as his duty to serve a bigger purpose than just himself.”