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Ng Eng Hen, Defence

Breaches of safety rules led to 2 NSFs' deaths

Published on Nov 14, 2012 4:21 PM
 
Pictures of Private Dominique Sarron Lee Rui Feng with his headstone at the cemetery. Pte Lee, a 21-year-old full-time national serviceman (NSF), experienced breathing difficulties during an urban obstacle training exercise in Lim Chu Kang on April 17, 2012. He passed out following what is believed to have been an asthma attack. Pte Lee died 1½ hours later. Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen today outlined the actions taken following the deaths of two full-time national servicemen earlier this year, citing the clear breaches of training safety regulations in both incidents. -- TNP PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen today outlined the actions taken following the deaths of two full-time national servicemen earlier this year, citing the clear breaches of training safety regulations in both incidents.

A Commanding Officer has since been replaced and six other commanders redeployed for the regulations contravened under their watch, even as investigations are ongoing to see if they should be prosecuted in the military or civil courts.

The army's safety processes will also be reviewed by a board chaired by a senior civil servant outside the Defence Ministry, and an inspectorate reporting to the Chief of Defence Force set up to ensure the safety culture of the whole Singapore Armed Forces.

Dr Ng also revealed in a ministerial statement to Parliament the details of the Committees of Inquiry (COI) into the deaths of Private Dominique Sarron Lee Rui Feng, 21, on April 17 and Third Sergeant Tan Mou Sheng, 20, on May 11.

 
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