The Straits Times
Published on Nov 16, 2012

NSF deaths: Right step by Mindef


IT IS heartening to note the Ministry of Defence's (Mindef) decisive action over the deaths of two full-time national servicemen (NSFs) in separate incidents ("Breaches of safety rules led to two NSFs' deaths"; yesterday).

Mindef is right to penalise the key senior personnel involved.

Senior staff must be held accountable and must answer for their subordinates' lapses, negligence or mistakes.

Responsibility can be delegated but not accountability. Superiors must understand they would be held accountable for their subordinates' actions.

Yeow Hwee Ming