SINGAPORE - A sound technician was on his way to go prawning with a friend one night – but ended up catching more than prawns.
Sensing a commotion, Mr Muhammad Zakaria Bin Rosli found two police officers struggling to subdue an aggressive man at Bedok Community Centre, and ended up helping them apprehend a suspected drug offender .
The 27-year-old was one of three people to receive the Public Spiritedness Award at a ceremony at Bedok Police Division headquarters on Monday (April 15).
Mr Zakaria helped to pin down the man with his knee while the officers waited five minutes for back-up to arrive.
Later, he managed to resume his prawning trip where the incident became the talking point of the night.
Fellow recipient Muhammad Afiq Bin Roslee helped catch a shoplifter.
The airport worker was on his way home from work when he saw an elderly security officer chasing the shoplifter at Tampines Mart wet market.
The 23-year-old immediately gave chase and helped to nab the offender who had walked out of a supermarket with a trolley of stolen groceries.
The third winner was 46-year-old Satesh Kumar A/L Raman, a senior security officer of a private condominium in Upper East Coast, who investigated reports by residents that a man had committed an indecent act against a young child in a common area.
Mr Satesh conducted a thorough search and located the suspect, who was a landscape service provider employed by the condominium, and kept an eye on him before police arrived and arrested him.
Assistant Commissioner of Public Tan Tin Wee, Commander of Bedok Police Division, praised all three winners for “their crucial public-spirited interventions in rendering assistance to police officers and members of the public who were in need”.
He added: “Their actions are a good example for others and a testament to the strong sense of partnership between the police and the community.”