Ex-chief of defence force's role in building the new SAF

Ng Jui Ping pushed for officers' retirement before 50, saw need to separate motivation from training

 Lt-Gen (Ret) Ng (in front) on board a Super Puma helicopter in 1993 to observe Exercise Wallaby at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area in Australia.
Lt-Gen (Ret) Ng (in front) on board a Super Puma helicopter in 1993 to observe Exercise Wallaby at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area in Australia. PHOTO: BERNARD TAN/FACEBOOK, MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

Lieutenant-General (Retired) Ng Jui Ping, the Singapore Armed Forces' second chief of defence force (CDF), died on Jan 1 from pancreatic cancer. He was 71.

Described by those who knew him as decisive and logical, the former artillery officer was the first locally trained CDF. His military career spanned 30 years from 1966. After he retired from service in 1995, he started his own consulting firm.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 05, 2020, with the headline 'Ex-chief of defence force's role in building the new SAF'. Subscribe