SINGAPORE - The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will set up more collection points for used uniforms, following a recent incident of military apparel being smuggled to Batam.
Senior Minister of State for Defence Mohamad Maliki Osman said disposal bins will be set up at the entrances of selected camps near populated areas, in the next two to three months.
These bins will have a "one-way, non-return valve", he told Parliament on Wednesday (March 1).
Currently, National Servicemen (NSmen) can dispose of used military attire and equipment at SAF eMarts around the island, and the Army Logistics Base at Old Choa Chu Kang Road.
To make it easier for NSmen to return old equipment, more disposal bins will also be put up at the eMarts, Dr Maliki said.
He was replying to Non-Constituency MP Dennis Tan, who asked about the Indonesian Navy's seizure of a truckload of used SAF uniforms on Batam last November.
The seized attire included the pixelised combat uniform, which was introduced by the SAF in 2008, as well as the older variant, which had splotches of green, black and brown.
Dr Maliki said that investigations by the Indonesian Navy are still ongoing.
Following the uniform seizure in Batam, Dr Maliki said the SAF has reminded its contractors follow established procedures when disposing of old uniforms.
The procedures require contractors to collect the used uniforms and send them to the incinerators. The attire is then incinerated with an SAF personnel present.
The SAF will also be reminding NSmen to only dispose of their equipment at authorised locations.
"These measures will reduce opportunities for unauthorised vendors to obtain and then sell used SAF uniforms," said Dr Maliki.
Under Singapore law, NSmen are not allowed to sell any army equipment issued to them, and those caught will face disciplinary action.