Yesterday, more than 400 Home Team officers were recognised for their work in ensuring Singapore's safety and security. The Ministry of Home Affairs' (MHA's) Minister's Award Ceremony acknowledged recipients, including representatives of teams involved in some of the most complex operations here.
Mr Cheng Wee Kiang, 44, senior assistant director (Human Performance), Office of the Chief Science and Technology Officer, MHA, and Supt Lee Teck Seng, 44, deputy commander (Domain Security), Integrated Checkpoints Command (Sea), Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA)
Given the Innovation Award (Project Category) for their work on the Enhanced Security and Increased Efficiency @Car project to explore the use of technology to automate car clearance at land checkpoints. The first phase involved integrating ICA's existing biometric clearance platform with new technologies to facilitate self-clearance for eligible car travellers through the land checkpoints.
Superintendent Alan Wong, 45, assistant director of Operations Exercise and Readiness Division, Singapore Police Force (SPF)
Received the Home Team Achievement Award for his team's work in the Islandwide Counter-Terrorism Exercise.
Multiple simulated terrorist attacks were carried out to test and validate Singapore's multi-agency counter-terrorism response plan. First introduced in 2014, this operation is the largest coordinated counter-terrorism exercise held in Singapore to date.
Senior Investigation Officer Chiang Jin Jie, 33, Financial Investigation Branch, Commercial Affairs Department, SPF
Received the Minister for Home Affairs Operational Excellence Award for his team's work in Case Megatron.
The Megatron team worked closely with local agencies such as the Attorney-General's Chambers and Monetary Authority of Singapore, as well as international partners in the United States and Switzerland, to conduct money-laundering investigations into individuals who benefited from money misappropriated from state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad between 2009 and 2015.