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SCDF NSF dies after falling into fire station pump well. 2 SCDF personnel have been arrested

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A SCDF full-time National Serviceman died at Tuas View Fire Station after celebrating his Operationally-read date (ORD).

Two SCDF personnel have been arrested so far.

According to SCDF, Corporal (CPL) Kok Yuen Chin was found unconscious at the bottom of the fire station’s pump well on Sunday (May 13).

SCDF Statement:

DEATH OF A SINGAPORE CIVIL DEFENCE FORCE FULL-TIME NATIONAL SERVICEMAN

At about 9.20pm on 13 May 2018, CPL Kok Yuen Chin, a Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) Full-Time National Serviceman from Tuas View Fire Station, was found unconscious at the bottom of the fire station’s pump well. The pump well is a reservoir of water used by fire station personnel for training and for testing the pumps of fire engines.

CPL Kok had been celebrating his impending ORD with his squad mates, and one of the activities involved getting him into the pump well.

CPL Kok did not resurface. A number of SCDF personnel jumped into the pump well to locate CPL Kok, but they were unsuccessful. CPL Kok was eventually pulled out from the well after the water had been drained. Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation was immediately administered by a paramedic, followed by the use of an automated external defibrillator.

CPL Kok was then conveyed by ambulance to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital. CPL Kok was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The Police are conducting investigations, on what had happened, including how CPL Kok fell into the pump well, and whether any person(s) are criminally responsible. Based on preliminary investigations, two SCDF regular personnel have been placed under arrest, today, 14 May 2018.

A Committee of Inquiry will also be convened to look into the case, and full details will be made public in due course.

SCDF is saddened by his death and extends our deepest condolences to his family. We are providing all necessary assistance to the family during this difficult time.

Based on preliminary investigations, it appears that the mishap arose as a result of activities which SCDF has prohibited. Severe punishments and deterrent action have been meted out in the past to personnel who engaged in unauthorised activities.

We continually educate our personnel, including during their foundation courses, briefings at recruit and specialist levels, as well as at periodic intervals, to make clear to our officers the risks of such activities and that they are prohibited.

They are also warned by their Commanders. SCDF also has a whistle-blowing programme in place to help identify irresponsible behaviour. SCDF will be conducting briefings in all its fire stations and bases, and check again whether there were any such activities in the recent past.

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33 people injured after bus collision at Bukit Batok bus stop

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Two buses collided at a bus stop in Bukit Batok earlier today (11 May). This happened at Old Jurong Road at around 9:30 am.

 

Facebook user Linie Gabas shared photos of the accident which shows a badly damaged SBS Transit bus.

According to The Straits Times. it was reported that 33 people were taken to the hospital with injuries.

The rear window of the SMRT bus was knocked off.

 

 

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Trump to meet with Kim Jong-Un in Singapore on June 12

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US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un will be meeting in Singapore on June 12 in what would be a historic moment for world peace.

In a tweet sent out by President Trump on May 10 (Thursday), the president confirmed the meeting and added that they would both “try to make it a very special moment for World Peace.”

 

The leaders are expected to discuss North Korea’s nuclear weapons development and testing program which has been the cause of world-wide tensions for some time now.

In response to Trump’s tweet, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that they would be hosting the event. They said in a statement:

Singapore is pleased to host the meeting between President of the United States Donald J Trump and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea State Affairs Commission Chairman Kim Jong Un on 12 June 2018.

The meeting is particularly notable because it would be the first between a serving US president and a North Korean leader.

Speaking of the meeting, Trump said: “I think we have a very good chance of doing something very meaningful. My proudest achievement will be – this is part of it – when we denuclearize that entire peninsula.”

 

 

 

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Singapore Police Force warn of police hotline impersonation scam

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Singapore Police Force shared a post on Wednesday (May 9) warning members of the public of a scam involving the user of a police hotline number.

This is their statement:

[Police Advisory on Phone Impersonation Scams]

The Police have received information that members of the public are receiving calls from telephone hotline 6435 0000, which belongs to the Criminal Investigation Department of Singapore (SPF). The calls were made in Mandarin through an automated operator system.

The Police would like to clarify that these calls were not made by officers from the SPF. Such calls are typical scammers’ tactics where caller ID spoofing technology may be used to mask the actual phone number and a different number is displayed.

Members of the public are advised to take the following precautions if they receive calls which employ such automated operator system:
i) Ignore such calls and the caller’s instructions.
ii) Do not provide your name, identification number, passport details, contact details, bank account, credit card details or other banking information such as usernames, passwords etc. Such information are useful to criminals.
iii) No government agency will request for personal details or transfer of money over the phone or through automated voice machines.
iv) When in doubt, call the anti-scam helpline at 1800-722 6688 or visit www.scamalert.sg

Members or the public may call the Police Hotline at 1800-255 0000 or submit information online at www.police.gov.sg/iwitness should they have any related information, and dial ‘999’ only if urgent Police assistance is required.

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