15 May '18, 6am

SCDF NSF who died in pump well could not swim

He could not swim, and had told his siblings in Melaka he was afraid of being thrown into the pump well when he returned to Singapore. Corporal (CPL) Kok Yuen Chin's colleagues from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) had told him that he would be thrown into the 12m-deep well to celebrate his last few days in service. But the full-time national serviceman's aunt, Madam Kok Chun Fa, said that her nephew saw it as anything but celebratory. "Everyone in the camp knew that he was afraid of water, and could not swim," she told The New Paper in an interview last night. "The whole family was worried, but we thought there would be someone supervising the situation." Cpl Kok, who had returned to Malaysia to vote in the general election last week, even bought snacks to take back to Singapore for his colleagues to try to persuade them not to rag him. His pleas fell on deaf ears...

Full article: http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/scdf-nsf-who-died-pump-w...

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