11 Mar '12, 2pm

Colonel behind this year's NDP quits for 'personal reasons'

Colonel behind this year's NDP quits for 'personal reasons'

Colonel Nelson Yau Thian Hock. -- PHOTO: MINDEF By Jermyn Chow, Defence Correspondent The man at the helm of this year's National Day Parade is leaving the Singapore Armed Forces, five months before Singapore's 47th birthday. This is the first time that a senior army officer is stepping down as chairman of the NDP organising committee before the big show on Aug 9. Colonel Nelson Yau, who is in his mid-40s, had asked to retire from the SAF due to 'personal reasons', said the Ministry of Defence on Sunday. As a result, he will also be vacating his post as the army's Chief Guards Officer. 'The SAF will be appointing a senior officer to take over the Chief Guards Officer post. The new Chief Guards Officer will also take on the responsibility of being chairman of NDP 2012 executive committee,' said Mindef public affairs director Col Desmond Tan, 41, though he did not say who.

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