10 Jul '18, 9pm

Zero-tolerance approach to abuse of soldiers in SAF: Eng Hen

The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will deal severely with any personnel found to have abused their peers or subordinates, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said in Parliament yesterday. "The Ministry of Defence and the SAF take a zero-tolerance approach towards any form of abuse of soldiers or personnel, either by their commanders or peers," he said. Dr Ng gave this assurance to Workers' Party Non-Constituency MP Dennis Tan, who asked if any form of ragging was allowed in the SAF and whether such activity was part of the recognised duties of any SAF officer. "Acts of humiliation are specifically prohibited," said Dr Ng. The issue of ragging in the uniformed forces came under the spotlight after the deaths of two full-time national servicemen (NSFs) in the last few months. On April 30, Corporal First Class Dave Lee Han Xuan, 19, died in hospital of heatstroke, after displaying sig...

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