Ng Eng Hen: Difficult to understand why Cpl Fahrurrazi drowned
Posted by temasektimes on August 16, 2012
Speaking to queries from the media, Dr Ng, who did not attend CPL Fahrurrazi’s funeral yesterday said:
“The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is asking itself many questions about the incident. There are a number of questions that are unexplained and difficult to understand as to why Cpl Fahrurrazi drowned as the incident took place during daylight and the water was calm.”
A Committee of Inquiry (COI) has been set up to investigate incident. Preliminary findings from the post-mortem of CPL Fahrurrazi showed he had drowned during a training exercise in Brunei.
“SAF trains rigorously and realistically. Obviously to ensure the safety of our soldiers and our men, we have strict safety protocols. So this is not a new exercise; many batches go through river crossing in Brunei. We will have to wait for the COI to determine if all the safety protocols have been adhered to,” Dr Ng added.
Just like it is difficult to understand how CPL Fahrurrazi drowned, it is difficult to understand why the SAF is losing innocent lives during peace-time.
CPL Fahrurrazi’s death is the fourth training-related death to have occurred this year in the SAF under the watch of Dr Ng. He is the only son of the family. SAF still has not revealed how much compensation his family is entitled to.