SAF Chief Guards Officer and Chairman of the Organizing Committee of National Day Parade (NDP) 2012 Colonel Nelson Yau Thian Hock (姚天福) has resigned abruptly from the committee for ‘personal reasons.’ He is also the Commander of the 21st Division.
According to Lianhe Zaobao, Colonel Yau made the shocking announcement on Monday in an Emergency Meeting to senior members of the NDP organizing committee. Colonel Tan Kok Ming will be taking over his position. It is not revealed if Colonel Yau is resigning from his positions in SAF as well.
Colonel Yau was appointed as Chief Guard Officer in March 2011 and was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) during the National Day awards last year.
His sudden resignation came as a surprise as he has been busy preparing for this year National Day Parade and is slated to be promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General in the next three years. Furthermore, senior SAF officers must give a 3-month notice before tendering their resignation.
The news has set some tongues wagging with some netizens speculating the real reasons behind his resignation.
Some responses from Hardwarezone forumers:
“Those high flyer reputation veri important. Wouldn’t suddenly resign till news went up to media….Also their salary is very high and also need to service a few month service notices…So most likely is got scandal and force to resign within a week.” – kiatkiat
“Pap recruiting him to stand in the Hougang by-election rah..” – CPL Raju