Po­lice re­port filed against 5 NSFs for tak­ing, cir­cu­lat­ing pho­tos of Bionix ac­ci­dent

The Straits Times - - TOPOF THE NEWS - Fabian Koh

The Sin­ga­pore Civil De­fence Force (SCDF) has filed a po­lice re­port against five of its full-time na­tional ser­vice­men (NSFs) for tak­ing and cir­cu­lat­ing pho­tos of the scene of an ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing a Sin­ga­pore Armed Forces (SAF) Bionix ar­moured ve­hi­cle last Sat­ur­day.

One photo that ended up on so­cial me­dia shows the Bionix ve­hi­cle on top of a Land Rover that was crushed. An am­bu­lance and SCDF per­son­nel are seen in the back­ground.

The Bionix ve­hi­cle had re­versed into the Land Rover dur­ing an SAF field train­ing ex­er­cise in the Jalan Mu­rai train­ing area, killing the driver, 22-year-old Cor­po­ral First Class Liu Kai.

An SCDF spokesman said yes­ter­day that pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tions showed that two NSFs who re- sponded to the ac­ci­dent had taken unau­tho­rised pho­tos of the scene and sent them to some other NSFs via a What­sApp chat group.

“Three of the NSFs who re­ceived th­ese pho­tos sub­se­quently for­warded them to their friends. One of th­ese pho­tos has ap­peared on so­cial me­dia,” said the spokesman.

“SCDF takes a se­ri­ous view of the mat­ter and has filed a po­lice re­port against the five NSFs for their unau­tho­rised ac­tions.”

The po­lice con­firmed that a re­port has been lodged and in­ves­ti­ga­tions are on­go­ing.

An­other photo that has been cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia shows the Bionix on top of the Land Rover and sol­diers stand­ing around, with­out any emer­gency ser­vices on the scene. It is not clear who took that photo.

The Min­istry of De­fence is look­ing into all the pho­tos that have been leaked out.

A Min­def spokesman said: “All per­son­nel pro­vided ac­cess to SAF train­ing grounds are sub­ject to the re­stric­tions placed on unau­tho­rised pho­tog­ra­phy or videog­ra­phy.

“Of­fend­ers will be pros­e­cuted to en­sure that th­ese strict rules to guard our se­cu­rity are not com­pro­mised.”

In Septem­ber this year, for­mer am­bu­lance driver Shaik Haziq Fahmi Shaik Na­sair Jo­har, 29, was fined $1,500 un­der the Of­fi­cial Se- crets Act for tak­ing a photo of a dead body while on duty.

He had been work­ing for am­bu­lance op­er­a­tor Unistrong Tech­nol­ogy, which has a con­tract with the Gov­ern­ment for its ser­vices.

His for­mer col­league, para­medic Nur­iz­zah Afiqah Hus­sain, 27, was also fined $3,000 in Au­gust for send­ing the photo to her then boyfriend.

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