A police report was filed by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) on Friday (9 November) against five of its full-time national servicemen (NSF), for allegedly taking and circulating photos of a Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) training ground vehicular incident that killed a 22-year-old soldier.
The incident, which occurred on 3 November at the Jalan Murai training area, involved a Bionix armoured vehicle reversing into a Land Rover.
Photo showed Bionix on top of Land Rover
A photo, which has been circulating online, showed the Bionix on top of the crushed Land Rover, with SCDF personnel and an ambulance in the background.
Corporal First Class (CFC) Liu Kai, 22, a transport operator from SAF’s Transport Hub West, was operating the Land Rover. He was found unconscious and was attended to by a medic, but was later pronounced dead.
Responding to queries from Yahoo News Singapore, an SCDF spokesperson said, “Based on our preliminary investigations, two SCDF full-time National Servicemen, who responded to the vehicular accident at the Jalan Murai Training Area on 3 November 2018, took unauthorised photos of the incident scene and sent the photos to some of their fellow 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.”
Mindef investigating leaked photos
Another photo of the incident from an unknown source, showing the vehicles and SAF personnel from a distance, has also been circulating online. Investigations into the leaked photo are ongoing, according to Mindef.
A Mindef spokesperson 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.”