SINGAPORE: Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam has pledged to get the bottom of the incident that left one Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) full-time national serviceman (NSF) dead.
Corporal Kok Yuen Chin, 22, died on May 13 (Sunday) after being found unconscious at the bottom of a fire station pump well.
CPL Kok was celebrating his impending ORD, which was supposed to fall on Wednesday, when the incident happened, Mr Shanmugam said, confirming that he died of drowning.
“It’s unacceptable, period,” he told reporters on Monday. “We will get to the bottom of it.”
Mr Shanmugam added that he, together with SCDF deputy commissioner Chong Hoi Hung, met with the deceased’s family earlier on Monday.
“It’s a clear violation of SCDF rules,” Mr Shanmugam said of the incident, calling it a “tragic loss”. “Nothing’s going to bring the young man back.”