|Checkpoint Inspector (CI2) T Marcus Rajeskaran was among 104 Home Team officers who received the Minister of Home Affairs National Day Award (Individual) on 6 Aug 2012. PHOTO: Haikal Jamari|
Checkpoints Inspector (CI2) T Marcus Rajeskaran, 53, has always been a believer of working for a cause and this made him sign on with the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority in 1979 right after completing National Service.
“Border security is the first step in keeping Singapore safe, which is why we have to be vigilant in the work that we do,” said CI Marcus, Deputy Team Leader at Ports Command.
Prior to his posting at Ports Command, CI Marcus was part of the Anti-Smuggling Team in Coastal Command.
He recalls a case sometime in 2005, when together with fellow officers, he saw crew members from a wooden vessel hauling 11 suspicious bundles aboard a side barge.
His instincts kicked in and they examined the 11 bundles, which turned out to be 260 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes worth over $20,000.
“Our team of six would look out for every vessel near our dock, to make sure nothing suspicious goes across the borders of Singapore,” said CI2 Marcus.
At this year’s Home Team National Day Observance Ceremony on 6 August 2012 at the Ministry of Home Affairs, CI2 Marcus, together with 103 other Home Team Officers, were awarded for their outstanding efficiency and competency in administrative and operational areas of work.
Speaking at the ceremony, Guest-of-Honour Mr S Iswaran, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade and Industry, commended officers for “upholding the highest standards of competence and professionalism to maintain the public’s confidence and trust in us (the Home Team).”
On top of commending Home Team officers for their dedication, he also noted that four out of 10 arrests have been made with assistance from members of the public which is why the Home Team must continue to strengthen partnerships with the community.
He praised volunteers and members of the public for their public spiritedness—assisting in arrests, fire evacuation—and others who had performed outstanding actions exemplifying the community’s involvement in partnering with the Home Team.
This year, 79 members of the public received the Minister for Home Affairs National Day Award (Public Spiritedness).
Mr Rajendran S/O Pavadi, 52, Chairman of Pasir Ris Zone 2 RC and Liaison Officer Mdm Wong Hoy Mui, 66, had noticed two male subjects trying to steal bicycles parked at the void deck.
“It was in the evening then. I noticed the two foreign males with tools in a plastic bag. This was very suspicious and I requested to see their work permits and rang up the police immediately,” recounted Mr Rajendran.
The two suspects were later charged for bicycle theft.
|Mr Rajendran S/O Pavadi, 52, Chairman of Pasir Ris Zone 2 RC receiving the Minister for Home Affairs National Day Award 2012 (Public Spiritedness). PHOTO: Haikal Jamari|
“Public spiritedness is very important. The Police are not at all places all the time. We are their eyes and ears,” Mr Rajendran added.
The Minister for Home Affairs National Day Award (Team) was given to two groups.
The Inter-Agency Trafficking in Persons Taskforce was presented with one of the awards for tackling the issue with an effective whole-of-government effort.
Singapore Civil Defence Force’s (SCDF) Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (DART) also received the award for displaying exceptional complex fire-fighting and Urban Search and Rescue skills during numerous operations including the East Village Hotel Fire incident on 16 July 2012 and the search for casualties following Downtown Line collapsed scaffolding incident on 18 July 2012.
The Achievement Award, which honours outstanding Home Team Officers who act and think beyond their traditional departmental confines to promote Home Team values and culture, was presented to six teams.
The teams that successfully planned and carried out Exercise Northstar VIII and the Working group on Youth Gangs were among the recipients.
The Home Team Sector Excellence Award went to HT Southern Sector’s Exercise Heartbeat involving more than 200 officers and 7,000 members of the public within the financial district to test their responses to simulated terrorist threats.