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Published: 28 May 2015 04:55PM (Singapore)
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Home Team pioneers honoured for efforts in keeping Singapore safe and secure
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Former Home Team officers who played a part in keeping Singapore safe and secure were given medallions as recognition for their service.
 
By Afiq Fitri Bin Alias
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A hundred and fifty Home Team (HT) pioneers who played critical roles in major safety and security incidents during Singapore’s formative years were presented with HT SG50 Commemorative Medallions by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Mr Teo Chee Hean earlier today (28 May 2015) at the Home Team Academy.

DPM Teo presented these specially-commissioned medallions during the “Tribute to Home Team Pioneers”, one part of a series of events that will be held from May to December this year and will honour more than 2,000 Home Team pioneers.

He commended the efforts of the pioneers who attended the event, saying that the “harmony, order and stability that we all enjoy today would not be possible without our Pioneers' contributions and sacrifices.”

“Today, Singaporeans are able to go about their daily lives, raise a family, carry on their business – freely, free from the constant worry for their safety and security,” DPM Teo said. “This is a mission that Home Team officers continue to uphold to this day, every day.”

DPM Teo, who is also the Coordinating Minister for National Security spoke about the sacrifices Home Team pioneers made to keep Singapore safe and secure during the 1950s when Communist-inspired riots and strikes were rampant.

The 1955 Hock Lee Bus Riot claimed the lives of two Voluntary Special Constabulary officers, and another nine police officers and security personnel were assassinated by communist killer squads between 1950 and 1956. At least another 74 of them were injured during the chaos.

“Our Pioneer Police and security officers put themselves at grave personal risk during this tumultuous period, to protect Singaporeans from violence and danger,” he said. “This set Singapore on the path to peace and stability, which has been the foundation of the better life we were able to build.”

Mdm Evelyn Wong Ah Chai was one of the Police officers deployed during the 1969 racial riots at Jalan Kayu. Just 19-years-old then and nine months fresh from her training, she was afraid but knew that she and her fellow officers had a mission to fulfil.

Twenty two years after the Jalan Kayu riots, she was again at the forefront of one of Singapore’s most critical emergencies.

The Singapore Airlines flight SQ 117 was hijacked on 26 March 1991 shortly after it took off from Kuala Lumpur. Mdm Wong was part of the team that managed the operations room during the crisis and relayed messages between the negotiation team and the other parties involved.

The 71-year-old recipient of the HT SG50 Commemorative Medallion said she was proud to have played a part in keeping Singapore safe.

The “Tribute to Home Team Pioneers” event also featured a “Heroes for Life” exhibition that showcased key milestones in the Home Team’s history, as well as photos and stories of several Home Team pioneers. There was also a “Wall of Honour” dedicated to officers who died in the line of duty.

The exhibition will be open to the public at the National Library in September and at the Home Team Festival in November.


 


 

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