Family shown CCTV footage of fatal SCDF ragging incident and rescue attempt

Family shown CCTV footage of fatal SCDF ragging incident and rescue attempt

The family of Corporal Kok Yuen Chin, 22, has viewed the CCTV footage of the alleged ragging incident that led to his death in May.

Cpl Kok's parents, siblings, aunts and girlfriend were shown parts of the video footage at the Police Cantonment Complex on Tuesday morning, a day before five men who were allegedly involved in his death were charged in court.

The footage captured the series of events that unfolded on May 13 before the death of Cpl Kok, a full-time national serviceman (NSF) with the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).

His father, Mr Kok Meng Hwa, 56, a construction worker, said the video clips totalled over an hour.

They showed the initial celebration for Cpl Kok's impending operationally ready date, the moment he ended up in the pump well and the 40-minute rescue bid by station mates when he did not surface, said the older Mr Kok, a Singapore permanent resident from Malaysia.

SCDF NSF dies after being found unconscious at bottom of fire station's pump well

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    Singapore Civil Defence Force full-time national serviceman (NSF) Corporal Kok Yuen Chin, 22, drowned after he got into the well, following a celebration for his impending operationally ready date.

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    He was found unconscious inside the pump well on May 15, 2018 and taken to hospital.

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    The wake was held in Malacca for SCDF NS man Corporal Kok Yuen Chin.

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    4th div commander Michael Chua, Commissioner Eric yap,Commander fire station of Tuas view Huang weikang, Mother Wong siew Fong, Father: Kok Meng Hwa

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    CPL Kok, a permanent resident (PR) in Singapore, was from Malacca, Malaysia, and had harboured hopes of settling down in Singapore.

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    The fire station pump well at Tuas View Fire Station.

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    The pump well is a reservoir of water used for training and testing of fire engine pumps.

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    After his body was recovered, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was immediately administered on CPL Kok, and an automated external defibrillator was also used.

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    CPL Kok was conveyed to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, where he was subsequently pronounced dead. The incident happened three days before CPL Kok’s ORD.

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    His father, Mr Kok Ming Hua, 56, said that he suspected that his son had sustained injuries while falling into the pump well.

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    CPL Kok had earlier confided in his family, worried about the ritual as he was not a good swimmer.

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    The Central Manpower Base’s website states that being able to swim is a skill required of all recruits in the basic training curriculum.

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When asked how he felt about the footage, Mr Kok said in Mandarin: "He is not here... I don't know what... I can say to change that."

However, the charging of the five SCDF regulars has left him conflicted. "They were really celebrating; they even had a cake. If they are punished, I won't get my son back. But if they are not punished, it is also bad for my son," said Mr Kok, who did not attend the court session yesterday as he had to work.

He said the family had received a sum of money from his son's NSF insurance, but declined to elaborate.

Cpl Kok's aunt, Ms Helen Kok, 55, a nurse, said the family had requested to view other segments of the video, but that was rejected. She said in Mandarin: "Perhaps they just showed us the most important parts. But I think viewing it all will really help us understand it."

This article was first published in The Straits Times. Permission required for reproduction.

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