Man who criticised dead Traffic Police officer on Facebook arrested for shoplifting

PHOTO: Facebook/K. Shanmugam

The man who criticised a traffic policeman who died while on duty has been arrested, but for offences unrelated to his online posts, said a statement from the Singapore Police Force on Monday (June 5).

According to the police, the 39-year-old man, Thomas Chua Poh Heng, was arrested on June 4 at about 5.37am, for a case of theft from a department store along Syed Alwi Road.

Security officers had detained him outside the store with an unpaid item and handed him over to the police.

In the statement, police also confirmed that Chua had been under investigation for three other police reports lodged against him since January 2017, prior to the theft case.

Police investigations into these cases are still ongoing.

In his post made last week, Chua had gloated over Staff Sergeant Nadzrie Matin's death.

His comments prompted outrage among netizens, with Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam also publicly condemning his words on Facebook.

Thomas Chua's sick post on Police Officer Nadzrie Matin _____________________________________________ I was deeply...

Posted by K Shanmugam Sc on Saturday, June 3, 2017

Said Mr Shanmugam in his post on June 3: "I was deeply upset and angry about a gloating post that one Thomas Chua has made on Police Officer Nadzrie's death. Nadzrie died while on duty.

"Thomas was gloating about Nadzrie's death, because Nazdrie had given him a ticket!

"People like Thomas are sick in the head. No decency or any sense of right and wrong.

"What is a TP officer to do when someone breaks the law? It is because of officers like Nadzrie that the rest of us have safety and security.

"Thomas's comments are an insult to all police officers, and deeply offensive to Nadzrie's family.

Traffic police officer dies after accident along Serangoon Road, driver arrested

  • A 29-year-old traffic police officer died on Thursday morning (Jun 1) following an accident along Serangoon Road.
  • Staff Sergeant Nadzrie Matin was performing traffic patrol duties when he was involved in an accident, police said in a media release.
  • He was conveyed to Tan Tock Seng Hospital, where he subsequently died from his injuries.
  • According to a Stomp contributor, the accident apparently involved a van.
  • Staff Sergeant Nadzrie had joined the Singapore Police Force in 2009 and was posted to the Traffic Police after he completed his training.
  • Commissioner of Police Hoong Wee Teck expressed his deepest condolences to the family.
  • "I am deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Staff Sergeant Nadzrie. He was a dedicated and well-liked officer. We will do everything possible to assist his family during this difficult period."
  • The police said a 52-year-old driver had been arrested for a negligent act causing death, and appealed to members of the public to not circulate videos and images of Staff Sergeant Nadzrie out of respect for his family.
  • Investigations are currently ongoing.