Minister K Shanmugam condemns 'sick', 'gloating' Facebook post on fallen TP officer

Minister K Shanmugam condemns 'sick', 'gloating' Facebook post on fallen TP officer
PHOTO: Facebook/ K Shanmugam

Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam has condemned a 'sick' Facebook post made by a user about 29-year-old Staff Sergeant Nadzrie Matin, who died in a traffic accident along Serangoon Road on Thursday while on duty.

In Mr Shanmugam's post on Saturday (June 3), he said he was 'deeply upset and angry' about the post made by Facebook user, Thomas Poh Heng Chua.

Chua had gloated about Staff Sergeant Nadzrie's death because he had given him a ticket.

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

Posted by K Shanmugam Sc on Saturday, 3 June 2017

Chua wrote on his Facebook page, which has since been disabled: 'Wow Police act so great intimidate also must die... in the end all Police also will die like everyone in funeral parlour so don't intimidate just because you a f------ intimidating police."

In a comment thread in which he replied to another user, he wrote: "..think become police can show off good lah die also in the end like any other civilian. Last time this same TP gave me a ticket because he deem my driving skills no good enough look what happen to him."

Said Mr Shanmugam in his post: "People like Thomas are sick in the head. No decency or any sense of right and wrong."

"You wonder what human decency people like Thomas have - to be so self-centred, smug and making nasty remarks about an officer who died doing his duty. While there is a completely distraught wife, grieving parents and family, and teammates who are crying."

The post had also outraged netizens, with several Facebook users reporting his actions to his alleged employer, Singapore Airlines.

Chua had stated that he is a flight attendant at Singapore Airlines on his Facebook profile. But Singapore Airlines has since refuted the claims that Chua is an employee, Channel NewsAsia reported.

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

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    A 29-year-old traffic police officer died on Thursday morning (Jun 1) following an accident along Serangoon Road.

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    Staff Sergeant Nadzrie Matin was performing traffic patrol duties when he was involved in an accident, police said in a media release.

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    He was conveyed to Tan Tock Seng Hospital, where he subsequently died from his injuries.

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    According to a Stomp contributor, the accident apparently involved a van.

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    Staff Sergeant Nadzrie had joined the Singapore Police Force in 2009 and was posted to the Traffic Police after he completed his training.

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    Commissioner of Police Hoong Wee Teck expressed his deepest condolences to the family.

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    "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."

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    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.

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    Investigations are currently ongoing.

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candicec@sph.com.sg

 

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