Death of NSF Dave Lee: Committee of Inquiry convened, chaired by MOE cluster superintendent
A framed photo of NSF Dave Lee at his wake on Wednesday (May 2). (Photo: Howard Law)
SINGAPORE: A Committee of Inquiry (COI) chaired by a cluster superintendent from the Ministry of Education has been convened to look into the death of full-time national serviceman Dave Lee, said the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) on Wednesday (May 2).Among the members of the committee is a medical specialist from the public healthcare sector, said MINDEF, adding that the death will also be independently investigated by the police. "Based on the outcome of the police investigation, a coroner's inquiry may be held," the ministry said. "The COI has full powers and access to information and personnel to investigate the circumstances leading to the death, determine the contributory factors and make recommendations to rectify any lapses uncovered," it added. According to the statement, recommendations from previous COIs have been implemented to "improve the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF)'s safety systems and processes", including the setting up of the External Review Panel on SAF Safety, which comprises safety experts and professionals from outside the SAF. MINDEF also said: "The SAF takes the safety of our servicemen seriously and will make things right if there are inadequacies uncovered.
"The Army declared a safety timeout for all training on 30 Apr 18. Training resumed today, following a review of training and safety management plans to ensure that all appropriate safety measures are in place. The Army is committed to ensuring that our soldiers train realistically and safely."MINDEF said the SAF is providing assistance and support to the family of the late Pte Lee. An SAF family liaison officer has been assigned to support the family, with family support officers and counsellors from the SAF Counselling Centre on standby. The 19-year-old Guardsman died on Monday, nearly two weeks after he was hospitalised with "signs of heat injury".
In its statement, MINDEF confirmed that he will be accorded a military funeral, which will take place on Saturday.
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