Rain or shine, Our Army's Military Policemen and Security Troopers (MPs and STs) stay on guard 24/7, remaining vigilant against any potential threats to our homeland. Keeping watch over the SAF's camps, bases and also key installations across the island, MPs and STs play a vital role in keeping Our Army and country safe and secure.
As part of MPST Recognition Day 2020, we caught up with some of the MPs and STs who have been exemplary in their own right, setting positive examples for their peers.
Commander SAF MP Command, COL Lee Kuan Chung with commanders and members of the Military Police Enforcement Unit (MPEU) at Mowbray Camp.
Here's what they have to say!
For CFC T Benjamin Matthews, a Military Policeman at Escort Processing Office in Support Company, Military Police Enforcement Unit, he was extremely proud and excited. "I never thought I would ever make it to be on a poster in my life", he added. Responsible for escorting and managing servicemen arrested for offences, CFC Matthews felt that it has been an interesting experience. "It is the only vocation in SAF that handles detainees on a daily basis and each day presents a different set of challenges."
CFC T Benjamin Matthews from SAF MP Command
CPL Muqairil Bin Kamaluddin is a Security Trooper from the 8th Battalion, Singapore Infantry Regiment, deployed at the SAF Ferry Terminal. Involved mainly in guardroom operations and manning of the pass office, CPL Muqairil handles the clearance, entry and exit of personnel in and out of camp. "What motivates me to do my best is knowing that recruits in BMTC are able to train safely without threats as the team and I uphold security for the camp 24/7."
CPL Muqairil Bin Kamaluddin from 8 SIR
CPL Joshua Low, also a Security Trooper from the 8th Battalion, Singapore Infantry Regiment, noted that it has been an eye-opening experience working as a Security Trooper. "While the work we do can sometimes be mundane and routine, it also keeps me disciplined and grounded, as I find new ways to motivate myself, knowing that performing my duties to the best of my abilities is the best form of deterrence against any potential threats that may arise."
CPL Joshua Low from 8 SIR
Meanwhile, for LCP Sean Sui Kheng Chong, a Protection of Installation trooper from the 9th Battalion, Singapore Infantry Regiment, he spoke of the various challenges faced by him and his peers. "The most challenging thing that I have faced was performing the night shift duties. The new sleep patterns I had to adopt were a cultural shock for me", shared LCP Sean. "However, over the course of a few weeks, my body clock began to adapt to the new sleeping patterns and I got used to it."
LCP Sean Sui Kheng Chong from 9 SIR
As we head into the upcoming festivities of the Lunar New Year, let us take a moment to appreciate each and every Military Policemen and Security Trooper that stand guard, protecting the peace and prosperity of our nation so that we may spend time with our loved ones. To all our Military Policemen and Security Troopers out there, we thank you for your steadfast dedication and vigilance!
Written by: CPL Teo Hao Yu
Photography by: LCP Gerald Ng and PTE Wilson Foo