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High Court strikes out lawsuit against SAF, 2 officers over NSF who died during smoke grenade exerci

High Court strikes out lawsuit against SAF, 2 officers over NSF who died during smoke grenade exercise

http://www.straitstimes.com/singapor...-smoke-grenade

The High Court on Thursday (March 3) struck out a lawsuit brought against the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) by the family of a full-time national serviceman who died in 2012 after an allergic reaction to smoke grenades during a military exercise.

The family of Private Dominique Sarron Lee had also sued his platoon commander as well as the chief safety officer of the exercise, alleging negligence on their part.

However, all three defendants applied to strike out the claim on the grounds that there is no reasonable cause of action and that the suit is frivolous, vexatious and an abuse of the court process.

The defendants relied on a provision in the Government Proceedings Act, arguing that they are indemnified from being sued for negligence for deaths and injuries if the acts are certified to be attributable to service.

In a chambers hearing on Thursday, Judicial Commissioner Kannan Ramesh accepted the arguments and ruled that the provision applied to Pte Lee's case.

He also dismissed the arguments of Mr Irving Choh, who acted for the family, that there was a contract between SAF and Pte Lee and so, his family was entitled to claim damages from SAF for breaching its contractual duty to ensure the highest standards of training safety.

On April 17, 2012, Pte Lee suffered breathing difficulties and passed out during an exercise in Lim Chu Kang, which involved the use of six smoke grenades.

The 21-year-old former track athlete from the Singapore Sports School, who was asmathic, was evacuated to Sungei Gedong Medical Centre before being warded at National University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at about 2pm the same day.

A coroner's inquiry in August 2013 found that he had died from an acute allergic reaction to zinc chloride, a key compound used in smoke grenades.

An independent Committee of Inquiry in 2012 said that the number of smoke grenades used in the exercise exceeded the limit of two specified in safety regulations.

Pte Lee's family filed the civil suit last year. Platoon commander Captain Najib Hanuk Muhamad Jalal was defended by Mr R.S. Bajwa while safety officer Captain Chia Thye Siong was defended by Mr Laurence Goh.

Mr Goh told The Straits Times on Thursday that his client is also saddened and affected by the incident. "My client sincerely hopes that the family of the late Dominique will finally have closure over the matter and move on with their lives."

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SAF core value= care for soldiers: U joking here when PAP statutes absolve SAF from liability for negligence???!!!

Care for Soldiers
http://www.mindef.gov.sg/imindef/min...orevalues.html
Care for Soldiers is the genuine concern that we have for the well-being of our fellow soldiers and those in our command. This includes a personal touch, proper equipping, feeding, training and providing adequate rest both in peacetime and in war. It is training soldiers so well that they can protect themselves and survive in battle. This is the philosophy of more sweat in peacetime and less blood in war.Care is absolutely essential for cohesion, team spirit and ultimately combat effectiveness. Commanders who care for the training, morale and discipline of their troops can be sure they have a fighting fit force at hand. They can also be sure of their loyalty. Care for soldiers also extends to the families of the soldiers
SAF core value= care for soldiers: U joking here when PAP statutes absolve SAF from liability for negligence???!!! According to what parliament legislated, that seems to be just LIP SERVICE to deceive NSmen, unless the learned judge made a wrong interpretation of the law:... But by the looks of it, parliament seems to be the one who has scammed (short-changed) NSmen:

[Letter to Today] NS a duty, not a job — thus no ‘salary’: Mindef

Proof that the average PAP parliamentarian is just a ball sucking henchman out to campaign for higher ministerial salaries and get some s¢raps perhaps in return:
"If the annual salary of the Minister of Information, Communication and Arts is only $500,000, it may pose some problems when he discuss policies with media CEOs who earn millions of dollars because they need not listen to the minister's ideas and proposals. Hence, a reasonable payout will help to maintain a bit of dignity."
- MP Lim Wee Kiak apologises for comments on pay
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GRC:
The real purpose is to help PAP exco fill up parliamentary seats with more ball suckers to ram rod every PAP policy through:
'Without some assurance of a good chance of winning at least their first election, many able and successful young Singaporeans may not risk their careers to join politics,' Mr Goh Chok Tong, June 2006 ['GRCs make it easier to find top talent: SM'].
[Pict= Disassembling GRC system benefits PAP (Part 1 of 3)]

They already admitted that fixing opposition parties was considered 'fair play'.
Even the AGC seems to be their part time legal counsel (especially during election time) too:
(Pict source)

The real truth about how elietist PAP is treating the average/ poor Singaporean:
Wee Shu Min elitism controversy

PAP should just be honest that their true policy position of NS is that it is= SLAVERY for Singaporeans.

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