Sunday, September 16, 2012

In Memory of Singaporean Son NSF Dominique Lee

Posting this on behalf of Felicia Seah (Dominique Lee's Mum)

 I am a mother of 2 Singaporean sons. My sons are my world. My elder son was enlisted into the SAF November last year. On 17 April 2012, I received a call from the hospital that my son had been admitted to the A&E. When I arrived at the hospital, I was told that my son had died from respiratory failure. In that instance, my world collapsed.It is clear to my family and me that my son’s death was preventable. He was asthmatic. The incident that cost him his life was an urban training exercise involving smoke bombs in a confined area.

However, it is not his death I wish to discuss here. The issue I wish to present to you is that of safety regulations in the SAF. I am urging all parents of Singaporean sons to stand with me, to advocate for greater accountability on the part of the SAF for the safety of our sons. We cannot be mere bystanders when our sons are conscripted into NS. We cannot allow for our sons to be at the mercy of the training officers, be it the platoon sergeants or commanders, who are very often, little older and none the wiser than the boys they are tasked to oversee, boys whose lives often depend on the decisions that they make.

I do not wish my tragedy on anyone and I do not want my son’s untimely death to go into the books of MINDEF as just another accident. Parents, I urge you to join me, so that MINDEF may hear our collective voice, and be moved to do more than pay lip service to ensure that our sons come back home alive and well.
Together, let’s call for:
1. More thorough screening of the medical history of NSF pre-enlistment, to ensure accurate fitness classification.
2. More stringent risk assessment of every training exercise.
3. Better equipped medical centres with better trained medical staff at/near every training location.
4. More stringent monitoring of staff who oversee NSF, to weed out abuse of power at all levels.
5. Greater accountability by MINDEF and SAF to all parents.

Parents, let us stand together to protect our sons and keep our families intact.

Let us bring our sons home safe!

Kindly share this message with friends, relatives or anyone that you know.

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FYI: The post on Dominique's page in memory of him 
has gotten 8K likes and hundreds of comments in less than 2 days.

Editor's Note:

According to the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF), Lee experienced 
breathing difficulties at 12.30pm. 
Three minutes later, he lost consciousness. A Singapore Armed Forces
(SAF) medic attended to him immediately.

At 12.46pm, he was evacuated via a safety vehicle to Sungei Gedong 
Medical Centre, where an SAF doctor attended to him at 12.52pm.

At 1.03pm, he was conveyed in an ambulance to the National University
Hospital (NUH), with an SAF doctor continuing to resuscitate him en
route to the hospital.

Lee arrived at the NUH at 1.22pm. He was pronounced dead at 2.05pm.

When a death occurs it is difficult to put the blame entirely on any one 
person, however it is owed to us that ourselves, sons, brothers and 
boyfriends are provided enough support when being forced to serve NS. 
Many deaths are preventable, and both SAF and MINDEF must 
acknowledge this and work towards preventing such tragedies from 

Help to share this message with your friends and family so that the 
government can recognize that IT IS an important issue that needs 
more extra attention. 

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