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Honouring Our Home Team Guardians (Part 1)
Celebrating the Home Team’s spirit of service and dedication.

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PHOTOS: Fatimah Mujibah, Home Team News

Every day, our Home Team officers perform their duties with little fanfare. Last month, over 600 officers who’d gone beyond the call of duty were recognised for their contributions at the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) National Day Awards Investiture 2018. We spoke to three officers who exemplify the Home Team’s spirit of service and dedication.

Home Team News MHA National Day Awards 01 CPT Kannan SCDF
PHOTO: Fatimah Mujibah

Leading by Example
Captain Kannan Selvaraj, 36
Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (DART) Platoon Commander, DART Base, Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF); Recipient of the SCDF Overseas Service Medal (2018)

Why I chose to join the Home Team I always knew I wanted to be in the uniformed service. I chose the SCDF because I wanted to help others and also have a meaningful career.

One thing people don't know about my work As a Platoon Commander of 21 DART officers, the phrase “lead by example” is very important to me. My guys are usually the first ones at the scene of an emergency, and my responsibility is to keep them focused and performing at their best. When conditions get tough, I also have to decide if it’s safe enough to allow my team to proceed with the mission.

How I feel about receiving the SCDF Overseas Service Medal I’m definitely very grateful to receive this for being a member of Operation Lionheart (Laos) in August 2018. We like to say that no two rescue incidents are the same; well, this is a special moment for me. That’s why I love what we do. As DART officers, we can go home knowing we’ve helped someone, or changed someone’s life.

Home Team News MHA National Day Awards 02 SPT Loo Sook Nee SPS
PHOTO: Home Team News

It’s About Giving Hope
Superintendent 1A Loo Sook Nee, 44
Senior Assistant Director (Programme Management Branch), Rehabilitation and Reintegration Division, Singapore Prison Service; Recipient of the Commendation Medal (2018)

I chose to join the Home Team because… I wanted to contribute to helping others, and to make my work count. That’s why, even after 20 years as a Prison officer, I still find my job to be meaningful and challenging. 

What I do at work I lead a team that works on the rehabilitation regime and policies governing various categories of inmates. We collaborate with many stakeholders to formulate policies that best meet the rehabilitation and reintegration needs of our inmates. 

What I love about my job I’ve been exposed to many different and exciting jobs within the Prison Service, and have been able to make a difference to others through all of them. As Captains of Lives, it’s important that we continue to give hope to inmates, and show them that it’s possible to change. 

How I feel about receiving the Commendation Medal I feel honoured to receive it, but I feel that it’s not mine alone. This award also goes out to all my mentors and team members who’ve helped us to achieve our common mission.

Home Team News MHA National Day Awards 03 INSP Iqbal CNB
PHOTO: Fatimah Mujibah

Three Decades as a Drug-Buster
Inspector Iqbal Bin Mohamed, 52
Officer-in-Charge (OC), General Investigation II, Investigation Division, Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB); Recipient of the Efficiency Medal (2018)

What I do at work As OC, I manage a team of 13 Investigation Officers who investigate drug offences for prosecution. 

One thing that people don't know about my work I’ve been with the CNB for over 30 years and have seen how the negative impact of drugs can extend beyond the abuser to families and communities. Many cases are heartbreaking, with family members suffering because their loved one was enslaved by drugs.

How I feel about receiving the Efficiency Medal I feel reassured that, together with my fellow CNB officers, we’ve done our duty to keep Singapore safe and secure.



MHA National Day Awards Investiture 2018
The MHA National Day Awards Investiture 2018 was held on 26 November 2018. This year, 629 medals were awarded to Home Team officers for their contributions and commitment in keeping Singapore safe and secure. Congratulations to all our Home Team award recipients!

Check out Part 2 of our series here.

  1. by Fatimah Mujibah
  2. 08 December 2018
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