The police were alerted to an atrocious incident along Bedok North Avenue 3 around noon today. Apparently, the car was stopped from entering Red Swastika School. The car was then seen pushing against a security officer, causing him injuries. The security officer was seen rubbing his right knee in the video. A 61-year-old male driver has since been arrested for rash act causing hurt!
Thankfully the 62-year-old male security officer only sustained minor injuries. The security officer has been identified by the Union of Security Employees (USE) as Mr Neo Ah Whatt. The Union had reached out to him to offer support promptly.
Labour Chief Ng Chee Meng also shared in a Facebook post earlier today that “this act of aggression against our officers who are merely carrying out their duties will not be condoned”. He further emphasised protection for workers.
“NTUC stands in solidarity with our unions and together, we will do what is necessary to protect our workers.”
Education Minister Chan Chun Sing also shared that the authorities are looking into the case that happened just outside Red Swastika School. “This is not the way we should behave towards our security and school personnel who are performing their duties to keep our schools and our children safe.”
Police investigations are ongoing. According to results of the latest USE and Singapore University of Social Sciences survey on the welfare, wages and job prospects of security officers, cases of abuse have become an almost daily occurrence for some officers. These acts cannot be condoned! Security officers facing abuse can seek help through a mobile application that aims to make reporting such cases more efficient. Available for mobile devices, the app is for all security officers, who can key in details of issues faced at the workplace, such as photos, incident location and other descriptions for the Union of Security Employees (USE) to investigate.