Minister Ng announced that SAF unit commanders found to have committed safety lapses will be penalized during their performance review. However, he stopped short of addressing whether command responsibility would extend to the highest levels of the SAF or MINDEF leadership.
Taiwan became a self-governed island in 1949 following the defeat of the Nationalist Kuo Min Tang in the Chinese Civil War. Taiwan officially retains the name ‘Republic of China’ but the Beijing government considers it to be no more than a renegade province to be reunified under Communist Party rule.
While the circumstances behind PTE Dave Lee’s death are still a mystery, Taiwan’s experience with its military-related deaths provides valuable lessons for Singapore.