A netizen shares his experience of working in Pulau Tekong, where he encountered difficulties with an abusive Regimental Sergeant Major named R.
I’ve been working as a contractor in pulau tekong for 2 years, by far the best place i’ve ever worked but theres only one thing i dont understand about tekong is the RSM, this 1WO R, MP trained, rank abuser and very vulgar!
1st time – i was caught by him for having my jeans folded and was sent home and told to come tomorrow by him. scolded me and say its an inappropriate dressing eventhough my pants was folded because its long and would be dragged on the floor.
2nd time – i was caught for wearing cap exiting saf ferry terminal and was banned for 7day from coming in to tekong. even though its my first time wearing cap to work, not even a verbal warning. even the noticeboard didn’t state that we are not allowed wearing cap anywhere in the camp premises.
3rd time – i was banned about 2weeks for renting my car to a perm staff of pulau tekong because he parked the car in SAF ferry terminal carpark even though the car and himself have clearence in tekong. if he can borrow other perm staff car why cant i rent out my car to a perm staff?
recently, i was leaving from work and was asked a favour from my POC to put a bag of food inside the RPL(Ramp Powered Launcher) office as he usually does, it was SAF50 so i was on half day but my POC still need to be in camp. I folowed the exit route and went to the guardhouse to ask the Security Trooper if i could go to the RPL office to “tompang” the food bag for my POC. He said i can go by this way. (he showed me the path) so i asked again
ME: “can I go by this way?”. He replied
ST: “yes you can, but must go by this way”.
and so i go on to the RPL office but i saw HIM, the RSM inside tekong TO’s car. So i show him a hand signal showing the bag im holding to and point to the direction of the office. he looked at me but never acknowledge anything. so i went on assuming his normal gesture of not acknowledging contractors greeting him even say hi. after putting the bag in the office i walked out and was about to exit the gate, i was stopped by two of his MP sergeants. when i asked why am i stopped and what was the issue? they dont know.. they said RSM asked them to. i was hold for about 15 – 20mins and came the RSM all change to his civilian clothing and was walking to my direction. so i tried to walk nearer to him since its quite far but he shouted at me saying
R: “YOU STOP THERE! STEP BACK! I NEVER TELL YOU TO COME TO ME!”
So i stepped back and wait till he reached me but as soon as he reached me he shouted
R: “YOU CRAZY AH?!! YOU F*CKING STUPID ISIT?! YOUR PARENTS NEVER TEACH YOU AH?!! SMALL THING YOU LIKE TO MAKE BIG ISIT?!!”
as soon as i hear this i was furious as i was only doing a favour for my POC. i told him
ME: “i was doing a favour for my POC(name) only, i did asked for permission to enter and gave my reason to your security trooper so whats the issue here sir? its not me who love to make small thing big, its YOU!”
R: ” WHAT YOU SAY?! EH HELLO IM THE RSM OK! I DONT CARE!!! YOU DARE TALK BACK TO ME AH!!”
ME: ” YOU GOT SOME ISSUE WITH ME ISSIT SIR?! I HAVE TO STOP YOU THERE SIR! YOU DONT GET TO SCOLD ME F*CKING STUPID!! EVEN MY LATE FATHER DONT USE THAT KIND OF WORDS TO ME!! WHO ARE YOU TO SAY THIS KIND OF THING TO ME?! WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?!!!”
R: “WHY YOU NOT HAPPY ISIT?!! COME AHH!!”
my phone rang and my POC asked what he wanted,[BACKGROUND] R: “GIVE ME YOUR CAMP PASS NOW!!”
my POC tell me to just surrender back my pass and put down the phone immediately.
ME: “WHATS THE REASON YOU TAKE BACK MY CAMP PASS SIR?!! THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME YOU DISTURB MY RICE BOWL OK! WHO WOULD BE HAPPY AND NOT SHOUTING BACK AT YOU FOR BEING UNREASONABLE AND VULGAR?!! NOW BE A GENTLEMAN AND WALK ME OUT YOUR CAMP!!”
R: “WAHHH YOUR THREATENING ME ISIT!”
ME: “IM ASKING YOU NICELY BE A GENTLEMAN AH WALK ME OUT YOUR CAMP AND SHOW ME THE WAY OUT!!”
and so he walked me out to the gate. as soon as i stepped out the gate. i shouted,
ME: “SIR STEP OUT NOW, TAKE A FOOT OUT AND SAY WHAT YOU SAID JUST NOW TO ME!!!”
R: “I DONT CARE!! NOW GET LOST!!”
ME: “I WILL REPORT YOU TO MINDEF AND COMPLAINT ABOUT YOU!! YOU WAIT!! THE REPORT WILL COME!!
i did that because there’s was people outside so i could get witness rather than having his men by his side as witness, i felt being bullied and held like a criminal being treated this way by a regular and uniform personnel. i called and complaint to MINDEF through the hotline once i reached home and received a call soon afterward by R’s man.
UNKNOWN GUY: “Hi sir, im calling from SFT. May i have your address please?”
ME: “who are you? why do you need my address for? you dont have the right to ask for my address since your boss took my camp pass away. anyway why do you need my address for?”
UNKNOWN GUY: “RSM asked for it”
ME: ” you sergeant or man?”
he hang up the phone…
i called MINDEF again and told them about the call, they said they will investigate and get back to me soon.
This is not the first time not the second time for me. and im not the only victim of this RSM OF PULAU TEKONG. please create awareness to others about this Military Personnel ABUSING his power, ILL-TREATING civilians, very VULGAR. IS THIS HOW SAF/MINDEF TEACH THEIR REGULARS TO BEHAVE OR TREAT A CIVILIAN?
until now i feel scared and in fear everytime i go out from my house or come back home after this issue.. they would have records of my address and all my personal particulars.
Thank you for reading my complaint.