Two former RSAF engineers were charged with corruption by CPIB. Rajkumar Padmanathan face up to 251 charges for recommending his own firm to RSAF for maintenance works. He did not tell his employers he actually owned a firm and was also related to a few other companies the RSAF contracted. Another former engineer, Sung Way Xiong, was charged for accepting a sum of money from Rajkumar in exchange for restricted pricing information.
On Monday, 17 July, Wee Wei Jie, a 26 year old regular serviceman in the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF), was sentenced to 4 weeks jail for trying to film a 16 year old Nanyang Junior College schoolgirl while she was changing her clothes.
Recently, the Royal Thai Air Force Chief paid an official visit to Singapore. During the call, he thanked our The Republic of Singapore Air Force servicemen and women who were training in Thailand for their help in harvesting rice. I was surprised and wondered why they got involved. Apparently, this is what the Thai Armed Forces servicemen do to help their community and our RSAF men and women there decided to join in too.
Earlier this month, six servicemen from The Republic of Singapore Air Force carried Mdm Loh’s 85-year-old mother-in-law up the stairs to Swatow Seafood Restaurant when the lift was not working. She later wrote in to commend them.
I spotted this RSAF big shot committing a traffic police offence. While he drove around in his luxury car paid for by the army and taxes of Singaporeans, his wife is holding their son on her lap in the front passenger seat.
Before going to SMRT, he was the head of Air Engineering & Logistics Department, HQ RSAF. He was said to have 25 years of experience in engineering and maintenance of combat air planes. In 2011, he became the first military domain expert (ME) to be raised to the rank of ME8 – equivalent to a Brigadier-General. He started his career as an air-force engineer in 1991. He was a colonel in the RSAF before he switched in 2010 to the new service scheme.
A total of 182 officers from various Singapore government agencies, who have been involved in the Republic’s relief operations in Nepal following last month’s earthquake, will be returning home in the coming days, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) spokesman said yesterday.
Singapore has offered military planes and vessels to assist in the search-and-locate operation for the missing Singapore-bound AirAsia flight. One C-130 plane from the Republic of Singapore Air Force was deployed yesterday afternoon after the Indonesian authorities accepted Singapore’s offer of assistance. It took off at around 5pm and arrived in the search area at around 6.30pm. It searched for two hours before the Indonesian authorities suspended operations for the day and departed the search area. Two C-130 planes will continue the operation today.
Singapore said on Sunday it has activated its air force and navy to help in the search and rescue operation for the AirAsia jet that went missing on a flight from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore. "Two C130s are already on stand-by for this purpose. We remain ready to provide any assistance to support the search and rescue effort," the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore said in a statement.