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Contents
Message from ------------------- 1
by A/ASP Toh Wee Teck

Message from OC
OC
Dear all, I would like to extend my warmest welcome to INSP Tan Geok Bee and the new cadets who just joined our big family. Also, I would like to welcome back to our unit, P/CI Er Shi Tao Ronald (of D06 CIBTC) and P/CI Muhammad Lokman Bin Kamsir (of J07 CIBTC). I would also like to congratulate all the cadets who were promoted in the recent promotion exercise; especially the two Station Inspectors, SI Toh Zheng Yan and SI Veronica Chong Meng Qi. Well done, guys & gals!! I would also like to announce that SI Toh Zheng Yan and SSG Nur Afifah Husna Bte Azmi have been awarded the Best Unit Cadets (male & female respectively) for 2007. On behalf of OPSS NPCC Unit, I would also like to extend my congratulations to SSG Quek Yong Jun for attaining the prestigious SPF-NPCC badge, a first for our unit. Hope there will be more to come in the following years. I am also pleased and honoured to announce that our unit had attained a BRONZE award for UOPA 2006. This would not be possible if not for the dedication and contribution from everyone in our unit. A job well done to all teacher officers, cadet inspectors, non-commissioned officers and cadets!! This year, our target is to obtain a SILVER award for UOPA 2007, which will be a first for our unit. Let us work together to achieve that goal!!

“Pride & ------------------- 2

Passion”

by A/ASP Toh Wee Teck

Words from a New Officer -------- 2
by INSP Tan Geok Bee

My Recollection CIBTC -- 3

of

71st

by P/CI Er Shi Tao Ronald

An Unforgettable Experience ---- 4 by SGT Kee Boon Kiang Overcoming My Fear --------------- 6 by SSG Nur Afifah Husna Bte Azmi NCO Camp --------------------------- 7
by SGT Chia Pei Ting

Visit to “Reflections at Bukit Chandu” ------------------------------- 8
by SGT Ong Sze Li

Lessons from the Battle at Pasir Panjang --------------------------------- 9

A/ASP Toh Wee Teck
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This year is a very special year for our unit as it marks a few “first-times” for our unit. For example, it is the first time that we are starting a bi-annual newsletter (the one that you are reading right now) and the first time that we have a recipient for the SPF-NPCC badge, the most prestigious award for a cadet. This award is only awarded to the top 2% cadets from the entire Sec 4 & 5 NPCC cohort. For a unit as young as ours (started in 1999), I think it is a great achievement. It is a feat that we can all be proud of. This year, it is also the first time that we have a motto for our unit; “Pride & Passion”. It signifies the dedication and enthusiasm that we have in carrying out our duties and responsibilities, which complements with our unit’s mission of nurturing leaders of the future. We hope that after going through the 4 to 5 years programmes planned and organized by our unit, all our cadets will be able to acquire the qualities of a leader. Some of these qualities include self-discipline, care and concern, respect, teamwork, punctuality, confidence, responsibility, independence and integrity. Other than acquiring the qualities of a leader, we also hope that our cadets will be able to exhibit these qualities in their daily lives as well. The motto can also be seen on the back of our new unit polo t-shirts. This serves as a constant reminder for all our cadets. Finally, I hope that all our cadets will be able to truly lead with PRIDE and serve with PASSION !!

A/ASP Toh Wee Teck

Words from a New Officer
Hi, one and all from OPSS NPCC unit! I am INSP Tan Geok Bee. I teach Chemistry, Science and Mathematics. Most of you may not know me as I am new in Orchid Park Secondary School. I joined OPSS in the beginning of this year. Previously, I was from Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School. Though I am new to OPSS, I am not new to the National Police Cadet Corps. I had been with AISS NPCC unit since 2002. The one thing that strikes me most about this unit is the strong team spirit and cohesiveness among the cadets. I can see that the unit is very motivated and I hope that we can all work together to achieve the Silver award for the Unit Overall Proficiency Award this year. Last but not least, I am very happy and excited to be a part of OPSS NPCC unit and I look forward to working with all of you. I believe that together we can help the unit to scale to a greater height!!

Me and My Little Girl

INSP Tan Geok Bee
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My Recollection of 71st CIBTC
I have learnt and gained a lot during my 4 years in NPCC. I have learnt the importance of selfdiscipline, teamwork, responsibility and understand the qualities of a leader. I have always wanted to contribute to the Corps (even after I graduated from OPSS). Furthermore, the CIs in my unit were an inspiration to me. They were dedicated and responsible leaders and mentors to us. We were like a big family and the CIs were our elder brothers and sisters. The passion that I have for the Corps led me to make one of the most important decisions of my life – to become a Cadet Inspector. When I was still a Senior NCO in my unit, I was asked if I wanted to come back to serve in my unit as a CI. I agreed without any hesitation. Thus, I was enrolled into the 71 st Cadet Inspector Basic Training Course under the recommendation of my OC unit. Days before the commencement of the course, we were asked to go down to Home Team Academy to collect our No. 1 and No. 3 uniforms. The CI Instructors at the uniform collection set the tone for the course. They made me realise that this course is unlike any that I had attended. As I was gearing up for the course, I felt nervous and scared as images of the worst-case scenarios flashed into my mind. My mind was filled with uncertainties. Even so, I was still looking forward to the course as I will get to know fellow ex-NPCC cadets who, like me, have a passion for NPCC. Finally, 8th December 2006 arrived. I was placed into Alpha squad which happens to be the first duty squad. We were always late for our activities. At the end of the day, during our squad debrief, our instructors stressed to us the importance of punctuality. This made me realise that no matter what additional duties we had, we should still be punctual for all our activities. Being punctual for an event requires self-discipline and it is a gesture of respect to others.

Passing-Out Parade of 71st CIBTC at HTA

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One of the most invaluable lessons that I learnt from the course was to make the best of an adverse situation. Given a situation, different people will react differently. To illustrate this, imagine placing a carrot, an egg and coffee powder into three containers of hot water. The three items will behave differently under the same situation. These three items can be used to describe three types of people. The carrot will be softened in the hot water. This represents a person who cannot adapt to the situation and will be softened or weakened under a difficult situation. The egg, on the other hand, will be cooked and become a hardboiled egg. This represents someone who grows in a trying situation and become hardened in the process. This reminds me of a saying; “When the going gets tough, the tough gets going.” As for the coffee powder, it will dissolve in the hot water and produce an aroma. This represents a person who can adapt well to the situation and shine in the process. I hope I can learn to be like the coffee powder. What about you? Which category will you fall into? I had a tough and tiring, but yet enjoyable and inspiring time at the 71 CIBTC. I have learnt a lot of valuable lessons and acquired some priceless skills. I will miss the good (and the bad) times that I had spent at the course with my fellow course-mates. However, deep down in my heart, I know our paths will cross again and each of us will continue to serve and contribute to NPCC in whatever ways we can.
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An Unforgettable Experience
On 20th of January 2007, I woke up very early that morning, at 5:45am. I was both nervous and excited as that day was the day of the High Rope Challenge (HRC) at Pulau Ubin. All Sec 4 & 5 NPCC cadets from my unit have been instructed to gather at the school foyer by 7am. We boarded the bus and headed to Changi Jetty where we were to take a bum boat to Pulau Ubin. The trip from our school to Pulau Ubin was about an hour and a half. When we reached Pulau Ubin, two vans were hired to ferry us to the NPCC Campsite where the HRC was to be held. Along the way, we could see other NPCC cadets from other units walking or cycling to the NPCC Campsite. We felt very fortunate that transport was provided. At last, we arrived at our destination. We were one of the first few units to reach; hence, we had to wait for the other units from Area 2. As I waited, frightful thoughts began to creep into my mind. To calm myself down, I started chatting with my fellow squad-mates. When everyone had arrived, the Camp Warden delivered a speech, telling us about the campsite and its facilities. After that, we were each given a safety helmet and a harness. We were also briefed on the safety aspects for the HRC and taught how to put on the helmet and harness correctly. Finally, we were all geared up and ready to embark on our HRC experience. There were a lot of high element obstacles for us to try out but due to the bad weather, most of us only managed to try one station – the Flying Fox.

P/CI Er Shi Tao Ronald

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Before the HRC, I had heard how fun Flying Fox is from my seniors and friends who have tried it. I was excited and was looking forward to it. From afar, the Flying Fox looked fun and easy but as we got nearer to the station, I could feel the butterflies in my stomach. We had to climb up the tower, which was seven storeys high, before we could experience the Flying Fox. The ascent up the tower was terrifying, especially when I looked down at my fellow squad-mates. When I reached the top, two cadet inspectors helped to secure the rope to my harness. I was then instructed to sit on the wooden ledge. The view there was breathtaking. Finally, I was ready to try the Flying Fox. As I glided down the rope, I could not help but scream. It was a scary experience to descend from such a height. I could feel the wind blowing strongly at me. In less than a minute, my feet touched ground. Though frightening, the experience was incredible. At last, I had tried the Flying Fox. I felt fortunate that I am a NPCC cadet as I got a chance to go for the HRC and experience the Flying Fox – an experience that I will never forget for the rest of my life.

SGT Kee Boon Kiang

The other High Element Obstacles at HRC

Flying Fox – the Take-Off

Aaahh…!!

Flying Fox – the Descent

Flying Fox – the Landing

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Overcoming My Fear
On 20th January 2007, my squad was scheduled to go for High Rope Challenge (HRC) at the NPCC Campsite. HRC is a 1-day activity in which Sec 4 & 5 NPCC cadets get to try the high element obstacles. Though I have attended various adventure training camps, like NPCC ATC, OBS and National Camp, I was hesitant to attend this event. This was because I have a problem – a phobia of heights!! To make matters worse, most of my fellow squad-mates were all hyped up about this event as they were excited and looking forward to it. There was much talk about this activity, especially the all-famous Flying Fox, which happens to be what I dreaded the most. At one point, I was even tempted to skip the HRC. My OC and some of my close friends-cum-squad-mates reassured and persuaded me to go for the event and overcome my fear. Eventually, I decided to give it a shot. The day finally arrived and we waited for the commencement of the HRC. I started to feel the jitters again. I began to regret allowing myself to be persuaded to turn up for the activity. Finally, it was my turn to try the Flying Fox. As I looked up at the 21-metre tall tower, I felt nervous and tensed. Slowly and steadily I ascended the tower. At last, I was at the top of the seven storey high tower. It was a terrifying experience for me. Fortunately, I saw CI Teresa. She is a cadet inspector that I knew from “Toy Soldier”. It was reassuring and comforting for me to see a familiar face at that moment. I felt the sudden urge to run over and hug her but given the circumstance that I was in, it was safer and saner for me to remain where I was.
Conquering My Fear of Heights I did it!!

Soon, I found myself seated at the wooden ledge and all geared up to take the plunge. I could not help but question myself if I will be able and ready to take the leap. I was filled with doubts and uncertainties. Under the constant encouragement of CI Teresa and the other HRC instructors, I mustered up all my courage and took my most important leap. As I glided down, I screamed my lungs out. Though the whole descend lasted less than a minute, it was the longest minute of my life, one that will forever be etched in my mind. I was relieved and thankful when I finally felt the familiar ground underneath my feet again. For once, I really appreciate the feeling of being grounded. Unfortunately, due to the bad weather, we were unable to experience all the high element obstacles. Though I have not fully overcome my phobia of heights, I am still proud of myself. I was glad that I attended the HRC. Overall, it was a thrilling and exhilarating experience for me. Finally, I strongly recommend that everyone experience the Flying Fox, even for fellow Acrophobia sufferers like me. It will be an experience that you would neither regret nor forget.

SSG Nur Afifah Husna Bte Azmi
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NCO Camp
After much anticipation, the annual NCO Camp is finally here. These 3 days (10~12/03) are one of my most enriching moments in NPCC with my unit. It has always been a tradition in my unit that Sec 3 NCOs-to-be have to undergo a 3-day-2-night course organised by my unit. This year was no exception too. On 10th March, I woke up early that morning to make my final preparations for the NCO Camp. On my way to school, my mind was preoccupied with thoughts about the upcoming camp. I did not know what to expect for this camp as we were told that this camp was going to be very different from the Annual Camp (organised by my unit for the Sec 1 and 2 cadets) and the ATC that we had attended previously. My mind was filled with questions and uncertainties. However, the thought of passing-out from this course as a NCO spurred me on. I was determined to complete the camp and leave as a NCO. The first day of the camp was a mental endurance as it was filled with lectures. However, the CIs conducting the lectures make it enjoyable and fun. Sensing that we were tensed and uneasy, they constantly cracked jokes and made the atmosphere conducive for learning. We had lectures on uniform etiquette, first aid, method of instruction (MOI), our unit structure and roles and responsibilities of a NCO, just to name a few. We also learnt some life skills to help us carry out our duties more efficiently and how to plan and conduct a well-organized lesson and debrief session. The second day was a hands-on session. We were supposed to apply what we had learnt the previous day; like MOI, which proved to be quite a feat for some of us. We now understood what our seniors had to go through to prepare our lessons and training sessions. A round of applause to them for doing such a terrific job. At night, we also had to sentry duties and to sleep outside our bunks in pairs around the school. It was meant to build up our courage and confidence. This, too, was a refreshing experience for us. There was something new to learn every minute, even during our meal times, as we were asked to do field-cooking. This was not new to us as we had done it before during Annual Camp and ATC. However, what was unusual to us was the fact that we were not given any solid fuel. Instead, we were provided with coconut fibre, dry twigs and dry leaves. We were supposed to cook our food using natural resources. Initially, we had some difficulties but eventually, we all succeeded. This was an unique experience for me and my squad-mates, one that we will never forget.

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Finally, on the last day, we had to undergo numerous tests to assess what we had learnt and our abilities to carry out our duties effectively. This was nerve-racking for us as our promotion and future postings depended on our performance.

Visit to “Reflections at Bukit Chandu”
On 21 March, we were scheduled to visit “Reflections at Bukit Chandu”. It is a World War II interpretative centre to commemorate the Malay Regiment’s effort in defending Singapore against the invasion of the Japanese Imperial Army. From 13~14 February 1942, 1,400 Malay soldiers bravely fought against 13,000 Japanese soldiers at the battle of Pasir Panjang. It was one of the most gruelling battles in

To mark the closure of the camp, we had a passing-out parade. We began the course as Corporals, but graduated as Sergeants. Hooray! After the camp, my squad became more closely-knitted and united. We were ready to meet with any challenge that comes our way and determined to make everyone in our unit proud of us. Our passion for NPCC and our unit was at an all-time high. We will miss this NCO Camp but it will always have a special place in our hearts.

Singapore during World War II. Initially, I thought that this visit will be boring, just like any other trip to a museum, but how terribly wrong I was. It turned out to be one of the most interesting and fruitful tour I ever had. The numerous exhibits, artefacts and presentations transported us back to World War II. It was as if we were back in time, fighting along side with the Malay Regiment. One of the most intriguing exhibits that I saw was the “Well of Reflections”. This exhibit is uniquely and creatively presented. The exhibit is actually mounted upside-down on the ceiling with a mirror in a well on the ground directly below it. In order to view the exhibit, we had to look down the well at the mirror. As the name implies, it was truly a “reflection” of the battle at Bukit Chandu. It shows various scenes of what actually happened at Bukit Chandu.

SGT Chia Pei Ting

“Well of Reflections”

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For instance, it shows how the Malay Regiment soldiers were tortured after they were captured by the Japanese soldiers. It really makes us reflect on the battle at Pasir Panjang.

Lessons from the Battle at Pasir Panjang
On 21st March, my Sec 3 squad went on a guided tour to “Reflections at Bukit Chandu” at Pasir Panjang, as part of our National Heritage programme organised by my unit. “Reflections at Bukit Chandu” is an interpretive centre dedicated to the Malay Regiment and its contribution to the battle for Singapore. It depicts vivid accounts of the fearless defence of Bukit Chandu (also known as Opium Hill) by the Malay Regiment against the Japanese Army. The battle of Opium Hill was one of the fiercest battles that took place in Singapore during World War II. What struck me the most is the patriotism, gallantry and excellent leadership qualities of a Malay Regiment officer, 2nd Lieutenant Adnan Bin Saidi.

View from inside the “Well of Reflections” Another fascinating presentation that we experienced was the “Sounds of Battle” in the Bukit Chandu Theatre. When I first stepped in, I noticed that there were neither exhibits nor screens inside, just headphone placed at each seat. I thought this would be uninteresting as there was clearly nothing to see but I was wrong yet again. When the “show” finally started, we were able to experience “first-hand” the terrors and horrors of the battle at Pasir Panjang through Binaural Sound Presentation. The sound effects and voices were so realistic that it was as if we were in the middle of the war. It made me appreciate and treasure the peace that we have now. My heart really goes out to the victims of war. The guided tour that we had of “Reflections at Bukit Chandu” was truly enriching and memorable. It was an unique experience of a lifetime and it also changed my view towards visiting such museums again. It was an invaluable lesson outside the classroom for me. I strongly recommend every Singaporean to make a trip down to “Reflections at Bukit Chandu” to experience for themselves the valour and heroism of our Malay Regiment, the heroes of Singapore.

Sculpture of Lt Adnan

Uniform of the Malay Regiment

Though heavily outnumbered by the Japanese soldiers, Lt Adnan led his platoon to provide one of the most stubborn resistances against the Japanese intruders. Despite running out of ammunition, Lt Adnan and his men continued to fight bravely against the Japanese soldiers. In the end, they chose death over the dishonour of surrender. This, to me, is a great demonstration of camaraderie, valour and
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SGT Ong Sze Li

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One story that greatly inspired me is that of how a Malay Regiment officer cleverly spotted the Japanese soldiers in disguise. In an attempt to capture Bukit Chandu, the Japanese soldiers don the Indian Regiment’s uniform, hoping to catch the Malay Regiment off-guard. But, the observant Malay Regiment officer noticed that the “Indian Regiment” soldiers were marching in 4 ranks (typical that of Japanese soldiers), instead of their usual 3 ranks. Also, the way they marched looked very robotic (which was how Japanese soldiers would march). Instead of catching the Malay Regiment by surprise, the Japanese soldiers in disguise suffered heavy losses. Another lesson that I learnt from this trip was how the Japanese soldiers outwitted the British officers by invading Singapore using bicycles. The British assumed that the Japanese will attack Singapore by sea, as the swamps and jungles of Malaya would deter, if not obstruct, any overland invasion. This assumption was a grave mistake as it ignored the highly developed communications network system that the British themselves had constructed throughout the peninsula. Also, by using light bicycles as a mode of transport, the Japanese Army was able to move swiftly and easily through the peninsula of Malaya, which prevented the British from countering their attack. This was the main cause of the fall of Singapore.

Overall, I find the visit to “Reflections at Bukit Chandu” very informative and beneficial. I have learnt valuable lessons on the importance of defending our homeland, the terrors of war and the makings of a true leader. Lastly, I would like to salute the Malay Regiment. I believe in the hearts of all Singaporeans, the soldiers of the Malay Regiment are the true heroes. They truly lived up to the Malay Regiment’s motto “Ta'at Setia” (meaning “Loyal and True”).

SGT Ho Chin Shin Ronald

Paintings of Scenes from the Battle at Pasir Panjang

Bicycles used by the Japanese Imperial Army during WWII

Sculpture outside “Reflections at Bukit Chandu”

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Past Events of 2007 (January ~ May)
Event / Activity CCA Orientation 2007 Area 2 High Rope Challenge .22” Revolver Classification Shoot NCO Camp 2007 Guided Tour to “Reflections at Bukit Chandu” Speech Day 2007 NPCC Annual Parade 2007 NPCC Day Parade 2007 Daffodil Day 2007 by Singapore Cancer Society (CIP) Swearing-In Ceremony, Passing-Out Parade & Area 2 Games Day 2007 Service Learning at Toa Payoh Senior Citizens’ Health Care Centre Shooting Course by Airsoft Asia Practical Shooting Academy Date 10/01/07 20/01/07 13/02/07 10 ~ 12/03/07 21/03/07 20/04/07 21/04/07 17/05/07 20/05/07 23/05/07 24/05/07 30/05/07 Participant OPSS NPCC Unit Sec 4 Squad Sec 3 Squad Sec 3 Squad Sec 3 Squad Sec 2 & 3 Squads Sec 2 & 3 Squads OPSS NPCC Unit Sec 3 & 4 Squads Sec 1 & 4 Squads Sec 1 & 2 Squads Sec 2, 3 & 4 Squads

Our Achievements for 2007 (January ~ May)
Activity / Competition Unit Overall Proficiency Award Date / Period 2006 Participant OPSS NPCC Unit CPL Trina Lim CPL Ridzwan CPL Yap Si Ling LCP Lim Xing Xia LCP Jolyn Tey SSG Afifah SSG Pavithra SSG Veronica Chong SSG Toh Zheng Yan SSG Heng Wang Cong LCP Lim Xing Xia LCP Jolyn Tey LCP Josephine Yeo LCP Gavin Ng LCP Lim Xing Xia LCP Jolyn Tey LCP Gavin Ng LCP Wilson Lee SSG Quek Yong Jun Sec 1 Squad SI Toh Zheng Yan SGT Chia Pei Ting Achievement / Award Bronze 1st Position National Archives of Singapore 2nd Position Organizer NPCC HQ

Heritage ‘C’ Race 2007

10/02/07

Triple “R” Competition 2007

10/03/07

Certificate of Participation 3rd Position (See page 12) Recipient 3 Position Certificate of Participation
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East Spring Secondary School NPCC Unit Yishun Secondary School NPCC Unit NPCC HQ Canberra Secondary School NPCC Unit St Hilda Secondary School NPCC Unit
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E-Poster Competition 2007 (Crime Prevention in Schools) SPF-NPCC Award Area 2 Games Day National Drill Challenge 2007

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