Updated: 01/16/2014 00:21

Special commendation for police team in kidnap case

Special commendation for police team in kidnap case

The efforts of police officers and teams involved in the solving last week's kidnap case involving the mother of Sheng Siong CEO Lim Hock Chee, were acknowledged this morning.
They were presented with the Minister for Home Affairs Operational Excellence Award. 

A total of 39 individual police officers, four units and two departments, including the CID received their awards from Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who's also Home Affairs Minister. 

The officers were recognised for their swift arrest of two men in relation to case, which was solved within 12 hours. 

Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Police, Adrian Quek, is among those who received the awards. 

He says the success of the case hinged on the timely reporting of the case by Mr Lim, the willingeness of the family to trust the police and the officers' close collaboration across different departments. 

"In this instance, the safety of the elderly victim was our top priority. We are indeed glad that the operation had resulted in the safe release of the victim and subsequent arrest of the perpetrators and the recovery of the ransom money."

A $2 million ransom was retrieved by the police. 

The kidnapping case is Singapore's first since 2003. 

79-year-old Madam Ng Lye Poh was kidnapped on the morning of January the 8th after a trip to the market in Hougang. 

She was found at a bus stop along Seletar Aerospace Drive at about midnight the next day after the $2 million ransom was dropped off.

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