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The police team involved in cracking the kidnap case of the mother of supermarket chain Sheng Siong’s CEO received excellence awards on Wednesday.
SINGAPORE: The police team that cracked the recent kidnap case of an elderly woman were honoured for their work on Wednesday.
39 officers, four police units, and two departments -- the Police Intelligence and Criminal Investigation Departments -- received excellence awards from Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister Teo Chee Hean.
The kidnap victim was Ng Lye Poh, the mother of supermarket chain Sheng Siong's CEO.
She was safely rescued and the two suspects arrested within 12 hours.
Burhanudeen Hussainar, assistant superintendent of the Criminal Investigation Department, said: "It was one of the longest 12 hours I had, because we were still thinking whether the victim was safe.
"As lead investigator, I had to investigate and spent quite a lot of time in the office. This required a lot of family understanding because my work doesn't stop when the accused are arrested. I must ensure the case will be successfully prosecuted and accused face the full brunt of the law."
Adrian Quek, deputy assistant commissioner of police at the Criminal Investigation Department, said: "Although kidnapping for ransom is extremely rare in Singapore, the police stands ready at all times to respond and tackle this very serious crime.
"No effort will be spared to take such perpetrators to task, to ensure the safety and security of the community."