Dead man tells no tale - except for when he leaves his parting message on social media.

Feb 07, 2024 | 🚀 Fathership AI

Police Sergeant Uvaraja Gopal tragically took his own life in July last year, shortly after posting on Facebook on July 21, where he claimed to have suffered from workplace bullying, racial discrimination, and familial troubles.

Levying accusations against state institutions - in the context of Uvaraja case - is particularly challenging, not because they are indefensible, but rather because in such cases, the defense often goes untested.

A robust defense is one that has been thoroughly examined, with every potential flaw and counter-argument rigorously scrutinised - in part, by the parties making the accusation.

Else, the matter is akin to a he-says-she-says back and forth, only that there's no 'forth' since Uvaraja is dead.

Take it to the grave or seek out the truth?

When former Workers' Party (WP) MP Raeesah Khan told a lie in Parliament, WP chief Pritam Singh had used the words "take it to the grave" during a meeting where she admitted to him, WP chair Sylvia Lim and vice-chair Faisal Manap that she had lied in the House.

If Raeesah had not made her confession, there is a high likelihood that the matter would be kept under wraps.

The Government could have done the same but they chose to investigate the matter and make public of their intentions - even at risk of being accused of disrespecting the dead. Afterall, the accusation raises questions about the integrity and values of the SPF - something that even the Home Affairs minister himself wouldn't just not take it to the grave, but ensure that the air is cleared before he goes in it.

When Uvaraja accuses the SPF, the organisation has to react. Rightly so, Minister for Law and Home Affairs K. Shanmugam ordered a thorough investigation to maintain accountability.

On Tuesday, Shanmugam said that the police review - as reviewed by the Attorney-General's Chambers - has found that some of the allegations were untrue. As for the allegations which were true, actions had been taken when Uvaraja made the complaint and he had been told of the steps that had been taken.

The investigation's findings, validated by the Attorney-General's Chambers, refuted systemic racism or widespread bullying within the SPF. However, it acknowledged Uvaraja's personal challenges and suggested that his perceived workplace ostracism might have been exacerbated by his frequent absences, a common psychological response.

Figuratively speaking, are we beating a dead horse?

We may say, the findings by the government may be one-sided, and that the accuser cannot defend himself - the back and 'forth'.

But the important fact of the matter is that when the Government chose to investigate the matter, they made a deliberate decision to confront the allegations head-on, rather than allowing them to fester or be buried in silence. This proactive approach underscores a commitment to transparency and integrity within the state institutions, especially in sensitive cases where public trust is at stake.

In Uvaraja's situation, the absence of his voice in the aftermath undoubtedly complicates matters. Without his input, the investigation necessarily relies on available evidence and testimonies from others. This inherent limitation, while challenging, does not diminish the importance of pursuing a thorough and fair inquiry. In fact, it reinforces the principle that accountability and justice are paramount, even when the accuser is no longer present to witness the outcomes.

Thus, the investigation into Uvaraja's allegations becomes more than just an effort to clear the air; it represents a deeper commitment to uphold the values and integrity of the SPF and the broader state apparatus. In the end, while some may perceive the pursuit of this investigation as 'beating a dead horse,' it is, in reality, a necessary step to ensure the maintenance of public trust and the upholding of institutional integrity.

While the tragic circumstances of Uvaraja's death leave many questions unanswered, the government's transparent handling of the situation serves as a reminder of the importance of accountability in public service. It's a challenging balance to strike - respecting the memory of the deceased while rigorously examining his accusations - but it's a crucial one for maintaining the public's faith in their institutions.

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警员死亡案: 种族歧视字眼并非针对他,除一 名上司 "不专业",其他说法皆不实

Feb 07, 2024 | 🚀 Fathership AI

新加坡警察部队(SPF)已向内政部(MHA)提交了有关警官尤瓦拉贾(Uvaraja S/O Gopal)自杀事件的所有调查结果。

2024 年 2 月 6 日,内政部长尚穆根在国会公布了调查结果,他在部长声明中说,尤瓦拉贾对新加坡警察部队的一些指控属实。





2023 年 7 月 21 日,尤瓦拉贾被发现在义顺组屋楼下一动不动,没有生命迹象。


尤瓦拉贾在帖子中描述了他在工作场所受到欺凌和排挤的情况,声称他遭受种族歧视,并经历了 "恶毒的工作文化"。


尚穆根说,警方记录显示,尤瓦拉贾确实在 2015 年提出过投诉,当时也进行了内部调查。



他指出,这些言论是否针对 尤瓦拉贾并不重要,重要的是 "这些言论过去和现在都是不可接受的"。


尤瓦拉贾的上司向团队明确表示,不能使用这种语言,即使是开玩笑也不行,说这种话的警员立即向 尤瓦拉贾道了歉。


尤瓦拉贾的上司提出可以对这名警员提出正式投诉,但 尤瓦拉贾 拒绝进一步投诉。



尤瓦拉贾声称他的上级在 2019 年撕毁了他的请假单,并将这一行为的视频上传到了团队的群聊中。



调查显示,尤瓦拉贾的上司告诉他,他 "给整个团队带来了不便",但尤瓦拉贾没有撤回休假申请,并在私人聊天中要求上司结束谈话。

这位上司随后录下了自己撕碎 尤瓦拉贾请假单的视频,并将他这样做的视频上传到了团队聊天室。







尤瓦拉贾还声称,2021 年,他揭发了被他抓到吸电子烟的警官,但案件被 "掩盖 "了。




在 2023 年 1 月的另一起事件中,尤瓦拉贾举报他的一些同事在警署吸烟。




尤瓦拉贾声称,他从未得到过上级的良好评价,而且由于 "人力问题",上级不允许他调离岗位。



在 9 年时间里,尤瓦拉贾被调往 6 个不同的工作单位,尚穆根说,这是相当多的职位调动。


调查还发现,他的工作能力获得公平的评估。他还被授予 Covid-19贡献奖章。

同事 "抵制 "他的婚礼并非事实

据尚穆根称,尤瓦拉贾声称同事们 "抵制 "他的婚礼的说法也不属实。






他还因在 2023 年 7 月一次不服从命令,而受到内部纪律调查。他当时拿了病假却离开家里。


2023 年 4 月,尤瓦拉贾又一次接受内部纪律调查,原因是他不服从命令,未完成工作且擅离职守。当被要求返回完成任务时,他也拒绝服从。

每年休病假超过 50 天

尚穆根指出,2016 年、2017 年、2021 年、2022 年和 2023 年,乌瓦拉贾分别休了 70 天、56 天、59 天、80 天和 60 天的病假。

2015 年、2016 年和 2022 年,他还休了 100 多天的无薪假。

尚穆根表示,警察部队为满足 尤瓦拉贾的需求,包括他的休假和医疗需求,付出不少努力。








不过,对于 尤瓦拉贾的案件,他说调查结果与 尤瓦拉贾在帖子中的指控 "截然不同"。


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