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Police mark 200 years: Ex-traffic cop recalls high-speed chases to nab hell riders on Lim Chu Kang '40 tiang' stretch

source: https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/ex-traffic-cop-recalls-high-speed-chases-to-nab-hell-riders

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As the police celebrate their 200th anniversary with an exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore, The Straits Times speaks to past and present police officers who are a part of the police force’s transformation.

The retired police officer's face lit up when he spoke about police motorcycles and hell riders of the 1970s and 1980s.

Senior Station Inspector 2 Nasir Said, 65, a former Traffic Police officer and trainer, recalled high-speed chases and waiting in cemeteries to ambush hell riders who raced their motorbikes along Lim Chu Kang's famed "40 tiang" stretch. Tiang in Malay means lamp-posts.

The long hours of waiting meant that officers like him often became targets for blood-sucking insects, said Mr Nasir, who joined the Singapore Police Force in 1972.

But his 32-year career, which was followed by another 13 years of re-employment, nearly ended prematurely.

He contemplated leaving the force after the death of a squad mate in 1983 during a night escort mission.

"I was very shocked," said Mr Nasir, who is one of the guides for the SPF200 exhibition at the National Museum Singapore.

"He was close to me... we were brought up together. He was the one who had encouraged me to join the mobile squad."

Mr Nasir had been leading the escort of a small RSAF aircraft when his colleague at the rear of the convoy hit a divider and crashed into one of the airplane's wings.

The officer, who was from the same village in Jalan Kubis (now Ubi) as Mr Nasir, died of a broken rib puncturing his heart before he arrived at the hospital. But Mr Nasir did not know then as there was no physical bleeding.

After being told of his friend's death at the hospital, he became distraught and was unable to convey news of the accident to the man's family.

Mr Nasir's senior officers understood his predicament and allowed him to take a break during that difficult time.

Till this day, he is grateful and said he cannot forget the support from his family members and supervisors.

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Nice .. those of similar age would remember group such as bat and speed venom

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Passed by the museum earlier and saw a old 1st Gen Beetle policecar. 

nice!

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he long hours of waiting meant that officers like him often became targets for blood-sucking insects

Oh, the irony... 😂

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200 years ?

I didn't know Sg is that old already.

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going by the ponding we had encountered, its just about right.

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3 hours ago, Kb27 said:

200 years ?

I didn't know Sg is that old already.

From Sir Stamford Raffles Time.

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On 2/7/2020 at 10:26 AM, kobayashiGT said:

Senior Station Inspector 2 Nasir Said, 65, a former Traffic Police officer and trainer, recalled high-speed chases and waiting in cemeteries to ambush hell riders who raced their motorbikes along Lim Chu Kang's famed "40 tiang" stretch. Tiang in Malay means lamp-posts.

The long hours of waiting meant that officers like him often became targets for blood-sucking insects, said Mr Nasir, who joined the Singapore Police Force in 1972.

Two sentences and thats it? No elaboration of how he caught them? The reporting article heading is juicy but the content is a failure. This kind of news article also can publish?[shakehead] 

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10 minutes ago, Adrianli said:

Two sentences and thats it? No elaboration of how he caught them? The reporting article heading is juicy but the content is a failure. This kind of news article also can publish?[shakehead] 

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I think he forgot all the heydays already. haha.

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24 minutes ago, kobayashiGT said:

I think he forgot all the heydays already. haha.

Ya lah. Never mention what formation they use to surround, where they post officers, their motor configuration, where the secondary traps, how he rev his motor, how he asked them to stop, how the chase went on, etc............... All of these left out in the news article.

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10 hours ago, Adrianli said:

Ya lah. Never mention what formation they use to surround, where they post officers, their motor configuration, where the secondary traps, how he rev his motor, how he asked them to stop, how the chase went on, etc............... All of these left out in the news article.

Classified information. lol

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