Speech by Mr S Iswaran, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of Education, at the National Police Cadet Corps Annual Parade 2010 on Saturday, 17 April 2010, at 6.30pm at the Home Team Academy

Mr Charles Chong,
Member of Parliament, Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC and
Chairman of National Police Cadet Corps Council

Mr Ng Joo Hee,
Commissioner of Police

School Principals,

Distinguished Guests,

Officers and Cadets,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good Evening

I am delighted to be here this evening to witness the Annual Parade of the National Police Cadet Corps (NPCC) as it celebrates its 51st anniversary this year. Today, after more than 50 years, NPCC can stand proud of its achievements and progress as a popular uniformed group in schools with some 20,000 members.

Uniformed Groups (UG), with the myriad of training programmes and activities, provide an excellent platform for the all-round development of our students. The four to five years of UG experience will also imbue in them important values – loyalty, integrity, responsibility, sense of righteousness, esprit de-corps, respect and care for others. The rigorous outdoor adventure training activities develop ruggedness and mental resilience in our young, necessary traits for them to meet the challenges in the future with confidence. In this respect, I am happy to note that the NPCC is well-positioned to complement the schools’ effort to nurture future-ready Singaporeans.

Apart from learning values and soft skills, NPCC cadets have also actively contributed to the safety and security of the community they live in. I am told that one such programme is the Police Youth Ambassador (PYA) Programme. Through the 3-year programme, students pick up skills in managing projects and are exposed to real problems on safety and security within the school environment and in the local communities. By being actively engaged in issues facing our society, students understand better the importance of their active involvement in maintaining the harmony in our country.

Moving forward, the NPCC must continue to innovate and broaden its training strategies and programmes to prepare its cadets to thrive in the global environment. I therefore urge all NPCC members and stakeholders to continue this meaningful endeavour to nurture our youths and mould them into “ Builders of a Safe and Secure Home ” .

The NPCC Annual Parade is a solemn occasion. It is a time when NPCC members – cadets, cadet leaders, volunteers and officers – come together to renew their commitment to the founding values and goals of the NPCC. This is why you take the NPCC pledge of loyalty and dedication to the nation and the Corps.

I am happy to note that 44 NPCC Units have been awarded the Gold Award this year for the Unit Overall Proficiency Award. In particular, Hwa Chong Institution and New Town Secondary School have attained the Gold award for fifteen consecutive years. My heartiest congratulations to all the award winners. Well done!

Finally, I wish to commend the Principals, teacher officers, parents and volunteers for your hard work and unwavering support in our joint effort to nurture our youths into confident and responsible citizens. To all the cadets present here today, I would like to urge you to participate fully in the NPCC activities which will broaden your outlook on life. I would also like to thank all officers and cadets involved in organising this parade.

I am confident that the NPCC will continue its noble cause of “ Moulding the Builders of a Safe and Secure Home ” and I wish you continued success in nurturing caring and responsible citizens for Singapore.

Thank you.