Singaporean Sikh protecting Johor crown prince

Prem Singh featured in CNA story 'From patrol policeman to royal bodyguard: How a Singaporean came to protect the Johor crown prince'

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Prem Singh (extreme right) walking close to the Johor Crown Prince during a sporting event at the Singapore Sports Hub – Photo: Johor Southern Tigers

Almost every step the crown prince of Johor Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim takes outside his palace, Singaporean Mr Prem Singh strides close by.

Mr Singh is a towering figure – 1.87m tall – with bulging biceps and puffed pecs. Alongside the prince, he is ever-present but low profile.

He wears a stern expression, alert and focused. But he keeps a respectful distance to not interfere with the royal member’s interaction with foreign dignitaries, government official and the people of Johor.

For the last nine years, this 40-year-old who grew up in Hougang has become a key member of the security detail for one of Malaysia’s most influential figures.

During a recent interview with Channel NewsAsia, Mr Singh recalled how his professional journey started as a police officer with the Singapore Police Force during his national service.

“Who in their right mind would turn down such an offer? Escorting a member of the Johor royal family – and that member being the crown prince – is a dream for anybody,” he told CNA.

Read the full story – From patrol policeman to royal bodyguard: How a Singaporean came to protect the Johor crown prince (CNA, 24 Feb 2019 – here.

 

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