CI (Ret.) Mohd Anwar bin Abdullah @ Teo Ah Hock
CI (Ret.) Mohd Anwar joined the Immigration Department in 1967, retired as a Senior Checkpoint Inspector at Airport Command in September 2008, and was then re-employed at the Air Cargo and Airport Command until 2013. Throughout his service, he carried out a variety of difficult tasks, which are emblematic of Singapore in its formative years.
His first posting at Telok Ayer Basin at Prince Edward Road tasked him to handle barter traders and coolies, as well as requiring him to climb up tankers with a rope ladder. Later during his posting to Woodlands Checkpoint, he performed car clearance duties with just a table (as there was no booth) and grappled with the heat and fumes from the endless vehicles.
One of his more memorable experiences was during his posting in Intelligence in 1974, where he handled a case of illegal immigrants who armed themselves with concealed parangs or axes. On another occasion, he encountered a man holding a spear. Fortunately, he did not attack the officers.