20161211 Is PAP serious about the return of sensitive military equipment?

It has been 18 days since nine SAF Terrex ICVs were impounded in Hong Kong on 23 November.

Are these dispensable to SAF training?  Appears to be so when there’s no certainty of their return.

What happen to all the talk of close cooperation with our biggest trading partner?  No pakai now?

If the issue was only a breach of shipping protocols, this could have been easily resolved with a phone call from our minister or PM to Chinese leaders.  Since ‘face’ is important to Chinese people, and both leaders happen to be Chinese, why is China not giving Singapore any ‘face’?  Why is China slapping Singapore so hard by repeatedly delaying the return of our sensitive military equipment?

This has led to some online commenters implying that our present leaders are useless because if Lee Kuan Yew were alive, the issue would have been resolved last month.

The transportation of military equipment was contracted to APL which must bear full responsibility.

APL should not be allowed to profit when nothing goes wrong, but when something does, public resources come to its rescue.  Privatising profits and socialising costs again?

Whichever SAF general responsible for the fiasco should be given marching orders without a golden GLC parachute.

A week after our tanks were Terrexed, Minister Ng said “the reasons and legal basis for detention” would be made clear from the first meeting on Nov 29.  But after the third meeting, still no sound no shadow?

Minister Ng should not have been overconfident and raised Singaporeans’ hopes, best not to promise something he could not deliver.

The government is not dealing with a domestic issue which it has full control over: it is dealing with a superpower country rife with corruption.

While the PAP could suka suka Terrex citizens’ computer and mobile equipment, it should be mindful that bigger powers could do likewise to PAP.


Doesn’t SAF need their Terrex ICVs for training?  If the government is serious about the return of our sensitive military equipment, why are they still in a foreign land after 18 days?


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3 Responses to 20161211 Is PAP serious about the return of sensitive military equipment?

  1. sinkie says:

    Luckily not our 2nd-hand Leopard 2 tanks that kena terrexed. Otherwise Germany will be pissed at S’pore for giving China hands-on tutorial on their main battle tank systems, including the target acquisition & 120mm cannon stabilization systems too, which are also similar to those used by UK & US; which will make them also pissed at S’pore. And wondering whether wise to sell 1st-line war equipment to S’pore as S’pore can so easily give their toys’ secrets to China.

    At this time the biggest loser is ST Engineering, as they will most likely lose any more orders from the US Marine Corps. The US had previously placed a US$121.5M contract to build 16 Terrexes for further testing in 2016. If successful & if declared overall winner, then ST Engineering was looking at a huge contract to build over 200+ Terrexes for US Marines.

    As for being dispensable, YES such so-called armoured ICVs or more accurately IFVs (infantry fighting vehicle) are actually death-traps by which almost any hand-held anti-tank weapon can easily destroy — including ancient 1960s-era RPG-7 carried by 7-yr old African boys.

  2. sinkie says:

    BTW whatever happened to our fleet of Vietnam War-era LSTs?? Those guys used to be the ones ferrying our SAF vehicles to-and-from various training sites within Asia.
    The last time I heard about our LSTs was the rotating deployment in Persian Gulf & Arabian Sea in late-2000s. After 2010 no news liao.

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