Singapore is a joke but the joke has always been at the people’s expense.
We may not have the highest per capita GDP but it has been confirmed we have the highest per capita generals. But not real one OK, only paper one.
Since 2007, 63 Singaporeans have been seeing stars every day, whenever they are at work. The 63 included clownish PM material Chan Chun Sing, a current minister who believes collecting cardboards is a form of exercise and the 3 Ng brothers. All are serving PAP and earning indecent tax dollars but we are expected to believe the military is not politicised.
While the PAP has refused to be totally transparent with regard to information pertaining to GIC and Temasek, why does it disclose the number of generals? Supposed to scare off potential invaders?
Singaporeans should know that there is a huge cost to taxpayers because these paper generals end up serving only their political masters. And we are not only having about 50 generals at any one time but hundreds of 5-figure colonels as well. Their golden handshakes cost about $1 million? each.
Because they are needed to support PAP, all the generals are taken care of with directorships assured in government-linked companies. Be it air, land or sea transport, at least one retired general has been appointed to ‘protect our interest’. That is till 2016 when the battle at sea was lost, NOL sunk. Land transport also almost habis, crippled by record major disruptions. Taken private away from prying eyes. Air transportation is still doing OK despite its subsidiary Tiger having turned into a kitten, finally disappearing into Scoot.
Even if GLCs have no vacancy, there are still sports bodies such as FAS whose trouble-maker CEO is a former paper colonel and Chief of Artillery. As with all former military big shots, his current pay confirms it’s a promotion of sorts, ie no need to move to next higher rank to earn higher pay.
NO more jobs at GLCs and sports bodies, no issue. More ministries and stat boards could be created by our rubber stamping Parliament.
These big shots need to be taken care of by PAP for life, with tax dollars of course. Collectively, they are earning hundreds of millions but screwing up everywhere they go because of their lack of relevant experience. All they know is regurgitate from textbooks, mistaking theories for reality.
Many Singaporeans call these people “jiak liao bee”.
Did PAP need to promote 63 colonels to generals since 2007? Does Singapore require so many book-smart scholars with zero war experience to lead?