Mindef and the PAP government are an embarrassment to Singaporeans for having broken Hong Kong laws and allowing our military equipment to be detained by China for more than 2 months.
The PAP has been deflecting Mindef’s blunder by spinning half truths in the mainstream media. Now that our Terrex ICVs have been returned on 30 January, Defence Minister Ng is not letting up on propaganda and has claimed in a Facebook post: “I am proud of how Singaporeans rallied together during this episode. Thank you for your support and encouragement.” CNA
But where were Singaporeans rallying? At the Padang? Hong Lim Park? Cannot see any rally leh.
As if still living in the pre-internet age, Ng has chosen to ignore all the negative comments on social media:
Who supported Mindef’s screw up? Are Singaporeans so stupid to anyhow assume it’s OK to break Hong Kong laws?
Our Terrex ICVs could have been returned earlier if not for ministers like Vivian and Ng following in PM Lee’s footsteps and lecturing China to “Just Follow Law”.
This episode is a total embarrassment, the return of our 9 Terrex ICVs nothing to be proud of. It’s not as if they were returning from war or in an exchange of prisoners of sorts: they were detained during peacetime. If they had been captured for 2 months during a conflict, many lives would have been lost.
Our paper generals have blundered and a display of blind loyalty doesn’t help. In fact, Singaporeans may be encouraging them to blunder in more ways.
If China (not Hong Kong) had confiscated our military equipment due to no fault of ours, it would have been a different matter.
The PAP government should not engage in propaganda by reframing the issue to cover up Mindef’s blunder. Hong Kong laws were broken and it’s really silly for Ng to claim that Singaporeans rallied together to support Mindef’s blunder.
Although Ng Eng Hen had informed Parliament that the detention of our 9 Terrex ICVs was “not in compliance with international laws”, not a single country has shown any support.
Ng also told Parliament that the reason for not shipping military equipment directly was “it would cost three to four times more, and add several hundred million dollars to Mindef’s annual budget..”. But is Singapore allowed to break another country’s law in order for us to save a few hundred million dollars? Was Ng aware that Mindef has been taking such a risk for decades?