Temasek must stop misleading Singaporeans on Ho Ching’s performance

Ho Ching was appointed Executive Director (= CEO) of Temasek in May 2002.

For more than a decade, Ho has been credited with Temasek’s unverifiable and unbelievable performance.

Attempting to credit Ho in 2013, Temasek claimed that newer investments made after March 2003 achieved 10-year annualised returns of up to 20%. (take note that this means a $10 billion investment generates returns of $51.9 billion)

For ‘proof’, refer to Temasek Review 2013, pg 34. (chart below)
ho ching 2013 performance
If Ho could magically increase our reserves by tens of billion$ in 10 years, she would have been headhunted by fund managers dangling billion-dollar paycheck.  There is none, not even for a fraction of her estimated $300,000/day pay.

The above sterling performance under Ho’s leadershit is of course misleading: returns were measured from the market trough in 2003.

ho ching 2013 performance1ho ching 2013 performance2Understandably, Temasek ceased publishing similar data post 2013.

Why did Temasek attempt to mislead and continues to conceal information which belongs in the public domain?

Unfortunately, what has happened to our reserves will be known only after MPs demand transparency from PAP in Parliament by asking the ‘right’ questions.

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