By: Phillip Ang
It has been more than a week since our 9 Terrex ICVs were seized by China and it looks like China has gotten PAP by the balls.
No thanks to whichever SAF clown at the paper general level, Singapore is on its knees begging for the return of our property: Hong Kong’s law was breached.
Ministers and the Army Chief seemed to have forgotten that their media statements are not only for domestic consumption and have continued to talk cock. How does that help?
Army Chief has displayed incompetence and should step down after the issue blows over. Not realising the world has changed, Melvin Ong said: “Hong Kong is a common international port of call for many foreign militaries … There have been no issues in the past, so this is a first.”
Does Melvin mean to say that SAF has broken Hong Kong’s law for many years and this is the first time we are caught?
Talking without first thinking, Melvin said: “We have a system in place to ensure how this is done properly.” Would Melvin care to explain why it wasn’t properly done?
Instead of practising Diplomacy 101, our ministers followed the same rubbish spewing ‘protocol’.
Minister Vivian :”Singapore will not allow any single issue to hijack relationship with China.”
Exactly what he meant by this cannot be clearly understood. SAF/APL breached Hong Kong’s law and China is all out to squeeze maximum political mileage from the incident.
What kind of relationship was Vivian talking about? I mean, China is squeezing PAP in the wrong place, which may even lead to impotence, but Vivian still wants to maintain our relationship as if nothing is happening?
Vivian: “…the government expects commercial providers to strictly comply with the law.” Well, APL didn’t. So what now?
Minister Ng: “We aim to comply with all regulations and then exercise our full rights in recovering our assets … We should not speculate on why Hong Kong customs offloaded and detained SAF assets.”
What “full rights” do we have if APL did not comply with Hong Kong’s Customs clearance?
It appears our government is not as influential they make themselves out to be in the MSM. If it were, a phone call from PM Lee would have settled the issue. No need to send our SAF team, involve ministers, etc.
But then again, will the Chinese leader even want to speak to PM Lee now that he has offended them?
Looks like own self checkmate own self, no medicine can help leow.
If our property is not returned, will APL compensate SAF for the losses amounting to more than S$100 million?
Ng also pointed out that “Singapore has been commercially shipping military equipment since it started overseas training stints, and without loss or detention”. Like the PAP, Ng has continued to live in the past as if the world has not evolved. Is MINDEF still using floppy discs or what?
NOL had acquired APL before it was sunk by its CEO Lieutenant General (NS) Ng Yat Chung this year. Did lower ranking Major General Melvin anyhow assumed APL was still in good hands, not knowing Ng has been transferred to another GLC?
Our scholars and ministers should bear in mind that they are no longer addressing a domestic audience and would do well to think before speaking.
We have broken somebody’s law and are paying the price. When it’s time to eat humble pie, don’t continue to talk big/rubbish and you’re certainly not eating it at any Singapore restaurants.
Earlier this year, ST Kinetics was awarded a US$121.5 million contract to supply 13 Terrex prototypes to the US Marine Corps. The total value of the contract is estimated to be US$1.2 billion. Will the US purchase our Terrex ICVs after their capture in Hong Kong?
Would the US even consider looking at our Terrex ICVs after their bodies have been violated by the Chinese? Looks like a very costly blunder by some paper general.