Is the government serious about the return of sensitive military equipment?

By: Phillip Ang

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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