SAF leaders performing poorly as Ministers

1) BG Lee Hsien Loong

Under Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s watch, Singapore has the worst income gap, the lowest fertility rate, the most unhappy people and the highest cost of living. There are simply too many situations under his charge that pales Lee Hsien Loong as compared to his predecessor, Goh Chok Tong. And also as the People Action Party’s Secretary General, Lee Hsien Loong has led the party to its worst electoral performance ever with 2 consecutive losses in by-elections.

2) RADM Teo Chee Hean

The Deputy Prime Minister was caught sleeping in Parliament [Source] and even in front of a crowd during election rallies [Source]. His reputation tanked during the Punggol East By-election where he was busy politicking about Workers’ Party’s choice of candidate, Png Eng Huat, instead of focusing on key national issues.

3) RADM Lui Tuck Yew

The number of train breakdowns under Lui Tuck Yew’s leadership is simply astonishing. And we have not gone to the COE prices, $1.1 billion taxpayers’ monies to SBS and SMRT, sinkholes appearing on the roads and the overcrowding issue… Lui Tuck Yew has simply screwed up the Ministry of Transport.

4) MG Chan Chun Sing

Income gap widened further propelling Singapore to be the most unequal nation in the world, and yet the Minister of Community has not done anything to even alleviate the situation. Just recently a 31 year old single mother is believed to be driven by financial desperation to kill her 9 year old sickly son [Source]. Despite having raised up by a single mother in a low income family, Minister Chan Chun Sing seems to have no plans to improve upon the situation of the poor in Singapore.

5) BG Tan Chuan Jin

Under Minister of Manpower Tan Chuan Jin’s stewardship, productivity continues to fall and foreign employment population here remains as high as 40%. Singapore’s economy remains addicted to cheap foreign labor and salaries have continued to be depressed. What has the Minister of Manpower notably done so far? A lawyer’s letter of demand against Opposition member Vincent Wijeysingha for a compensation of $20,000 or face a defamation law suit [Source].

Below is a list of the positions other former paper generals and admirals are currently in:

Position Name Rank in SAF
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong Brigadier General
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean Rear Admiral
Minister of Transport Lui Tuck Yew Rear Admiral
Minister of MCYS Chan Chun Sing Major General
Minister of Manpower Tan Chuan Jin Brigadier General
SMRT CEO Desmond Kuek Bak Chye Lieutenant General
NEA CEO Ronnie Tay Yong Hee Rear Admiral
ASTAR Chairman Lim Chuan Poh Lieutenant General
Temasek Holdings MD Ng Yat Chung Lieutenant General
PUB CEO Chew Men Leong Rear Admiral
Education Perm Sect Neo Kian Hong Lieutenant General

The other organization taking up mostly MP seats and Ministerial positions is NTUC, the state-control workers’ union. We will cover that in another post.


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