Via Temasek Review:
Speaking in Parliament yesterday, Tanjong Pagar MP Koo Tsai Kee who is also the Minister of State for Defence heaped generous praises on DPM Teo as being the “best man” to lead the National Productivity and Continuing Education Council because of his long years in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF).
Mr Koo claimed that SAF has been “practising productivity all this while” because “there are no foreign workers or foreign talent in the SAF, which is made up entirely of Singapore soldiers.”
“The SAF, despite its manpower constraints, has been able to face up to a widening range of security threats in recent years under Defence Minister Teo….And I am not saying this because he’s my boss,” he added.
Is Prof Koo trying to insult the intelligent of all Singaporean men who been through NS or reservist? Just ask any of us, I am pretty sure not a single soul will agree with Prof Koo’s sentiment (excluding deluded SAF regulars).
Any email queries to MINDEF takes at least 3 weeks for a reply (sometime there’s no reply at all) while other government bodies can reply within 3 working days. Just go check any random ICT or RT session and see how much time is wasted making Singaporean men sit around for hours at every stages, waiting and waiting and waiting.
Let’s not even talk about how the pathetic pittance masqueraded as “allowance” for NSF and rank pay for reservists. The rates are even lower than foreign workers because it’s a CONSCRIPTED armed force – meaning Singaporeans are FORCED to serve.
Obviously the law of market demand and supply is not applicable here. You don’t need a doctorate to figure this out.