Singapore Governmental Salaries
Singapore’s total Ministerial salaries cost $53 million a year, and are TAX FREE!
Of course these Singapore salaries cannot compare to the "compensation" dispensed to U.S. politicos.
The Clintons are now worth US$2 billion, and Obama is receiving $65 million for his yet to be written memoirs.
The difference is that Singapore ministers do a great job, while the Clintons and Obama did not.
One Singapore Dollar = US$0.72 approx
According to state media TodayOnline, the latest round of promotion will see 22 full Ministers and 9 Senior Minister of State – the highest headcount ever. The total costs amounted to S$53 million a year, based on States Times Review’s calculations.
Ministers with different portfolios will only be counted once, and the calculation is as follow:
Prime Minister – S$2.2 million
As no MR grading are declared to the public, all full ministers heading a full ministry are ranked as MR1.
the Singapore politicians receive extra pay as appointed company directors!
PAP Ministers get paid up to 17.5 months of bonuses in a good year
Posted by temasektimes on September 11, 2018
Already the highest paid ministers in the entire world based just solely on their annual salaries alone, it was revealed in Parliament yesterday that the PAP ministers received on average a performance bonus of 4.1 months last year, excluding the customary 13th month bonus.
Apart from monthly salary, the pay components include the following:
The national bonus is pegged to the four key national economic indicator targets: Real median income growth rate, real growth rate of lowest 20th percentile income, unemployment rate and the real gross domestic product growth rate.
It is capped at six months, with political officeholders getting three months if the Government meets the targets set for the indicators.
The annual variable component, which is given twice a year based on the country’s economic performance, typically ranges between zero and 1.5 months.
Performance bonus used to range from zero to 14 months, where good performers typically get nine months.
This means that for a “good” year, a minister can potentially earn up to 1 (13th) + 9 (performance) + 6 (national)+ 1.5 (annual variable component) = 17.5 months of bonuses!
In contrast, the U.S. President earns only US$400,000 or S$552,000 annually, way less than a junior minister in Singapore.
The average salary in Singapore is S$67,152. This average out to be S$5,596 per month, inclusive of employer’s CPF contribution.
The latest result indicates that the Median Gross Monthly Income from work, inclusive of CPF contributions of full-time employed residents is at S$4,232.
ESM Goh Chok Tong drew public criticism for his recent comment defending high ministerial salaries, saying that if Singapore reduced its ministerial wages, it will “end up with very, very mediocre people, who can’t even earn a million dollars outside”.
A study dated September 21, 2018 states: Nearly seven in ten Singaporeans (69%) feel that ministers today are paid too much. Those above the ages of 50 are most likely to feel this way (77%). Singaporeans are also divided when it comes to ESM Goh’s justification for high ministerial salaries. Nearly two in five (36%) disagree that an important criterion for a Government Minister should be the likelihood that they would earn a high salary if they were working in the private sector. Only 27% agree with the statement, whilst 37% expressed neutral views.
Singaporeans also disagree that high salaries are a deterrence to corruption (42%) and instead view the role of a Minister as a form of national service, suggesting that Ministers should be willing to accept a lower salary in the public service (67%).
United Kingdom: Prime Minister: US$279,000
Singapore's Super Governmental Retirement Benefits
The Parliamentary Pensions Act provides that "office holders" (which means "Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Speaker, Senior Minister, Minister, Senior Minister of State, Minister of State, Mayor, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Parliamentary Secretary or Political Secretary").
The Act has a formula for payment of the amount of pension. You start with a numerator of 8 (meaning 8 years of service as office holder) and add 1 for every year of service after that. You divide this number by a fixed denominator of 27, and you stop when the number hits 2/3rds, which means that anyone who has 18 years’ service will hit maximum pension. The amount that is due to him FOR LIFE is found at section 4:
Section 4(2) The annual amount of pension payable to an office-holding Member shall be —
(3) Subject to sections 13 and 15, a pension granted under this section shall continue for the life of the person to whom it is payable but shall not be payable in respect of any period during which he is again an office-holding Member; at the end of that period the pension shall again be payable and shall be re-computed with the addition of that period to the period of his former reckonable service as an office-holding Member.
(4) For the purposes of subsections (2) and (2A), “annual salary”, in relation to any office, means the annual equivalent of the highest monthly rate of salary (excluding any non-pensionable allowances) received by an office-holding Member during any period of reckonable service as a holder of that office.
Astonishing, isn't it, that the pension is payable based on the "Highest annual salary of any office held by him" and "highest monthly rate of salary." So, it doesn't matter that the MP was a low ranking parliamentary secretary for 17 years, and then became a multi-million $ minister for 1 year. His pension will be based on 2/3rds of his salary as a minister, as that is his highest annual salary of any office held by him. So, it also doesn't matter that there are occasional reductions in salary during recessions, since their pension is based on their highest annual salary.
On this basis, SM / PM / MM will get 2/3rd x S$3 million for the rest of their lives. If they are eligible for pension and they are still serving, they get both salary plus pension concurrently. (see section 5).
And yes! Pensions are exempt from income tax? This is stated in the Income Tax Act!
It gets even better!!! The Act says that the pension can be commutated. This means that it is paid in 1 lump sum instead of monthly payments for life. The lump sum is equivalent to 175.14 months of pension, i.e. 14.6 years of pension. It doesn't matter that the minister asks for it because he has terminal cancer and has 3 months to live. He will get 14.6 years of pension paid to him in a single payment, and it will be tax free. If MM's pension is based on 2.5 million (conservative estimate), his commutated pension is $36.5 million. Can buy a GCB with it, without any bank loan!
This is a real scandal. It was horrifying when Goh Chok Tong proposed recently that ministers serve 8 years only, and new ones come in. It means that the pool of multi-million dollar pension earners will get bigger and bigger! It will add to the financial burden of future generations of Singaporeans having to pay for the pensions of people who have already been paid too much during their terms of office.
Who in the private sector is entitled to such a pension? And yet the ministers, etc are collecting tax free pensions on top of their world's highest salaries.
Incidentally, all Admin Service officers, Sr. Police & Military Officers and High Court Judges are still entitled to pensions in the same manner.
Here, Singapore, are your leaders!
Family Members of Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong
Lee Family Tree
And for today...
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Lee Kuan Yew
Former Senior Minister and former Minister Mentor
Sending messages from
beyond the grave...
Father of Prime Minister, and former Prime Minister, himself. He held a Cabinet position as Minister Mentor, and remains the virtual ruler of Singapore from beyond the grave.
Chairman of Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC) which may be the famous connection that Cecilia Ng has with the Singapore Government.
Was Lee Kuan Yew the wold's richest man?
...there are further, less well-known and far more shadowy, aspects about Lee Kuan Yew that the general public is not cognisant of. For some while now I have been in possession of a copy of a Certificate of Deposit for 792,000 kilograms of Platinum that is dated July 2, 1972 and bears the passport sized photograph, thumbprint and name of – yes, you guessed – Mr. Lee Kuan Yew.
The certificate and accompanying documents - which run to several dozen pages - contain some of the usual spelling and typographical mistakes (for example, “Jhonson & Mathew” instead of Johnson & Mathey) that have become the trademark of these “deniable” bullion certificates that bear the names of famous people, heads of state and politicians etc.
Clearly, Lee Kuan Yew has been part of the Black Eagle gold story for the past thirty years and the phenomenal growth of Singapore as a model and powerhouse of new business ventures - and as an enduring Asian success story – may well be predicated on metal plundered during WWII?
See my The Secret Gold Treaty for details of the purposeful typographical mistakes on these certificates – See also Seagrave’s Gold Warriors in which observes the same “deniability” phenomena.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Net Worth: S$106.2 million
Lee Hsien Loong is also Deputy Chairman of Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC). The GIC holds most of Singapore's foreign reserves. The amount of money is a secret - only Lee Hsien Loong and his daddy know..
Former Singapore President Ong Teng Cheong was removed because he attempted to determine the location and amount of Singapore's reserves.
And what's Lee Hsien Loong up to now?
Most of us would by now have heard about the CECA signed between India and Singapore, which Lee Hsien Loong is actively pursuing.
In general, imported labor hurts the economy of the importing country and can cause increased unemployment.
Mdm Ho Ching
Wife of the Prime Minister
(the world's most expensive wife)
Ho Ching (born March 27, 1953) is the Chief Executive Officer of Temasek Holdings (since 2002). She is married to the current Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong.
Ho first joined Temasek Holdings as a Director in January 2002 then became its Executive Director in May 2002 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer on 1 January 2004. As of 2016, she is listed as the 30th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.
Charles Goodyear IV was once hired to replace Ho Ching when she was head of Temasek. Was he an imposter??? Shortly thereafter Goodyear left Temasek and disappeared.
Then there was the hiring of the mysterious Charles Waterhouse "Chip" Goodyear IV
And our post-mortem on July 21, 2009:
Goodyear seems to have disappeared. In hiding? Plastic surgery for a new identity?
Chua Sock Koong
Updated 26 June 2019
CEO of Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel)
Chua Sock Koong is the daughter of Chua Siang Chin, Singapore's former Minister of Health, and so is a cousin of the Lees.
Ms Chua Sock Koong was appointed Group CEO of Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel) on 1 April 2007. She oversees SingTels three key businesses - Singapore, Australia and International. Prior to this, she was the Deputy Group CEO from October 2006 to March 2007.
Sock Koong is an Executive Director of SingTel and a Board member of Bharti Airtel Limited. She is also a member of the Singapore Management University (SMU) Board of Trustees, the Public Service Commission and the Corporate Governance Council of the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
HOWEVER! As of 26 June 2019 this little lady is being cut down to size! Singtel’s underlying net profit for the 12 months, when shorn of one-off events, fell by 21.4 per cent year on year to $2.83 billion. What an incompetent person is Chua Sock Koong! She should have never had this position.
SINGAPORE - Singtel is looking at monetising some of its loss-making digital investments, its leadership confirmed in an annual report out on Wednesday (June 26) which also revealed a big pay cut for its chief executive.
Board chairman Simon Israel pointed to cyber-security business Trustwave, as well as digital marketing units Amobee and Videology, which are part of the digital life division.
“Part of our digital transformation involved making calculated investments in new businesses that would thrive in the future economy,” said Mr Israel.
“Your board is aware that the value of these investments is not being recognised in our share price and management intends to unlock this value at the appropriate time.”
Meanwhile, Singtel group chief executive Chua Sock Koong’s pay package was nearly halved, after she oversaw what she said was “far from business as usual”.
Ms Chua made $3.5 million in annual salary and bonus, alongside benefits such as car benefits, medical cover and club membership - down from $6.1 million the year before. The sum does not include performance share and share option expenses.
“Competition intensiﬁed across virtually all our markets as operators jostled for market share while advances in technology continued to disrupt the telco industry, putting more pressure on prices and return on investment,” Ms Chua noted, calling the operating environment one of “tougher industry and business conditions”.
Singtel’s cyber-security business chalked up widening losses before interest and tax, to the tune of $102 million for the 12 months to March 31, according to its latest full-year financial results. Operating revenue was up by 4.1 per cent on the year prior, to $549 million.
The digital life division was in the red on the whole, while the Amobee advertising arm - including the recently acquired Videology - posted a larger pre-tax loss of $42 million, even as its revenue grew by 11.9 per cent, to $1.2 billion.
Group digital life chief Samba Natarajan said that “as we continue to build operating momentum, we are turning our attention towards value realisation” for units such as Amobee and video streaming platform Hooq. Singtel’s underlying net profit for the 12 months, when shorn of one-off events, fell by 21.4 per cent year on year to $2.83 billion.
Mr Edmund Lee Yu Chiang
Cousin (Father's Brother's Son)
Updated 22 December, 2017
Mr. Edmund Lee Yu Chiang is currently employed at DBS Vickers Securities Holdings Pte. Ltd. in the position of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
Mr Kwa Chong Seng
Cousin (Mother's Brother's Son)
Updated 22 December, 2017
Wow - what a busy guy!
Mr. Chong Seng Kwa served as the Chairman and Managing Director of Exxonmobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. from December 1999 to October 2011. Mr. Kwa served as an Asia Pacific Retail Sales Director at Exxonmobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd from November 2003 to October 2011. He served as the President at Esso China Inc. from 1997 to 2011 and its Chairman from 1992 to 2011. He served as a Member of the Management Board at Energy Studies Institute from 2007 to 2009. He has been the Chairman of APL Co Pte Ltd, APL Logistics Ltd, APL (Bermuda) Ltd, Automar (Bermuda) Ltd and APL Limited since 2012. He has been the Chairman of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd. since April 25, 2013 and its Independent and Non-Executive Director since September 1, 2012. He has been Chairman of Singapore Exchange Limited since September 22, 2016. He served as the Non-Executive Chairman of Olam International Limited since October 31, 2015 until December 31, 2016. He was the Chairman of the Board of Fullerton Fund Management Company Ltd. He served as the Chairman of MediaCorp Pte Ltd. Mr. Kwa served as Chairman of the Board of DBS Bank (Hong Kong) Limited from October 22, 2008 to 2010 and served as its Director until July 26, 2010. He served as the Chairman of Neptune Orient Lines Limited. since April 1, 2012 and its Director since January 1, 2012 until September 14, 2016. He served as a Deputy Chairman at Olam International Limited from October 1, 2014 to October 31, 2015. He served as Deputy Chairman of Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited and Temasek Holdings from 1997 to May 2012. He has been a Director of Seatown Holdings Pte Ltd and Delta Topco Limited since 2012. He has been a Non-Executive and Independent Director of Singapore Exchange Limited since September 20, 2012 and its Lead Independent Director since December 1, 2013. He serves as a Director of Defence Science and Technology Agency. He served as an Independent Director of Olam International Limited since October 01, 2014 until December 31, 2016. He served as a Director of DBS Group Holdings Ltd and DBS Bank Ltd. from July 29, 2003 to April 2012 and ExxonMobil Oil Singapore Pte Ltd. from 1999 to 2011, Mobil South Asia Investments Ltd from 2000 to 2008, Sinopec SenMei (Fujian) Petroleum Co. Ltd. from 2007 to 2011. Mr. Kwa served as a Member of Public Service Commission since 1997. He has a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from National University of Singapore.
He was conferred the Public Service Star in 2005.
Mr Ho Sing
Brother-In-Law (Wife's Ho Ching's Brother)
Updated 22 December, 2017
They even found this joker a job!
Wow, what another busy guy!
Mr. Chong Seng Kwa served as the Chairman and Managing Director of Exxonmobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. from December 1999 to October 2011. Mr. Kwa served as an Asia Pacific Retail Sales Director at Exxonmobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd from November 2003 to October 2011. He served as the President at Esso China Inc. from 1997 to 2011 and its Chairman from 1992 to 2011. He served as a Member of the Management Board at Energy Studies Institute from 2007 to 2009. He has been the Chairman of APL Co Pte Ltd, APL Logistics Ltd, APL (Bermuda) Ltd, Automar (Bermuda) Ltd and APL Limited since 2012. He has been the Chairman of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd. since April 25, 2013 and its Independent and Non-Executive Director since September 1, 2012. He has been Chairman of Singapore Exchange Limited since September 22, 2016. He served as the Non-Executive Chairman of Olam International Limited since October 31, 2015 until December 31, 2016. He was the Chairman of the Board of Fullerton Fund Management Company Ltd. He served as the Chairman of MediaCorp Pte Ltd. Mr. Kwa served as Chairman of the Board of DBS Bank (Hong Kong) Limited from October 22, 2008 to 2010 and served as its Director until July 26, 2010. He served as the Chairman of Neptune Orient Lines Limited. since April 1, 2012 and its Director since January 1, 2012 until September 14, 2016. He served as a Deputy Chairman at Olam International Limited from October 1, 2014 to October 31, 2015. He served as Deputy Chairman of Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited and Temasek Holdings from 1997 to May 2012. He has been a Director of Seatown Holdings Pte Ltd and Delta Topco Limited since 2012. He has been a Non-Executive and Independent Director of Singapore Exchange Limited since September 20, 2012 and its Lead Independent Director since December 1, 2013. He serves as a Director of Defence Science and Technology Agency. He served as an Independent Director of Olam International Limited since October 01, 2014 until December 31, 2016. He served as a Director of DBS Group Holdings Ltd and DBS Bank Ltd. from July 29, 2003 to April 2012 and ExxonMobil Oil Singapore Pte Ltd. from 1999 to 2011, Mobil South Asia Investments Ltd from 2000 to 2008, Sinopec SenMei (Fujian) Petroleum Co. Ltd. from 2007 to 2011. Mr. Kwa served as a Member of Public Service Commission since 1997.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering degree from the University of Texas, Austin, USA.
Mrs. Lee Suet Fern, aka Lim Suet Fern
Sister-In-Law wife of Lee Hsien Yang
Updated 22 December, 2017
Leaving Singapore? No way!
Lee Hsien Yang has said he and his wife, lawyer Lee Suet Fern, would be leaving Singapore because they felt closely monitored and hugely unwelcome - but that did not happen.
Mrs. Lee graduated with a double first in law from Cambridge University in 1980 and qualified as a Barrister-at-Law at Gray's Inn London in 1981. She was admitted to the Singapore Bar in 1982 and has practised law in London and Singapore since then. Since 2000, and until its combination in 2015 with the law firm Morgan Lewis in the United States, she has been founder and managing partner of Stamford Law Corporation, a major law firm in Singapore. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Singapore Academy of Law, where she also chairs the group on Legal Education and Studies, a member of the Advisory Board to the Law School at Singapore Management University, where she also chairs the Expert Panel Centre of Cross-Border Commercial Law in Asia and a trustee for Nanyang Technological University as well as a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Directors. She also sits on the Board of the World Justice Project, a global organization for the promotion of the rule of law.
Seems like Madam Lee has more jobs than anyone could handle.
Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam
Claims to be distant relative of Lee Kuan Yew
Updated 22 December, 2017
Former President of Singapore
Tony Tan born 7 February 1940 was the seventh President of Singapore, holding office from 2011 to 2017. He served as a Member of the Singapore Parliament from 1979 to 2006 and held various ministerial portfolios, including defence, finance, Arts, trade and industry. In the late 1980s, Lee Kuan Yew mentioned Tan as his first choice to succeed himself as Prime Minister of Singapore, but Mr. Tan declined. He left the Cabinet from 1991 to 1995 to lead the Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation before returning as Deputy Prime Minister, a position he held until 2005.
After stepping down as a Member of Parliament in 2006, Tan was appointed Executive Director and Deputy Chairman of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC) and Chairman of Singapore Press Holdings Limited (SPH). He also served as Chairman of Singapore's National Research Foundation, and Deputy Chairman of the Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council. In July 2011, he resigned from these positions to contest in the 2011 presidential election.
Tony Tan's track record at Government of Investment Corporation (GIC) was been a disaster. According to the Wall Stree Journal, during his time as Deputy Chairman, GIC lost approximately $42 billion.
In January 2008, just when investors are shorting U.S. banks, Tony Tan spent billions of dollars of Singapore taxpayers' monies to invest in Citigroup and UBS.
To justify his reckless actions, Tony Tan said in an interview with the Business Times, "In the case of UBS, they have a worldwide global wealth management business which is something not replicable by any bank. Citigroup has an international worldwide consumer business which is also unique."
At the time, Jim Rogers, a former partner of George Soros in the famed Quantum Fund, said he felt "sad" for Singapore as it would be losing a lot of money.
Rogers continued, "They're making a big mistake; these banks have many more problems still ahead. They should wait until these companies are really on the ropes a few years from now . . . and trading at $5 a share."
Rogers also expressed doubts about the capability of GIC's fund managers, including Tony Tan, "I know these people, and they have never given me the impression that they're smarter than anyone else&They have gigantic amounts of money, but they've made a bad judgment in these cases."
A few months later, the value of GIC's shares in Citigroup and UBS crashed after both got mired in toxic debts during the 2008 global financial crisis.
The news was naturally censored by the Singapore media, but the Wall Street Journal reported that GIC suffered a loss around 59 billion Singapore dollars (US$41.6 billion) in 2008, making it one of the worst years for the sovereign wealth fund since it was established in 1981.
Tony Tan forgot the statement he made on 21st Oct. 1996 in Perth, Australia when he was Defense Minister : "The only way we can operate our NS [National Service] system and have the support of Singaporeans is when everybody feels that our system, unlike those in some other countries, is fair, is applied equitably and no one liable for NS, is allowed not to serve".
Tony Tan's son, Patrick Tan, had just been exposed for an unprecedented 12-year leave from Singapore's compulsory two-year military duty called National Service. Even worse, this happened while his father was Singapore's Minister of Defense.Patrick Tan served for only seven months as a trainee at the Basic Military Training Centre and Officer Cadet School before being granted a 12-year leave, ostensibly to study medicine at Harvard. His leave was much longer than what was normally granted, and medicine was not what he studied.
Upon his return to Singapore after his leave, Patrick Tan was "officially" given a cushy assignment as a Defense Medical Scientist doing lab work. However, researchers at the lab where Patrick Tan was supposed to have worked had never come across Patrick Tan or any National Service person working there.
According to a few ex-Singapore Armed Force officers it is likely that the research position was created specially for Patrick Tan upon his return from the United States to ensure that he did not have to complete the rugged combat training like others in Singapore's National Service.
Why was Patrick Tan was so special that he was granted an unusually long leave from National Service, and then given a cushy job that does not even normally even exist?
The explanation is that his father, Tony Tan was, at the time, Singapore's Minister of Defense and controlled Singapore's military.
It gets even better (or worse for Tony Tan).
In addition to his extended leave from National Service, Patrick Tan was awarded a prized President's Scholarship and a Loke Cheng Kim Scholarship to study medicine in the United States, (Source: Channel News Asia, 30 July 2011).
Here, the Singapore press was wrong (again) as Patrick Tan was not studying medicine but only pursuing a Bachelor of Arts at Harvard.
These Singapore awards included funds for his education-funds he didn't need as his father was one of Singapore's million dollar ministers.
Yes, Singapore Cabinet Ministers command million dollar annual salaries and million dollar annual pensions.
Now it has been revealed that Patrick Tan's official position during his National Service was only that of Chief Clerk in charge of administrative matters during in-camp training.
In a desperate attempt at damage control, on July 28, 2011, the Office of Tony Tan issued a clarification on Facebook (of all places) claiming that Patrick Tan has fulfilled all requirements of in-camp training by writing, "Throughout his National Service, he received a National Service man's salary and fulfilled all requirements of National Service"
Two days later, Singapore's Ministry of Defense parroted Tony Tan releasing a "clarification" stating, "Dr Patrick Tan received an NSman's salary and fulfilled all requirements of NS, such as the Individual Physical Proficiency Test."
So did Dr Patrick Tan fulfill his National Service, including his reserve duties?
According to sources, Patrick Tan did not serve his reservist duties as a 'defense medical scientist' nor even as Chief Clerk. Nor did he even have to complete his full period of reserve duties. The National Service requires men to serve as reservists until they reach the age of fortynot so for Patrick Tan.
Instead, Patrick Tan was "promoted" straight into the Ministry of Defense Reserve which consists of National Service men who have completed their training cycle but have yet to reach the statutory age of forty years. Patrick Tan apparently had an early out, even from his reserve duties.
Most likely, no one would have ever known about Patrick Tan's preferential National Service treatment had his Daddy, Tony Tan, not decided to run for President of Singapore.
For some people, a million dollars a year is just not enough.
And for Tony Tan enough is never enough!
The NUS announced that Professor Tan Cheng Han (present dean) will be succeeded by Professor Simon Chesterman, 39.
Tan Cheng Han is the lawyer with the crooked brother (crooked and convicted), and one of his clients is the infamous Chung Hin Chew who was incarcerated for a year in Brunei, and who is now hiding out in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. So it is no wonder Tan Cheng Han has been thrown out on the scrap heap, and hopefully headed for a cardboard box on the void deck.
Chesterman? Well he is married to Tony Tan's daughter so he's gonna be OK - for life.
Mr WONG Kan Seng
Ex-Deputy Prime Minister and Co-ordinating Minister for National Security
Updated 4 April 2018
Former deputy prime minister Wong Kan Seng joined United Overseas Bank as an independent, non-executive director in July 2017.
Mr Wong, 70, was appointed along with three other new directors in a move to expand the size of the board.
(Wong Kan Seng has the good fortune to be married to the daughter of Lee Suan Yew (Lee Kuan Yew's brother). This makes him a cousin-in-law to Lee Kuan Yeo, and for all intents, purposes, privileges, and money a relative to the royal family.)
Known for his brilliant quote, "'Mas Selamat is either in Singapore...or not in Singapore!" Is it true that his last job before becoming a million-dollar minister was as a a lowly HR manager at HP?
September 2011: Former deputy prime Minister Wong Kan Seng, who forced from the Cabinet over the Mas Selamat affair, has been given two new appointments.
Wong was appointed Special Adviser for Economic Cooperation to the Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and will be the new chairman of Temasek-owned Singbridge company.
Gotta keep the relatives on the payroll!
Goh Chok Kwai?
Updated 22 December, 2017
Is it true that Goh Chok Tong's brother (Goh Chok Kwai?) is, or was, a serial arsonist? Did he buy properties and then set fire to them for insurance claims? Was this revealed by the Singapore Civil Defence Academy in December 2001 to a large audience? If you have any knowledge of this, please send us a confidential email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are these guys twins - or what? Which raises a question of mistaken identity - which one iw realy the firebug!
Goh Jin Hian
(Well-known SARS doctor)
Son of Goh Chok Tong.
Twin brother of "quitter" sister Jin-Theng Craven,
who lives in London with her British hubby, Lee Craven.
Goh Jin Hian has been Group Senior Vice-President of International Operations and Growth Innovation & Strategy of Parkway Holdings Ltd. since January 2009 and serves as its Senior Vice President of International Operations. Dr. Goh is responsible for the general management of all the primary care services under Parkway Shenton which includes, Shenton Family Clinics, Executive Health Screeners, Nippon Medical Care and Maritime Medical. He serves as Senior Vice-President of International Operations and Growth Innovation & Strategy of Parkway Group Healthcare Pte Ltd.
He has been a Vice President at Singapore Human Resource Institute since April 2007. Dr. Goh served as Division President of Singapore Operations at Parkway Holdings Ltd. He has over 14 years of experience in the healthcare industry and has been providing consultancy advices to chief executive officers, trade unions and human resource managers in healthcare benefits and cost management for the past six years. Prior to joining Parkway in 1997, Dr. Goh was with the Ministry of Health.
He served as the Chief Executive Officer of Gleneagles Hospital at Parkway Holdings Ltd. from 2006 to 2007 and also served as its Director of Special Projects & Division Vice President, Singapore Operations. He serves as a Director of Gleneagles Clinical Research Center, a wholly-owned Parkway company. Dr. Goh serves as a Director of Shenton Insurance and IAG Healthsciences. He served as an Executive Director of Parkway Shenton Pte Ltd. from April 1, 1999 to 2006. He served as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Wuyi International Pharmaceutical Company Ltd. from January 7, 2007 to June 11, 2009.
Yeo Cheow Tong
Born 22 June 1947
1967-1971 Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) University of Western Australia
July 22, 2011 - Former MP Yeo Cheow Tong said: "We have to really think out of the box, and our new MPs have to do that as well. They cannot just accept what the ministers are telling them, they have to question the ministers." Really? This crook is now speaking for the PAP?
Held positions in the following: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Trade & Industry, Minister, Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology & Ministry of Transport.
Why would Singapore assign a third-rate mechanical engineer to all those posts? Did he have a "special friend" somewhere?
Yeo Cheow Tong remains with Tembusu Partners as Independent Director & Member of Investment Committee, so what kind on an outfit can "Tembusu Partners" be???
Chan Chun Sing
Minister in Prime Minister's Office
Updated 27 December 2017
Educated at Raffles Institution (1982–85) and Raffles Junior College (1986–87). Chan was one of the top four scorers from Raffles Junior College for the GCE A Levels in 1987.
In 1988, Was awarded a President's Scholarship and Singapore Armed Forces Overseas Scholarship to study in the University of Cambridge, where he completed a degree in economics at Christ's College and graduated with First Class Honours.
In 2005, Completed the Sloan Fellows programme at the MIT Sloan School of Management under a Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship.
Served in the Singapore Army from 1987 to 2011. His appointments included Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion, Singapore Infantry Regiment (1998-2000), Army Attaché in Jakarta (2001–03), Commander of the 10th Singapore Infantry Brigade (2003–04), Head of the Joint Plans and Transformation Department (2005–07), Commander of the 9th Division / Chief Infantry Officer (2007–09), and Chief of Staff - Joint Staff (2009–10).
Chan was appointed the Chief of Army on 26 March 2010. Left the Singapore Armed Forces on 25 March 2011 in order to stand for Parliament. Was a PAP candidate in the Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency at the 2011 general election. Became the representative of the Buona Vista ward in the constituency.
Following the general election, Chan was appointed the Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, and the Minister of State at the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts. At the age of 42 then, Chan was one of the youngest ministers to be appointed to the Singapore Cabinet.
On 31 July 2012, was appointed as Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF). Following a restructuring of government ministries in November 2012, he began heading the newly created Ministry of Social and Family Development as Acting Minister. He was promoted to full Minister in September 2013, and concurrently serves as Second Minister for Defence.
On 23 January 2015, Chan joined the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) on a part-time basis. He was appointed as NTUC's deputy secretary-general on 27 January 2015 and will join NTUC full-time from April.
Chan is seen as one of the frontrunners for the top position of the fourth-generation of PAP leaders.
Ong Ye Kung
Education Minister, and Second Minister in the Ministry of Defence
Updated 27 December, 2017
Member of Parliament for Sembawang GRC in Sep 2015, and appointed to the Cabinet of Singapore as the Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) on 1 Oct 2015. He also held the concurrent appointment of Senior Minister of State for Defence. On 1 Nov 2016, he was promoted to Education Minister (Higher Education and Skills), and concurrently Second Minister in the Ministry of Defence.
Heng Swee Kiat
Updated 4 April 2018
In 1983, Heng began his career in the Singapore Police Force where he was awarded the SPF Overseas Scholarship from then President Devan Nair. In 1997, he then joined the Singapore Civil Service's Administrative Service. He served a period at the Ministry of Education, before being appointed the Principal Private Secretary to former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew (who was then Senior Minister) in 1997. In 2001, Heng became the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Trade and Industry. He then served as managing director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore from 2005 to 2011.
At the 2011 general election, Heng was a People's Action Party (PAP) candidate in the Tampines Group Representation Constituency (Tampines GRC). When he was introduced as a candidate, former Prime Minister (and Emeritus Senior Minister) Goh Chok Tong tipped Heng to be a potential minister and core member of Singapore's fourth generation leadership team.
On 18 May 2011, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong appointed Heng to the Cabinet as the Minister for Education.
In August 2012, Heng was tasked to lead a new ministerial committee to conduct a broad-based review of the Government's policies and direction.
On 28 September 2015, it was announced that Heng will be the Minister of Finance from 1 October 2015.
On 12 May 2016, Heng Swee Keat collapsed from a stroke during a Cabinet meeting. He was taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital, where he underwent neurosurgery to relieve pressure in his brain. He was transferred to the ICU after the surgery. Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, was immediately appointed to cover Mr Heng's duties. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong visited Mr Heng at the hospital and wrote on Facebook that he hope "Swee Keat will have a full and smooth recovery."
Mr TEO Chee Hean
Net Worth: S$95.4 million
Deputy Prime Minister & Coordinating Minister for National Security &
Updated 22 December 2017
Director Government of Singapore Investment Corporation Pte Ltd. Appointed Rear Admiral in July 1991, now retired. (Singapore needs an Admiral?) In his capacity as a former Admiral, Teo is also the advisor to the Singapore Dragon Boat Association.
Of course, this is only a dramatization of what may happen to Singapore because
In a Yahoo forum discussion of the subject “Is Singapore Island sinking?” a writer implied that it had already caused Bukit Timah hill to be shorter by three metres – from 166 metres – over the years.
He opined that more buildings had been built that created a heavy load on the land. At the same time, Singapore had constructed more subway systems and created more holes in the ground -- “More buildings create a heavy load. Can the island withstand such heavy loads?” he asked. With Singapore’s huge population growth, there will be more heavy buildings to house them. Singapore is built on sand – sinking shifting sand!!!
The more FTs, the quicker Singapore will sink!!!
Net Worth: S$64.5 million
A million bucks just won't cut it anymore!
"When I made the decision to join politics in 2006, pay was not a key factor. Loss of privacy, public scrutiny on myself and my family and loss of personal time were. The disruption to my career was also an important consideration. I had some ground to believe that my family would not suffer a drastic change in the standard of living even though I experienced a drop in my income. So it is with this recent pay cut. If the balance is tilted further in the future, it will make it harder for any one considering political office."
Mr Tharman SHANMUGARATNAM
Net Worth: S$88.1 million
- a man with a criminal record?
Former Director Government of Singapore Investment Corporation Pte Ltd.
While serving as economics director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore in 1993, Tharman was charged under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) in a case involving the release of Singapore's 1992 second-quarter flash projections to a research director, Mr Raymond Foo, and economist Manu Bhaskaran, of Crosby Securities, and to journalists Kenneth James and Patrick Daniel of the Business Times.
The OSA case, which stretched over more than a year, was reported extensively in the Singapore press. Tharman contested and was eventually acquitted of the charge of communicating the GDP growth flash projections. Senior District Judge Richard Magnus then introduced a lesser charge of negligence, because the prosecution's case was that the figures were seen on a document that he had with him at a meeting with the private economists which he had attended with one of his colleagues. Tharman contested this lesser charge too, and took to the witness stand for a few days.
The court nevertheless convicted him together with all the others in the case, including the editor of Business Times newspaper which published the figures. Tharman was fined S$1,500, and the others S$2,000. As there was no finding that he knowingly communicated any classified information, the case did not pose any hurdle to his subsequent appointment as the Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
Before he became Home Minister, then a PAP member of parliament, Shanmugam had an affair (with a woman) that led to messy divorce proceedings. Shanmugam's wife was summoned by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong who instructed her not to make the divorce too messy because he wanted to make Shanmugam a minister. Thereafter, it is alleged that Shanmugam divorced his wife and left her with two children. He married a much younger woman. These Tamil guys are a breed apart - no wonder the Tamils are taking over Singapore.
Mr LIM Hng Kiang
Minister for Trade
Director Government of Singapore Investment Corporation Pte Ltd.
Don't worry, when terrorist-linked Reform Party chief Kenneth Jeyaretnam runs against you - you are sure to get elected.
We are sure your voters understand that Kenneth Jeyaretnam is co-founder of the Reform Party with convicted terrorist Balraj (aka Baldev) Naidu. Naidu was extradited to the USA, where he served a term in in prison. He has now served his term and was deported from the U.S. to Singapore, accompanied by a heavily armed guard of U.S. officials.
Now Naidu has served is time in the U.S. and has returned to Singapore - accompanied by a heavily armed guard of U.S. officials, as usual.
Mr LIM Swee Say
In office 1 October 2015 – 30 April 2018
previously Minister, Prime Minister's Office
He served as the Chief Executive from 1986 to 1991 and Chairman of National Computer Board (NCB) from 1994 to 1998. In his tenure at NCB, he led the development and implementation of Singapore's National IT policy and IT 2000 Masterplan to transform Singapore into an IT hub.
Maybe the most (only?) intelligent Singapore cabinet member? So what if he likes Zorro.
He interviewed me for my job with the then Inland Revenue Department back in the 90s. An impressive person!
Dr Yaacob Ibrahim
Member of Parliament
The recent Cabinet reshuffle saw him stepping down as Minister for Communications and Information and Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs and Cyber Security to allow younger, fourth-generation leaders to take on more responsibilities.
On 5 Sept. 2011 Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts Yaacob Ibrahim also issued a statement in response to a WikiLeaks cable reportedly listing the biographies of Malay-Muslim Members of Parliament in Singapore. The cable stated that Dr Yaacob's two children are American citizens, leading to a flurry of comments online.
In his statement, Dr Yaacob, who is also Minister-in-Charge of Muslim Affairs, said the status of his wife as "an American citizen by birth confers dual citizenship to their two children until the age of 18."
He graduated from the University of Singapore with a Civil Engineering degree in 1980. He obtained a scholarship to do his Ph.D. at Stanford University where he graduated in 1989 and worked subsequently as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Cornell University. His wife is an American citizen who grew up in Puerto Rico and converted to Islam to satisfy the conservative standards of Singapore. They have two children, both American citizens, and they travel to the U.S. frequently to visit his wife's family.
In truth, his children will not lose their American citizenship unless they choose to renounce it. Singapore does not recognize dual citizenship beyond the age of 22. The fee for renouncing is US$450, and whoever renounces will be considered an American citizen by the American IRS for the next five years for tax purposes.
Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and
Minister for Transport
Mr Khaw Boon Wan
In an interview done with MediaCorps Channel 8, Khaw Boon Yan stated, My personal view is, our land is expensive. But we have nearby neighbours in Johor, Batam and Bintan. The elderly want to reach their doctors within half to one hour. So retirement villages in neighbouring countries is possible, barring the cross-border hassle. It is best to find cheap land on short leases.
Minister for Defence
Dr NG Eng Hen
Minister for the Environment and Water Resources
Dr Vivian BALAKRISHNAN MMed(Ophth), FRCS(Ed), FRCOphth, FAMS
Net Worth: S$34.2 million
Wise words from Doc Vivian, "If you want to dance on a bar top, some of us will fall off the bar top. Some people will die as a result of liberalising bar top dancing; a young girl with a short skirt dancing on it may attract some insults from some other men, the boyfriend will start fighting and some people will die."
Flood gates on fashionable Orchard Road at Liat Towers
Notes from Yaacob's secret meeting...
Deputy Prime Minister and
Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies
Mr K Shanmugam
As a lawyer, defended spoiled Singapore brat and dilettante playboy, Dinesh Bhatia, who was sentenced to one year of jail for consuming cocaine.
Mr. Shanmugam has been a Director of Eastern Development Pte. Ltd., since January 1993, and been a Director of MyWeb Inc.com since May 2000. He is amongst others, a member of the Media Development Authority of Singapore (for censorship).
Allegedly, before he became Home Minister, PAP member of parliament K. Shanmugam had an affair (with a woman - unlike some fellows in the PAP who have affairs with men) that led to messy divorce proceedings. His angry wife, who was out for blood, was called in by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong who asked her not to make the divorce too messy because he wanted to make Shanmugam a minister.
Dinesh Bhatia They should have hanged the bum, but Dinesh Bhatia gets one year jail term!
Spoiled Singapore brat and dilettante playboy, Dinesh Bhatia, 35, has been sentenced to one year of jail for consuming cocaine. Bhatia's lawyer, Member of Parliament K. Shanmugam (the shameless), had told the court that Bhatia was not an addict but was given the drug by a friend. Even though Bhatia did not know that it was cocaine, and had a 'fleeting suspicion' the substance could be illegal, he took it on impulse. Yeah, sure!
As a bonus for getting Dinesh off the hook (gallows), K Shanmugam (the shameless) is now Singapore's Minister of Law!!!
Bhatia's father was a judge, and his mother a former Singapore Member of Parliament. Escape from Paradise was right -- Singapore condones drugs for the elite, as Shanmugam, who aspires to become Solicitor-General (above), comes to Bhatia's defense!
Then what happens?
THE STRAITS TIMES, April 7, 2005 - Bhatia, 35, appealed against his 12-month sentence last month, asking for a heavy fine to be imposed instead.
Calling the previous sentence "excessive", Justice V K Rajah said yesterday that the district judge erred by not tailoring the sentence to fit the offender and failed to "attach adequate weight and merit to all the relevant mitigating factors".
For example, the judge did not adequately consider the fact that Bhatia's consumption was neither planned nor purchased, said Justice Rajah. Bhatia's sentence was reduce to 8 months. Huh?
Then Senior Counsel K Shanmugam of Allen and Gledhill, Former Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong's lawyer, and now Singapore's Minister for Law & Second Minister for Home Affairs, defended coke-head Bhatia.
What a conflict of interest!
Is Singapore's Ministry of Law condoning drugs for the elite?
THE STRAITS TIMES, July 7, 2005 - Dinesh Singh Bhatia, 35, who was sentenced to eight months in jail for cocaine consumption after his arrest in a high-society drug raid last October, is out of prison and is serving out his sentence at home, wearing an electronic tag he cannot remove. In the end, after appeal, Bhatia’s sentence was reduced to eight months, but less than three months after that, he was reported by the Straits Times to be at home, albeit wearing an electronic tag.
K. Shanmugam (the shameless) is a board member of Singapore Technologies, along with Peter Seah, Chairman, former banker to CIA-connected S. P. Chung, one of the characters in Escape from Paradise. All in the family!
Bathia's father, former judicial commissioner and Senior Counsel at Khattar Wong & Partners, Amarjeet Singh, was instrumental in the caning of American Michael Fay. Bhatia spoke out in support of the Michael Fay caning, saying "You know, once you loosen up or the laws become lax, everything comes in. The floodgates are opened. It doesn't pay to mess around with the system."
Well, Bhatia, too bad you didn't get a dose of your own medicine!
"In Singapore, a mere 15 grams of heroin, 500 grams of cannabis, 30 grams of cocaine, or 250 grams of methamphetamine will get you the hangman’s noose. There are no jury trials in Singapore, as juries had been abolished by Lee Kuan Yew.
The defendant, who is not entitled to a public trial, faces a lone judge, a government appointee, who hands down his sentence quickly. The system is very efficient, no waiting around for an appeal, no hanging out on death row for years.
Singapore does everything with excellence, and the pre-dawn Friday morning hangings are no exception. Mercifully, our high tech gallows use the “long drop,” so, the prisoner, hooded, and with arms and legs bound, dies instantly, in a snap.
The gallows can accommodate up to seven people at a drop, a great convenience when you are hanging fifty or more people every year.
Ironically, drugs are readily available in Singapore. A favorite place for “scoring” drugs is the Newton Circus Hawker Centre, a favorite late night haunt of open-air food stalls popular with young Singaporeans and foreigners, alike.
More importantly, Singapore, boasting the world’s largest port for shipping tonnage, and the most Asia-Pacific air-links, is a major transit point for drugs.
The bulk business of drug distribution is not done by small-time couriers, but by the big boys, who never touch the drugs, and are never touched by them."
Minister for Health
Mr GAN Kim Yong
Minister, Prime Ministers Office & Second Minister for Home Affairs &
S. Iswaran is the Managing Director at Temasek Capital. He is also the Managing Director of Investments at Temasek Holdings (Pte) Ltd. Mr. Iswaran is responsible for private equity investments, in particular the healthcare, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and technology sectors, for Temasek. Mr. Iswaran is a Member of Parliament of the West Coast GRC of Singapore.
He is a Director at Sunningdale Tech Ltd. since July 2005. Mr. Iswaran has been Director at SembCorp Industries Ltd. since January 13, 2003. He has been a Director at Quintiles Transnational Corp. since November 2003 and is also a Member of Compensation and Nominations Committee. Mr. Iswarans directorships in other boards include FHTK Holdings Ltd., Compass Technology Holdings Limited, and N.A.I. Ltd.
Minister for Education
Heng Swee Kiat
Awards S$36 million in support to foreign students
The Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education, Ms Sim Ann, disclosed in Parliament that at least 2000 scholarships are awarded to foreign students each year.
This includes about 950 pre-tertiary and 1070 undergraduate students from Asean and non-Asean countries. The scholarships cover both tuition and accommodation.
These scholarships cost $14,000 for pre-tertiary students and between $18,000 and $25,000 (i.e, average of $21,500) for undergraduates.
This works out to about $13.3 million for pre-tertiary students and $23 million for undergraduates, giving a total of at least $36 million.
The situation could be further complicated by present PAP MPs holding key posts in GLCs. The non-executive directors receive not just directorss fees but may also have shares and share options in the GLCs they direct. For example, Mr K Shanmugam, MP for Sembawang GRC, owned 70,000 SembCorp Industries share options and 30,000 Chartered Semiconductor shares, among other interests in GLCs as of year-end 2000. The following table lists non-ministerial MPs holding senior management and directorship positions in GLCs:
Chiam Tse Tong
Net Worth: S$48.7 million
Chiam See Tong turns 83
Happy birthday, Lion of Potong Pasir!
Chiam See Tong turned 83 on March 12, 2018.
Chiam was at the helm of Potong Pasir SMC for 27 years between 1984 and 2011, until he left to contest Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC and lost.
Even though his record of being the longest-serving opposition Member of Parliament looks set to be overshadowed in 2018 by de facto opposition leader, Workers’ Party’s Low Thia Khiang, Chiam has left an indelible mark on Singapore politics.
Lee Kuan Yew was known to have held Chiam in higher regard than other opposition politicians.
In his memoirs, Lee observed that Chiam took the “shrewder line than Jeyaretnam, was more in tune with the sentiments of the population, that the PAP was doing a fair job, but could do better and should listen more to criticism”.
JB Jeyaretnam was re-elected in the 1984 general election to be the other opposition MP in parliament with Chiam, who was only serving his first term at the age of 50.
Throughout his life, Chiam has been many things to many people: First a teacher, then a lawyer at age 37, and eventually, an opposition politician who will be remembered for his contribution of staring down a preponderant ruling People’s Action Party, despite being constantly outnumbered in parliament.
In total, Chiam contested and lost in three elections — 1976, 1979 and 1980 — before he finally won Potong Pasir SMC in 1984, a constituency that will forever be intertwined with his legacy.
Chiam's never-say-die spirit stemmed from somewhere deeper.
In his younger days, Chiam was a competitive swimmer at Anglo-Chinese School and excelled at the 200m freestyle event. His coach was Ang Peng Siong’s father.
And he was adventurous even by 21st century standards today.
As a newly-wed husband, he made his way back to Singapore with his wife — Lina Chiam — from London, by driving a Volkswagen Beetle over land, in the process, making their way across Europe, Afghanistan, and India. And that was back in the 1970s.
Today, despite being out of politics and suffering a stroke in 2008, Chiam continues to contribute to Singapore society.
The Chiam See Tong Foundation was set up in 2017 to offer disadvantaged children from under-resourced families to participate in sports - a reflection of Chiam's experience as a competitive swimmer.
Chiam's foundation is set to benefit at least 100 children in its first year.
This is not unusual, as Chiam spoke about the importance of sports very early on in his maiden speech in parliament in 1985, which he hoped would be part of Singapore culture one day.
Chiam’s legacy would be defined by his indefatigable spirit.
Professor Bernard Tan
Former Dean of Students, National University of Singapore
Professor Department of Physics National University of Singapore, President-Elect of the Association for Information Systems, Member, Board of Directors, CSA Holdings Ltd, Chairman, Keppel Group Cooperative Credit Union Ltd.,Chairman, Keppel Hitachi Zosen Ltd., Member, National Arts Council. Professor Tan has a most interesting website at http://www.physics.nus.edu.sg/~phytanb/
Received his Ph.D in Physics from Oxford University. He is also an accomplished musician and has composed a few symphonies and was at one time the acting head of the department of Music at NUS.
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Former Opposition Party Member of Parliament
J. B. Jeyaretnam should be best remembered for aiding and abetting Singapore citizen and U.S.-convicted terrorist, Baldev (aka Balraj) Naidu by helping him change his name to elude the law.
J. B. Jeyaretnam (deceased 30 September 2008) was a politician and lawyer from Singapore. He was the leader of the Workers' Party from 1971 to 2001. In 1981, he became the first opposition politician since Singapore's independence in 1965 to win a seat in Parliament, in the constituency of Anson. He was re-elected at the 1984 general election, but lost his seat in Parliament in 1986 following a conviction for falsely accounting the party's funds. He returned to Parliament after the 1997 general election as a Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP). However he was stripped of his NCMP seat in 2001 when he was declared bankrupt.
J. B. Jeyaretnam founded Singapore's Reform Party in June 2008. Other founders of the Reform Party include J. B. Jeyaretnam's son, Kenneth, and Balraj (aka Balldev) Naidu, a terrorist who served a prison sentence in the United States. J. B. Jeyaretnam was instrumental in assisting Naidu legally to change his name.
Kenneth Jeyaretnam is co-founder of the Reform Party with convicted terrorist Balraj (aka Baldev) Naidu. Naidu was extradited to the USA, where he served a term in in prison.
Kenneth Jeyaretnam's friend and associate, Singaporean Balraj Naidu, 51, who spent years in a U.S. prison after trying to funnel arms to a Sri Lankan terrorist group has been deported. In 2010, Naidu was convicted in Baltimore of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and sentenced to nearly five years in prison. Prosecutors say Naidu tried to buy US$900,000 in weapons from an undercover business in Maryland. Later, they paid US$250,000.
As a result of the trip, Tamil Tiger representatives wire transferred US$250,000 into the undercover business’ accounts as a down payment on a US$900,000 weapons deal. About 28 tons of weapons and ammunition, which the conspirators believed they were purchasing, was airlifted to the US territory of Guam.
On September 29, 2006, after inspecting the weapons and transferring an additional US$450,000 into the undercover business’ accounts, At the time, co-conspirator, Haniffa Bin Osman, visited Baltimore in the summer of 2006, where he examined and test-fired much of the weaponry. Naidu’s four co-conspirators were arrested and indicted.
A total of US$700,000 were paid by Naidu and his co-conspirators for the weapons and ammunition.
Where did these terrorists raise US$700,000? Who financed them?
Naidu, a friend of J. B, Jeyaretnam, father of Kenneth and Philip Jeyaretnam, was deported and arrived in Singapore on Wednesday, December 18, 2013.
Considered to be extremely dangerous, he was accompanied on his flight by heavily armed officers of the U.S. Customs Enforcement and Removal Field Office.
“As a convicted felon, Naidu is prohibited from re-entering the United States,” U.S. Customs Enforcement and Removal Field Office director Simona L. Flores, said in a statement.
Kenneth Jeyaretnam drunk at his final campaign rally.
Also, Kenneth Jeyaretnam really screwed up at his final campaign rally. The Reform Party met with an embarrassing end last when Mr Jeyaretnam recited three sentences of the Singapore Pledge wrongly. Then he began to babble incoherently. Confused faces were seen in the crowd and the master of ceremonies quickly took over and said: 'Shall we say that again?' All Jeyaretnam could do was stare in space and continue to babble. Link to a short video of Jeyaretnam's campaign rally speaking incoherently - drunk???.
A thorough research into the Reform Party's development since its birth on 11/7/2008 will reveal his [Naidu's] contrasting relationships with the Jeyaretnams, first the late J. B. Jeyaretnam and later Kenneth Jeyaretnam that would be of interest to readers here. He was a 'still water runs deep' kind of a fellow that had a chilling twist about it.
Soon after the Reform Party become a registered political society, he applied for a Deed Poll with J. B. Jeyaretnam to get his first name 'Balraj' changed to 'Balldev' without being able to offer a compelling reason. He was a client of J. B. Jeyaretnam in a cheating case and frequently visited the latter's office at 18A Smith Street, which later became the Reform Party's HQ. On one such visit he slipped a signed cash cheque for S$340K unnoticed in his case file and claimed later that it was inadvertently done. J. B. Jeyaretnam wondered if it was a test or an enticement. There were numerous other instances that led J. B. Jeyaretnam to suspect Balraj Naidu was up to something amiss. I understand that had J. B. Jeyaretnam not expired on 30/9/08 Balraj Naidu would have been removed from the party's Central Executive Committee.
Balraj Naidu's partnership with Kenneth Jeyaretnam was even more eventful. You may have read a letter in the Today Newspaper on 19/4/2010 from the ex-Chairman and Vice-Chairman, two co-founders of the Reform Party, its surviving leaders in the wake of J. B. Jeyaretnam's departure, refuting Kenneth Jeyaretnam's allegation in an exclusive interview that was published in the Today Newspaper on 8/4/2010 about their "poor management" before he "took over." To date, Kenneth Jeyaretnam has never responded to the points they raised, obviously fearing there would be a disastrous backlash. One of those unequivocally referred to foul play at the Reform Party's HQ on 26/4/2009 that saw Kenneth Jeyaretnam 'become' its Secretary-General. Incidentally, both of them, along with another CEC member, stepped aside instead of fighting back that would have spilled out to the public to dissolve the party prematurely.
A 'Gang of 4' spearheaded by this scoundrel Balraj Naidu executed a rowdy coup d'?tat that saw Kenneth Jeyaretnam seize the post of party Secretary-General that day. The other 3 who formed the gang were Edmund Ng who was awarded the post of Chairman, despite his total absence from the RP's caucus since J. B. Jeyaretnam departed, till he resigned last week. There was also the landlord of Reform Party's HQ James Teo who broke the door-lock securing the office in the absence of a tenancy agreement with the Reform Party. For this, Kenneth Jeyaretnam gave him the Treasurer's post. The 3rd one was another misfit, co-founder of Reform Party and its initial treasurer, Ms Amy Liu who had resigned from the party 6? months earlier after failing to put the Reform Party in quandary with the law by deliberately mishandling its funds. It is interesting to note that all these 3 including Balraj Naidu were legal clients of J. B. Jeyaretnam seconded to make the numbers to form the Reform Party. It seems Balraj Naidu had revealed in the raucous of 26/4/2009 that he had sold a 'property' to finance Kenneth Jeyaretnam so he had the right to make him Secretary-General. I wonder whether this is why Kenneth Jeyaretnam publicly pleaded after Balraj Naidu's arrest that he is an innocent family man, a loyal confidant of his late father and that the whole of Reform Party would stand firmly behind him.
So, we have BALRAJ NAIDU, the common factor in two causes - killing two birds with one stone as it were - trying to defeat a sovereign Government by providing arms to its enemy, an outlawed terrorist group and partaking in the overthrow of a legally elected management team of a Registered Singaporean Political Society by unconstitutional means. He was found guilty by the Baltimore Court and has been sentenced to a 5 year prison term in the first instance. The irony is that, in the second instance, Kenneth Jeyaretnam and the Reform Party would be incriminated, not him!
Former PAP member, is now Chairman of Action Information Management Pte Ltd (AIM). Das is a part-owner in the S$2 corporation AIM which acquired (purchased?) software from a Town Council. Allegedly AIM's office is the same as a PAP address. Hmmm? Chandra is or was Chairman of NTUC Fairprice Cooperative and Director of The Ascott Group.
Other owners of AIM are also members of the PAP.
Mr Chew Heng Ching,
Former Member of Parliament - East Coast GRC.
Director of AIM. Mr. Chew is or was also a Director of Dragon Land (Keppel Land unit).
Mr. Lau Ping Sum
Former Member of Parliament
Director of AIM.
Making the news in Singapore is the revelation that three ex-PAP MPs have set up a dormant company, AIM, which, in January 2011, bought the finance and computer system developed by 14 PAP Town Councils. AIM then charged the 14 PAP Town Councils fees every month for the usage of the very computer systems the town councils developed and sold to AIM. This was brought to light by the Singapore Website-Blog Yawning Bread as a questionable insider deal.
Subsequently Yawning Bread was forced to apologize or be sued by the authorities for its "exposure" of AIM. The lawyer involved demanding the apology was the formidable Senior Counsel Dato Setia Davinder Singh who is the power behind the throne for both Singapore and Brunei (see below).
Dato Setia Davinder Singh
Formerly Member of Parliament for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC
Davinder Singh, of Indian origin, has emerged as perhaps the most powerful person in Southeast Asia and maybe eventhe most powerful man in Singapore and Brunei.
Singh's rank in Singapore is that of Senior Counsel, the equivalent of Queen's Counsel in the United Kingdom. In December 2008, Singh joined the Monetary Authority of Singapore to advise on the implications of Lehman Brothers bankruptcy.
More importantly, Singh has been named Chief Advisor to Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, the absolute ruler of Brunei, who has bestowed upon Singh the elite noble title of Dato Setia.
As such, Senior Counsel Dato Setia Davinder Singh brings to Brunei his vast experience with Singapore's Internal Security Act, by which Singaporeans can be imprisoned indefinitely with no charges being brought against them.
Brunei also has an Internal Security Act, but lacks Singh's great expertise in such matters.
In Singapore, Singh was the sole personal lawyer of and advisor to Singapore's founder, Minister Mentor Lee Kwan Yew, Lee's son, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and Senior Minister, Goh Chok Tong, Singapore's former Prime Minister.
Singh's immense power, spanning Singapore and Brunei is unparalleled in Southeast Asia!
Former Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) in Singapore's 11th Parliament
Law professor at the National University of Singapore. she converted from a "very, very arrogant" atheist to a Christian in 1987. She claimed to be "stopped" by a voice. "I basically had a sense that God was talking to me. I had stood up to walk out and I heard someone say, 'Stop'. And no one was around me. Everybody was busy doing their own thing. I was one of only one or two Chinese girls in this whole room of ang mohs. And then I just had the sense that I had encountered God, that he knew my name and I was shocked."
Famous for being barred from New York University due do her rabid anti-gay speech in Singapore's Parliament where Thio gave a supported the continued criminalisation of sexual activity between males, and likened gay sex to "shoving a straw up your nose to drink."
Ms Ho Geok Choo
Former Member of Parliament - West Coast GRC
Has cushy positions as Director and Company Representative, Messier Services Asia as well as Managing Director - Humanpower Advisory Pte Ltd.
Mrs Cynthia Lee
No photos on the web.
Chief Executive of Bishan-Toa Payoh Town Council
Senior Manager in Esmaco (CapitaLand unit)