Why does the Singapore Government retain an army of Gurkha soldiers?

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“We cannot outsource our security and defence to anyone else; we have to defend Singapore ourselves.” – LHL

QUESTIONS:

Why does the Singapore Government retain an army of Gurkha soldiers?

Being paid soldiers, aren’t they mercenaries?

Being mercenaries, aren’t they loyal only to their paymasters and have no love of Singaporeans?

What is the role of the Gurkha mercenaries in Singapore National Security?

Can Singaporeans do their job being done by the Gurkha mercenaries? If not, why not?

Whose interests do these hired hands / paid soldiers serve and protect?”

 

* Facebook post by Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss, Singapore People’s Party (SPP) politician and lawyer.

 

Note: A Gurkha is an elite soldier from Nepal recruited by different parties like the British Army, Nepalese Army, Indian Army, Ghurkha Contingent Singapore, UN’s peacekeeping force and other war zones around the world.

 

 

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26 Responses to “Why does the Singapore Government retain an army of Gurkha soldiers?”

  • N.Jungne:

    His father (LKY) do not ,trust us, simple. The next question is do you think we are thrusted? Wait long long lah

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  • NotMyProblem:

    The Gurkha is meant only to protect the Lee’s family. Should LHL is voted out, the Gurkha will be used.

    Gurkha is paid by taxpayers’ money. But you don’t see this Gurkha any where!

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  • Bobo:

    NotMyProblem:
    The Gurkha is meant only to protect the Lee’s family. Should LHL is voted out, the Gurkha will be used.

    Gurkha is paid by taxpayers’ money. But you don’t see this Gurkha any where!

    Perhaps we will get to see them very soon. Laterally, I don’t see the need to waste tax-payers money to protect only the rich. This should be budget out to to serve the poor elderly who have made contribution to Singapore in the past.
    After working hard throughout their lives, they have no withdrawal rights on their CPF savings. We and our children will ultimately go through their foodsteps should PAP continued to run this country.

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  • Boh Kia See:

    The Lee’s like to feel that they are colonial masters too. Now instead of white colonial masters, we have the PAP as our colonial masters.

    As such they require all the trappings of office. Control of street traffic lights, occupation of the Istana, and British army bases etc. The Gurkhas is just one of the trappings of being a ruler. The fact is that the trait*r first PM now dead, was so unethical playing out his comrades that he did not trust the local police to protect him. That is the price of being a trait*r.

    So the Gurkhas only appears when the Clown and his hanger-ons appear in public.

    That is how bad the situation is at the moment. We are being ruled by Masters who do not have any care for the citizens–just themselves and their future of their loot.

    VTO–the only way–we can do better.

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  • The feelings mutual:

    My father used to tell us stories, saying the gurkhas are very brave and loyal soldiers…
    I feel the miws, who the gurkhas are soley employed to guard, dont trust our own sg sons/or daughters in the security forces to guard them.
    Well, we dont trust them too..

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  • Gurkha Are Human Too:

    I witness the 1964 Racial Riot during the Prophet Mohammad Birthday procession from Padang to the Geylang mosque when I was in secondary school. There were about 10,000 Malays and they were armed with parangs. There were two police Red Scorpeon buses parked at the road side with many armed Gurkha policemen standing at the roadside. Because of the large number of armed Malays, the Gurgka policemen did not know what to do and they just stood at the roadside watching them. Remind me of the recent Little India riot where the policemen just ran away and the police commanders wore civilian clothing to protect themselves.

    They are doing the right thing. Who is that stupid to sacrifice his life for a few thousands dollars monthly salary ?

    If Pinky wants to use the Gurkha to protect himself, it would be wise to remember that bullets would not be able to identify whether you are a Gurkha or not. After all Gurkha are also Humans.

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  • Is SG self reliant?:

    SG is not able to be self reliant in many areas :
    1. Water
    2. Foods.
    3. Products.
    4. Labor.
    5. Security. Gurkhas. Joo seng Rd has a USB flat lime precinct like fortress housing the gurkhas.

    TOTAL DEFENCE MEANS WHAT?
    Is it Totally defended?
    Hackings have been going on for years.
    Now they come up a 6th pillar.
    So, was there TOTAL DEFENCE or is it an ASPIRATION ?

    English. Interesting right?

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  • Creative chaos:

    They were here left by the britishers. One man, so afraid of his own shadows………allow them to continue guarding oxley gate………and today aren’t they guarding the son’s house.

    I saw 2 this morning at Leedon Rd…….guarding teo ……..an back watcher from the navy?

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    As I see it…Gurkhas are a NECESSITY since they have served the British and the Colonies well…I have the Greatest of RESPECT for them and I have Known a few during their time serving the British in the early 60s

    As I had said before…a well PAID and TRAINED Arm Force of +- 70,000 Fulltime Professional and a few contingents of Gurkhas alongside them is MORE than SUFFICIENT for the Defense of Singapore…

    This, in turn, will RELEASE a much-needed workforce and BRAINS into the market instead of the dependence of DUBIOS FTs…NS is a waste of Resources and Time for citizens and should they feel a NEED to serve they can always have a Volunteer Corp to accommodate

    Currently, the Gurkhas are used more for Minister protections and their INTEREST and for that I say F..K YOU!!!

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  • 有难人民当,有福人民行动党自己享:

    He didn’t bother to say anything when other army boys died.

    It took him so long after Aloy Pang’s death (and only because there was an outcry from the public) to say something.

    When he finally break his silence, he forgot that he and his ministers are actually protected by Gurkhas!

    Oman! Oman! How does such a leader deserve to get paid so much more than US or China’s president?

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  • Gurkhas are welcome here:

    They are very welcome in sg.
    Seem like Very nice well mannered people.. i live nearby the gurkha village quarters @ALJUNIED..
    Sometimes shopping at the nearby supermart i come across a few with their families at the bus stop or shopping.
    The soldiers are quite handsome n the wives pretty too..but nowdays not that many around…perhaps many have returned home?

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  • even more costs to maintain:

    //SG is not able to be self reliant in many areas :
    1. Water
    2. Foods.
    3. Products.
    4. Labor.
    5. Security. Gurkhas. Joo seng Rd has a USB flat lime precinct like fortress housing the gurkhas.//

    used to be one big space shared among a comfortable 2+million where cost was much manageable and public housing REAL affordable to the current period where it is a much ‘smaller place’ where the target is open-leg policy (6.9m) shared among many and cost keeps rising due to the greedy selfish white idiots who keep on pumping for gdp and many expensive megastructure and concrete infrastructure which will need even more costs to maintain.

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  • Great Asia:

    This is an old question, and many people have been asking this question. Simply, PAP bananas do not trust Singaporeans.

    If the PAP fat cats can trust their security on the Gurkhas, then there is no issue to deploy them to the land customs. This will solve the manpower shortage issue.

    Ha ha ha!

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  • No Dafts or Dogs Allowed:

    Fully seconded. But in peace time only. Unknown to many, Gurkhas are already deployed to guard our core assets like Monetary Gold reserves vaults and also acts as the final, conclusive deterrence to mayhem, violence or destructions.
    But I can’t say about war. Ensure safety of ” ” before flight to safety?

    Gurkhas are welcome here:
    They are very welcome in sg.
    Seem like Very nice well mannered people.. i live nearby the gurkha village quarters @ALJUNIED..
    Sometimes shopping at the nearby supermart i come across a few with their families at the bus stop or shopping.
    The soldiers are quite handsome n the wives pretty too..but nowdays not that many around…perhaps many have returned home?

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  • Harder Truths:

    Simple and straightforward.

    If local police no balls or NSF solders refuse to follow orders – then this mercenary army will do the work for their masters.

    Pappies can only be safe if protected by army of mercenaries they have full control over.

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  • rukidding:

    That is why LKY calls you people daft !

    He dosen’t even “Trust” his own citizens !

    He “makes you” defend this Country under the guise of “NS”…cheap labor !
    Yet he dosen’t trust you ?

    Then he uses “public $$$” to “hire” a bunch of mecenaries to protect him…….ALL PAID by US ?????

    Sillyporeans indeed !

    Dafts will be dafts !

    Nothing for Sinkaporeans to be PROUD these days ….we look so “STUPID” in the eyes of foreigners !

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  • Tatman:

    Nothing against the Gurkhas. They are brave and loyal to the people they served. They are actually friendly to people when needs to be.

    Last time in the 2000s, heard that their pay per month were at least S$800+.

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  • a PG:

    Why all of a sudden, the whites say or claim “Gurukas” is a specially trained and brave fighting force ? I thot our SG Commandos are an elite and brave group of trained soldiers in SAF. Defence and security of our homeland should be strictly Singaporeans. If our country prefers or trusted the Gurukas so much, then get all Nepalese here to jaga our country, i.e. get them to join our NS.

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  • Bapak:

    IP Man vs Gurkhas – who win?

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  • No Dafts or Dogs Allowed:

    Same as protected by the 70% ‘mercenaries’

    Harder Truths:
    Simple and straightforward.

    If local police no balls or NSF solders refuse to follow orders – then this mercenary army will do the work for their masters.

    Pappies can only be safe if protected by army of mercenaries they have full control over.

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  • nizhemoshou:

    Good that Jeanette raised this question up. Long overdue question . It must have cost billions to keep the gukhas by now. Spend so much for what. Cant be for protection of defence or internal security of SG when we have already an army/NS and police force.

    Only can be for this reason. Like his paranoid ah pa, clown son must be paranoid and even taught by him to be paranoid of local peng wont protect them or turn on them one day. How can they not be paranoid this can happen when they know they have abused powers and betrayed the country n people and will carry on doing so.
    They are even scared of their own shadows that they have to have so many bodyguards accompanying them whenever they go and made Istana their residence. when Istana was n should be meant to be the official residence n office of the Head of State aka President.

    Another evidence of their paranioa is the order by the late ah pa in the early days for the construction of concrete panels to block the window n opening views of all the surrounding high rise buildings facing the Istana main/side entrances and compound

    SGs n oppo leaders ought to demand answers now from the pap clown leader n blow this up on social media bcos of the high extravagrant cost to fund a duplicate army of foreign mercenaries. The questions should include the size of this duplicate army n how much taxpayers money have been incurred to maintain them over the years till now.
    SG chin jia charmm. We have to pay for their greed for $$$. If they squander our cpf n reserves, we are also made to pay for the losses. EVEN they scared of their own shadows , we have to pay. Really too much.

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  • No Dafts or Dogs Allowed:

    That was an established fact since 1815 even before Singapore was founded! So not sudden. The British won in the Falkland war mainly due to deployment of their Gurkhas.
    In this new millennium age, it may take ‘another war’ to test the mettle of these Gurkhas. But I hope not.

    a PG:
    Why all of a sudden, the whites say or claim “Gurukas” is a specially trained and brave fighting force ? I thot our SG Commandos are an elite and brave group of trained soldiers in SAF. Defence and security of our homeland should be strictly Singaporeans. If our country prefers or trusted the Gurukas so much, then get all Nepalese here to jaga our country, i.e. get them to join our NS.

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  • Prefer Gurkhas over PRC:

    They are more self discipline and low profile . Not to mention fit.

    Use to jog along the bartley road.

    Anytime consider them over PRCs.

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  • LIONS:

    Just to share a real incident along CTE from AMK TOWARDS HAVELOCK several years ago when i wad driving to work.

    It was morning rush hours.
    A vehicle loaded with goods had applied brakes and the goods got strewn on the highway.
    Two TP motor-riders zoomed past without stopping to assist.
    There was a slight crawl on the traffic owing to this incident.
    It took a bus carrying GURHAS to work to STOP N HELPED CLEAR THE MESS.

    I gave my hats off to that gurkhas officer.

    These are good people,REAL FTs that can help SG N SGS unlike the FAKE FTs from India n Phillipines the PAP keeps dumping here.

    However,these gurkhas are here to protect the RICH N POWERFUL mainly at taxpayers expense.

    More shud be deployed to KEEP WATCH OF OUR SOMEWHAT LAX SECURITY which is axwaste of public funds.

    Why pay CIVIL SERVANTS FOR SCREWING SGS UP?

    LTA ENFORCEMENT?
    TRAFFIC POLICEMEN FROM MALAYSIA÷
    ?

    FORGET IT!

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  • No Dafts or Dogs Allowed:

    That reminds me of an anecdote regarding Gurkhas’ bravery & allegiance. Two paratroopers, a commando and a Gurkha were ordered to jump from the plane immediately to take the enemy by surprise. The commando ask “how far is the plane from the ground, sir?” But the Gurkha ask “with or without the parachute, sir?”

    Prefer Gurkhas over PRC:
    They are more self discipline and low profile . Not to mention fit.

    Use to jog along the bartley road.

    Anytime consider them over PRCs.

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  • Past 50 y, Gurkha r employed .:

    LHL said the right thing, national security cannot be sourced out to foreigners.

    BUT

    LHL, Cabinet ministers n President do not trust sufficiently our own security force for their protection that they have to employ Gurkhas at Citizens’ expense or using the State Fund to be their personal bodyguards.

    PAP imported randomly or without detailed vetting foreigners to the extent of equal or exceeding the citizen population. It doesn’t need a scholar or even a primary school child to know that at that ratio, national security is irrelevant n the Govt makes a mockery national security n National Service n insulted the patriotism of citizens in the security forces n NSmen. In fact common sense of any human would know that as the foreigners/citizen population ratio rises over 10-15%, national security will increasingly being compromised. It seems that the generals, scholars, university graduates in the Cabinet n Parliament r bereft of the basic common sense or they r so blinded by hunger, greed n egocentricity. Regardlessly either they lack basic common sense or blinded by hunger, greed n egocentricity, they r not fit to lead Singapore n in fact they pose extreme risks to the country n her people.

    Such characteristics r strongly evidenced by LKY derogatory remarks of daft Singaporeans n needing him to import foreigners to kick their butts, PAP policy of serving in their own interests n benefits n those of PAP. More underserving of Singaporeans support is their traitorous policy of serving the interests n benefits of the foreigners incl free education for foreign students to the exclusion of Citizens from the university n continually increasing fees esp at tertiary level. It is more outrageous that Chan CS as a minister threatened Singaporeans that he has no problem to import more foreigners to displace them from their jobs n flaunted his wealth illgotten from Singapore Citizens for his bastardly attitude n mentality n lacking professionalism, human sensibility n capability. Singaporeans should boot such arrogant, egoistic idiot out of Singapore Politics sooner possible ie GE 2019. PLPST has been trying to market him but his stink emits sufficient stench to reveal the evil below the smoke screen ST plps fart out.

    Since PAP came into power, Gurkhas have been assigned to be bodyguard of the ministers n President showing remarkably Singaporeans have trusted in a ruling party who do not trust them spufficient enough to be their bodyguards,. If they do not trust Singaporeans, why should Singaporeans entrusted them with the mandate to govern. Many Pioneer Generation n Merdeka generation perceive that at first sign of danger, they would scoot out like there is no tomorrow for they have no trust in Citizens?

    Is that why more foreigners r…

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