Respecting the late LG Ng Jui Ping, for his courage in forging it in the private sector

In an interview with the Sunday Times, the late Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant-General (LG) Ng Jui Ping was quoted as saying, “I surely cannot be seen in my second career to be living off the Government”.

The late LG Ng revealed that, a year before his retirement, he had a conversation with the then-DPM Lee Hsien Loong who asked him what he wanted to do next: “Was I thinking of a permanent secretary position, a statutory board, ambassadorship?”

While he said that the MINDEF could make a recommendation for ambassadorships, it was ultimately the MFA who decides on Ambassadors. “If I had decided that I wanted to become an ambassador, I’m sure the Defence Minister would have called the Foreign Minister and said, our CDF is retiring and wants to be an ambassador, could you consider him.”

In explaining his decision to enter the private sector, the late LG Ng said “the basis of the second career is that the SAF has trained and groomed a person who is of this calibre and a person of this calibre should be able to hold his own outside of the SAF, the Government and Temasek”.

Contrary to the late LG Ng beliefs and values, we have seen so many former SAF generals parachuted into cushy senior positions in government linked companies, statutory boards, stood for election and ambassadorial position etc. In those wise words of the late LG Ng, I ask why are so many of our former SAF generals not seen to be able to hold their own outside of the SAF, the Government or Temasek”?

In fact, we need not look too far when big titled generals such as LG Desmond Kuek screwed up big time at SMRT again and again and again.

LG Ng Yat Chung couldn’t turn NOL around and sold it off, only for the new French owners, CMA CGM, which turned it around with a modest profits the very second year. And over at Singapore Press Holdings, staff were retrenched under the leadership of LG Ng Yat Chung but he gets to keep his plum job and his fat salary.


Simon Lim

 

 

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16 Responses to “Respecting the late LG Ng Jui Ping, for his courage in forging it in the private sector”

  • Karma & President Ong's baby:

    MRT & its General mishaps: Plainly a deep-seated cultural problem – this Mentoring of greater mortals…. Ah Gong’s big bucks bastion of cronycrats

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  • Harder Truths:

    Thanks Simon. You cured my constipation.

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  • Birds Of Same Feather:

    Everyone is still waiting for the Shittytimes be sunk.
    Very soon fatty will change his business from selling toilet papers to property.

    We can see many new foreign blood in Shittytimes helping the establishment
    to parrot the party line and spreading misinformation.

    The Chinese paper has been infiltrated by foreign influence, spreading falsehoods subtly and obfuscating the truths, moving the island closer to the axis of evil.

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  • Dr Tan Tai Wei:

    Just wondering how these two things said about him squared. They acclaimed him as commander who made and inculcated “logical” requirements and decisions, etc., and thus respected by those he commanded and fostered to imbibe those attributes. Yet, on the same ST page reporting him, it was headlined his characteristic yell: “Why you polish your boots? Because I say so”!! Now, they say that that’s army training: “Theirs not to question why, theirs but to do ands die”. But surely the “logical” thing about that is that reflex training and instant obedience is necessary for war. Given this understanding, citizen soldiers can then reasonably train for war, yet hopefully retain their rationality for normal life and creative performance in the workplace when not at war. Even fulltime soldiers should train and yet retain their humanity. But this SAF chief told our soldiers they polished boots because he told them so. Thus trained and ingrained, how could they be expected, say to do as he did after retirement, ie. work in the private sector?

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  • Crooked PAP:

    CDF Ng believed in karma. Unlike all others who are enjoying retirement jobs supported by PAP, are using poor Singaporean’s taxpayer money and enriching themselves. Thanks to the 70% Sheep.

    Shitty times is being less read now. Why pay your hard-earned money on PAP’s propaganda newspaper ?

    All Generals and top civil servants (bulk of elitist supporting PAP) will give given jobs once they reach retirement age becos PAP is afraid they may join the Opposition camp and work against PAP.

    Blame it on the 70% bodoh sheep population.

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  • Anak SG:

    Singapore, a City of Paper Generals.

    Singapore, a City of Repression.

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  • Anak SG:

    A rare one.

    From the overpaid PM down to his Ministers and MPs, all have been merrily feeding off from the taxpayer money.

    But none has given back to society. Take but not give back.

    Greedy like hell.

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  • Only a few good men left:

    A man with dignity and substance..
    Would have been a good minister..only not in LHL’s gov…would be wasted bring controlled and dictated to…
    We surely need more men and women like this late LG Ng to come forward to serve in one of the alternative parties.

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  • service of indoctrination:

    //Thus trained and ingrained, how could they be expected, say to do as he did after retirement, ie. work in the private sector?//

    aiyoh ? the reason why sinkie land (led by the white monkey idiots and gang) need to import FTs (via the white idiotic open-leg policy coming from may all sorts of chat-ba-lang countries) most of them do not need to go the 2-yr service of indoctrination and thereafter to be ‘fearful workers’ of higher wayang authorities, if any ????

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  • @ Anak SG::

    Like Python 5 , besides the usual whining and griping , u lack the guts to do the necessary action .

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Such Patriots are RARE and far between in a Nation where Cronies and Sycophant take TOP SPORT!!!

    A Bastard will Buy – CONvince and Spin you till you are Totally CONvince & Bought by his Evil Intentions that you are serving the country when in fact you are serving his and his Successors or Dynasty purpose of Clinging to Power at all COST!!!

    A piece of Shit almost 80 and still clinging on at the EXPENSE of the people instead of serving people his age to show that $600,000 per year is NOT peanuts but Diamonds for the poor

    and… a man name Vivien who once compared The man who Con-You to Hitler during his Uni days is now a Himmler equivalent well Paid and Bought for!!!

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  • Flickshit:

    What can a retired SAF General do ?? Lot of them have failed in doing anything. Most paper general don’t have any commercial experiences and yet can be CEO. Chairman of SVP fof GLCs, in the expenses of poor Singapore citizens.

    No matter what, all their stars on their shoulders will be just a piece of shot metals and can’t do anything. So what is the use of these paper Generals.

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  • VERY WELL SAID:

    Flickshit:
    What can a retired SAF General do ?? Lot of them have failed in doing anything. Most paper general don’t have any commercial experiences and yet can be CEO. Chairman of SVP fof GLCs, in the expenses of poor Singapore citizens.

    No matter what, all their stars on their shoulders will be just a piece of shot metals and can’t do anything. So what is the use of these paper Generals.

    the only thing these pap paper generals ever did was to do well at A levels after memorizing 10 year series model answers.

    nothing else that is good or original, then, and now, and forever.

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  • Democratic Dictatorship:

    Which Singapore scholar has produced a Google or Facebook or WhatsApp or wechat or 5G or roceroyce engine, aeroplane, smartphone, or anything as big?

    So, education vs real world performance.

    All the greatest in human civilisation never had any education in Singapore.

    So what does this educate you singkies ?

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  • TruBlu:

    this is a face that exudes REAL CONFIDENCE N INTEGRITY.
    a face of a general.

    we give credit where it is due.

    sir,i humbly salute for upholding the RARE GEM OF INTRGRITY which has gone missing in our midst.

    you are in the ranks of SG GREAT SONS like DR GOH,RAJARATNAM,HON SUI SEN,TOH CC AND OTHERS.

    RIP.
    YOUR MAKER IS WAITING FOR YOUR SAFE HEAVENLY RETURN.

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  • Truth:

    paper generals good at using pen & paper only, issue warnings & penalities to solve problem. poor leadership & communication skils. Good at carrying balls.No significant useful abilities..which commercial sector want these?

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