Expensive F35 figher jets versus helping the underprivileged?

The US State Department has approved the sale of 12 F35-B fighter jets to Singapore at an estimated cost of S$3.71 billion. If the sale is approved by the Congress, we will be the fourth country in the Asia-Pacific region to own the F35 jets after Japan, South Korea and Australia.

If we pause for a moment and ponder, our situations in this part of the world is very different from those countries. Japan and South Korea face a very unpredictable and potentially dangerous nuclear North Korea. In the case of Australia, they are not only one of the co-production partners of the F35 fighter jet, they are also a treaty ally of the United States. Singapore is not.

Among all 10 ASEAN countries, Singapore’s air force is – by far – one of the most advanced. Do we need to further arm ourselves to the teeth and tempt an arm race in our backyard? Must we spend billions of dollars to buy the best fighter jets that money can buy? Shouldn’t the government be more prudent and circumspect when it comes to spending such huge taxpayer’s money?

Wealthy PAP ministers may not understand that we have hundreds of thousands of citizens who are struggling to get by each day. There are so many people who must catch the first bus every morning in order not to be late for work. There are people who work overtime daily just to make ends meet, and there people who must tighten their belts towards the end of each month before they receive their salary.

Imagine how much we can help to alleviate their hardships and struggles in real and meaningful ways and not merely token ways if a fraction of what we spend on their F35B were use to help them and further invest in their children.

 

Simon Lim

 

 

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33 Responses to “Expensive F35 figher jets versus helping the underprivileged?”

  • opposition dude:

    Dream on Simon Lim, the PAP would rather throw money on very expensive things like military hardware than helping the underprivileged. To them, spending money for yearly F1 races or a few billion on the defence budget is die die must spend one.

    If you wish for a government to do more for the poor, the unemployed PMETs or others needing assistabce then it won’t be PAP doing so.

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  • Flickshit:

    Penny Wise Pound Foolish.

    IF Malaysia or Indonesia buy the S400 or S500 system from Russia. These toy plane will be grounded. or will be destroyed with 500 miles from the island.

    Stupid !!

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  • Prostate will Cheat:

    Even an idiot knows that this is not protection money.

    Erm, am I a true blue idiot ??

    Money comes from somewhere.
    Guess who will foot the bill ?

    I wonder why electric bill and gst keep going up ?

    See how stupid I am.

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  • Funding:

    Who do you wan5 to kill? Ahmad?

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  • Hanger:

    Just ask RSAF how many PLANES and HeLicopters they purchased and where they HIDE THEIR planes and helicopters.
    No need parking fees and airspace fees when they park overseas?
    Keep fooling Singaporeans to enrich the Ang Moh but keep squeezing Singaporeans and telling us how rich we are but instead we are living hand to mouth.!
    Enough of BS from PAP. We need change!!

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  • Flabbergasted:

    the money could have been used to provide free medical care for the underprivileged or at least, to build a desperately needed hospital.

    instead they chose to enrich foreigners by buying their overpriced, unproven toys.

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  • Greedy And Useless:

    Simon should acknowledge the global threat of CCP instead of avoiding it.
    The F35s in Japan and South Korea are more for defending against CCP’s growing bullying and aggression rather than NK.

    Nevertheless he is right to point out the large disparity in spending on defense against social welfare, if there is any to speak of.
    Dropping a plane or two and putting those money into society will help our underprivileged greatly but make little difference to our defense capability.

    Perhaps unknown to Simon, the spending on such expensive toys also helps to balance our trade deficit with US. This has always been a consideration and deliberation when buying the defense toys.

    Why didn’t our ministars bring in the parts manufacturing in to boost and elevate the value of our economy?
    The US has helped to build the defense aerospace industry in Taiwan and Japan, why didn’t we seek that as well? what happened to the aerospace corridor in Changi?? Has that been forgotten and overshadowed by the Jewel??
    So milking shoppers and rents are far more easy options than creating new jobs?

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  • kuku:

    “Among all 10 ASEAN countries, Singapore’s air force is – by far – one of the most advanced. Do we need to further arm ourselves to the teeth and tempt an arm race in our backyard? Must we spend billions of dollars to buy the best fighter jets that money can buy? Shouldn’t the government be more prudent and circumspect when it comes to spending such huge taxpayer’s money?”

    Among all 10 ASEAN countries, Singapore is by far the most stupid, other country no need to spend so much at all, and no need for high tech toy that is totally useless cos if other countries want to attack Singapore, their people and soldiers are already in Singapore given that half of populations are foreigners. All they need is to disable electricity plan (Didn’t Singapore did suffer from major blackout not just long ago ?), and reclaim SIN’s expensive toys as theirs, don’t you Singaporeans agree ? You mean enemies so stupid waiting for aircraft to attack ? Retarded or what ?

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  • Dusbin:

    1st hand or second hand plane?

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  • pap land costs:

    Greedy And Useless:
    Simon should acknowledge the global threat of CCP instead of avoiding it.
    The F35s in Japan and South Korea are more for defending against CCP’s growing bullying and aggression rather than NK.

    Nevertheless he is right to point out the large disparity in spending on defense against social welfare, if there is any to speak of.
    Dropping a plane or two and putting those money into society will help our underprivileged greatly but make little difference to our defense capability.

    Perhaps unknown to Simon, the spending on such expensive toys also helps to balance our trade deficit with US. This has always been a consideration and deliberation when buying the defense toys.

    Why didn’t our ministars bring in the parts manufacturing in to boost and elevate the value of our economy?
    The US has helped to build the defense aerospace industry in Taiwan and Japan, why didn’t we seek that as well? what happened to the aerospace corridor in Changi?? Has that been forgotten and overshadowed by the Jewel??
    So milking shoppers and rents are far more easy options than creating new jobs?

    other than pap Ljs and pap Cbs who paid themselves S$m, it is very hard to many in any organization to be worth that kind of money.

    for manufacturing to succeed, the fixed costs got to be low. but because of pap land cost inflation, it ain’t so.

    where do these jobs go? anywhere that has low fixed costs a large proportion of which is land cost.

    labour cost is a problem only if the manufacturing is labour intensive which we shouldn’t touch anyway. manufacturing aircraft parts is machine intensive, well suited to our nation.

    alas. the fledgling industry is ruined by cocks and hens running temasick.

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  • Simple solution:

    There’s only one solution..
    Most of us know what it is.
    VTO VTO VTO.

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  • Sinkie:

    After South Korea balked at President Trump’s demand that South Korea raise fivefold its contribution to cover the cost of stationing 28,500 U.S. troops in the country, asking for nearly US$5 billion, the US relented after South Korea promised they will purchase more US military equipment.

    What is the point of Singapore buying US F-35s ??

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  • few trojan horses:

    //and no need for high tech toy that is totally useless cos if other countries want to attack Singapore, their people and soldiers are already in Singapore given that half of populations are foreigners. All they need is to disable electricity plan (Didn’t Singapore did suffer from major blackout not just long ago ?)//

    haha. that is why the white idiots are NOT so ‘smart’ (greedily smart for themselves) but actually idiots as far as the ‘interest’ of the average sinkie is concerned – in terms of our kuai kuai daft daft style of life and jobs ?

    imagine quite a few years back, even PR could be local judge right ? the white idiots have sowed many conditions for things to happen ? is it possible that the white idiots might even have let in a few trojan horses right in their midst ?

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  • Shameless:

    Billions on some toys.

    But ah ong doesn’t mind to himiliate a school kid for 100 plus.

    Ong, are you alright?

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  • built-up of nasty eventualitie:

    //for manufacturing to succeed, the fixed costs got to be low. but because of pap land cost inflation, it ain’t so.//

    in fact even the cost of services need to be competitive ? 6.9m or 10m open leg policy practically ensures the built-up of nasty eventualities (especially in a high cost country ?) unless it is continuously supported (by taxing them on their high ticket spending be in private properties or luxury cars and bling bling) by ever growing class of rich (or super rich) which in turn create high cost pressure on & pricing out the rest of the lower income class strata – which will eventually break down comes to a point and result in ‘an explosive situation’ (similar to hk and many protests / riots around the world due to poorer job prospects and high cost of living) ???

    or are the white idiots (the de-facto landlords under the system of ownself-check-ownself one curry party function) trying to make sinkie land a place more for the rich eventually who may control in sinkie land their factors of earning their wealth in some other countries ???

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  • Harder Truths:

    The F-35 ‘Lemon’ is a useless piece of junk. Currently 12 are being bought at a cost of US $12 billion mot counting maintenance parts and capabilities that are well behind that of Russian or even Chinese fighters.

    Everyone knows it and many countries have dropped out as fear of US power diminishes globally. As more countries drop out the price increases. Only an idiot can justify this purchase – but $G has plenty of that.

    Why is $G buying an aircraft no one wants? Was it on sale on Alibaba or E-bay? Does $G want to buy a used aircraft carrier as an accessory item? Don’t laugh – they may do it.

    The F35 is a political message – any nation with it is deemed as a part of a US-led military force in South-East Asia to counter China.
    Plus $G has a deepwater port meant to host a carrier fleet.

    This makes $G a target for China and Russia in case of any military conflict. China has nuclear capability. In case of any war the US is gong to use $G as a base against China.

    I have said before these the $G despot taking sides in a global conflict will seal the fate of this tiny island. If $G people are so stupid as to let this happen then future generations will lean of an island called $G only from history books.

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  • Harder Truths:

    For those who believe this is currency from the Reserves, it is just paper being printed by MAS out of thin air or digits on a computer. There is no Reserves – period.

    The profits and underhanded dealings will benefit the people involved in the transaction on both sides. The $G defence budget will be bloated and YOU will see the cost of $G playing with expensive and useless toy in your future bills (akan datang).

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  • Bapak:

    Nothing can stop the haze. They can smoke you till your pants drop.

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  • Great Asia:

    I have said many times, when American papa asks you to buy, you buy.

    Price not negotiable!

    That’s how RICH Singapore feed American papa and helps it to create conflicts and wars across the world.

    Ha ha ha!

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Beholden to Kissinger and his De-population Programme in the 70s…

    Maybe after the Death of the Messenger of DEATH Kissinger…things may take a turn for the Better especially with a TRUMP and Pro-Life Leaders in charge

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  • Boh Chee = Human Nature:

    @ This makes $G a target for China and Russia in case of any military conflict. China has nuclear capability. In case of any war the US is gong to use $G as a base against China.

    1. Well, Mandate given.
    2. U afraid to die is naturally , can always run road or migrate. Nobody will blame u. Boh chee = human nature but dont disguise under other context.
    3. China ? Taiwan so close and election result show middle finger to Xi. China also lan lan.
    Before election result one day earlier. Theres a interview on the news with a prc professor , he said if Tsai is elected then China will forced to this or that …. After election result , Beijing announcement so weird.

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  • Dafts Will Be Dafts:

    Before HK, no real reason to take side, in fact a global balance of power is a healthy check.

    After HK, SG must stand with the global tide of ending CCP’s threats against modern civilization.

    Know when to make the right decision.

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  • Robin Hood:

    3 things the ruling PAP is always willing or scheming to do:

    1. To retain their power by fixing the opposition

    2. To collect as much money as possible under any guise or excuses (eg HDB carparks now have increased parking charges during lunch hours and evening peak hours)

    3. To use that money to overpay themselves (plus pensions, bonuses, perks)

    All other matters eg minimum wage, more assistance for the poor and needy, a Singapore first policy for jobs are always met with CANNOT.

    We can also say CANNOT to any suggestion that PAP remains the government!!

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  • Python 5:

    1st hand, but definitely watered down.

    Dusbin:
    1st hand or second hand plane?

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  • Financially Speaking:

    The mechanics of war has already changed. In aerial warfare, the Pentagon is already utilising attack drones, not expensive F35.

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  • Truth:

    This is for the purpose of carrying Trump’s balls but the clown gets nothing in return… increase gst & electricity

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Defense spending is unauditable!

    Protection money is very expensive!

    Friend may even help you to win some election!

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  • TruBlu:

    Total Defen$e or total defence?
    45 pct POPULATION made of ALIENS?
    How many potential ENEMIES HAVE LANDED TO COMPROMISE TOTAL DEFENCE?

    TOTAL DEFENCE MUST INCLUDE POPULATION COMPONENTS,i humbly opine?

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  • LN:

    Look at the recent missile strikes by the Iranians at US base in Iraq. The US Patriot defence shield was in operation but simply helpless .

    Singapore has the US Patriot too.

    And now buying US F35 , it will be frittering away public funds buying another US lemon.

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  • Read The Right Stuffs:

    LN:
    Look at the recent missile strikes by the Iranians at US base in Iraq. The US Patriot defence shield was in operation but simply helpless .

    Singapore has the US Patriot too.

    And now buying US F35 , it will be frittering away public funds buying another US lemon.

    It was a show. The Iranian informed the Iraqi, who in turn informed the US, to evacuate before firing.
    The Patriot missile itself is more expensive than the Chinese made missile that Iran fired.
    So rich daft sinkies like you think that they should intercept?
    Where have you gotten the news from, Global Times or CGTN?

    One thing the intelligence learned was that the Chinese made missiles were fairly accurate, as no important buildings were destroyed.

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  • Toe The Wrong Line:

    Truth:
    This is for the purpose of carrying Trump’s balls but the clown gets nothing in return… increase gst & electricity

    Possibly our clown prince looked down on the crass businessman, who on the other hand, aren’t impressed with self serving elites either. It is too low for our greedy natural aristocrats to bend.

    If our clowns could lick his a$$e hard enough, Trump will make Sillypore great again as well. Don’t forget, we put up a $20M show for him and rocketman, naturally Trump should remember that treat. It’s the job of clowns to remind him of that.

    Just look at the defense manufacturing and technology transfers that US are willing to make to Taiwan and Japan to protect US interests.
    US investments are currently pouring into Taiwan.
    Taiwan is looking to be great again.

    Knowing where to stand internationally is as important as knowing how to milk.
    The clowns should learn to broaden their horizon beyond their cheap tricks on dafts.

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  • Make America Great Again:

    Boh Chee = Human Nature:
    @ This makes $G a target for China and Russia in case of any military conflict. China has nuclear capability. In case of any war the US is gong to use $G as a base against China.

    1. Well, Mandate given.
    2. U afraid to die is naturally , can always run road or migrate. Nobody will blame u. Boh chee = human nature but dont disguise under other context.
    3. China ? Taiwan so close and election result show middle finger to Xi. China also lan lan.
    Before election result one day earlier. Theres a interview on the news with a prc professor , he said if Tsai is elected then China will forced to this or that …. After election result , Beijing announcement so weird.

    If you know pigs enough, you will know the CCP. They practise the same tricks, take money from the same places. They learn from each other.
    These are paper generals and tigers, will only bully the weaker.

    The castle they built in the air with lies and misinformation, controlling the media to make their citizens stupid, to make themselves plenty of money.
    When the real triumphant wolf comes, they are basically useless and will deflate like a punctured tyre.

    Always remind yourselves of the little India riot, the fire in HDB.
    They cannot handle the real thing.
    Everything for show only to hookwink dafts, so they could pay themselves handsomely.

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  • Bespectacled Soldiers and NSme:

    Defence budget should cover
    free LASIK for all bespectacled
    soldiers and NSFs (SAF and HomeTeam).

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