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The George E Bogaars Story

I read with keen interest the superb production of the tome on The George E Bogaars Story.

I need to seek the understanding of the renowned author Ms. Bertha Henson to comment on the George E Bogaars book. It is not the intention, not in the least, to detract in any way from the exquisite portrayal of George E Bogaars by the author in her book. GEB had been my benefactor and maybe quite presumptuous of me to think that I have a duty to complement the superlative narrative in Ms Bertha’s book.

GEB’s venture to helm the Keppel Shipyard was a calamitous disaster. He simply did not have the business acumen and uncanniness of an astute Chinese business to make a significant success of the venture. He should have seen the writing on the wall and made a timely retreat which could have saved him from his extremely miserable destiny and may have even saved him from the three fatal strokes which could have been attributed to his severe stress in Keppel Shipyard.

However his highly Messianic mission as Director of Special Branch to restore the complete tranquility of security to Singapore, which was the most outstanding achievement of his civil service career, has apparently been overlooked in the book. He reported directly to Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and had him literally spellbound with his highly potent handling of the revolutionay security threat from the Communist United Front considering that he had only administrative experience.

GEB was such a powerful personality that Lee Kuan yew relied heavily on him,not only on security, but sought his advice sometime on Cabinet matters. We used to have morning meetings with with our senior staff and invariably Lee Kuan Yew would call GEB to chat and be briefed on up-to date intelligence. He even called GEB in the night.There was no doubt that GEB wa so high in the regard of LKY that he had become some kind of legend among senior civil servants.

When LKY courted Malayan Prime MinisterTungku Abdul Rahman for merger with Singapore he had made lull use of GEB’s support for his mission. The Malayan PM used to unwind with his senior ministers in convivial gatherings in Cameron Highland and LKY was usually invited and he brought GEB along to perk up his morale and at the same time to enhance his reputation.

After Singapore became independent in August 1965 GEB was promoted to Permanent Secretary of Interior & Defence and soon after LKY created the post of Head Civil Service to honour him. GEB was really on a roll but somehow at some stage fate took an unfavourable turn and his fortune took a tumble. His last days in life had not been pleasant or comfortable.

George E Bogaars was in every respect a top national icon to whom a redoubtable Lee Kuan Yew owed his precious life.

 

Yoong Siew Wah

 

* The author was the Director of Singapore’s Internal Security Department (ISD) from 1971 to 1974. He was Director of the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) in the 1960s, and had a distinguished career in the Singapore Special Branch in the 1950s.

 

 

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9 Responses to “The George E Bogaars Story”

  • MarBowling:

    So at the end of his Checkered Holee History, this Ex-Director of the Special Branch is ACTUALLY a BOGUS FELLA!

    Tech: Err… what makes you say that?

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  • Tracey Ching:

    Who gives a shit about a lap puppy? All of our so called officials are dogs. These dogs as in George Orwell ‘s animal farm contributes to the stupidization of the Singaporeans. As it stands, 85% are stupid. They willingly dirtied their blood, body and health and their own mortality with an emergency experimental drug.

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  • Why Marbowling say like that?:

    Dear Mr. Yoong, was Mr. Bogaars responsible for advocating Operation Coldstore that was unleashed on “communist sympathiser” Lim Chin Siong and all the Barisan Sosialis cadres?

    Tech: Errr…Coldstore is ISD lar, Bogaars is Special Branch rite?

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  • illiterate pap voters:

    Tracey Ching:
    Who gives a shit about a lap puppy? All of our so called officials are dogs. These dogs as in George Orwell ‘s animal farm contributes to the stupidization of the Singaporeans. As it stands, 85% are stupid. They willingly dirtied their blood, body and health and their own mortality with an emergency experimental drug.

    Well said. Agree. We don’t give a shit about the anything lky aka pap. After all, these are all established liars who enriched themselves artfully, meaning they have refined how to churi money to a fine art via a pliant pap parleement.

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  • Biden's Ass-licker Toots:

    Tracey Ching:
    Who gives a shit about a lap puppy? All of our so called officials are dogs. These dogs as in George Orwell ‘s animal farm contributes to the stupidization of the Singaporeans. As it stands, 85% are stupid. They willingly dirtied their blood, body and health and their own mortality with an emergency experimental drug.

    Reagan said “Government is not the solution to our problem;government is the problem.”

    George Orwell, by the way, was not just a polemicist and moralist; he was also an astute political thinker who knew where the real levers of power were located, and thus knew who to blame. He predicted the government monitoring, and endless ‘war’, and doublespeak. This whole development, which appears mostly to serve the interests of money in order and obedience. …forcing people to inject things into their body must remain a civil rights violation.

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    Mr Yoong now that you have found Jesus…be honest n publish your memoirs…declassify what is CLASSIFIED…your loyalty is to Jesus n The Truth…not BS ” hard truth ” riddled with Lies

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  • xoxo:

    GEB was indeed a much respected 1G senior civil servant.
    Whatever it is,credit must be assigned back to him for helping to make Sg a safer place then.

    Whatever wrongs he partook,he probably paid his price like Mr Yoong accounted in his article.
    He and Hon Sui Sen,they helped the 1G ministers to build Sg.

    He is not like the current cohort of senior civil servants who, like the ministers,draw high salaries for NEGATIVE PERFORMANCE?

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  • Harder Truths:

    The Despot always knew how to steal the ideas, talent and work from others and declare these as his own. His one and only call to greatness.

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    Harder Truths:
    The Despot always knew how to steal the ideas, talent and work from others and declare these as his own. His one and only call to greatness.

    Aptly NAMED…Lie CON You the Great DECIET!!!

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