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Why Military Generals should not be in government

Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Sri Lanka is bankrupt because of Gotabaya Rajapaksa who was a former LT Colonel, and his family and their cronies.

He is the first person with military background to be elected as President of Sri Lanka and also the first person to be elected president who had not held an elected office prior.

It has been proven many times over, that military personnel don’t make good entrepreneurs, businessmen or government official. When will Singapore understand this?

Gotabaya was thrust into the limelight because he defeated the Tamil Tigers and ended the civil law.

That does not mean he would make a good President. He also appointed his brother as Finance Minister who mismanaged the finances of Sri Lanka.

His other brother, Mahinda, was Prime Minister.

Does Singapore not mirror these sort of management at our very top level, where untested Generals simply stroll in?

Would we one day, find ourselves like Sri Lanka? an economic Goliath in the 50s and 60s, but financial ruin today.

 

Martin Gabriel

 

 

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28 Responses to “Why Military Generals should not be in government”

  • illiterate pap voters:

    military generals should not be in anything other than military.

    look at pap paper generals, all utter fail.

    pap paper general quack ran SMRT and caused deaths during his reign.

    pap paper general fatty sank NOL and sph during his reign.

    pap paper general lky son the pap clown is even worse, he not only caused misery to cotton sheep he even raised GST to 9% at a time of high inflation and world tension.

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  • Harder Truths:

    Here we go again. Cherry – picking.

    Does he mean to say that other types of candidates are uncorrupted? Since when has the occupation been a deciding factor of the winning candidate? Most despots became generals after they came into power not before.

    General Dwight D Eisenhower was President of the United States from 1953 – 1961. He is one of the most loved presidents in American history.

    At the Potsdam Conference in July 1945, General Eisenhower was among those who opposed the use of the atomic bomb against the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He argued that Japan was on the verge of surrender already and that being the first to use such a fearsome new weapon would damage U.S. prestige in the international community just as it had reached its highest point.

    An army general – A REAL ARMY GENERAL is better equipped to become a leader in civilian matters, because they have done the hard yards, have the respect of their followers, know what honour and loyalty is and leadfro mthe front.

    Do not confuse the Paper Generals with Real Generals. That is like comparing a birthday cake with used toilet paper.

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  • MarBowling:

    Harder Truths:
    May 23, 2022 at 3:16 am (Quote)
    Here we go again. Cherry – picking.
    Does he mean to say that other types of candidates are uncorrupted? Since when has the occupation been a deciding factor of the winning candidate? Most despots became generals after they came into power not before.
    General Dwight D Eisenhower was President of the United States from 1953 – 1961. He is one of the most loved presidents in American history.
    At the Potsdam Conference in July 1945, General Eisenhower was among those who opposed the use of the atomic bomb against the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He argued that Japan was on the verge of surrender already and that being the first to use such a fearsome new weapon would damage U.S. prestige in the international community just as it had reached its highest point.
    An army general – A REAL ARMY GENERAL is better equipped to become a leader in civilian matters, because they have done the hard yards, have the respect of their followers, know what honour and loyalty is and leadfro mthe front.
    Do not confuse the Paper Generals with Real Generals. That is like comparing a birthday cake with used toilet paper.

    Response: Great and insightful comments. Hard Truths!

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  • myfirstscrew:

    A good general may know how to fight a war, it does not mean he can govern well plus a paper general is basically a talk coXX king. Singapore paper generals are put into place not to govern, they are there to ensure obedience to party or person in power.

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  • JE:

    Until coffee shop toilet are planed(designed) including for public use.then it will be a good administration.

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  • Flickshit:

    This is the same as PAP. PAP are mostly paper General papers and this is a good case study.

    Let it be, after all, these jokers are thee not for political leaders for the country. there are there for the money, and just sit along as yesman.

    Only voters are stupid enough to see these happens.

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  • BIG STORY: Stop the PAP Steal:

    Colin Powell is THE FINEST EXAMPLE of a Military Man to become Secretary Of State of the Most Powerful nation on earth.

    Adding, more honor, integrity, credit and grace IS THE CIRCUMSTANCE of his UPBRINGING by his excellent Mother – this depicts an example of how honorable people whether military or NOT CAN make sacrifices to the service of their country at the HIGHEST level.

    BIG QUESTION is, SG PAP Administration, PAYING THEMSELVES MULTI 1,000,000.00s of DOLLARS yearly salaries, demanding PUBLIC RESPECT them as talents, BEG the PUBLIC for TRUST (why a country leader MUST emphasize THEIR NEED to BEG SGpns for trust) qualify to serve SG?

    I wouldnt begrudge what sort of career soldier, or rifleman they were – WHY DO THE PAP Administration SQUEEZE AND SQUEEZE public coffers so much and this is serving the nation – my 1000 lbs BULL balls to you .

    Collin Powell is HUMBLE, carries HUMILITY, Professionalism AND sign OFF AN HONOURABLE DEPARTURE to meet his MAKER.

    PAP guarantee is GOING to HELL to get their rewards after MILKING SGpns.

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  • BIG READ:Stop the PAP Steal:

    It shan’t be trivial or meaningless to put into our at times degraded by stupid-smart-powers-brains to revisit Colin Powell’s service to his country
    - exemplary
    - outstanding
    - selfless
    to highlight a few.

    Importantly he is a man of his own, in his own right. Stands Tall. He didn’t need political magic to change into a Muslim or Indian or a White.
    Neither did he required a coat tail to cling onto to be what he was, and to achieve what he seems important for his countrymen.

    I believe there aren’t shortage, natural or artificial shortages in any country where it’s citizens wants to serve.

    Look at another, NORMAN Schwarskorpf, is he less of a talent?
    I don’t know if NORMAN needs Multi Million Dollars salary to be a civilian.

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  • C’est la vie:

    ******
    Especially especially “paper” generals with zilch “warfare” experience !!!

    But then again, we’re talking about Sg aren’t we, …… which is a phenomena in itself ain’t it.

    Where “affordable” public housing, …… ha88hahaha, ain’t either affordable or public housing !!!

    And, where one needs to pay through one’s nose, …… for an “entitlement”, in order to purchase a car !!!

    But hey, the majority knows all this, and, …… they’re perfectly ok with this, so let it be lor !!!
    ***
    ******

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  • Die liao Singapore:

    Must give due credit to par for the course military generals. If not for one of the ex, SGpns cannot smell for their lifetimes to be owners of a newspaper, in democratic SG nonetheless. Thanks to his UMBRAGE.

    SPH shares were hovering at $30 or $35 dollars per share. How can an ordinary SGpn afford to pay a lot of 1000 shares at $30,000 OR $35,000.00 those days. Now SGpns CAN FINALLY SMELL the ownership of SPH at a magical discount – certainly this is a sort of progress, and in the words and deeds of Goh CT, SGpn is participating in the wealth and growth of SG via share ownership.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    “Do not confuse the Paper Generals with Real Generals. That is like comparing a birthday cake with used toilet paper.”

    Please don’t insult toilet paper, remember that’s the first thing people stock up during crisis!

    Don’t go to any paper general, they are good for nothing!

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  • Bernard:

    It’s not about a country led by Army people or civilians.

    Bottom line; it’s the person who possesses Honour, Integrity, Good Moral values and Righteous Principles with and for the Citizens.

    Civilians also rope in their cronies and corruption is rampant.
    Look at Najib Razak; a National Disgrace.
    The Dishonourable son is no different except, it’s leegalised corruptions.

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    Good soldiers DO make good leaders in govt…it is the fit not the man…pink panty is NOT FIT 2B PM…but he FITS THE ASTARD’S plan

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  • xoxo:

    Its difficult for most military top brass to do well in civil govt positions.
    LG Desmond Kuek,Gen Umbrage,Gen Kee Chiu n many others.
    At most,they can be good,Security Officers?
    But that does not mean non-army general scholars are good.
    Scholars are too THEORETICAL.
    They think socio-economics can easily be modelled on mathematics?
    1+2 is not always equal to 3 in real life economics.
    Many times ,it is not the case.
    Too much dependence on 10-YEAR SERIES NURTURE MEDIOCRITY even for those CREME-DE-LA-CREME PRE$IDENT SCHOLARS.

    We need good ministers who learn from the hard knocks of life like our 1G leaders.
    They did not depend on 10-Year Series.
    We need SUN TZE TYPE SCHOLARS NOT MORE OF 10-YEAR SERIES KIND.

    We need generals who know how to win battles ,not generals who are only good at bashing our own PEOple.
    PAPple must learn to accord mutual respect n care for the PEOple.
    Then,we can be a truly progressive Sg.

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  • mrWie:

    i guess …

    (1) coz military generals always follow instructions from the top without questioning.

    (2) being parachuted (and well-paid) turnes them into very loyal mercenaries, not to the taxpayers but to their master.

    so competency doesn’t really matter here …

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  • John Doe:

    xoxo:
    Its difficult for most military top brass to do well in civil govt positions.
    LG Desmond Kuek,Gen Umbrage,Gen Kee Chiu n many others.
    At most,they can be good,Security Officers?
    But that does not mean non-army general scholars are good.
    Scholars are too THEORETICAL.
    They think socio-economics can easily be modelled on mathematics?
    1+2 is not always equal to 3 in real life economics.
    Many times ,it is not the case.
    Too much dependence on 10-YEAR SERIES NURTURE MEDIOCRITY even for those CREME-DE-LA-CREME PRE$IDENT SCHOLARS.

    We need good ministers who learn from the hard knocks of life like our 1G leaders.
    They did not depend on 10-Year Series.
    We need SUN TZE TYPE SCHOLARS NOT MORE OF 10-YEAR SERIES KIND.

    We need generals who know how to win battles ,not generals who are only good at bashing our own PEOple.
    PAPple must learn to accord mutual respect n care for the PEOple.
    Then,we can be a truly progressive Sg.

    In my opinion – PAP playbook is OUTDATED. Their manual is fit for the 60s only. The 70s has brought the world made into a different place – see how other nations has made progress in the face of tech advances and globalization.

    Look at Vietnam. The Vietcongs has seen what China has done – compare the same communists Vietcongs and the DPRKs. Now the most of the Western world’s goods are shifting making away from China.

    Some more – look at Indonesia. Elon Musk went there. (We had James Dyson here). Don’t u admire the gradual progress they made since overthrow of Sukarno?
    The people there, esp their leaders HAS MADE HUGE commitments and sacrifices for their countries – I DO NOT THINK they, the leaders, BELIEVE their salaries IS A PROBLEM, the problem.

    The PAP is so fixated on opposition eyeing their power.

    The PAP IS LIVING in Tyrannosauric days.
    Their sop are fixed, DON’T NEED FIXING.
    Still selling the ideas to SGpns FWs are better.
    Rich pple create jobs.
    Single political party is the best.

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  • John Doe:

    xoxo:
    Its difficult for most military top brass to do well in civil govt positions.
    LG Desmond Kuek,Gen Umbrage,Gen Kee Chiu n many others.
    At most,they can be good,Security Officers?
    But that does not mean non-army general scholars are good.
    Scholars are too THEORETICAL.
    They think socio-economics can easily be modelled on mathematics?
    1+2 is not always equal to 3 in real life economics.
    Many times ,it is not the case.
    Too much dependence on 10-YEAR SERIES NURTURE MEDIOCRITY even for those CREME-DE-LA-CREME PRE$IDENT SCHOLARS.

    We need good ministers who learn from the hard knocks of life like our 1G leaders.
    They did not depend on 10-Year Series.
    We need SUN TZE TYPE SCHOLARS NOT MORE OF 10-YEAR SERIES KIND.

    We need generals who know how to win battles ,not generals who are only good at bashing our own PEOple.
    PAPple must learn to accord mutual respect n care for the PEOple.
    Then,we can be a truly progressive Sg.

    Our generals are good in battles. Don’t belittle them. They waged good and victorious wars against, defeating SGpns on behalf of the PAP (isn’t the RK affair pure waste of so much tons and tons of resources to do better tgs to enhance SGpns lives? Apparently the issue of Oppotunity Cost is not on PAPyconomics textbook – do they bother?

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  • Asd:

    I think free rider decade of free cook house food then no accountability job

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  • Billy ma:

    PAP had to absorb all the paper generals to prevent the real world from knowing the true quality of these starred soldiers who are leading the defence of the country.

    So far, those exposed in the real world are huge embarrassment to PAP.
    They’re generals because they’re not good enough in the civil service nor GICs.

    And the production line for these paper generals is just chucking away.

    Singapore in problem now & worse in future because more of these inept are coming out.

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  • Neh lan:

    Apparently the issue of Oppotunity Cost is not on PAPyconomics textbook – do they bother?

    Costs?

    What costs?

    Everything that they do is being paid by voters’ money.
    Not a single cent comes from the political party’s accounts.

    Their salaries, their car rides, their police protections, their flights, their assistants…

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  • PAP dots don't join.:

    The General nominated by PAP to fight off CGM already sank before the liners were salvaged by CGM. But I believe his victory was at least CGM paid some money – CGM didn’t get his boats for free.

    The General collected his big time salary to pass on ownership of Tissue Times to the people of SG.

    I believe he was awarded Temasek Bravery Medals for these 2 events.

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  • SAFRA member:

    Let’s recall some serious incidents of the SAF and it’s aftermaths :

    1. TCS actor died in training in Australia – what punishment dealt to the Highest Echelon responsible?
    2. A NS men was crushed to his death when a Bionix (or another type of vehicle?) came into contact (haha they dared NOT SAY collided when MRT trains CRASHED onto another, what the FIAK GUTLESS PAP MILLIONAIRES) onto his land rover.
    3. Smoke grenades overwhmed and suffocated a NS trainee.
    4. One soldier DIED on a route march from dehydration.

    What punishment DISHED OUT to Top Military Commanders? Well they are INAVRIABLY PUNISHED TO EARN high salaries.

    Even the Monster of DEFENCE NEGLIGENCE in inviting PRC to play with his Armour vehicles docked in HK Harbour – was he charged or was he court martialed? Ask the PAP to answer all these MISTAKES – well NO BLAME CULTURE rules over the PAP Administration EXCEPT the DIRTY LIVES of ordinary SGpns no blame culture NA.

    This is THE BEST QUALITY description of the state of peacetime SAF – how to FIGHT a victorious war.

    Let me theorize this:
    Typical SAF commander ORDER, Enemy in Front… Charge… NO NO NO. They don’t charge to the front at enemies. They turned around TO CHARGE AT Singaporeans when the Monster himself is NOT COURT MARTIALED for negligence.

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  • fbi:

    knn. So we can elect Puthucheary, Amy Khor, Khaw Boon Wan as Ministers while we served NS.
    KNN. PAP. You can keep lying but beware we WILL VOTE you out!! KNN.,

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  • Real Colin Powell:

    https://www.jacobinmag.com/2021/10/colin-powell-war-crimes-iraq-my-lai-massacre-iran-contra

    Western worshipers will be shocked by the truth. There’s Nothing Honorable or Decent About Colin Powell’s Long List of War Crimes

    BIG STORY: Stop the PAP Steal:
    Colin Powell is THE FINEST EXAMPLE of a Military Man to become Secretary Of State of the Most Powerful nation on earth.

    Adding, more honor, integrity, credit and grace IS THE CIRCUMSTANCE of his UPBRINGING by his excellent Mother – this depicts an example of how honorable people whether military or NOT CAN make sacrifices to the service of their country at the HIGHEST level.

    BIG QUESTION is, SG PAP Administration, PAYING THEMSELVES MULTI 1,000,000.00s of DOLLARS yearly salaries, demanding PUBLIC RESPECT them as talents, BEG the PUBLIC for TRUST (why a country leader MUST emphasize THEIR NEED to BEG SGpns for trust) qualify to serve SG?

    I wouldnt begrudge what sort of career soldier, or rifleman they were – WHY DO THE PAP Administration SQUEEZE AND SQUEEZE public coffers so much and this is serving the nation – my 1000 lbs BULL balls to you .

    Collin Powell is HUMBLE, carries HUMILITY, Professionalism AND sign OFF AN HONOURABLE DEPARTURE to meet his MAKER.

    PAP guarantee is GOING to HELL to get their rewards after MILKING SGpns.

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  • Real Eisenhoower:

    Western worshipers will be shocked by the real Eisenhower.

    https://archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes.com/books/98/11/22/specials/ambrose-atrocities.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

    Also check how many wars he fought and people he killed in his role as POTUS.

    “Most loved” – only by those people on his side, or those ignorant ones.

    Harder Truths:
    Here we go again. Cherry – picking.

    Does he mean to say that other types of candidates are uncorrupted? Since when has the occupation been a deciding factor of the winning candidate? Most despots became generals after they came into power not before.

    General Dwight D Eisenhower was President of the United States from 1953 – 1961. He is one of the most loved presidents in American history.

    At the Potsdam Conference in July 1945, General Eisenhower was among those who opposed the use of the atomic bomb against the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He argued that Japan was on the verge of surrender already and that being the first to use such a fearsome new weapon would damage U.S. prestige in the international community just as it had reached its highest point.

    An army general – A REAL ARMY GENERAL is better equipped to become a leader in civilian matters, because they have done the hard yards, have the respect of their followers, know what honour and loyalty is and leadfro mthe front.

    Do not confuse the Paper Generals with Real Generals. That is like comparing a birthday cake with used toilet paper.

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  • Pick and choose:

    Real Colin Powell:
    https://www.jacobinmag.com/2021/10/colin-powell-war-crimes-iraq-my-lai-massacre-iran-contra

    Western worshipers will be shocked by the truth. There’s Nothing Honorable or Decent About Colin Powell’s Long List of War Crimes

    Why pick out some blemishes to tarnish the wholly almost good man? The whole of USA as rep by the establishment gave him an honorable funeral WHICH ONLY SOUR GRAPES WILL OBJECT.

    Are you yourself slick and span?

    Is your childhood days that perfect?

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  • Pick and Choose:

    Real Eisenhoower:
    Western worshipers will be shocked by the real Eisenhower.

    https://archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes.com/books/98/11/22/specials/ambrose-atrocities.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

    Also check how many wars he fought and people he killed in his role as POTUS.

    “Most loved” – only by those people on his side, or those ignorant ones.

    A perfectionist don’t exist on earth. Someone said on these pages, God make mistakesbwhich I m not quoting to support.

    If one were to wait for the perfect leader. I m darn bloody sure many would have kicked with full force the entire PAP cabinet into the furnace.

    Go read Alice in Wonderland.

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  • keep them there:

    Actually should keep them there..We need them.
    The world is getting mad…look what happen in Ukraine.
    Better to have the best army on earth…need all the talent there.
    Better still send them to fight real wars oversea and gain real combat experience.
    Nothing beats that ….better than war games.

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