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Singapore Governmental Salaries
Singapore’s total Ministerial salaries cost $53 million a year, and are TAX FREE!
Of course these Singapore salaries cannot compare to the "compensation" dispensed to U.S. politicos.
The Clintons are now worth US$2 billion, and Obama is receiving $65 million for his yet to be written memoirs.
The difference is that Singapore ministers do a great job, while the Clintons and Obama did not.
One Singapore Dollar = US$0.72 approx
According to state media TodayOnline, the latest round of promotion will see 22 full Ministers and 9 Senior Minister of State – the highest headcount ever. The total costs amounted to S$53 million a year, based on States Times Review’s calculations.
Ministers with different portfolios will only be counted once, and the calculation is as follow:
Prime Minister – S$2.2 million
Deputy PM – S$1.87 million
Minister MR1 – S$1.76 million
Minister MR2 – S$1.54 million
Minister MR3 – S$1.32 million
Minister MR4 – S$1.1 million
Senior Minister of State – S$0.93 million
Minister of State – S$0.77 million
Mayor – S$0.66 million
Senior Parliamentary Secretary – S$0.57
Parliamentary Secretary – S$0.41
As no MR grading are declared to the public, all full ministers heading a full ministry are ranked as MR1.
Here are the workings:
PRESIDENT (S$1.54 million a year)
Tony Tan – President (S$1.54 million)
PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE (S$9.54 million a year)
Lee Hsien Loong – Prime Minister (S$2.2 million)
Teo Chee Hean – Deputy Prime Minister (S$1.87 million)
Tharman Shanmugaratnam – Deputy Prime Minister (S$1.87 million)
Chan Chun Sing – Full Minister, PMO (S$1.1 million)
Heng Chee How – Senior Minister of State (S$1.1 million)
New* Josephine Teo– Full Minister of State (S$1.1 million)
New* Desmond Lee – Full Minister of State (S$1.1 million)
SPEAKER OF PARLIAMENT (S$0.71 million a year)
Halimah Yaccob – Speaker of Parliament (S$0.55 million)
Charles Chong – Deputy Speaker of Parliament (S$0.08 million)
Seah Kian Peng – Deputy Speaker of Parliament (S$0.08 million)
DEFENSE (S$3.82 million a year)
Ng Eng Hen – Minister MR1 (S$1.76 million)
Maliki Osman – Senior Minister of State (S$0.93 million)
Ong Ye Kung – Senior Minister of State (S$0.93 million)
FOREIGN AFFAIRS (S$1.76 million a year)
Vivian Balakrishnan – Minister MR1 (S$1.76 million)
Josephine Teo – Second Minister (S$1.1 million counted under Full Minister of State in PMO)
Maliki Osman – Senior Minister of State (S$1.1 million counted under Defence)
HOME AFFAIRS (S$2.33 million a year)
K Shanmugam – Minister MR1 (S$1.76 million)
Desmond Lee – Minister of State (S$1.1 million counted under Minister of State in PMO)
Amrin Amin – Parliamentary Secretary (S$572,000)
TRADE AND INDUSTRY (S$5.02 million a year)
Lim Hng Kiang – Trade Minister MR1 (S$1.76 million)
S Iswaran – Industry Minister MR1 (S$1.76 million)
*New Koh Poh Koon – Senior Minister of State (S$935,000)
Low Yen Ling – Parliamentary Secretary (S$572,000)
FINANCE (S$2.69 million a year)
Heng Swee Keat – Minister MR1 (S$1.76 million)
Indranee Rajah – Senior Minister of State (S$0.93 million counted under Law)
Sim Ann – Senior Minister of State (S$0.93 million)
MANPOWER (S$2.53 million a year)
Lim Swee Say – Minister MR1 (S$1.76 million)
Sam Tan – Minister of State (S$0.77 million)
TRANSPORT (S$1.76 million a year)
Khaw Boon Wan – Minister MR1 (S$1.76 million)
Ng Chee Meng – Senior Minister of State (S$1.1million counted under Education Full Minister)
*New Lam Pin Min – Senior Minister of State (S$1.1 million counted under Health)
NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (S$1.76 million a year)
Lawrence Wong – Minister MR1 (S$1.76 million)
Desmond Lee – Second Minister (S$1.1 million counted under Senior Minister of State in PMO)
*New Koh Poh Koon – Senior Minister of State (S$0.93 million counted under Trade)
COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION (S$1.76 million a year)
Yaacob Ibrahim – Minister MR1 (S$1.76 million)
*New Chee Hong Tat – Senior Minister of State (S$935,000 counted under Health)
Janil Puthucheary – Senior Minister of State (S$935,000 counted under Education)
ENVIRONMENT AND WATER RESOURCES (S$2.69 million a year)
Masagos Zulkifli – Minister MR1 (S$1.76 million)
Amy Khor – Senior Minister of State (S$0.93 million)
LAW (S$2.69 million a year)
K Shanmugam – Minister MR1 (S$1.76 million counted under Home Affairs)
Indranee Rajah – Senior Minister of State (S$0.93 million)
HEALTH (S$3.62 million a year)
Gan Kim Yong – Minister MR1 (S$1.76 million)
Amy Khor – Senior Minister of State (S$0.93 million counted under Environment)
*New Lam Pin Min – Senior Minister of State (S$0.93 million)
*New Mr Chee Hong Tat – Senior Minister of State (S$0.93 million)
Amrin Amin – Parliamentary Secretary
EDUCATION (S$5.02 million a year)
Ng Chee Meng – Full Minister (Schools) MR1 (S$1.76 million)
Ong Ye Kung – Full Minister (Higher Education and Skills) MR1 (S$1.76 million)
New* Janil Puthucheary – Senior Minister of State (S$0.93 million)
Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim – Senior Parliamentary Secretary (S$0.57 million)
Low Yen Ling – Parliamentary Secretary (counted under Trade and Industry)
SOCIAL AND FAMILY DEVELOPMENT (S$1.76 million a year)
Tan Chuan-Jin – Minister MR1 (S$1.76 million)
Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim – Senior Parliamentary Secretary (counted under SPS Education)
CULTURE, COMMUNITY AND YOUTH (S$2.17 million a year)
Grace Fu – Minister MR1 (S$1.76 million)
Sim Ann – Senior Minister of State (S$0.93 million counted under Finance)
Baey Yam Keng – Parliamentary Secretary (S$0.41)
The above calculation includes various bonuses, according to the public service division:
Annual Salary = Fixed (13 months) + Annual Variable Component (AVC) (typically 1 mont
h) + Individual Performance Bonus (typically 3 months
for good performance) + National Bonus (typically 3 months if targets are
met) = 20 months in a typical year.
the Singapore politicians receive extra pay as appointed company directors!
President: US$400,000, with US$50,000 expenses
Vice President: US$202,900
Cabinet Secretaries: US$157,000 - $186,600
Secretary of State: $186,600
United Kingdom: Prime Minister: US$279,000
Australia: Prime Minister: US$229,000
Hong Kong: Prime Minister: US$516,000
Japan: Prime Minister: US$$359,000
Canada: Prime Minister: US$246,000
Germany: Prime Minister: US$303,000
France: Prime Minister: US$318,000
Singapore's Super Governmental Retirement Benefits
The Parliamentary Pensions Act provides that "office holders" (which means "Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Speaker, Senior Minister, Minister, Senior Minister of State, Minister of State, Mayor, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Parliamentary Secretary or Political Secretary").
The Act has a formula for payment of the amount of pension. You start with a numerator of 8 (meaning 8 years of service as office holder) and add 1 for every year of service after that. You divide this number by a fixed denominator of 27, and you stop when the number hits 2/3rds, which means that anyone who has 18 years’ service will hit maximum pension. The amount that is due to him FOR LIFE is found at section 4:
Section 4(2) The annual amount of pension payable to an office-holding Member shall be —
(2A) The annual pension payable to any office-holding Member under subsection (2) shall not exceed two-thirds of the highest annual salary of any office held by him.
(a) in respect of every completed year of reckonable service in any office, or where he has served in more than one office in each office, at the rate of one-twenty-seventh (1/27) of his annual salary in that
(b) in respect of any remaining uncompleted year of reckonable service in any office, or where he has
served in more than one office in each office, at the rate of one-three-hundred and twenty-fourth (1/324) part of his annual salary for each completed month of reckonable service in that office.
(3) Subject to sections 13 and 15, a pension granted under this section shall continue for the life of the person to whom it is payable but shall not be payable in respect of any period during which he is again an office-holding Member; at the end of that period the pension shall again be payable and shall be re-computed with the addition of that period to the period of his former reckonable service as an office-holding Member.
(4) For the purposes of subsections (2) and (2A), “annual salary”, in relation to any office, means the annual equivalent of the highest monthly rate of salary (excluding any non-pensionable allowances) received by an office-holding Member during any period of reckonable service as a holder of that office.
Astonishing, isn't it, that the pension is payable based on the "Highest annual salary of any office held by him" and "highest monthly rate of salary." So, it doesn't matter that the MP was a low ranking parliamentary secretary for 17 years, and then became a multi-million $ minister for 1 year. His pension will be based on 2/3rds of his salary as a minister, as that is his highest annual salary of any office held by him. So, it also doesn't matter that there are occasional reductions in salary during recessions, since their pension is based on their highest annual salary.
On this basis, SM / PM / MM will get 2/3rd x S$3 million for the rest of their lives. If they are eligible for pension and they are still serving, they get both salary plus pension concurrently. (see section 5).
And yes! Pensions are exempt from income tax? This is stated in the Income Tax Act!
It gets even better!!! The Act says that the pension can be commutated. This means that it is paid in 1 lump sum instead of monthly payments for life. The lump sum is equivalent to 175.14 months of pension, i.e. 14.6 years of pension. It doesn't matter that the minister asks for it because he has terminal cancer and has 3 months to live. He will get 14.6 years of pension paid to him in a single payment, and it will be tax free. If MM's pension is based on 2.5 million (conservative estimate), his commutated pension is $36.5 million. Can buy a GCB with it, without any bank loan!
This is a real scandal. It was horrifying when Goh Chok Tong proposed recently that ministers serve 8 years only, and new ones come in. It means that the pool of multi-million dollar pension earners will get bigger and bigger! It will add to the financial burden of future generations of Singaporeans having to pay for the pensions of people who have already been paid too much during their terms of office.
Who in the private sector is entitled to such a pension? And yet the ministers, etc are collecting tax free pensions on top of their world's highest salaries.
Incidentally, all Admin Service officers, Sr. Police & Military Officers and High Court Judges are still entitled to pensions in the same manner.
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Lee Kuan Yew
Former Senior Minister and former Minister Mentor
Sending messages from
beyond the grave...
Father of Prime Minister, and former Prime Minister, himself. He held a Cabinet position as Minister Mentor, and remains the virtual ruler of Singapore from beyond the grave.
Chairman of Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC) which may be the famous connection that Cecilia Ng has with the Singapore Government.
Was Lee Kuan Yew the wold's richest man?
His 792,000 kilogrammes of platinum are worth approximately US$35,640,000,000!!!
Covert Finance, the Parallel Economy & Elite Action s
By David Guyatt
...there are further, less well-known and far more shadowy, aspects about Lee Kuan Yew that the general public is not cognisant of. For some while now I have been in possession of a copy of a Certificate of Deposit for 792,000 kilograms of Platinum that is dated July 2, 1972 and bears the passport sized photograph, thumbprint and name of – yes, you guessed – Mr. Lee Kuan Yew.
The certificate and accompanying documents - which run to several dozen pages - contain some of the usual spelling and typographical mistakes (for example, “Jhonson & Mathew” instead of Johnson & Mathey) that have become the trademark of these “deniable” bullion certificates that bear the names of famous people, heads of state and politicians etc.
Clearly, Lee Kuan Yew has been part of the Black Eagle gold story for the past thirty years and the phenomenal growth of Singapore as a model and powerhouse of new business ventures - and as an enduring Asian success story – may well be predicated on metal plundered during WWII?
Interestingly, some of the bullion and other assets plundered by the Japanese during the war came from Singapore.
See my The Secret Gold Treaty for details of the purposeful typographical mistakes on these certificates – See also Seagrave’s Gold Warriors in which observes the same “deniability” phenomena.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Lee Hsien Loong is also Deputy Chairman of Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC). The GIC holds most of Singapore's foreign reserves. The amount of money is a secret - only Lee Hsien Loong and his daddy know..
Former Singapore President Ong Teng Cheong was removed because he attempted to determine the location and amount of Singapore's reserves.
Mdm Ho Ching
Wife of the Prime Minister
(the world's most expensive wife)
One tough cookie!
CEO of Temasek Holdings (among other things)
Ho Ching (born March 27, 1953) is the Chief Executive Officer of Temasek Holdings (since 2002). She is married to the current Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong.
Ho first joined Temasek Holdings as a Director in January 2002 then became its Executive Director in May 2002 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer on 1 January 2004. As of 2016, she is listed as the 30th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.
Charles Goodyear IV was once hired to replace Ho Ching when she was head of Temasek. Was he an imposter??? Shortly thereafter Goodyear left Temasek and disappeared.
Chua Sock Koong
Cousin of the Lees
Updated 22 December, 2017
CEO of Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel)
& Member of Singapore's powerful Public Service Commission
Chua Sock Koong is the daughter of Chua Siang Chin, Singapore's former Minister of Health, and so is a cousin of the Lees.
Ms Chua Sock Koong was appointed Group CEO of Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel) on 1 April 2007. She oversees SingTels three key businesses - Singapore, Australia and International. Prior to this, she was the Deputy Group CEO from October 2006 to March 2007.
Sock Koong is an Executive Director of SingTel and a Board member of Bharti Airtel Limited. She is also a member of the Singapore Management University (SMU) Board of Trustees, the Public Service Commission and the Corporate Governance Council of the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
Brigadier-General Lee Hsien Yang
Updated 22 December, 2017
Brother of the Prime Minister
Son of the former Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew
Happier days with the family
Lee Hsien Yang, the younger brother of Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, has revealed he is “being forced to leave the country” amid a dispute over the future of the family home of late founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew at 38 Oxley Road.
"I am looking to move on and wake up from what feels almost like an Orwellian nightmare. The cabinet has just put out a note and talked about some of the things. What is the cabinet committee doing on 38 Oxley Road notwithstanding our settlement with Loong? Why is there even a Cabinet committee when PM Lee (Hsien Loong) had announced in Parliament that so long as (Hsien Yang's younger sister) Wei Ling is living there, nothing needs to be done? Why when the Government says the government of the day will decide when Lee Wei Ling is no longer (living there) ... is the Government of today convening this Cabinet committee?"
On 14 June 2017 Lee Wei Ling, Lee Hsien Loong's sister, responded on Facebook to the general public.
"I am out of Singapore, with erratic and slow internet connection. The article that appeared in the Singapore press gave PM's version of the story. Our letter was carefully vetted by our lawyers and obviously not in my own voice.
My American friend who is the tour leader of my Scottish island holiday thought it a family quarrel. If it were merely a family affair, we would not have taken it public. The main message is not Hsien Yang & I fearing what PM will do to us. The most important point I want to put across is if PM can misuse his official power to abuse his siblings who can fight back, what else can he do to ordinary citizens. But our lawyer edited that main message out, and as Hsien Yang got most of the bullying, he could not help but allow his emotion to be expressed in the press statement. That is what led my American friend to conclude that it is a family quarrel.
38 Oxley Road was bought by my parents, it is for them to decide what its fate is. My Father (Lee Kuan Yew) had told us, his children, repeatedly, that being family property, there is no need to donate to charity if Oxley were sold. Hsien Loong, as a condition for selling the house to Hsien Yang, and in his attempt to punish Hsien Yang for blocking what he wants to do with the house, stipulated that in addition to paying Hsien Loong the market value of the house, he must also donate 50% of that value to charity.
Hsien Loong and Ho Ching are finally showing their true colours. I think these Colours show them unsuitable as PM and most certainly as PM's wife of Singapore."
Lee Hsien Loong Strikes Back
SINGAPORE – Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (LHL) has made an official statement through his personal lawyer on the background facts surrounding the saga involving his siblings, Lee Wei Ling (LWL) and Lee Hsien Yang (LHY), with a detailed chronological sequence of events pertaining to the wills written by their father, the late Lee Kuan Yew (LKY).
In case you’d like a summary, read the TL:DR version of PM Lee’s 3,882-word rebuttal.
PM Lee said:
In my siblings’ statement issued at about 2am on 14 June, they referred to my representations to the Ministerial Committee, in particular the questions I raised on the circumstances leading to Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s execution of the last will and the inclusion of the demolition clause. They claimed that these are baseless accusations and misrepresentations, which they had refuted in 2015. They also alleged that I had motives for raising those questions. This is untrue.
The Cabinet Secretary has confirmed that the Committee had “received representations from [me] on various facts and circumstances in relation to how Mr Lee’s last will was prepared”, and that my siblings had not responded to the Committee’s questions about how the last will was prepared and “the role that Mrs Lee Suet Fern and lawyers from her legal firm played in preparing the [L]ast [W]ill”. He added that my siblings have said “they will only be able to reply at the earliest by the end of June”, and have not confirmed that they will put their position in the form of a statutory declaration, as I have done.
I had hoped that I could defer considering this matter further until after I return from leave. But my siblings have continued to give interviews and make allegations against me. This makes it untenable for me not to respond publicly to the allegations and to explain why I have serious questions about how my father’s Last Will was prepared.
These questions are also directly relevant to the Committee’s work in establishing what Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s thinking and wishes were in relation to the House.
I am therefore releasing an edited summary of what I have told the Committee on this matter in my statutory declarations:
PM Lee’s Statutory Declaration
1. Mr Lee Kuan Yew (“Mr Lee”) made six wills before his last will of 17 December 2013 (the “Last Will”). All the wills, save for the Last Will, were prepared by Ms Kwa Kim Li (“KKL”).
2. I learnt about the contents of the Last Will only on 12 April 2015, when the Last Will was read to the family. I saw copies of the six wills preceding the Last Will only in June 2015, when KKL provided the family with the same. Only then was I able to review and compare the terms and changes between those wills and the Last Will.
3. The Demolition Clause first appeared in Mr Lee’s first will made on 20 August 2011 (the “First Will”).
4. Mr Lee gave instructions to remove the Demolition Clause, and it was removed, from the penultimate two wills (the “Fifth Will” and “Sixth Will”). However, it somehow found its way back into the Last Will.
5. The Demolition Clause in the Last Will is now being used by Dr Lee Wei Ling (“LWL”) and Mr Lee Hsien Yang (“LHY”) to claim that Mr Lee was firm in his wish that the house at 38 Oxley Road (the “House”) be demolished, and that he was not prepared to accept its preservation or contemplate options short of demolition. There is no basis for these claims, not least because of the deeply troubling circumstances concerning the making of the Last Will.
6. In setting out these circumstances, I will refer only to objective facts and contemporaneous documents, some of which I learnt of only later.
7. Under the First Will, Mr Lee gave each child an equal share of his estate (the “Estate”). However, under the Sixth Will made on 2 November 2012, Mr Lee gave LWL an extra share (relative to LHY and me), and he told LWL about this.
8. As I only later learnt, this issue became the subject of discussion between LHY and Mr Lee in late 2013 and on 16 December 2013 at 7.08 pm, LHY’s wife, Mrs Lee Suet Fern (“LSF”) sent an email to Mr Lee, copied to LHY and KKL (“LSF’s Email”), stating:
“Dear Pa Pa,
This was the original agreed Will which ensures that all 3 children receive equal shares, taking into account the relative valuations (as at the date of demise) of the properties each receives.
Grateful if you could please engross.”
LSF appeared to have attached a file named to that email.
9. It would appear from that email that those discussions resulted in Mr Lee deciding to revert to his earlier decision to give each child an equal share in the Estate.
10. A mere 23 minutes after this email was sent, at 7.31 pm, LHY replied to LSF’s Email removing KKL as an addressee and adding Ms Wong Lin Hoe (“WLH”), who was Mr Lee’s Private Secretary, in the “cc” field. In that email, LHY told Mr Lee:
I couldn’t get in touch with Kim Li.
I believe she is away.
I don’t think it is wise to wait till she is back.
I think all you need is a witness to sign the will.
Fern can get one of her partners to come round with an engrossed copy of the will to execute and witness.
They can coordinate it with Lin Hoe for a convenient time.”
11. KKL had prepared all of Mr Lee’s previous wills. It is unclear what efforts LHY or LSF had made to get in touch with KKL when LHY told Mr Lee on 16 December 2013 that he could not get in touch with KKL and that it was not wise to wait till KKL got back to change his will. In fact, KKL subsequently told LSF (the following afternoon, when she learnt what had happened) that she did not seem to have received LSF’s Email. It is also not clear why LHY thought that there was an urgency to the matter. It is however interesting that he suggested that his wife, clearly an interested party, and her partners would prepare the new will.
12. At 8.12 pm, before any response from Mr Lee, LSF sent an email to WLH, copied to LHY and her fellow lawyer from her law firm (Stamford Law Corporation as it then was; now Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC), one Mr Bernard Lui (“BL”), to inform WLH that BL had the will ready for execution and that WLH could reach BL directly to make arrangements for the signing of the will. So, in the space of 41 minutes, LSF saw to the preparation of the new will and got one of her lawyers to be on standby to get it executed by Mr Lee.
13. Mr Lee replied to LHY’s email at 9.42 pm. In view of LHY’s representation that he could not contact KKL, and of the urgency of the matter, Mr Lee acquiesced to LHY’s suggestion not to wait for KKL and agreed with LHY’s suggestion to sign the new will.
14. The very next morning, LSF sent two lawyers from Stamford Law Corporation to be at 38 Oxley Road to procure Mr Lee’s signature on the Last Will. The two lawyers, BL and one Ms Elizabeth Kong (“EK”), arrived at 38 Oxley Road at 11.05 am on 17 December 2013. They left at 11.20 am. They were present at 38 Oxley Road for 15 minutes only, including the time for logging into and out from the property. The time taken to execute the Last Will would have been even less. They plainly came only to witness Mr Lee signing the Last Will and not to advise him.
15. In the afternoon of 17 December 2013, WLH sent an email to Mr Lee stating “We have received a faxed copy of the signed document for Mr Lee to re-read in the office”. This email was curious because WLH was not present when Mr Lee signed the Last Will and could not have known whether he had read it in the first place. WLH sent this email after receiving a fax copy of the signed will. There is nothing to suggest that Mr Lee had asked WLH to get a copy for him to “re-read” in the office. Also, it is not credible that she would know that that was the reason the fax had been sent to her, unless the sender or the fax itself stated so.
16. LHY and LSF did not copy LWL or me on this email correspondence with Mr Lee on 16 and 17 December 2013 regarding the making and signing of the Last Will. I became aware of these troubling circumstances only later, as I explain below.
17. In the meantime, LWL began to harbour grave suspicions about the change in the shares in the Last Will. In July 2014, she told Ms Ho Ching (“HC”) in emails that Mr Lee had told her (LWL) a couple of years ago that he had left her an extra share of the Estate. This fits the timeframe of 2 November 2012 when the Sixth Will giving LWL an extra share was made. LWL also told HC that many months after that, LHY told her that Mr Lee wanted to go back to giving the children equal shares. LWL also told HC (among other things) that the will (meaning the Last Will) reinstating equal shares of the Estate for the three children had been witnessed by notaries from LSF’s office. Crucially, she said “If that is what Pa wants, so be it. But I don’t trust Fern, n she has great influence on Yang”, that “Later, Fern sent a “sweet” email to kim li about what had been done”, and that KKL and LWL had “wondered whether Yang pulled a fast one”. She also said: “If it is Pa’s decision, I am ok with it. But I hv a sense that Yang played me out”; “I was very upset that Yang did it to me”; and “I would hv preferred that it was 3 equal lots all along without needing to suspect Yang and Fern. The money I don’t get does not upset me. It is that yang and fern would do this to me”.
18. In other words, LWL herself believed that LHY and LSF did her in by either suggesting or facilitating the removal of her extra share, which happened in the Last Will prepared in great haste by LSF and her law firm. In a letter from their lawyers to mine sent after disputes arose between LWL and LHY on the one hand, and me on the other, LWL admitted that she had been suspicious as to whether the change in shares was really Mr Lee’s decision or one that was instigated by LHY and LSF but claimed that she no longer held this suspicion. But she did not explain how or why her suspicions had now come to be so conveniently dispelled.
19. In any event, as is clear from its contents, LSF’s Email distinctly and clearly gave Mr Lee the impression that the new will would change only the division of shares, with the result that each child would have an equal share, just like in the First Will. Yet, the Last Will that LSF and her law firm prepared and got Mr Lee to sign went beyond that. Significantly, they re-inserted the Demolition Clause, even though that clause does not appear to have been discussed at the time of the making of the Last Will and had in fact been removed by Mr Lee from his immediately prior two wills (the Fifth and Sixth Wills).
20. Neither was the Last Will a wholesale reversion to the First Will. The Last Will differed in significant respects from the First Will. For example, the First Will contained a gift-over clause with thorough provisions for the scenarios where LWL, LHY or I predeceased Mr Lee. This important clause was absent from the Last Will, and there is nothing which suggests that Mr Lee had given instructions for it to be removed.
21. In fact, if, as appears from LSF’s Email, the change Mr Lee had wanted to make to his will in December 2013 was to reinstate the equal division of the Estate among the three children, that could have been easily done by reverting to the Fifth Will (which provided for equal division). The Fifth Will was as complete as the Sixth Will and similar in all material respects to the Sixth Will save for the proportions of the Estate bequeathed to each of the three children. Further, as KKL had prepared the Fifth and Sixth Wills, she could easily have been asked to make that one change.
22. On 12 April 2015, Mr Lee’s Last Will was read. Mr Lee’s three children, HC and LSF were present at the reading. Also present were two lawyers from LSF’s law firm, Mr Ng Joo Khin (“NJK”) and BL (who was a witness to signing of the Last Will). At that reading, LSF volunteered that Mr Lee had asked her to prepare the Last Will, but that she had not wanted to get personally involved and had therefore gotten NJK from her law firm to handle the preparation of the Last Will. BL then confirmed that he was one of the witnesses to the Last Will. I could not help but form the impression that this was all rehearsed, and wondered why these statements were made even when no questions had been raised about the validity of the Last Will. BL then went on, in our presence, to examine the seals and signatures on the envelope, opened the envelope, examined the initials and signatures on every page, and pronounced that this was the document that he had witnessed before handing it to NJK. NJK did not dispute LSF’s account that he had handled the preparation of the Last Will. He then went on to read the Last Will to Mr Lee’s family, word for word, including the page and paragraph numbers.
23. I was so struck by the sequence of volunteered statements that on 23 April 2015, 11 days later, I recounted to DPM Teo Chee Hean in my office what had happened at the reading of the Last Will, including what LSF had said.
24. It was also during the reading of the Last Will on 12 April 2015 that the dispute between LHY and me arose. At the reading, LHY repeatedly insisted on the immediate demolition of the House. I said that such a move so soon after Mr Lee’s passing, when the public’s emotions were still raw, might force the Government to promptly react by deciding to gazette the House, and that would not be in the interests of Mr Lee’s legacy or Singapore. That discussion only ended when HC intervened to ask LWL if she wanted to continue living in the House. LWL said she did, which made the question of demolition moot. LHY then stopped insisting on the immediate demolition of the House.
25. Far from making any threats or opposing making Mr Lee’s wishes public, I also proposed reading out in Parliament Mr Lee’s letter to Cabinet of 27 December 2011, as well as the Demolition Clause. LHY and LSF strenuously objected. They argued that I could not read out Mr Lee’s letter, because (they claimed) of the Official Secrets Act. When I held firm, they told me that I could only read the first half of the Demolition Clause, i.e. excluding that part about what Mr Lee wanted done to the House if it is not demolished. I made clear that I intended to make public both Mr Lee’s letter of 27 December 2011 and the entire Demolition Clause, which I did when I spoke in Parliament on 13 April 2015. I also told Parliament that the Government would only consider the question of what to do with the House as and when LWL ceased to live in it.
26. It was only after the reading of the Last Will and the dispute arose that I looked up old family emails.
27. I then learnt that on 3 January 2014 at 10.30 am, WLH had sent an email (“WLH’s Email”) to LSF, copied to Mr Lee, LHY, LWL, HC, KKL and me, attaching a copy of Mr Lee’s codicil. The codicil had nothing to do with the contents of the Last Will but dealt with the bequest of some carpets. Buried in the email chain to WLH’s Email were LSF’s and LHY’s emails of 16 and 17 December 2013. Back in January 2014, I had not considered it necessary to read the entire email chain and did not do so. I did not feel that there was any need, and I was not anxious, to acquaint myself with my father’s wills. I felt that those were matters for him, and I left it at that. This is evident from my query to LHY on 13 May 2015 about a codicil to the Last Will whose existence I was not aware of. LHY replied that I had been copied on WLH’s Email in January 2014 about the codicil.I had not earlier paid any attention to that and could not locate WLH’s Email at that point. I therefore asked LHY for a copy.
28. When LHY in response forwarded me a copy of WLH’s Email containing the codicil, he cut out and did not send me the incriminating exchanges in the email chain that followed which showed LHY’s and LSF’s involvement in the making of the Last Will in December 2013. Thus LHY and LSF themselves appear to have believed that I had not paid attention to these matters, nor fully appreciated the import of the 16 and 17 December 2013 emails.
29. In any event, even had I read the 16 and 17 December 2013 emails at the time, I would not have appreciated their significance because I would have been reading them without the full context, since I was not aware (until June 2015, when informed by KKL) of the terms of earlier wills, nor the terms of or changes in the Last Will.
30. When I subsequently reviewed the 16 and 17 December 2013 emails, there was nothing to show that NJK had been involved in the preparation of the Last Will as LSF had claimed during the reading of the Last Will on 12 April 2015. I am also not aware of anything which shows that NJK had met or communicated with Mr Lee on the Last Will. I therefore do not understand how Mr Lee could have given instructions to NJK on the preparation of the Last Will.
31. In June 2015, KKL provided the family with copies of Mr Lee’s First to Sixth Wills and explanations for why he had executed those wills. Only then was I able to review and compare the terms and changes between those wills and the Last Will, and appreciate the significance of the exchanges in the 16 and 17 December 2013 emails.
32. At the end of August 2015, because of the ongoing dispute, HC did a search of her old emails and found the correspondence between her and LWL in July 2014 where LWL expressed her suspicions about LHY and LSF’s role in the making of the Last Will.
33. This series of events led me to be very troubled by the circumstances surrounding the Last Will.
34. Even then, I was prepared not to delve further into those circumstances if the disputes within the family could be resolved amicably and privately. I did not challenge the validity of the Last Will in court because I wished, to the extent possible, to avoid a public fight which would tarnish the name and reputation of Mr Lee and the family. I was also and am still concerned that LWL and LHY want(ed) to drag out probate and the administration and winding up of the Estate so that they can use their position as Executors for reasons which are strictly unconnected with the administration of the Estate.
35. As part of efforts to resolve the family disputes amicably, after LWL and LHY expressed unhappiness that 38 Oxley Road had been bequeathed to me following Mr Lee’s passing, I told them that I was prepared to transfer 38 Oxley Road to LWL for a nominal sum of S$1 on the condition that should the property be transacted later or acquired by the Government, all proceeds would go to charity. However, a resolution proved impossible. Matters reached the point where LWL and LHY threatened to escalate their attacks against me, coinciding with the September 2015 General Elections. I was not prepared to be intimidated. Their accusations were not only baseless; they were based on the premise that there were no unusual circumstances surrounding the making of the Last Will. I therefore decided to make further enquiries into those circumstances through my solicitors in September 2015, but, contrary to what my siblings have claimed, my questions (which are included in those which I set out below) went unanswered.
36. After the General Elections, LWL and LHY agreed to my fresh proposal to transfer 38 Oxley Road to LHY at market value, on condition that LHY and I each donated an amount equivalent to half of that value to charity, to pre-empt any future controversy over compensation or redevelopment proceeds. I was prepared to transfer 38 Oxley Road to LHY so that he and LWL could handle the 38 Oxley Road matter as they saw fit between them. In accordance with our agreement, I donated half of the value of 38 Oxley Road to charity. Although not required under the agreement, I also donated a sum equivalent to the other half of the value of 38 Oxley Road to charity. 38 Oxley Road now wholly belongs to LHY. This is consistent with the position that I had always held and conveyed to my family: that it is not tenable for the family to retain proceeds from any dealing with 38 Oxley Road, as it would look like the family is opposing acquisition and preservation of the House for monetary reasons. LHY was and continues to be unhappy about my taking this position. So, it would appear, is LWL.
37. I continue to have grave concerns about the events surrounding the making of the Last Will. I am not aware of any facts which suggest that Mr Lee was informed or advised (by NJK, whom LSF claimed had handled the preparation of the Last Will, or any other lawyer) about all the changes that were made when he signed the Last Will, or that Mr Lee was properly advised about the contents of the Last Will. In fact, there is no evidence that Mr Lee even knew that the Demolition Clause had been re-inserted into the Last Will.
38. My concerns are heightened by what appears to be a conflict of interest: LSF was involved in the preparation and/or signing of the Last Will, while her husband, LHY, was a beneficiary under the Last Will and stood to gain by the removal of LWL’s extra share in the Estate under the Last Will. It would appear that LHY felt very strongly about LWL not receiving an extra share, which explains why, in April 2015, he told me that there “would have been big trouble” if Mr Lee had not changed the will back to equal shares between the three children.
39. These facts and matters give rise to the following serious questions:
(1) Why did LSF say, at the reading of the Last Will on 12 April 2015, that she had not wanted to be involved in the preparation of the Last Will and that she had asked NJK to handle the matter, when she had been intimately involved in the events surrounding and leading up to the Last Will?
(2) What was LSF’s role in the preparation and signing of the Last Will?
(3) What, if any, knowledge did LHY and LSF have of the First to Sixth Wills?
(4) Whether and to what extent were the earlier wills discussed with Mr Lee in the lead-up to the signing of the Last Will and when the Last Will was signed, and who had those discussions?
(5) Were the provisions of the Last Will explained to Mr Lee, and if so, who explained them to him?
(6) Who gave instructions to NJK in relation to the Last Will, and what were those instructions? Did NJK, who is said by LSF to have prepared the Last Will, ever meet or speak to Mr Lee to take instructions or to get the Last Will signed?
(7) Did Mr Lee give specific instructions to re-insert the Demolition Clause in the Last Will, and if so, to whom?
(8) Was there a conflict of interest on the part of LSF, her fellow lawyers and her firm?
(9) What transpired during the brief time that BL and EK were with Mr Lee? Did LSF tell BL and EK to ensure that Mr Lee received independent legal advice before asking him to sign the Last Will?
40. Without proper and complete answers to these questions, the serious doubts about whether Mr Lee was properly and independently advised on the contents of the Last Will before he signed it cannot be cleared.
41. LWL and LHY claim that Mr Lee was not prepared to consider any option other than the demolition of the House. For that they rely heavily on the insertion of the Demolition Clause in the Last Will. In light of the troubling circumstances set out above, I believe it is necessary to go beyond the Last Will in order to establish what Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s thinking and wishes were in relation to the House.
Here is a link to an article on this matter showing ho
w this situation is damaging Singapore's reputation in the world:
Colonel (Dr) Kwa Soon Bee
Uncle (Mother's Brother)
Updated 22 December, 2017
Pioneer-generation civil servant Kwa Soon Bee died on Sunday, Oct 30, 2016, at the age of 86.
Dr Kwa, who was born in 1930, had a long and distinguished career in the medical services.
He joined the civil service as a medical officer in 1956 after graduating from the King Edward Vll College of Medicine at the University of Malaya here, and retired from public service in 1996 as permanent secretary for health and director of medical services.
He was the first Singapore doctor to specialise in haematology, the study and treatment of blood and blood-related disorders, and also served as medical director of Singapore General Hospital.
Dr Kwa was a younger brother of Madam Kwa Geok Choo, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's mother, who died in 2010.
He was instrumental in Lee Kuan Yew's 1985 firing of former Singapore President Devan Nair.
Mr Edmund Lee Yu Chiang
Cousin (Father's Brother's Son)
Updated 22 December, 2017
Mr. Edmund Lee Yu Chiang is currently employed at DBS Vickers Securities Holdings Pte. Ltd. in the position of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
Mr Kwa Chong Seng
Cousin (Mother's Brother's Son)
Updated 22 December, 2017
Wow - what a busy guy!
Mr. Chong Seng Kwa served as the Chairman and Managing Director of Exxonmobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. from December 1999 to October 2011. Mr. Kwa served as an Asia Pacific Retail Sales Director at Exxonmobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd from November 2003 to October 2011. He served as the President at Esso China Inc. from 1997 to 2011 and its Chairman from 1992 to 2011. He served as a Member of the Management Board at Energy Studies Institute from 2007 to 2009. He has been the Chairman of APL Co Pte Ltd, APL Logistics Ltd, APL (Bermuda) Ltd, Automar (Bermuda) Ltd and APL Limited since 2012. He has been the Chairman of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd. since April 25, 2013 and its Independent and Non-Executive Director since September 1, 2012. He has been Chairman of Singapore Exchange Limited since September 22, 2016. He served as the Non-Executive Chairman of Olam International Limited since October 31, 2015 until December 31, 2016. He was the Chairman of the Board of Fullerton Fund Management Company Ltd. He served as the Chairman of MediaCorp Pte Ltd. Mr. Kwa served as Chairman of the Board of DBS Bank (Hong Kong) Limited from October 22, 2008 to 2010 and served as its Director until July 26, 2010. He served as the Chairman of Neptune Orient Lines Limited. since April 1, 2012 and its Director since January 1, 2012 until September 14, 2016. He served as a Deputy Chairman at Olam International Limited from October 1, 2014 to October 31, 2015. He served as Deputy Chairman of Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited and Temasek Holdings from 1997 to May 2012. He has been a Director of Seatown Holdings Pte Ltd and Delta Topco Limited since 2012. He has been a Non-Executive and Independent Director of Singapore Exchange Limited since September 20, 2012 and its Lead Independent Director since December 1, 2013. He serves as a Director of Defence Science and Technology Agency. He served as an Independent Director of Olam International Limited since October 01, 2014 until December 31, 2016. He served as a Director of DBS Group Holdings Ltd and DBS Bank Ltd. from July 29, 2003 to April 2012 and ExxonMobil Oil Singapore Pte Ltd. from 1999 to 2011, Mobil South Asia Investments Ltd from 2000 to 2008, Sinopec SenMei (Fujian) Petroleum Co. Ltd. from 2007 to 2011. Mr. Kwa served as a Member of Public Service Commission since 1997. He has a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from National University of Singapore.
He was conferred the Public Service Star in 2005.
Mr Ho Sing
Brother-In-Law (Wife's Ho Ching's Brother)
Updated 22 December, 2017
They even found this joker a job!
Wow, what another busy guy! Mr. Chong Seng Kwa served as the Chairman and Managing Director of Exxonmobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. from December 1999 to October 2011. Mr. Kwa served as an Asia Pacific Retail Sales Director at Exxonmobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd from November 2003 to October 2011. He served as the President at Esso China Inc. from 1997 to 2011 and its Chairman from 1992 to 2011. He served as a Member of the Management Board at Energy Studies Institute from 2007 to 2009. He has been the Chairman of APL Co Pte Ltd, APL Logistics Ltd, APL (Bermuda) Ltd, Automar (Bermuda) Ltd and APL Limited since 2012. He has been the Chairman of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd. since April 25, 2013 and its Independent and Non-Executive Director since September 1, 2012. He has been Chairman of Singapore Exchange Limited since September 22, 2016. He served as the Non-Executive Chairman of Olam International Limited since October 31, 2015 until December 31, 2016. He was the Chairman of the Board of Fullerton Fund Management Company Ltd. He served as the Chairman of MediaCorp Pte Ltd. Mr. Kwa served as Chairman of the Board of DBS Bank (Hong Kong) Limited from October 22, 2008 to 2010 and served as its Director until July 26, 2010. He served as the Chairman of Neptune Orient Lines Limited. since April 1, 2012 and its Director since January 1, 2012 until September 14, 2016. He served as a Deputy Chairman at Olam International Limited from October 1, 2014 to October 31, 2015. He served as Deputy Chairman of Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited and Temasek Holdings from 1997 to May 2012. He has been a Director of Seatown Holdings Pte Ltd and Delta Topco Limited since 2012. He has been a Non-Executive and Independent Director of Singapore Exchange Limited since September 20, 2012 and its Lead Independent Director since December 1, 2013. He serves as a Director of Defence Science and Technology Agency. He served as an Independent Director of Olam International Limited since October 01, 2014 until December 31, 2016. He served as a Director of DBS Group Holdings Ltd and DBS Bank Ltd. from July 29, 2003 to April 2012 and ExxonMobil Oil Singapore Pte Ltd. from 1999 to 2011, Mobil South Asia Investments Ltd from 2000 to 2008, Sinopec SenMei (Fujian) Petroleum Co. Ltd. from 2007 to 2011. Mr. Kwa served as a Member of Public Service Commission since 1997.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering degree from the University of Texas, Austin, USA.
Mrs. Lee Suet Fern, aka Lim Suet Fern
Sister-In-Law wife of Lee Hsien Yang
Updated 22 December, 2017
Leaving Singapore? No way!
Lee Hsien Yang has said he and his wife, lawyer Lee Suet Fern, would be leaving Singapore because they felt closely monitored and hugely unwelcome - but that did not happen.
Mrs. Lee graduated with a double first in law from Cambridge University in 1980 and qualified as a Barrister-at-Law at Gray's Inn London in 1981. She was admitted to the Singapore Bar in 1982 and has practised law in London and Singapore since then. Since 2000, and until its combination in 2015 with the law firm Morgan Lewis in the United States, she has been founder and managing partner of Stamford Law Corporation, a major law firm in Singapore. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Singapore Academy of Law, where she also chairs the group on Legal Education and Studies, a member of the Advisory Board to the Law School at Singapore Management University, where she also chairs the Expert Panel Centre of Cross-Border Commercial Law in Asia and a trustee for Nanyang Technological University as well as a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Directors. She also sits on the Board of the World Justice Project, a global organization for the promotion of the rule of law.
Seems like Madam Lee has more jobs than anyone could handle.
Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam
Claims to be distant relative of Lee Kuan Yew
Updated 22 December, 2017
Former President of Singapore
Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence
Tony Tan born 7 February 1940 was the seventh President of Singapore, holding office from 2011 to 2017. He served as a Member of the Singapore Parliament from 1979 to 2006 and held various ministerial portfolios, including defence, finance, Arts, trade and industry. In the late 1980s, Lee Kuan Yew mentioned Tan as his first choice to succeed himself as Prime Minister of Singapore, but Mr. Tan declined. He left the Cabinet from 1991 to 1995 to lead the Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation before returning as Deputy Prime Minister, a position he held until 2005.
After stepping down as a Member of Parliament in 2006, Tan was appointed Executive Director and Deputy Chairman of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC) and Chairman of Singapore Press Holdings Limited (SPH). He also served as Chairman of Singapore's National Research Foundation, and Deputy Chairman of the Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council. In July 2011, he resigned from these positions to contest in the 2011 presidential election.
Tony Tan's track record at Government of Investment Corporation (GIC) was been a disaster. According to the Wall Stree Journal, during his time as Deputy Chairman, GIC lost approximately $42 billion.
In January 2008, just when investors are shorting U.S. banks, Tony Tan spent billions of dollars of Singapore taxpayers' monies to invest in Citigroup and UBS.
To justify his reckless actions, Tony Tan said in an interview with the Business Times, "In the case of UBS, they have a worldwide global wealth management business which is something not replicable by any bank. Citigroup has an international worldwide consumer business which is also unique."
At the time, Jim Rogers, a former partner of George Soros in the famed Quantum Fund, said he felt "sad" for Singapore as it would be losing a lot of money.
Rogers continued, "They're making a big mistake; these banks have many more problems still ahead. They should wait until these companies are really on the ropes a few years from now . . . and trading at $5 a share."
Rogers also expressed doubts about the capability of GIC's fund managers, including Tony Tan, "I know these people, and they have never given me the impression that they're smarter than anyone else&They have gigantic amounts of money, but they've made a bad judgment in these cases."
A few months later, the value of GIC's shares in Citigroup and UBS crashed after both got mired in toxic debts during the 2008 global financial crisis.
The news was naturally censored by the Singapore media, but the Wall Street Journal reported that GIC suffered a loss around 59 billion Singapore dollars (US$41.6 billion) in 2008, making it one of the worst years for the sovereign wealth fund since it was established in 1981.
Tony Tan forgot the statement he made on 21st Oct. 1996 in Perth, Australia when he was Defense Minister : "The only way we can operate our NS [National Service] system and have the support of Singaporeans is when everybody feels that our system, unlike those in some other countries, is fair, is applied equitably and no one liable for NS, is allowed not to serve".
Tony Tan's son, Patrick Tan, had just been exposed for an unprecedented 12-year leave from Singapore's compulsory two-year military duty called National Service. Even worse, this happened while his father was Singapore's Minister of Defense.
Patrick Tan served for only seven months as a trainee at the Basic Military Training Centre and Officer Cadet School before being granted a 12-year leave, ostensibly to study medicine at Harvard. His leave was much longer than what was normally granted, and medicine was not what he studied.
Upon his return to Singapore after his leave, Patrick Tan was "officially" given a cushy assignment as a Defense Medical Scientist doing lab work. However, researchers at the lab where Patrick Tan was supposed to have worked had never come across Patrick Tan or any National Service person working there.
According to a few ex-Singapore Armed Force officers it is likely that the research position was created specially for Patrick Tan upon his return from the United States to ensure that he did not have to complete the rugged combat training like others in Singapore's National Service.
Why was Patrick Tan was so special that he was granted an unusually long leave from National Service, and then given a cushy job that does not even normally even exist?
The explanation is that his father, Tony Tan was, at the time, Singapore's Minister of Defense and controlled Singapore's military.
It gets even better (or worse for Tony Tan).
In addition to his extended leave from National Service, Patrick Tan was awarded a prized President's Scholarship and a Loke Cheng Kim Scholarship to study medicine in the United States, (Source: Channel News Asia, 30 July 2011).
Here, the Singapore press was wrong (again) as Patrick Tan was not studying medicine but only pursuing a Bachelor of Arts at Harvard.
These Singapore awards included funds for his education-funds he didn't need as his father was one of Singapore's million dollar ministers.
Yes, Singapore Cabinet Ministers command million dollar annual salaries and million dollar annual pensions.
Now it has been revealed that Patrick Tan's official position during his National Service was only that of Chief Clerk in charge of administrative matters during in-camp training.
In a desperate attempt at damage control, on July 28, 2011, the Office of Tony Tan issued a clarification on Facebook (of all places) claiming that Patrick Tan has fulfilled all requirements of in-camp training by writing, "Throughout his National Service, he received a National Service man's salary and fulfilled all requirements of National Service"
Two days later, Singapore's Ministry of Defense parroted Tony Tan releasing a "clarification" stating, "Dr Patrick Tan received an NSman's salary and fulfilled all requirements of NS, such as the Individual Physical Proficiency Test."
So did Dr Patrick Tan fulfill his National Service, including his reserve duties?
According to sources, Patrick Tan did not serve his reservist duties as a 'defense medical scientist' nor even as Chief Clerk. Nor did he even have to complete his full period of reserve duties. The National Service requires men to serve as reservists until they reach the age of fortynot so for Patrick Tan.
Instead, Patrick Tan was "promoted" straight into the Ministry of Defense Reserve which consists of National Service men who have completed their training cycle but have yet to reach the statutory age of forty years. Patrick Tan apparently had an early out, even from his reserve duties.
Most likely, no one would have ever known about Patrick Tan's preferential National Service treatment had his Daddy, Tony Tan, not decided to run for President of Singapore.
For some people, a million dollars a year is just not enough.
And for Tony Tan enough is never enough!
The NUS announced that Professor Tan Cheng Han (present dean) will be succeeded by Professor Simon Chesterman, 39.
Tan Cheng Han is the lawyer with the crooked brother (crooked and convicted), and one of his clients is the infamous Chung Hin Chew who was incarcerated for a year in Brunei, and who is now hiding out in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. So it is no wonder Tan Cheng Han has been thrown out on the scrap heap, and hopefully headed for a cardboard box on the void deck.
Chesterman? Well he is married to Tony Tan's daughter so he's gonna be OK - for life.
Mr WONG Kan Seng
Ex-Deputy Prime Minister and Co-ordinating Minister for National Security
(Wong Kan Seng has the good fortune to be married to the daughter of Lee Suan Yew (Lee Kuan Yew's brother). This makes him a cousin-in-law to Lee Kuan Yeo, and for all intents, purposes, privileges, and money a relative to the royal family.)
Formerly Manager of NatSteel
Known for his brilliant quote, "'Mas Selamat is either in Singapore...or not in Singapore!" Is it true that his last job before becoming a million-dollar minister was as a a lowly HR manager at HP?
September 2011: Former deputy prime Minister Wong Kan Seng, who forced from the Cabinet over the Mas Selamat affair, has been given two new appointments.
Wong was appointed Special Adviser for Economic Cooperation to the Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and will be the new chairman of Temasek-owned Singbridge company.
Gotta keep the relatives on the payroll!
Goh Chok Kwai?
Updated 22 December, 2017
Is it true that Goh Chok Tong's brother (Goh Chok Kwai?) is, or was, a serial arsonist? Did he buy properties and then set fire to them for insurance claims? Was this revealed by the Singapore Civil Defence Academy in December 2001 to a large audience? If you have any knowledge of this, please send us a confidential email at [email protected].
Are these guys twins - or what? Which raises a question of mistaken identity - which one iw realy the firebug!
Goh Jin Hian
(Well-known SARS doctor)
Son of Goh Chok Tong.
Twin brother of "quitter" sister Jin-Theng Craven,
who lives in London with her British hubby, Lee Craven.
Goh Jin Hian has been Group Senior Vice-President of International Operations and Growth Innovation & Strategy of Parkway Holdings Ltd. since January 2009 and serves as its Senior Vice President of International Operations. Dr. Goh is responsible for the general management of all the primary care services under Parkway Shenton which includes, Shenton Family Clinics, Executive Health Screeners, Nippon Medical Care and Maritime Medical. He serves as Senior Vice-President of International Operations and Growth Innovation & Strategy of Parkway Group Healthcare Pte Ltd.
He has been a Vice President at Singapore Human Resource Institute since April 2007. Dr. Goh served as Division President of Singapore Operations at Parkway Holdings Ltd. He has over 14 years of experience in the healthcare industry and has been providing consultancy advices to chief executive officers, trade unions and human resource managers in healthcare benefits and cost management for the past six years. Prior to joining Parkway in 1997, Dr. Goh was with the Ministry of Health.
He served as the Chief Executive Officer of Gleneagles Hospital at Parkway Holdings Ltd. from 2006 to 2007 and also served as its Director of Special Projects & Division Vice President, Singapore Operations. He serves as a Director of Gleneagles Clinical Research Center, a wholly-owned Parkway company. Dr. Goh serves as a Director of Shenton Insurance and IAG Healthsciences. He served as an Executive Director of Parkway Shenton Pte Ltd. from April 1, 1999 to 2006. He served as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Wuyi International Pharmaceutical Company Ltd. from January 7, 2007 to June 11, 2009.
Words of wisdom from Goh Chok Tong
Chan Chun Sing
Minister in Prime Minister's Office
Updated 27 December 2017
Educated at Raffles Institution (1982–85) and Raffles Junior College (1986–87). Chan was one of the top four scorers from Raffles Junior College for the GCE A Levels in 1987.
In 1988, Was awarded a President's Scholarship and Singapore Armed Forces Overseas Scholarship to study in the University of Cambridge, where he completed a degree in economics at Christ's College and graduated with First Class Honours.
In 2005, Completed the Sloan Fellows programme at the MIT Sloan School of Management under a Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship.
Served in the Singapore Army from 1987 to 2011. His appointments included Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion, Singapore Infantry Regiment (1998-2000), Army Attaché in Jakarta (2001–03), Commander of the 10th Singapore Infantry Brigade (2003–04), Head of the Joint Plans and Transformation Department (2005–07), Commander of the 9th Division / Chief Infantry Officer (2007–09), and Chief of Staff - Joint Staff (2009–10).
Chan was appointed the Chief of Army on 26 March 2010. Left the Singapore Armed Forces on 25 March 2011 in order to stand for Parliament. Was a PAP candidate in the Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency at the 2011 general election. Became the representative of the Buona Vista ward in the constituency.
Following the general election, Chan was appointed the Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, and the Minister of State at the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts. At the age of 42 then, Chan was one of the youngest ministers to be appointed to the Singapore Cabinet.
On 31 July 2012, was appointed as Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF). Following a restructuring of government ministries in November 2012, he began heading the newly created Ministry of Social and Family Development as Acting Minister. He was promoted to full Minister in September 2013, and concurrently serves as Second Minister for Defence.
On 23 January 2015, Chan joined the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) on a part-time basis. He was appointed as NTUC's deputy secretary-general on 27 January 2015 and will join NTUC full-time from April.
Chan is seen as one of the frontrunners for the top position of the fourth-generation of PAP leaders.
Ong Ye Kung
Education Minister, and Second Minister in the Ministry of Defence
Updated 27 December, 2017
Member of Parliament for Sembawang GRC in Sep 2015, and appointed to the Cabinet of Singapore as the Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) on 1 Oct 2015. He also held the concurrent appointment of Senior Minister of State for Defence. On 1 Nov 2016, he was promoted to Education Minister (Higher Education and Skills), and concurrently Second Minister in the Ministry of Defence.
Heng Swee Kiat
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office
Updated 27 December, 2017
In 1983, Heng began his career in the Singapore Police Force where he was awarded the SPF Overseas Scholarship from then President Devan Nair. In 1997, he then joined the Singapore Civil Service's Administrative Service. He served a period at the Ministry of Education, before being appointed the Principal Private Secretary to former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew (who was then Senior Minister) in 1997. In 2001, Heng became the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Trade and Industry. He then served as managing director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore from 2005 to 2011.
At the 2011 general election, Heng was a People's Action Party (PAP) candidate in the Tampines Group Representation Constituency (Tampines GRC). When he was introduced as a candidate, former Prime Minister (and Emeritus Senior Minister) Goh Chok Tong tipped Heng to be a potential minister and core member of Singapore's fourth generation leadership team.
On 18 May 2011, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong appointed Heng to the Cabinet as the Minister for Education.
In August 2012, Heng was tasked to lead a new ministerial committee to conduct a broad-based review of the Government's policies and direction.
On 28 September 2015, it was announced that Heng will be the Minister of Finance from 1 October 2015.
On 12 May 2016, Heng Swee Keat collapsed from a stroke during a Cabinet meeting. He was taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital, where he underwent neurosurgery to relieve pressure in his brain. He was transferred to the ICU after the surgery. Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, was immediately appointed to cover Mr Heng's duties. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong visited Mr Heng at the hospital and wrote on Facebook that he hope "Swee Keat will have a full and smooth recovery."
Mr TEO Chee Hean
Deputy Prime Minister & Coordinating Minister for National Security &
Minister for Home Affairs
Updated 22 December 2017
Director Government of Singapore Investment Corporation Pte Ltd. Appointed Rear Admiral in July 1991, now retired. (Singapore needs an Admiral?) In his capacity as a former Admiral, Teo is also the advisor to the Singapore Dragon Boat Association.
Dragon Boat on Singapore's fashionable Orchard Road
during Singapore's recent flooding.
(we assume the man standing in the rear of the boat is Admiral Teo)
Of course, this is only a dramatization of what may happen to Singapore because
SINGAPORE IS SINKING AND THE SEA IS RISING!
In a Yahoo forum discussion of the subject “Is Singapore Island sinking?” a writer implied that it had already caused Bukit Timah hill to be shorter by three metres – from 166 metres – over the years.
He opined that more buildings had been built that created a heavy load on the land. At the same time, Singapore had constructed more subway systems and created more holes in the ground -- “More buildings create a heavy load. Can the island withstand such heavy loads?” he asked. With Singapore’s huge population growth, there will be more heavy buildings to house them. Singapore is built on sand – sinking shifting sand!!!
The more FTs, the quicker Singapore will sink!!!
Senior Minister of State for Information, Communications and the Arts,
and Environment and Water Resources, and, and, and...
A million bucks just won't cut it anymore!
"When I made the decision to join politics in 2006, pay was not a key factor. Loss of privacy, public scrutiny on myself and my family and loss of personal time were. The disruption to my career was also an important consideration. I had some ground to believe that my family would not suffer a drastic change in the standard of living even though I experienced a drop in my income. So it is with this recent pay cut. If the balance is tilted further in the future, it will make it harder for any one considering political office."
Mr Tharman SHANMUGARATNAM
- a man with a criminal record?
Deputy Prime Minister & Minister for Finance & Minister for Manpower
Former Director Government of Singapore Investment Corporation Pte Ltd.
While serving as economics director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore in 1993, Tharman was charged under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) in a case involving the release of Singapore's 1992 second-quarter flash projections to a research director, Mr Raymond Foo, and economist Manu Bhaskaran, of Crosby Securities, and to journalists Kenneth James and Patrick Daniel of the Business Times.
The OSA case, which stretched over more than a year, was reported extensively in the Singapore press. Tharman contested and was eventually acquitted of the charge of communicating the GDP growth flash projections. Senior District Judge Richard Magnus then introduced a lesser charge of negligence, because the prosecution's case was that the figures were seen on a document that he had with him at a meeting with the private economists which he had attended with one of his colleagues. Tharman contested this lesser charge too, and took to the witness stand for a few days.
The court nevertheless convicted him together with all the others in the case, including the editor of Business Times newspaper which published the figures. Tharman was fined S$1,500, and the others S$2,000. As there was no finding that he knowingly communicated any classified information, the case did not pose any hurdle to his subsequent appointment as the Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
Before he became Home Minister, then a PAP member of parliament, Shanmugam had an affair (with a woman) that led to messy divorce proceedings. Shanmugam's wife was summoned by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong who instructed her not to make the divorce too messy because he wanted to make Shanmugam a minister. Thereafter, it is alleged that Shanmugam divorced his wife and left her with two children. He married a much younger woman. These Tamil guys are a breed apart - no wonder the Tamils are taking over Singapore.
Mr LIM Hng Kiang
Minister for Trade and Industry
Director Government of Singapore Investment Corporation Pte Ltd.
Don't worry, when terrorist-linked Reform Party chief Kenneth Jeyaretnam runs against you - you are sure to get elected.
We are sure your voters understand that Kenneth Jeyaretnam is co-founder of the Reform Party with convicted terrorist Balraj (aka Baldev) Naidu. Naidu was extradited to the USA, where he served a term in in prison. He has now served his term and was deported from the U.S. to Singapore, accompanied by a heavily armed guard of U.S. officials.
Now Naidu has served is time in the U.S. and has returned to Singapore - accompanied by a heavily armed guard of U.S. officials, as usual.
Mr LIM Swee Say
Minister, Prime Minister's Office
He served as the Chief Executive from 1986 to 1991 and Chairman of National Computer Board (NCB) from 1994 to 1998. In his tenure at NCB, he led the development and implementation of Singapore's National IT policy and IT 2000 Masterplan to transform Singapore into an IT hub.
Maybe the most (only?) intelligent Singapore cabinet member? So what if he likes Zorro?
Dr Yaacob Ibrahim
Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts
On 5 Sept. 2011 Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts Yaacob Ibrahim also issued a statement in response to a WikiLeaks cable reportedly listing the biographies of Malay-Muslim Members of Parliament in Singapore. The cable stated that Dr Yaacob's two children are American citizens, leading to a flurry of comments online.
In his statement, Dr Yaacob, who is also Minister-in-Charge of Muslim Affairs, said the status of his wife as "an American citizen by birth confers dual citizenship to their two children until the age of 18."
In truth, his children will not lose their American citizenship unless they choose to renounce it. The fee for renouncing is US$450, and whoever renounces will be considered an American citizen by the American IRS for the next five years for tax purposes.
Minister for National Development
Mr Khaw Boon Wan
Stash the old folks in cheap facilities outside of Singapore
In an interview done with MediaCorps Channel 8, Khaw Boon Yan stated, My personal view is, our land is expensive. But we have nearby neighbours in Johor, Batam and Bintan. The elderly want to reach their doctors within half to one hour. So retirement villages in neighbouring countries is possible, barring the cross-border hassle. It is best to find cheap land on short leases.
Minister for Defence
Dr NG Eng Hen
Minister for the Environment and Water Resources
Dr Vivian BALAKRISHNAN MMed(Ophth), FRCS(Ed), FRCOphth, FAMS
Wise words from Doc Vivian, "If you want to dance on a bar top, some of us will fall off the bar top. Some people will die as a result of liberalising bar top dancing; a young girl with a short skirt dancing on it may attract some insults from some other men, the boyfriend will start fighting and some people will die."
Flood gates on fashionable Orchard Road at Liat Towers
Notes from Yaacob's secret meeting...
- Singapore is not prepared for such a huge population. Now every year singapore is sinking by 1-2.5 cm due to it's weight, as it is built on sand.
- Singapore's tallest point, Bukit Timah Hill, previously stood at 166m and now at 163m.
- Singapore's Changi Airport is 3 feet below sea level, and speed boats are reportedly on standby just in case the inevitable happens.
Mr K Shanmugam
Minister for Law
As a lawyer, defended spoiled Singapore brat and dilettante playboy, Dinesh Bhatia, who was sentenced to one year of jail for consuming cocaine.
Mr. Shanmugam has been a Director of Eastern Development Pte. Ltd., since January 1993, and been a Director of MyWeb Inc.com since May 2000. He is amongst others, a member of the Media Development Authority of Singapore (for censorship).
Allegedly, before he became Home Minister, PAP member of parliament K. Shanmugam had an affair (with a woman - unlike some fellows in the PAP who have affairs with men) that led to messy divorce proceedings. His angry wife, who was out for blood, was called in by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong who asked her not to make the divorce too messy because he wanted to make Shanmugam a minister.
Dinesh Bhatia They should have hanged the bum, but Dinesh Bhatia gets one year jail term!
Spoiled Singapore brat and dilettante playboy, Dinesh Bhatia, 35, has been sentenced to one year of jail for consuming cocaine. Bhatia's lawyer, Member of Parliament K. Shanmugam (the shameless), had told the court that Bhatia was not an addict but was given the drug by a friend. Even though Bhatia did not know that it was cocaine, and had a 'fleeting suspicion' the substance could be illegal, he took it on impulse. Yeah, sure!
As a bonus for getting Dinesh off the hook (gallows), K Shanmugam (the shameless) is now Singapore's Minister of Law!!!
Bhatia's father was a judge, and his mother a former Singapore Member of Parliament. Escape from Paradise was right -- Singapore condones drugs for the elite, as Shanmugam, who aspires to become Solicitor-General (above), comes to Bhatia's defense!
Then what happens?
V K Rajah
THE STRAITS TIMES, April 7, 2005 - Bhatia, 35, appealed against his 12-month sentence last month, asking for a heavy fine to be imposed instead.
Calling the previous sentence "excessive", Justice V K Rajah said yesterday that the district judge erred by not tailoring the sentence to fit the offender and failed to "attach adequate weight and merit to all the relevant mitigating factors".
For example, the judge did not adequately consider the fact that Bhatia's consumption was neither planned nor purchased, said Justice Rajah. Bhatia's sentence was reduce to 8 months. Huh?
Then Senior Counsel K Shanmugam of Allen and Gledhill, Former Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong's lawyer, and now Singapore's Minister for Law & Second Minister for Home Affairs, defended coke-head Bhatia.
What a conflict of interest!
Is Singapore's Ministry of Law condoning drugs for the elite?
THE STRAITS TIMES, July 7, 2005 - Dinesh Singh Bhatia, 35, who was sentenced to eight months in jail for cocaine consumption after his arrest in a high-society drug raid last October, is out of prison and is serving out his sentence at home, wearing an electronic tag he cannot remove. In the end, after appeal, Bhatia’s sentence was reduced to eight months, but less than three months after that, he was reported by the Straits Times to be at home, albeit wearing an electronic tag.
K. Shanmugam (the shameless) is a board member of Singapore Technologies, along with Peter Seah, Chairman, former banker to CIA-connected S. P. Chung, one of the characters in Escape from Paradise. All in the family!
Bathia's father, former judicial commissioner and Senior Counsel at Khattar Wong & Partners, Amarjeet Singh, was instrumental in the caning of American Michael Fay. Bhatia spoke out in support of the Michael Fay caning, saying "You know, once you loosen up or the laws become lax, everything comes in. The floodgates are opened. It doesn't pay to mess around with the system."
Well, Bhatia, too bad you didn't get a dose of your own medicine!
From Escape from Paradise
"In Singapore, a mere 15 grams of heroin, 500 grams of cannabis, 30 grams of cocaine, or 250 grams of methamphetamine will get you the hangman’s noose. There are no jury trials in Singapore, as juries had been abolished by Lee Kuan Yew.
The defendant, who is not entitled to a public trial, faces a lone judge, a government appointee, who hands down his sentence quickly. The system is very efficient, no waiting around for an appeal, no hanging out on death row for years.
Singapore does everything with excellence, and the pre-dawn Friday morning hangings are no exception. Mercifully, our high tech gallows use the “long drop,” so, the prisoner, hooded, and with arms and legs bound, dies instantly, in a snap.
The gallows can accommodate up to seven people at a drop, a great convenience when you are hanging fifty or more people every year.
Ironically, drugs are readily available in Singapore. A favorite place for “scoring” drugs is the Newton Circus Hawker Centre, a favorite late night haunt of open-air food stalls popular with young Singaporeans and foreigners, alike.
More importantly, Singapore, boasting the world’s largest port for shipping tonnage, and the most Asia-Pacific air-links, is a major transit point for drugs.
The bulk business of drug distribution is not done by small-time couriers, but by the big boys, who never touch the drugs, and are never touched by them."
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Minister for Health
Mr GAN Kim Yong
Minister, Prime Ministers Office & Second Minister for Home Affairs &
Second Minister for Trade and Industry
Mr S Iswaran
S. Iswaran is the Managing Director at Temasek Capital. He is also the Managing Director of Investments at Temasek Holdings (Pte) Ltd. Mr. Iswaran is responsible for private equity investments, in particular the healthcare, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and technology sectors, for Temasek. Mr. Iswaran is a Member of Parliament of the West Coast GRC of Singapore.
He is a Director at Sunningdale Tech Ltd. since July 2005. Mr. Iswaran has been Director at SembCorp Industries Ltd. since January 13, 2003. He has been a Director at Quintiles Transnational Corp. since November 2003 and is also a Member of Compensation and Nominations Committee. Mr. Iswarans directorships in other boards include FHTK Holdings Ltd., Compass Technology Holdings Limited, and N.A.I. Ltd.
Minister for Education
Heng Swee Kiat
Awards S$36 million in support to foreign students
The Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education, Ms Sim Ann, disclosed in Parliament that at least 2000 scholarships are awarded to foreign students each year.
This includes about 950 pre-tertiary and 1070 undergraduate students from Asean and non-Asean countries. The scholarships cover both tuition and accommodation.
These scholarships cost $14,000 for pre-tertiary students and between $18,000 and $25,000 (i.e, average of $21,500) for undergraduates.
This works out to about $13.3 million for pre-tertiary students and $23 million for undergraduates, giving a total of at least $36 million.
The situation could be further complicated by present PAP MPs holding key posts in GLCs. The non-executive directors receive not just directorss fees but may also have shares and share options in the GLCs they direct. For example, Mr K Shanmugam, MP for Sembawang GRC, owned 70,000 SembCorp Industries share options and 30,000 Chartered Semiconductor shares, among other interests in GLCs as of year-end 2000. The following table lists non-ministerial MPs holding senior management and directorship positions in GLCs: