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SINGAPORE ARMED FORCES TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO FIGHT TERRORISM IN PHILIPPINES

The Singapore Armed Forces will be giving assistance to the Philippines to help them counter terrorism threats in Marawi. This comes after a meeting with the Philippines' Secretary of National Defense. Minister of Defence Ng Eng Hen said Singapore will provide humanitarian supplies, transport aircraft, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, etc. Both of them look forward to work together to combat terrorism so that ISIS-linked networks do not set up bases in Marawi and launch future attacks in the region.

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DEFENCE MINISTER NG: WE ARE QUIETLY WORKING HARD AT ALL GOVT LEVELS TO GET OUR TERREX RETURNED

For most Singaporeans, MINDEF and the SAF included, the detention of our Terrexes by Hong Kong authorities was a low point in 2016 from the defence perspective. The SAF will learn from this episode and has already changed its practices to better protect our assets. But all of us are of course upset that the Terrexes, our property, have not been returned to Singapore. We have been working at all levels of Government these past two months to effect their return, quietly and out of the limelight where it is more effective.

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TEO SOH LUNG: CHINA DIDN'T DETAIN TERREX BEFORE DOESN'T MEAN THAT SG WAS DOING THE RIGHT THING

I was startled when I read Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen’s statement in My Paper today. “The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and the Government will start proceedings to recover the armoured vehicles seized in Hong Kong once the reasons for their detention are made clear”. The report went on to say that Dr Ng said that “… the Terrex has been transported by commercial carriers ever since it was introduced” and that “Singapore has not suffered any loss or detention of equipment prior to this incident.”

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NG ENG HEN: JOSEPH SCHOOLING NS DEFERMENT EXTENDED TILL AFTER 2020 OLYMPICS

As he fulfils all the necessary conditions, I am happy to announce that the Armed Forces Council has today approved Joseph Schooling’s appeal for his deferment to be extended and for his NS enlistment to be after the 2020 Olympics. Joseph can now set his sights on 2020 to defend his Olympic title and win more national glory for Singapore.

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NG ENG HEN SAYS THERE MAY BE MORE PLOTS & TERROR CELLS LOOKING TO ATTACK S'PORE

Despite their arrests, this most recent plot shows how important our efforts are and why we must continue to protect our island. We should assume that there may be more plots, other terror cells on the lookout for ways, and new munitions to penetrate our defences. Terrorism is a global problem and no country is immune.

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DOMINIQUE'S FAMILY: WE SUED MINDEF BECAUSE THEY REFUSED TO MAKE PERSONAL APOLOGY FOR DEATH

MINDEF/SAF has not apologized formally to the family for the incident resulting in Dominique’s death. We had previously requested that the Minister for Defence offer the apology directly to Dominique’s mum as acknowledgement of the negligence on their part, and of the grief she has suffered, but we were rebuffed. We were told by the MINDEF representative, in no uncertain terms, that the Minister will never apologise for the incident, nor will any senior official from MINDEF/SAF. Subsequently, we offered an olive branch to MINDEF. Instead of the personal apology, we requested for MINDEF to pay for Dom’s tomb as a symbolic gesture, but this was again rejected. Legal constraints were cited as the reason for the rejection.

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NG ENG HEN DIRECTS SAF TO WAIVE LEGAL COSTS, TELLS SAF TO NOT ADD PAIN TO FAMILY'S ANGUISH

The Coroner’s inquiry has ruled on the cause of the death of PTE Lee Rui Feng Dominique Sarron. The High Court judgement in awarding MINDEF costs is based on sound legal grounds and precedents. But we need not add to the pain and anguish of the family of the late PTE Lee. We should waive the costs to the family.

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NG ENG HENG CHIDES OUTSPOKEN PAP MP INDERJIT SINGH FOR SHOCK RETIREMENT

In his interview with the government-controlled media Channel News Asia, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen mock Ang Mo Kio (AMK) GRC PAP MP Inderjit Singh for announcing his retirement on Facebook instead of using the party’s proper channel: “You can post your retirement on Facebook, but I think as an MP who has served 15, 20, even 30 years – that’s not the best way to do it”

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