What do we get in return? Any technology transfer? Does it help our aerospace industry? Dammit such a one sided deal spells fishy and a legal corruption to squeeze every single cent out of citizens CPF monies. I object and make sure I will fight all the way to the UN. Today we are capable to DIY everything ourselves. I rather spend the money to improve the avionic and computers and radar systems. Everything is now outdated weapon system and propulsion system etc. I am not interested to start another arms race and I will only help China maintain order at the UN. Contributed by Oogle.
The United States has approved the sales of F35B aircrafts to Singapore and as a citizen, I ask myself if I am particularly excited or thrilled by the news? My answer is why should I be. Let me explain.
The F35B aircraft is without question a state of the art technological marvel and its accompanying price list is of course, out of the world too. RSAF and MINDEF must have done their studies and reasons for choosing the F35B to replace our aging F16 aircrafts scheduled to be phased out from 2030, however, I question if we must spend our taxes in the billions and billions of dollars to buy the best aircrafts that money can buy? I ask shouldn’t the government be more prudent and circumspect when it comes to spending such huge taxpayer’s money? Never forget that every cent that they spend is our collective taxpayer’s money and not some grandfather’s bequest.
I understand that Singapore is the fourth country in the Asia-Pacific region to own the F35 jets after Japan, South Korea and Australia but if we pause for a moment and ponder, our situations in this part of the world is very different from those countries. Japan and South Korea face a very unpredictable and potentially dangerous nuclear North Korea. In the case of Australia, they are not only one of the co-production partners of the F35 lighting jet, they are also a treaty ally of the United States and we are not.
Among all 10 ASEAN countries in our part of the world, Singapore’s air force is by far one of the most advanced and strongest, if not the most advanced and strongest. Do we need to further armed ourselves to the teeth and tempt an arm race in our neighbourhood?
Welcoming American rebalancing to Asia is one thing but aligning ourselves too closely with the US must inadvertently lead us to many of American’s ‘sheet’ around the globe, whether it is in Iraq, Afghanistan or even potentially, Iran and it is our young men and women who will risk their lives and limbs or even pay the ultimate price some day. I further wonder if pap ministers’ children will be among them although the answer is clear.
To very wealthy pap ministars, a billion here and a billion there may not mean a lot but back home, we have hundreds of thousands of citizens who are struggling to get by each day. There are so many people who must catch the first bus or the first train every morning in order not to be late for work, people who work overtime daily just to make ends meet and people who must tighten their belts towards the end of each month before they receive their salary etc.
Imagine how much we can help to alleviate their hardships and struggles in real and meaningful ways and not merely token ways if a fraction of what we spend on their F35B were use to help them and further invest in their children. Think.
I thank you all for reading my post again.