Lets not mince words.
Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs minister Wong Kan Seng should resign.
I say this not just because of the monstrous security lapse which resulted in JI leader Mas Selamat Kastari’s escape from detention. If you think this is the first time that he has completely embarrassed Singapore on an international scale, think again.
Wong Kan Seng’s incompetence Number One
First of all, as everyone is asking, how does a limping man escape from the Internal Security Department’s detention centre, which is guarded by elite Gurkhas? Second, with all the attention and money and effort spent since 911 on beefing up security procedures, manpower and processes, how is n alleged terrorist, named as “Singapore’s Most Wanted” at one point, able to escape through a toilet window?
I think I will leave all the other questions to everyone else.
Wong Kan Seng’s incompetence Number Two
In 2006, to reverse the falling birth rate, Wong Kan Seng was put in charge as “Minister-in-charge of Population Issues”. His task was specifically to do this – bring up the birth rate.
His handling of the issue leaves much to be desired. After trying out various schemes, Wong Kan Seng finally threw in the towel and decided that the task was a hopeless one. In its place, he – along with his colleagues, I am sure – decided that the solution was to bring in more foreigners.
Doing so has resulted in so many problems for Singaporeans – such as security issues, transport issues, housing, healthcare, wages, etc.
Wong Kan Seng’s incompetence Number Three
During the World Bank and IMF meeting in Singapore, Wong Kan Seng threatened foreigners who wanted to protest with not just caning but also being shot! Wong Kan Seng then compromised and allowed “indoor protests” during the meetings. This was carried by international news wires and agencies. It made Singapore look stupid, intolerant and barbaric. Yes, it was a national embarrassment for all of us Singaporeans.
Having threatened foreigners, Wong Kan Seng then turned his attention to Singaporeans, particularly the members of the opposition Singapore Democratic Party (SDP).
Instead of allowing the SDP to go ahead with the protest, as many other countries’ governments did during the meeting, Wong Kan Seng sent his goons down to Hong Lim Park. They physically surrounded and restrained Chee Soon Juan, Chee Siok Chin and the other SDP supporters.
Never before have I seen such total incompetence.
What transpired was a 3-day stand off between Singapore Police and the SDP.
It was a huge miscalculation by the Home Affairs minister as pictures, videos and news reports of the stand-off were publicized throughout the world.
Again, it caused Singapore a huge amount of embarrassment.
And not to mention the other inconsistencies in granting permits for public events.
Why Wong Kan Seng must resign
In any other country, so many instances of inept and woeful incompetence would result in not just the minister resigning but also those immediately below him.
Now with the escape of the number terrorist IN CUSTODY from Singapore’s detention centre, Wong Kan Seng should and must come and accept total responsibility.
Anything short of this is unacceptable.
And remember this: This is not Kastari’s first escape from Singapore. According to AFP,
“Kastari had fled Singapore in December 2001 following an Internal Security Department operation against JI, Singapore‘s home affairs ministry has said.”
Someone just reminded me that Took Leng How and Richard Yong also escaped in the beginning before being handed back to Singapore by other countries – Malaysia and Hong Kong, respectively!
It’s the same for Kastari, according to AFP again:
“He was later released but arrested again by Indonesian authorities in January 2006 before being handed over to Singapore.”
It seems like Singapore under Wong Kan Seng is like a bloody leaking sieve, in spite of all the media spin about how great our security forces are! We allow detainees to escape and then wait for other countries to capture them and hand them back to us!
I truly truly truly hope that as a minister and deputy prime minister, no less, Wong Kan Seng will not start finding scapegoats and assigning blame to one and all except himself.
When others fall short, especially opposition members such as James Gomes, Chee Soon Juan and JBJ, the PAP government holds nothing back. Their merciless attacks and abuse of their political opponents is known to all. It is legend.
Thus, forgive me if I show no mercy to Wong Kan Seng.
He has failed on at least three occasions – mentioned above. And the minister has embarrassed the country on an international scale on at least two of those three occasions.
Mr Wong, please do the right thing as a man of honour.
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