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Campaign for All Singaporean SAF, Police Force

There are 2000 armed Gurkhas in Singapore and their number grows annually by 140.

This is a dangerous sign.

Gurkhas are not Singaporeans. They are mercenaries. AND Mercenaries work for money.

In other words, Gurkhas can be bought with money. Loyalty is a tricky issue here, for their loyalty is dependent on their having to be satisfied with material reward. AND NOW this has proven to be true with their recent rioting incident in Mount Vernon Camp over pay issues which is very worrying.

I do not know how the trouble makers will be taken to task in this incident and whether or not there will be a coverup because of the way in which the MHA has conducted itself with the lack of transparency in the way it fumbled over the Mas Selamat Kastari escape.

The latest Gurkha rioting incident raises many questions in the minds of Singapore Citizens as to: How this mercenary unit being brought in and being armed? How is this mercenary unit empowered to act in Singapore? How is this mercenary unit subject to law and discipline and control?

Will the rioters be charged and disciplined accordingly? What sort of discipline will they receive?

As seen from the Mas Selamat Kastari escape, our administration will bend over backwards for these foreign mercenaries. The Gurkhas on duty ought to have been charged under the Penal Code but instead they were let off with a slap on their wrists. I believe the negligent Singaporean ISD officers received far heavier sanction compared to the negligent Gurkhas. It is amazing how much better treatment these foreigners are being treated in comparison to their Singaporean counterparts in the Police.

[By the way when Singaporean boys have petty fight in groups, they are often charged with rioting and they go to jail for it, I wonder if our Singapore Police Force is held to any higher standards of conduct]

We can trust that the Singapore Police Force and the Ministry of Home Affairs will do their best to cover up this incident and sweep it under the carpet. As if underneath the carpet is already not dirty enough. I would caution against condoning such coverup and I would also caution against the Singaporean public to be complacent enough to overlook the need to pressure the MHA into revealing the worms in the innards of the Gurkha Contingent.

This is because it is my view that the continued presence of Gurkhas in Singapore is the greatest danger to Singapore itself. My reasons are stated below.

If the PAP administration persists on being unrepentant on their mercenary ways and insist on using mercenaries for their security or should i say “the security of Singapore”, it would not be difficult to imagine the possibility of such attitudes infecting the Gurkha Contingent [which is mercenary in the first place] and resulting in the Gurkha Contingent selling out Singapore in time to come.

Imagine, there are 2000 mercenaries armed and ready. Their allegiance unknown. It is easy for them to even try to eliminate the entire leadership and neutralize the other Singaporean units in the Singapore Police Force should they ever decide to do so. And it would be easy for them to do so because the PAP trusts the Gurkhas more than they trust Singaporean Police Officers, they get the Gurkhas to guard Ministers homes.

Furthermore, the Gurkhas are professional soldiers and mercenaries, they are put constantly under training during their service. They upon completion of their vocational training continue to serve their careers in the position they have been trained for.

Singaporean National Servicemen on the other hand are under training only whilst doing their national service and they only turn operational near to their Run-Out-Date (Operationally ready date) only to be released and returned to their civilian status.

In the Singapore Armed Forces, we all know that in each SAF camp, there are roughly only 10-12 rifles in each aggregated guard detail and maybe 200-300 rounds of ammunition in each guardhouse. Other than that, all other weapons and ammunition are stored separately and drawing of arms and ammunition in times of need will take time.

As of now, we know nothing of the Gurkha Contingent’s weapons drawing protocol and ammunition storage and drawing protocol but there is reason to believe that their ammunition and weapons are stored in the same camp unlike the weapons and ammunition which are stored separately in all SAF units. Therefore, it is my belief that our SAF units cannot react fast enough to be mobilized, armed and ready for action if their was a mobilization call to neutralize the Gurkha Contingent when the need arises.

The red tape from the rules set by our leaders surrounding SAF weapons and ammunition drawing and the inherent fact that our Singaporean National Servicemen stay in the far flung corners of Singapore [with compliments from the Central Posting Centre in Mindef] as opposed to the Gurkhas being accommodated in their camp whilst on duty and being accommodated near their camp whilst off duty will prevent our local units  from reacting fast enough to tackle the mercenary unit should the mercenaries turn renegade.

[Please recall that in this incident, the SOC reacted fast enough to deploy to Mount Vernon Camp because it was merely an incident of scuffle and rioting. This situation would be vastly different from the scenario where it is the entire Gurkha Contingent co-operating to mutiny. There would be no 999 call to the Radio Division Singapore Police Force, there would also be no advance warning call to the Special Operations Command.]

The PAP had better come up with much better reasons for maintaining the need for the Gurkha Contingent.

Should the Gurkha Contingent revolt for reasons unknown, the PAP’s policy of recruiting and arming foreigners heavily on its own soil may prove to be the worst ever decision the administration has made and might in actual fact lead to the downfall of Singapore.

I repeat myself. Gurkhas are not Singaporeans, they are mercenaries and they intend to retire in their homeland when they finish their terms of services. Gurkhas are i believe more heavily armed, from what the photos reveal, with at least Heckler & Koch MP5 submachine guns and M-16 assault rifles as opposed to most of their Singaporean counterparts with their Smith & Wesson 0.38 revolvers. God knows whether or not they have the same heavy weapons as a SAF Infantry Battalion e.g. GPMGs.

Thank God that Singapore still has its Special Operations Command, Police Task Force unit, KINS and PINS. This however does not square the equation because do we have as many as 2000 fighting men in the Special Operations Command? I believe not.

The question is to MHA is this – What function does this unit perform which cannot be performed by true blue Singaporeans?

I hereby declare my intention to campaign for the disarming and disbanding of the Gurkha Contingent and I hope other Singaporeans will rally with me with this call.

Until the administration gets pressured enough to be accountable with how the Gurkhas’ recruitment, training, deployment and weapons access and cost of upkeep, I pray for all Singaporean police officers, especially those in the Special Operations Command, to keep a keen and watchful eye on the Gurkha Contingent for reasons which i need not say more.

No one need to look too far into history to know the dangers of having a foreign armed mercenary unit in Singapore.

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June 22, 2008 - Posted by | Politics

3 Comments »

  1. I disagree with your argument that Gurkhas should leave Singapore.

    At the frontline, it’s always good to safeguard the lives of fellow Singaporeans. I am not saying that the lives of Singaporeans are more valuable than those of the Gurkhas but as Singaporeans, we tend to want to defend our people as top priority. I believe as a politician you would also agree right?

    Besides, let’s not forget that the Gurkhas have their families residing here. Would they risk their families security by staging a mutiny or riot? Would they further sacrifice their higher wages here and be kicked back to their country and suffer from disgrace? I doubt so.

    We should avoid empty the entire basket when only one egg is rotten.

    Comment by yoongkheong | June 23, 2008 | Reply

  2. chia, you are a racist who discriminate people on grounds of colour, race etc, how could you call gurkhas a merceneries????????? are they really merceneries?? if they are merceneries then how come they are more trust worthy then their singaporean counterpart? why do they guard ministers home? guard treasurs? ofcourse they are more loyal, trustworthy and professional.
    they have been choosen by the great people of singapore who belive in them and trust them. they know that if anything comes upon them the gurkhas would be the first one to take it to defend singapore and its people.
    if loyality can be bought for money then why don’t you go to the market and buy some? the recent rioting is valid, cause it was made through chain of command not by marching down the street and making a rally holding banners in the hands. it is international law that every one should be paid equally according to the countrys pay level. if they had be paid fairly by the employees then i belive such incident had never happened.
    you are a civilain person and have no idea how the system works in the armed forces. GO JOIN THE SINGAPOREAN POLICE FORCE. you have writing power but it doesn’t mean that you can write what ever you like. the first organisation who should be worried about should be the singaporean police not you. in your view you want the singaporean police force to be ready to naturalise and dominate gurkhas should any problem arrises… heeeeee you must be out of yu mind dude cause you should be saying the singaporean and gurkhas should work together in case of national emergency out break.
    last thing i would like to mention is you are just worried about 2000 gurkha soldier who are in current service who hold such automatic and sophisticated weapons. dude gurkhas are great warriors and they are in demand every where… if you go to india there are about 100000.00 hundred thousand gurkhas in the indian army, both commisioned and non commisioned. in british army there are currently 35000 thirty five thousand gurkhas currently serving and there are thousands who work in other security services. they are not bothered, they use more automatic guns, use high explosives and they have access to sophisticated weapons too.. dude have you ever steped out of singapore… look at the world with wide open eyes not with the small eyes.. i suggest you read some article about EO and D, equal opportunity and diversity. you posted sick campaign a long time ago, but no one entered a comment for you, by this time you must have got the idea,,,,, that TRUE SINGAPOREARN ARE GREAT PEOPLE WHO RESPECT HUMAN RIGHTS AND BELIVE IN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR EVERY ONE. but there are few paracits who just think about making sick campaign. therefore i request you to remove your sick campaign and appologize to the gurkha forces. should u have any concern then you can mail me at lgivemeatry_1@hotmail.com

    Comment by deep2117 | June 24, 2008 | Reply

  3. Mr. Chia , you are too myopic and ignorant to spit venom on the Gurkhas. You seem to lack sense of history as a Singaporean. The island nation of singapore’s history would have enlightened you of its past, its maturity to the present state and the subsequent dominance of Chinese origin people in this small island surrounded by Malay world.

    Any knowledge of Singapore history would have made you a tolerant and sensible person but unfortunately you eithr don’t seem to know it or pretend not knowing it.

    The Gurkhas were fighting , whatever be the reasons, alongside the colonialist Britishers since 1814 and their arrival to singapore thus would have started with the march of sir Stamford Raffles towards this part of the world because not only Singapore but two third of the world was under their domination. Singapore therefore was of the Sultan’s then of the Colonilaist rulers’ and along with them of the people who were their soldiers and helpes. It seems that by that time your ancestors also could not have been framed in singapore picture.

    The Gurkha Cotingent as it is known now in Singapore was formally formed as a separate para-military force in Singapore under the auspices of the British colonialist commanders in 1949, It was because Singapore needed an impartial force to quell the regularly occuring communal riots. The population of Singapore was 4 to 5 hundred thousand then and the Gurkhas were risking their lives to protect your grandfathers from the hate feuds of their own creation. I suspect whether your grandfather had migrated to this part of world then or not ! you may have the answer. If the Gurkhas had continued to live here as the Indians and Chinese, by now they could have made their population in millions here and a few of them could even have made their position in Singapore cabinet. We could have 5 officail languages in palce of three , Nepali included there. Can you ever erase this history from Singapore ?

    The other grudge you have is sickening. You seem too critical to your ruling party and seem to mistake the Gurkhas as a wing of ruling party , PAP . You lack courage to criticize your politicians and fighting a proxy war on them by spitting venom on Gurkhas. The Gurkhas give their service and loyalty to Singapore while they are in the service of Singapore. Theirs is not any allegiance to any individual political party. So reserve your political hate mongering to yourself, the gurkhas least gets least bothered by what you can emanate.The Gurkhas serve in other nations too but their political people don’t hate them like you do. In Britian they have the Labour and The conservative parties taking turn to be in the helm of the nationa politics, they never smear dirt and filth on the people serving for their nation. In India governments get changed in every 5 or less than these many years, Gurkhas never come into political disputes because they are considered faithful servants of the state and nobody tries to make their faces black by smearing smudges on themselves.

    We live now in a globalized world and and you can no longer accuse anybody as a mercenary. Everybody works for money, you included but never in history the Gurkha loyalty has been questioned in terms of money. If they could be bought , many terrorists would have bought them from Iraq, Afaganistan, Britian , Singapore to Brunei. Money for you could buy anything but the gurkhas do’t sell their loyalty. it is a historically proven fact.

    The Gurkha in Singapore has not erred. The MSK case has been well-investigated and I am not here to dwell on how much they were at lax. GO and check it unprejudiced, you will say the daylight.

    You are too dicky hearted to say that they might misuse the arms and amunition they have with them. A person like you who does not have an iota of knowledge about a true soldier, can speak like this. It is too childish cowardice a thinking of your mind. They say a coward dies hundred times before he really dies. In history, there have been mutinies and uprising but a Gurkha has not erred in discipline.

    What scuffle it might have been there, they will learn. They might be intoxicated but will still identify a goon from the crowd.

    Be a sensible universal man and lear to respect even a prostitute because she gives you service of some kind to receive your money. The foreign workers are here not as invaders. the gurkhas are not here as illegal immigrants or PAP guests. Learn to identify things and people . You seem to be in a slumber from pre Victorian time. Singapore was built by people who came from the other parts of the world to make it a prosperous nation, small though. Like the MM Said you will people will not even need five years to ruin it to an uter pandemonium with your AGENDA OF HATE. Learn to be a sane man to respect others . You will get some respect instead! you can contract me if you like at sangrila@ymail.com

    Comment by avadoots | June 27, 2008 | Reply


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