EXEMPTION OF AMOUNT GRANTED TO OPERATIONALLY READY NATIONAL SERVICEMEN UNDER NS EXCELLENCE AWARD FROM INCOME TAX

Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis asked the Minister for Defence (a) for each of the last five years, what is the amount granted to Operationally Ready National Servicemen under the NS Excellence Award (NSEA); (b) what is the amount of personal income tax clawed back from NSEA payments; and (c) whether such a reward for good performanceContinue reading “EXEMPTION OF AMOUNT GRANTED TO OPERATIONALLY READY NATIONAL SERVICEMEN UNDER NS EXCELLENCE AWARD FROM INCOME TAX”

IMPACT OF GEOPOLITICAL TENSIONS ON SAF’S OVERSEAS TRAINING EXERCISES

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song asked the Minister for Defence (a) whether the SAF’s longstanding training exercises in overseas territories, including those in Northeast Asia, face disruption due to the recent tensions in that region; and (b) what is the Ministry doing to ensure that the SAF continues to have access to training grounds which are suitableContinue reading “IMPACT OF GEOPOLITICAL TENSIONS ON SAF’S OVERSEAS TRAINING EXERCISES”

PROVISION OF FURTHER CLARITY ON NATIONAL SERVICE ENLISTMENT DATES

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Defence whether the Ministry will consider providing further clarity on national service enlistment dates beyond approximately two months, particularly to preclude short notification enlistment notifications of two weeks. Dr Ng Eng Hen: MINDEF recognises the benefits of providing adequate notice of enlistment dates to pre-enlistees to prepare themselves mentallyContinue reading “PROVISION OF FURTHER CLARITY ON NATIONAL SERVICE ENLISTMENT DATES”

NON-WARRANT OFFICER REGULAR SPECIALISTS WHO RETIRED FROM SAF BY AGE 50 AND TOP FIVE JOBS TAKEN UP AFTER RETIREMENT

Mr Dennis Tan Lip Fong asked the Minister for Defence (a) for each year from 2016 to 2021 how many regular specialists who were not Warrant Officers retired from the SAF by the age of 50; and (b) whether the Ministry tracks the career progression of these retired specialists and, if so, what are the top fiveContinue reading “NON-WARRANT OFFICER REGULAR SPECIALISTS WHO RETIRED FROM SAF BY AGE 50 AND TOP FIVE JOBS TAKEN UP AFTER RETIREMENT”

PROPORTION OF NON-OFFICER VERSUS OFFICER-LEVEL PERSONNEL SUPPORTED BY CAREER TRANSITION RESOURCE CENTRE

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Defence (a) what is the proportion of non-officer versus officer-level (including Warrant Officers) personnel supported by the Career Transition Resource Centre in assisting their transition from a career in the armed forces; and (b) whether SAF maintains successful placement statistics for non-officer versus officer-level retirees. Dr Ng EngContinue reading “PROPORTION OF NON-OFFICER VERSUS OFFICER-LEVEL PERSONNEL SUPPORTED BY CAREER TRANSITION RESOURCE CENTRE”

KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM RECENT SHANGRI-LA DIALOGUE REGARDING GEOPOLITICAL DYNAMICS AND MAINTENANCE OF PEACEFUL RELATIONS IN ASIA

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for Defence what are the key takeaways from the recent Shangri-La Dialogue in relation to geopolitical dynamics and the maintenance of peaceful relations in Asia and globally. Dr Ng Eng Hen: As Singapore and MINDEF are host and facilitator, an assessment of the value of the SLD to the international community shouldContinue reading “KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM RECENT SHANGRI-LA DIALOGUE REGARDING GEOPOLITICAL DYNAMICS AND MAINTENANCE OF PEACEFUL RELATIONS IN ASIA”

COS 2022: SAF Training and Combat Readiness

Mr Dennis Tan Lip Fong (Hougang): Thank you, Mr Chairman. In the last two years COVID-19 has affected virtually all aspects of our lives. It has affected our workplaces, businesses, public offices, schools, events and many other areas. SAF and military training have not been spared too. SAF had to overcome the challenges which COVID-19Continue reading “COS 2022: SAF Training and Combat Readiness”

ASSESSMENT OF SIGNIFICANCE OF FIVE POWER DEFENCE ARRANGEMENTS IN VIEW OF ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY

Mr Dennis Tan Lip Fong asked the Minister for Defence how does Singapore view the relevance and significance of the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) on its 50th anniversary and the recent conclusion of its Exercise Bersama Gold 2021, especially with a UK carrier strike group visiting South China Sea for the first time in manyContinue reading “ASSESSMENT OF SIGNIFICANCE OF FIVE POWER DEFENCE ARRANGEMENTS IN VIEW OF ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY”

ENTRY OF MALAYSIAN POLICE HELICOPTER INTO SINGAPORE’S AIRSPACE IN SEPTEMBER 2021

Mr Dennis Tan Lip Fong asked the Minister for Defence (a) whether any Malaysian Police helicopter entered Singapore’s airspace in September 2021; (b) if so, what follow-up actions were taken by Singapore; and (c) whether any diplomatic note of protest was issued. Dr Ng Eng Hen: On 11 September 2021, a Royal Malaysian Police helicopter was travelling inContinue reading “ENTRY OF MALAYSIAN POLICE HELICOPTER INTO SINGAPORE’S AIRSPACE IN SEPTEMBER 2021”

IMPACT OF AUKUS NUCLEAR SUBMARINE DEAL ON SINGAPORE AND USE OF SINGAPORE’S PORT FACILITIES

Mr Dennis Tan Lip Fong asked the Minister for Defence what is the Ministry’s assessment on the Australia-UK-US pact and whether the proposed Australian nuclear submarines will be allowed to use Singapore’s port facilities. Dr Ng Eng Hen: Multilateral security groupings in any geographic region has been a fact of life, as countries seek to secure their ownContinue reading “IMPACT OF AUKUS NUCLEAR SUBMARINE DEAL ON SINGAPORE AND USE OF SINGAPORE’S PORT FACILITIES”