05 Maret 2018

No Need for S’pore to Raise Defence Spending to ‘Play Catch-up’: Ng Eng Hen

05 Maret 2018

SAF combat engineer pontoon bridge (photo :MMW)

SINGAPORE — While Singapore has been outspent militarily in the last decade by its neighbours in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the Government does not foresee a spike in defence expenditure in the next 10 years, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said on Friday (March 2). 

Still, Dr Ng cautioned during the debate on his ministry’s budget that spending could go up owing to unexpected situations such as terror attacks.

He noted that the “modern and professional” Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) seen today was born of the “deep conviction and sacrificial commitment” of founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and the pioneer generation, who were “unwavering” in investing heavily into building a strong armed forces despite many competing needs. As a result of these efforts, the SAF’s capabilities can be maintained with a defence spending that keeps in step with inflation, rising about 3 to 4 per cent yearly.  

Nevertheless, it will be prudent for the Government to review military spending after the next decade, taking into account security threats, as well as the military spending and capabilities of other countries, Dr Ng added.



Until about 2006, Singapore’s defence spending had kept pace with that of its Asean neighbours, the minister noted. In the last decade, however, Singapore’s neighbours in the region have been spending more to modernise their militaries as their economies expanded.

“The gap between Singapore’s spending compared with the rest of Asean has increased, but Singapore need not increase its defence spending radically now to play catch-up,” he said. “We intend to keep our defence spending steady despite countries around us spending more and against wide-ranging new security threats.” 

He added: “Obviously, this will not apply if there are exigencies or unexpected scenarios. For instance, if there is a terrorist attack or if the security environment deteriorates, our agencies will have to spend more to protect Singaporeans.”

At its height — in 2005 and 2006 — defence spending made up nearly one-third of total government spending. This has since fallen sharply from about a decade ago, to 19 per cent presently, with the SAF now “modernised and doing more with people and technology”, said Dr Ng.



While steady military investment yields more effective results and “the best time to prepare for trouble is during peace”, many European countries have learnt these lessons in “bitter ways”, Dr Ng said. Last October, for instance, Denmark announced it would raise defence spending by 20 per cent over the next five years, with Dr Ng noting the “pain it will cause their population”. 

France also unveiled a bill last month that would bump up spending on its armed forces by more than 40 per cent by 2025. And after more than two decades of cuts to Germany’s defence budget, its military, the Bundeswehr, is now underfunded, “entire weapons systems unusable because they either lack spare parts or have been poorly maintained”, said Dr Ng.

With the German government saying that less than half its submarines and planes are operationally ready, it will be many years before its military makes up for lost time, Dr Ng noted. “These are salutary lessons that we must voraciously imbibe because someone else has paid to learn them,” he said.

(Today Online)

47 komentar:

  1. Singapore nih makin menggerunkan,pontoon bridge nih disiapkan untuk invasi semenanjung melalui johor bahru...Singapore boleh

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    1. hhahaha.. TKI saja mampu menceroboh malon apalagi singapore..?? menggerunkan..

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    2. hhahaha.. TKI saja mampu menceroboh malon apalagi singapore..?? menggerunkan..

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    3. Bagaz@ jgn lupa sulu army n nelayan cina modal jaringpun sahaje pun boleh masuk sempadan malon apa lagi askar singapore Wkwkwk

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    4. Malon takut masuk trit yg bahas bujet. Maklum la, bujet defense malon habis dipake rosmah belanja tas hermes & sepatu channel kah kah kah

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  2. untuk setaraf singapore malaysie perlukan waktu 80 tahun lagi

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    3. Indonesia perlukan 100 tahun mungkin?

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    4. Budak malon ada yg berasap kehkehkeh...

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    5. Jika Indonesia saja 100 tahun lagi malon mungkin 10000 tahun lagi.. 8 billion indonesia vs 11 billion Singapure vs 3 billion malon.. keburu kiamat lon kih kih kih

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    6. Malon bisa tuh ngejar ketinggalan 10000 tahun kalo mau nak jual semua koleksi tas & sepatu rosmah

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  3. This is quite confusing but interesting as well.. quote "No Need for S’pore to Raise Defence Spending to ‘Play Catch-up"

    Knowing well that Sing (the tiny but strong country) always outspent defence budget by their neighbours, its Singapore who has made the pace beyond the capabilities of their neighbours to compete with..

    Just for image on how Singapore in this regions... :

    - Defence Budget 2015 = $ 9.39 Billion
    - Defence Budget 2016 = $ 9.99 Billion
    - Defence Budget 2017 = $ 10.25 Billion
    - Defence Budget 2018 = $ 11.26 Billion

    With their spending Budget for only 4 years respectively $ 41 Billion..its totally huge amounts.... with $ 41 Billion you can make 22 additional F35 Squadrons sum up for 400 units F35 Stealth Jet.. Hahahaha just joking

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  5. Malasya lebih amazing dari singapore malasya dah lama memiliki budget halimunan.. tak dapat dikesan..

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