Reader says Temasek Review Emeritus deserves to be sued

Posted on 20 February 2012

Dear New Nation editor,

I’m outraged that Singaporeans such as those running the Temasek Review Emeritus (TRE) website are making baseless claims about the meritocratic nature of our honorable government.

I especially take issue with the recent post in which one out of the seven short paragraphs was dedicated to slandering the CEO of one of our two sovereign wealth funds, Temasek Holdings.

In it, the TRE contributor suggests that Mdm Ho Ching became the Chief Executive Officer of Temasek Holdings for nepotistic reasons.

Mdm Ho’s husband’s lawyer, Mr Davinder Singh, then sent a letter, rightly so, demanding an apology from TRE as the allegations concern the integrity of his client, the Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong.

The post is obviously a false, baseless and malicious series of claims made by an unpatriotic citizen who doesn’t appreciate what the government has done for us all these years.

PM Lee, being the son of the esteemed former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, has high standards for his partner. It is little wonder that he would pick the capable Mdm Ho Ching as his wife and even less wonder that she was chosen as the head of the nation’s sovereign wealth fund based on talent alone.

When Mr S. Dhanabalan, a former cabinet minister under Lee Kuan Yew, was looking for a head for Temasek Holdings, it wasn’t the fact that Mdm Ho was the daughter-in-law of his former boss that made him decide on her.

It was Dhanabalan’s ability to modify Temasek’s executive committee to allow Ho to report to him, and not the Prime Minister, that allowed the PM to diminish his discomfort with having Ho as the head of the fund.

And Ho’s brilliance subsequently blew her competition all away.

Phillip Goodyear, former head of mining giant BHP Billiton, for example, lasted merely a few months before giving up.

The author of the TRE article cites Mr Koh Boon Hwee, former chairman of DBS Bank as a potential candidate who was overlooked. He says that he knows of only ONE thing that Ho did better than Mr Koh.

Because he did not specify what this ONE thing is, I can only surmise that Ho was picked because her name was shorter.

And therefore a cost saver when they have to print name tags.

Or maybe Mr Koh didn’t apply for the job.

Anyway, I urge the Singapore government to take such allegations of nepotism very seriously.

All members of the Lee family have been appointed to their positions by merit alone – our current Prime Minister earned his stripes in the 2006 elections with a 66.1% approval rate, and then with a 69.3% approval rate last year as he battled it out with an opposition team consisting of two kids members below the age of 25.

The government works hard to keep this vulnerable island from falling to pieces.

Editors of TRE should be ashamed of themselves and should be sued to prevent other websites from making similar baseless allegations.

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  • Hari Krishna

    Nicely done guys, keep it up! Hahaha

  • RC

    The author of the letter is playing judge here, no different from the very contributor to TRE whom the author seeks to debunk.  Both are judges, trying very hard to convict another of crime with nothing more than hot air blowing into each other’s nostrils.

    “The post is obviously a false, baseless and malicious series of claims…”, he said.  But offered absolutely zero evidence, facts, not even anecdote to substantiate his claim of falsehood.

    “PM Lee…. has high standards for his partner. It is little wonder that he would pick the capable Mdm Ho Ching as his wife and even less wonder that she was chosen as the head of the nation’s sovereign wealth fund based on talent alone.”, he further added.  Now can someone tell me if the author should equally be sued for blowing hot air?

    “It was Dhanabalan’s ability to modify Temasek’s executive committee to allow Ho to report to him, and not the Prime Minister, that allowed the PM to diminish his discomfort with having Ho as the head of the fund.”, he also wrote.  Let’s see… I remember a certain Patrick Tan given a special and unheard of vocation during NS despite not reporting to the Defense Minster, yes? What does that say about reporting and non-reporting relationship? Nothing!

    “And Ho’s brilliance subsequently blew her competition all away.”, but the author cited not a single brilliance as example, why?  I have enough of this bs.

    • Guest

      you need to understand satire, esp. in a climate where self-protection against lawsuits are necessary. 

    • Dominic

      Dear me….do read much more carefully, particularly paras 7-14. That’s where authorial intent is revealed. :)

    • Sinkie

       you must be a really stupid person to not understand satire….

      or you are trolling haha

      • RC

        You have just exposed your own stupidity for all to see. Get lost if you cannot see through nested satirism lest you hit yourself with your own words of sarcasm.

    • Slim

      your lack of humour is apparent 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1725080317 Haziq Evan Rose

      “Because he did not specify what this ONE thing is, I can only surmise that Ho was picked because her name was shorter.
      And therefore a cost saver when they have to print name tags.”

      Dude, you’re still taking this seriously? Such a daft fool you are…

  • me

    Bronze standard indeed!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=610137647 BokChong Tay

    ugly satire. weak and non-impacting. making a fool of yourself.

  • cladestine

    re-write it till its funny! 1/10 for the satire

  • 9gag

    not sure if author is sarcastic or patriotic?

    • Jonfactory

      hey 9gag, the author is sarcastic towards the leaders and patriotic for the people.

  • Grzegorz Markiewicz -citizen!

    How much reserves  Singaporeans have?Tell me please!!!!

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  • Aire

    i feel what the author is writing doesn’t say much of what he knows about the event that is happening.

    Quoted from the above article:
    And Ho’s brilliance subsequently blew her competition all away.

    Phillip Goodyear, former head of mining giant BHP Billiton, for example, lasted merely a few months before giving up.

    Mr Goodyear give up because he couldn’t manage? how do you know that? you were in the board? from MSM, its said that he step down due to public pressure of why SINGAPOREAN CAN’T manage a Singapore FUND? why we need ang mo? its rather a Singpore pride issue then an ability issue that Mr. Goodyear step down.

    please get your facts right… and i agree with some of our friends here, your views are quite one sided which sound like BS when read in whole. Well, i praise you for your SINGAPORE PRIDE, but nothing else. Have a good day.

    • Sinkie

       you,like RC above you are stupid people for not being able to comprehend satire

    • Kukumama

      Funny that you pointed out that Mr. Goodyear gave up due to public pressure of why Singaporean can’t manage Singapore fund. Ho is a fellow Singaporean. Why does she need an Ang Moh to manage Singapore fund?

  • Sinkie

    love the satire haha

  • Slim

    hahahaha love the article – genius!

  • 123

    I hope TOC and TRE both get sued some time or another. A bane of the society.

  • Quaker

    hahaha dont u guys know what is taking the mickey?

  • Jibai

    Angkat bola babi.

  • hounds

    Wow, that’s an interesting comment.

    Since those GLCs are considered investment companies, she would have been fired long ago based on all the losses made if the same had happened in the private sector such as Morgan Stanley, Deutsche etc

    You’re only as good as your last deal.
    If you’re prepared to be drawing big bucks, better be ready to have the guts to stomach and handle the scrutiny and accountability.

    Such bad investment losses are not tolerated in the private investment sector without a measure of accountability.

  • Goodyear

    Who’s Phillip Goodyear? I know of a Charles Goodyear.

    More good years?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/L4OZQB7A3R2EX3Z5I4M5SFYPC4 Coriander

    I fully concur, that Mdm Ho Ching is fuuly capable of 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/L4OZQB7A3R2EX3Z5I4M5SFYPC4 Coriander

    There is NO nepotism, NO cronyism, No corruption, No gerrymandering 
    in Singapore.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/L4OZQB7A3R2EX3Z5I4M5SFYPC4 Coriander

    In this case, I shall go set up an online forum of Porcelain Standard,
    because I tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TEJCAWAHDSCKBL5AASKU54LDUA H. S

    A decent laugh, and Ho Jinx is ugly.

  • Mirror ,mirror

    What a joke ! Imposing your personal views and disregarding others. No different except it seems this author is hoping for some goodies from his master