The retiring Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant General Ng Chee Meng will retire and step down from his position on August 18. This announcement is made by Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen and have since spiraled rumours of the retiring army general joining the ruling PAP party to contest in the coming elections, which, according to the government-controlled media, is believed to be happening on September 12.
When approached by the media, the army general said that he does not rule out joining politics:
“While I do not rule out the option of returning to the Administrative Service or entering politics if the opportunity presents itself, my immediate focus is on handing over my duties to the incoming Chief of Defence Force”
In his Facebook post, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen posted that he expects the army general to join the ruling PAP party given “his tested leadership and proven capabilities”. However the Defence Minister did not explain what kind of “leadership and capabilities” the army general possess:
“Inevitably, there will be questions asked about LG Ng’s future plans, particularly, if he is entering politics. Given his tested leadership and proven capabilities, I would not at all be surprised if indeed he is”
Currently, the current Cabinet have five former army personnel with four who left the SAF to join the General Elections in the past:
1) Minister-without-portfolio Chan Chun Sing, Major General and Chief of Army
2) Minister of Social and Family Development Tan Chuan Jin, Brigadier General
3) Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, Rear-Admiral
4) Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew, Rear-Admiral
5) Prime Minister Lee Hsein Loong, son of former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and, at 32, become the world’s youngest Brigadier General in history.