Ng Eng Hen

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Ng Eng Hen said ( about Linda Reynolds ) : "My counterpart, the then-Australian Defence Minister Linda Reynolds, personally expressed how touched they were with our assistance... We were there, but to them it is their fire. They did not expect us to step up. It is not just our detachment stepping up, the energy we poured into it, the way we worked as if it was a fire in our own homes," External link

straitstimesSG Tuesday, December 14, 2021 2:44:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “In every mission, NDU soldiers display the highest standards of professionalism and commitment,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, December 9, 2021 1:41:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "NSFs (full-time National Servicemen) served as home recovery buddies – providing the first line of contact to patients placed on HRP, assisting them for administrative procedures and ensuring that communication channels remained open for patients," External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, November 24, 2021 7:36:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said ( about Taiwan Relations ) : "Taiwan goes to the heart of the political legitimacy of the leader, of the party and it's a deep red line. I can think of no scenario (in) which there are winners if there is actual physical confrontation over Taiwan," "So, I would advise us to stay very far away from that" External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, November 4, 2021 4:49:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The fact that despite the pandemic, where we could hold an exercise with close to 3,000 troops, many ships, planes, submarine, reflects the commitment of the five nation countries of this military group,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, October 18, 2021 10:41:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : "The need for frameworks to guide state and commercial behaviour in cyber, AI, big data and other emerging domains has become more urgent," External link

sinacom-en Tuesday, October 12, 2021 8:11:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen asked : “But can we tolerate mistakes, ultra-low statistically, but that result in loss of innocent lives or precipitate consequences from which there can be no retreat? What safeguards are needed, to be built in AI systems for robustness and accountability?” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, October 12, 2021 6:12:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “This year, we established the preliminary AI guiding principles of 'responsible, safe, reliable and robust' for our defence establishment, and will continue to participate actively in multilateral cooperation on AI technologies, governance and policy,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, October 12, 2021 6:12:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : "The need for frameworks to guide state and commercial behaviour in cyber, AI, big data and other emerging domains has become more urgent," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, October 12, 2021 6:11:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “During the helicopter's approach, the RSAF had issued calls to it to keep clear of our airspace, but there was no reply. RSAF F-16 aircraft were scrambled to investigate,” External link

myanmarnews Monday, October 11, 2021 11:30:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “RSAF F-16 aircraft were scrambled to investigate. After determining that our security was not compromised, the F-16 aircraft were stood down,” External link

themalaymailonline Tuesday, October 5, 2021 7:18:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "During the helicopter’s approach, the RSAF had issued calls to it to keep clear of our airspace, but there was no reply. RSAF F-16 aircraft were scrambled to investigate. After determining that our security was not compromised, the F-16 aircraft were stood down," "Our Ministry of Home Affairs has registered with their Malaysian counterparts our concern over the Royal Malaysian Police helicopter’s unauthorised entry" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, October 5, 2021 12:57:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “A medical team was also added to the regular crew in the event that hyperbaric care would be needed,” External link

themalaymailonline Thursday, April 22, 2021 10:18:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "A medical team was also added to the regular crew in the event that hyperbaric care would be needed," External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, April 22, 2021 7:17:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The attainment of FOC by 112 Squadron for the Airbus A330 MRTT obviously marks a significant milestone in the capabilities of the RSAF. The MRTT marks another step up in extending the range of RSAF’s fleet of planes” External link

airforcetechnology Wednesday, April 21, 2021 7:12:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : "In this context, the acquisition of the new Type 218SG submarines is timely" External link

elevenmyanmar Tuesday, April 20, 2021 10:58:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "The MRTT's better endurance and its ability to do tanker-to-tanker refuelling - which the KC-135 could not - extends its operating footprint, and we're now able to reach all our overseas detachments without layovers," "For our fighter aircraft, the MRTT provides the capacity to reach faraway parts of the globe, and correspondingly, assurance that we would be able to recover our assets from anywhere in the world when the situation warrants. That's a real source of assurance" External link

straitstimesSG Tuesday, April 20, 2021 2:41:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “For our fighter aircraft, the MRTT provides the capacity to reach faraway parts of the globe and correspondingly, assurance that we would be able to recover our assets from anywhere in the world when the situation warrants” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, April 20, 2021 2:03:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “The attainment of full operational capability (FOC) by 112 Squadron for the Airbus A330 MRTT obviously marks a significant milestone in the capabilities of the RSAF,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, April 20, 2021 2:03:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : "MINDEF will therefore invest about S$90 million for DSO to work with MOH to upgrade our facilities within DSO to the highest bio-safety level," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, March 1, 2021 10:18:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : "If the post-COVID recovery ensues, MINDEF expects its budget to stabilise and return to a growth trajectory targeted and announced in previous years – about 3 to 4 per cent nominal growth each year, to keep pace with inflation over a period," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, March 1, 2021 10:18:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "integrate capabilities from both (headquarters) to 'see better' and 'shoot faster' with less manpower" External link

channelnewsasia Monday, March 1, 2021 10:18:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "If it was a silent movie, you wouldn't know there was a dispute" External link

elevenmyanmar Thursday, February 4, 2021 8:52:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Let's be clear about this, for countries in this region, our entire lives are invested. Taking the analogy from the elephants, we are the grass and we can't move anywhere. So, of course, we have to invest in our own defence capabilities," External link

elevenmyanmar Thursday, February 4, 2021 8:52:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "There are many new areas, including defence technology, that both sides can build shared interests and shared capabilities. " External link

straitstimesSG Wednesday, January 20, 2021 5:30:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "The Shangri-La Dialogue will resume this year, as more effective safety measures are in place and vaccinations ongoing," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, January 18, 2021 1:08:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Those threats are evolving, whether they are longer-range munitions ... or non-traditional, from terrorist attacks – things you can buy on the dark web,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, December 17, 2020 1:56:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "The current training profile just ensures that our pilots maintain their proficiency. These same considerations apply to helicopter operations," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, November 2, 2020 7:21:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "The sight of Apache helicopters circling the skies over Sentosa, was a powerful deterrent against those bent on disrupting or causing harm during these high profile events," "These successful missions would not have been possible without the rigorous training that the men and women of the RSAF go through on a regular basis to maintain their skills, proficiency and a high state of operational readiness" External link

channelnewsasia Monday, November 2, 2020 7:21:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "If it was a silent movie, you wouldn't know there was a dispute" External link

elevenmyanmar Sunday, October 25, 2020 10:08:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Let's be clear about this, for countries in this region, our entire lives are invested. Taking the analogy from the elephants, we are the grass and we can't move anywhere. So, of course, we have to invest in our own defence capabilities," External link

elevenmyanmar Sunday, October 25, 2020 10:08:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "We are grateful for the support of the Australian Government and the good people in Darwin and in other areas for hosting our military training," External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, October 8, 2020 11:22:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "DSO (National Laboratories) is assisting the SAF (Singapore Armed Forces) to use other methods which are more suited for mass testing. For example, oropharyngeal mid-turbinate swabs (OP-MT) or saliva testing," "Initial results of our trials on both these different applications have been promising with regard to the acceptability and accuracy of these newer methods" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, October 6, 2020 5:22:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "They never stopped, whether during the 'circuit breaker' period, before that, or even now. They will not stop," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, October 6, 2020 5:22:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "I think the SAF has coped well with the challenges brought about by COVID-19. " External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, October 6, 2020 5:22:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : "While the SAF contributes to Singapore’s fight against COVID-19, it will not be distracted from its core functions," "The SAF recognises that Singapore’s security challenges do not diminish during this COVID-19 pandemic – in fact, our assumption is that would be aggressors can take advantage of the situation to do us harm," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, October 6, 2020 5:22:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen explained : “First, most of the local flying is conducted over waters rather than land, and avoiding residential areas except during take-off, landing and transit to and from training areas,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, October 5, 2020 5:59:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “This regular training both locally and overseas keep the RSAF sharp and able to protect us well. It’s not against theoretical or imagined threats,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, October 5, 2020 5:59:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "If the situation allows, we will bring NDP back to the Float @ Marina Bay - that's the plan - NDP 2021, COVID-19 is under control, we will go back to the Float," "And if it does, it will be the tenth time that NDP is held at the Float – I think a good round number to end off the series of NDPs for what was meant to be a temporary floating platform before it is rebuilt into the permanent NS Square" External link

channelnewsasia Friday, August 28, 2020 2:33:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "But as the number of infections rose through January, February, and the circuit breaker, I think it became quite clear that we had to jettison all these plans and instead come up with a relatively COVID-proof way to prepare for and celebrate NDP," External link

channelnewsasia Friday, August 28, 2020 2:33:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "NDP 2020 uplifted Singaporeans to rise above present difficulties, to forge ahead with the assurance that we will surmount each challenge taking care of one another," External link

channelnewsasia Friday, August 28, 2020 2:33:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "I’m not making an edict here, but I'm just asking that subsequent (executive committees) study what Singaporeans are asking for, which elements can be incorporated at every NDP at a sustainable level, and of course, depending on the ground support for these activities," External link

channelnewsasia Friday, August 28, 2020 2:33:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “To protect the health of our servicemen, the SAF will continue to undertake comprehensive safety measures, supported by robust COVID-19 surveillance and testing regimes,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, August 27, 2020 12:57:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Even as we face a more volatile external environment and a widening array of threats, the SAF’s enlistee pool will shrink,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, August 27, 2020 12:57:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “None of them has come down with infections,” External link

themalaymailonline Monday, July 27, 2020 2:53:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "If it was a silent movie, you wouldn't know there was a dispute" External link

elevenmyanmar Thursday, July 23, 2020 12:01:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Let's be clear about this, for countries in this region, our entire lives are invested. Taking the analogy from the elephants, we are the grass and we can't move anywhere. So, of course, we have to invest in our own defence capabilities," External link

elevenmyanmar Thursday, July 23, 2020 12:01:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Together, we must help residents through this difficult period,” “Especially for those with financial difficulties, we promise our assistance. If they have children, we want to help them through the community scholarship, ComCare and welfare funds” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, July 3, 2020 4:51:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen told : “We have been very clear that you cannot do what you have done before,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, June 29, 2020 2:02:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen wrote : "This gives (front-line healthcare workers) peace of mind that they do not bring back any virus to their homes" External link

straitstimesSG Thursday, June 25, 2020 3:15:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “I am all for prudence But we should guard against a mood of despondency overcoming us or allow individual preferences to divide us. If we allow despair to prevail in our national psyche particularly in this Covid-19 pandemic, then I say that will be the greatest harm to the future of Singapore — much more devastating than the economic impact, the loss of jobs and businesses,” External link

themalaymailonline Saturday, June 6, 2020 6:56:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “We expect air travel to pick up in the months ahead but this year, let’s turn this into an opportunity so that the SAF aircraft can fly in formation over the heartlands so that Singaporeans can watch from their homes,” External link

themalaymailonline Saturday, June 6, 2020 6:56:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The fireworks will not be as long or spectacular as recent centralised NDPs but I hope that it will lift the spirits of Singaporeans all across the island,” External link

themalaymailonline Saturday, June 6, 2020 6:56:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “As families will be at home, there is no need for single-use water bottles, neither plastic clappers nor packaging, and these have been done away with to reduce waste,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, June 5, 2020 8:20:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “For every NDP, the (executive committee) aims to be inclusive and they take in views and accommodate different interests where possible. I think this is good and forward-leaning. But let me just say this as a gentle caution,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, June 5, 2020 8:20:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will not be possible to hold the NDP in the traditional format, where thousands of participants practice for months, and for many more thousands of spectators congregated at the Floating Platform or Padang" External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, May 20, 2020 6:43:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. Through this unique way of celebrating NDP 2020, let us show that Singaporeans are indeed extraordinary," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, May 20, 2020 6:43:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “In essence, when completed, we can conduct complex training on a much larger scale, that only few militaries are able to, elsewhere,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, March 2, 2020 10:27:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “I think it’s natural to be concerned, and they are just as concerned as us because we have cases here,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, February 7, 2020 1:36:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “So, I’m very happy that they are here and that they put in so much effort,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, February 7, 2020 1:36:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “fluctuates considerably from year to year” External link

hellenicshippingnews Thursday, February 6, 2020 1:32:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : "Beyond regular conduct of sea and air patrols under the MSP, joint training and exercises as well as information sharing strengthen understanding and collaboration to deal with maritime incidents together," External link

straitstimesSG Tuesday, February 4, 2020 3:07:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Currently, he is able to breathe on his own, conscious and alert and able to talk with his family," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, January 7, 2020 12:30:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "It will examine all existing safety processes and procedures, whether they were adhered to and recommend areas for review and enhancement where needed," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, January 7, 2020 12:30:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Australia has welcomed SAF troops to train there for decades, and in their time of great need, it’s only natural that the SAF do our best to help their people and communities affected by this unexpected natural disaster" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, January 7, 2020 7:56:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Still raging, the bushfires have already destroyed more than 6 million hectares – 80 Singapores! – and killed half a billion animals, not to mention the tragic loss of human lives,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, January 7, 2020 7:56:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “We will also open the doors of NS Hub to the public, because it is a public place where we want them to gather for leisure, to learn more about NS and to consider a career with MINDEF/SAF,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, November 25, 2019 2:22:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Our defence ties have grown strength to strength...We appreciate India's continued support for our training in India. We talked about security challenges here in the region, the Indo-Pacific area and in South Asia. I would say that we concluded the dialogue very successfully and affirmed our commitment to deepen defence ties," External link

newindianexpress Wednesday, November 20, 2019 6:25:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Our defence ties have grown strength to strength...We appreciate India's continued support for our training in India. We talked about security challenges here in the region, the Indo-Pacific area and in South Asia. I would say that we concluded the dialogue very successfully and affirmed our commitment to deepen defence ties," External link

newindianexpress Wednesday, November 20, 2019 6:25:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Our defence ties have grown strength to strength... We appreciate India’s continued support for our training in India. We talked about security challenges here in the region, the Indo-Pacific area and in South Asia. I would say that we concluded the dialogue very successfully and affirmed our commitment to deepen defence ties,” External link

Hindu Wednesday, November 20, 2019 6:04:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Our defence ties have grown strength to strength... We appreciate India’s continued support for our training in India. We talked about security challenges here in the region, the Indo-Pacific area and in South Asia. I would say that we concluded the dialogue very successfully and affirmed our commitment to deepen defence ties,” External link

thehindu Wednesday, November 20, 2019 5:39:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Our defence ties have grown strength to strength... We appreciate India's continued support for our training in India. We talked about security challenges here in the region, the Indo-Pacific area and in South Asia. I would say that we concluded the dialogue very successfully and affirmed our commitment to deepen defence ties," External link

timesofindia Wednesday, November 20, 2019 4:21:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Our defence ties have grown strength to strength...We appreciate India's continued support for our training in India. We talked about security challenges here in the region, the Indo-Pacific area and in South Asia. I would say that we concluded the dialogue very successfully and affirmed our commitment to deepen defence ties," External link

timesofindia Wednesday, November 20, 2019 4:21:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen told : “The US and China need to find some common ground while agreeing to disagree on other issues, so as not to risk global instability,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, October 22, 2019 7:48:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Taken at face value, both narratives do not necessarily conflict, at least not geographically. The US and China share no land border or compete for any physical resource as high stakes,” “And yet, the world finds itself in the midst of a strategic rivalry which, for this generation, will be the single-most critical issue that determines the fate of our world, countries and citizens at large” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, October 22, 2019 7:48:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Singapore will maintain its strong friendships with both,” “But it is also acutely aware that the farther the US and China pull apart, the harder it would be for all countries to keep to this principled and neutral position” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, October 22, 2019 7:48:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Depending on the reports you read, from 700km to 1,500km. These medium and long-range drones are able to avoid radar detection and also hit their targets with great precision" External link

channelnewsasia Monday, October 7, 2019 1:03:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "The group there coordinated our supplies that flew to Indonesia and the relocation of displaced persons out of the affected Palu area," External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, September 19, 2019 4:39:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "These early efforts by the Chamber laid the foundation for a strong SAF today. And this Chamber continues to give strong support to national defence," External link

straitstimesSG Wednesday, August 14, 2019 9:54:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "We have to be prepared for the shift of the centre of gravity of terror attacks from [the] Middle East to this region," "And we have good reasons why all our intelligence agencies come to the same assessment" External link

janes Tuesday, July 2, 2019 4:41:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen told : “Even before an accident happens – the near miss – people are reporting, and that has gone up,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, July 2, 2019 12:33:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “We know that we have to win the confidence of soldiers, the parents, the community at large to be able to train effectively but train safely,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, July 2, 2019 12:33:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “But we’ve reached a level where you have to reach that last individual,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, July 2, 2019 12:33:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “So these are concrete examples of how we’ve entered a sweet spot of the technology cycle,” “Technology that allowed us to thankfully transform the SAF” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, July 2, 2019 12:33:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Even with all that, I think we have to find new ways to operate,” “So, we are going to put significant sums, both resources for people and finances, into groups that are fully dedicated to think of future concepts” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, July 2, 2019 12:33:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “We no longer think of an infantry soldier going out with one weapon,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, July 2, 2019 12:33:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “We’re looking to expand other aspects, even to … revocationalise NSmen if they are interested, where they have professional expertise,” “As well as mid-career regulars who want to be employed in cyber vocations” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, July 2, 2019 12:33:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “We shouldn’t do what others are doing because that’s just duplication of efforts,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, July 2, 2019 12:33:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The good news is that, that was the reason why we took our time to arrive at a conclusion and to put in our Letter of Request,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, July 2, 2019 12:33:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said ( about US Air Force ) : “You have instances like (with) the Japan Air Force, and I think we were in touch with the agencies and authorities to have a good analysis,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, July 2, 2019 12:33:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen told : “We are working closely with the police, and when we apprehend these errant operators, I think that a strong signal must be sent that (there can be) very bad consequences if you engage in these activities,” External link

BangkokPost Monday, July 1, 2019 3:31:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “If you wanted to shut down the airspace, you could, but the consequences are very large because, don’t forget planes need to fly and they also depend on communications,” External link

BangkokPost Monday, July 1, 2019 3:31:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen told : “We are working closely with the police, and when we apprehend these errant operators, I think that a strong signal must be sent that (there can be) very bad consequences if you engage in these activities,” External link

themalaymailonline Monday, July 1, 2019 7:10:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “If you wanted to shut down the airspace, you could, but the consequences are very large because, don’t forget ... planes need to fly and they also depend on communications,” External link

themalaymailonline Monday, July 1, 2019 7:10:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : "We're going to invest significant resources to develop, to train and raise a cyber formation, cyber officers and men as well as facilities," External link

AsiaOne Monday, July 1, 2019 4:40:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : "SAF will also have to gear up for non-state actors that want to do us harm. And then we have to think of techniques and procedures in order to deal with them" External link

AsiaOne Monday, July 1, 2019 4:40:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "If we have that continued strong support for the SAF, I think we will be able to defend Singapore for another generation" External link

AsiaOne Monday, July 1, 2019 4:40:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “When completed, SAFTI City promises to be among the most advanced purpose-built military training facilities for urban ops in the world,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, June 30, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “How they perform, whether individually or in units, will allow them to learn quickly from their mistakes,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, June 30, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “With what we could afford, facilities to train soldiers and commanders were basic,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, June 30, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen told : “Even before an accident happens – the near miss – people are reporting, and that has gone up,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, June 30, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “We know that we have to win the confidence of soldiers, the parents, the community at large to be able to train effectively but train safely,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, June 30, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “But we’ve reached a level where you have to reach that last individual,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, June 30, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “So these are concrete examples of how we’ve entered a sweet spot of the technology cycle,” “Technology that allowed us to thankfully transform the SAF” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, June 30, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Even with all that, I think we have to find new ways to operate,” “So, we are going to put significant sums, both resources for people and finances, into groups that are fully dedicated to think of future concepts” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, June 30, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “We no longer think of an infantry soldier going out with one weapon,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, June 30, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “We’re looking to expand other aspects, even to … revocationalise NSmen if they are interested, where they have professional expertise,” “As well as mid-career regulars who want to be employed in cyber vocations” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, June 30, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “We shouldn’t do what others are doing because that’s just duplication of efforts,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, June 30, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen told : “Changi Airport is very important to the economy. Safety you have tens of millions of passengers,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, June 30, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “From what I understand, they (the CAAS) know that they have to use a suite of levers, including enforcement,” “Nothing untoward has happened yet, and you really don’t want to wait for something before you act” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, June 30, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The good news is that, that was the reason why we took our time to arrive at a conclusion and to put in our Letter of Request,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, June 30, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said ( about US Air Force ) : “You have instances like (with) the Japan Air Force, and I think we were in touch with the agencies and authorities to have a good analysis,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, June 30, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "These problems are complex, and even more so the solutions with hard trade-offs," "But strengthening legislation and pre-agreed OB markers will certainly form part of our tool-box to tackle these challenges. Here, it is important for leaders in defence technology to be involved in the process early, to have your views clarified and sharpened before they get caught up in the legislative and political machinations of individual countries" External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, June 26, 2019 6:19:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen concluded : "The militaries that will serve this generation will have to deal with traditional rivalries, as well as expanded challenges related to terrorism, cyberspace, outer space and the forces of nature," "Increasingly, we will need the power of technology to amplify our efforts and improve our effectiveness to deal with such challenges" External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, June 26, 2019 6:19:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The Hunter replaces the Ultra M113 but represents a significant step-up in all areas – better firepower, mobility, and protection. The Hunter fleet will require less manpower to operate, but with increased potency through the use of advanced technology” External link

armytechnology Friday, June 14, 2019 2:58:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “These network synergies allow the Hunter to sense more accurately and quicker, to strike fast with deadly precision across all terrains,” External link

armytechnology Friday, June 14, 2019 2:58:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Two [fighter jets] scrambled to escort an inbound Scoot plane but it turned out to be a false alarm," External link

thestarkenya Monday, June 3, 2019 9:11:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Two [fighter jets] scrambled to escort an inbound Scoot plane but it turned out to be a false alarm," External link

bbc Monday, June 3, 2019 7:10:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "This is good news for all of us," "From the Singaporean perspective, both sides strengthening interaction will help lower risks and reduce misjudgement for either party" External link

sinacom-en Monday, June 3, 2019 6:33:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "This is good news for all of us," "From the Singaporean perspective, both sides strengthening interaction will help lower risks and reduce misjudgement for either party" External link

peopledaily Monday, June 3, 2019 3:59:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen wrote : “The SAF takes every threat as real and seriously, until proven otherwise. The RSAF will stay ever vigilant,” External link

themalaymailonline Monday, June 3, 2019 3:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "This is good news for all of us," "From the Singaporean perspective, both sides strengthening interaction will help lower risks and reduce misjudgement for either party" External link

ecns Sunday, June 2, 2019 7:38:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "The challenge for both the US and China, amid their bilateral struggle as dominant powers in Asia, is to offer that inclusive and over-arching moral justification for acceptance by all countries, big and small, of their dominance beyond military might," External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, June 2, 2019 1:03:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "it’s not really up to us or anyone else to decide" "The US has said it will stay and I don’t see anyone disagreeing, or even if you disagree, to changing that fait accompli," External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, June 2, 2019 1:03:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "If it was a silent movie, you wouldn't know there was a dispute" External link

elevenmyanmar Saturday, June 1, 2019 6:45:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Let's be clear about this, for countries in this region, our entire lives are invested. Taking the analogy from the elephants, we are the grass and we can't move anywhere. So, of course, we have to invest in our own defence capabilities," External link

elevenmyanmar Saturday, June 1, 2019 6:45:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “We had a very comprehensive discussion on a wide range of issues, including the South China Sea,” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, May 29, 2019 1:36:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Some of the incidents are from assertion of principles, but we recognize that the price of any physical incident is one that is too high and unnecessary to either assert or prove your position” External link

eurasiareview Monday, May 27, 2019 7:05:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “They carry every kind of product and commodity that are essential for modern economies to live, function and thrive,” “Maritime history teaches us that whenever and wherever there is conflict on the seas, surrounding countries and their common folk invariably suffer” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 14, 2019 7:44:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “It is good that ASEAN and China have come to an agreement on a single draft negotiating text, and all of us urge quick progress and an expeditious conclusion of a meaningful and impactful COC,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 14, 2019 7:44:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “These military initiatives between regional navies reduce the risks of misunderstandings and unintended escalation between our warships,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 14, 2019 7:44:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “Collectively, we need to step up our intelligence efforts as the centre of gravity of global terrorism shifts away from the Middle East and moves to other regions of the world, including this region, which have been susceptible to radical ideologies,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 14, 2019 7:44:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Over the past 10 years, (the centre) has consistently delivered actionable information to various maritime agencies,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 14, 2019 7:44:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "It is sad but undeniable that the direct cause determined by the COI that resulted in the death of CFC (NS) Pang was preventable had there been compliance to safety rules. " External link

AsiaOne Monday, May 6, 2019 11:48:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “As the gun barrel made contact with CFC (NS) Pang, the COI opined that instead of activating the emergency stop buttons, both the technician and the gun commander panicked and acted irrationally,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, May 6, 2019 11:00:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Police investigations to ascertain the causes and circumstances connected with these two deaths have been completed and submitted to the State Coroner," "The State Coroner found that there was no evidence of foul play and that the deaths were deliberate acts of suicide" External link

channelnewsasia Monday, April 1, 2019 6:53:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "The State Coroner did not identify any contributory factors related to their commanders or colleagues, (National Service) or work that could have led to the incident" External link

channelnewsasia Monday, April 1, 2019 6:53:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "What we are building in these two areas, to me, is a physical embodiment of those extremely close ties that Australia and Singapore have" External link

elevenmyanmar Saturday, March 30, 2019 11:32:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added ( about Singapore Air ) : "The Defence Science and Technology Agency's (DSTA's) assessment is that now is an opportune time to put in Singapore's request," External link

janes Friday, March 1, 2019 7:21:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “A new NS Hub will bring together different services which are now scattered across Singapore,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, March 1, 2019 9:13:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said ( about Bernadine Natalie Moni Elimbi ) : "Our LOR will request an initial acquisition of four F-35s, with the option of a subsequent eight if we decide to proceed," "Singapore has the endorsement of both the U.S. Administration and the Department of Defence for our proposed purchase of F-35s, but the Congress must still approve it" External link

4-traders Friday, March 1, 2019 8:09:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "The Defence Science and Technology Agency's (DSTA) assessment is that now is an opportune time to put in Singapore’s request," External link

channelnewsasia Friday, March 1, 2019 7:51:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “Nonetheless, MINDEF will continue to work with the US Department of Defense to optimise operating and maintenance costs,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, March 1, 2019 7:51:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Defence, especially for a small island like Singapore is crucial, if we are to safeguard our interests and deter aggression,” “Singapore is on track to build a modernised tri-service SAF... that can meet security challenges both in the real and virtual worlds in the 21st century. Advertisement. "If we continue our steady investments into defence and our NSmen maintain their commitment and resolve to defend Singapore, then our future will be secure for another generation. We can celebrate SG75 with the assurance that we have strong defences” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, March 1, 2019 7:51:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "But at the same time, we must ensure that the SAF is strong and adequate to defend our rights when diplomacy fails and when others choose to do us harm or ignore our rights... A strong SAF protects Singapore and Singaporeans," External link

channelnewsasia Friday, March 1, 2019 7:51:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “As I have previously committed to this House, we expect our nominal defence spending over the next decade to grow at 3 to 4 per cent each year, to at least keep pace with inflation,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, March 1, 2019 7:51:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “MINDEF will continue its efforts in defence diplomacy... We want to promote regional peace and stability,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, March 1, 2019 7:51:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “The Invincible-class submarines will have longer endurance, and also the latest locally-developed sensors and automated systems designed for optimal use in our surrounding waters. We aim to have a full fleet of four Invincible-class submarines by 2025,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, March 1, 2019 7:51:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Some of the incidents are from assertion of principles, but we recognize that the price of any physical incident is one that is too high and unnecessary to either assert or prove your position” External link

eurasiareview Saturday, February 23, 2019 6:16:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : "In this context, the acquisition of the new Type 218SG submarines is timely" External link

elevenmyanmar Tuesday, February 19, 2019 4:54:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added ( about Singapore Navy ) : “The SAF (Singapore Armed Forces) will have to shape itself to deal with a multitude of security challenges, some of which are conventional, some like terrorism or weapons of mass destruction. "So the submarines are very much part and parcel of any modern military and I think it’ll add significantly to the RSN’s capability and the SAF’s capabilities in terms of options when the time is needed” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 18, 2019 4:26:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "When we acquired these vessels, we took into account the other militaries around us modernising their submarines," "Like Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, China, and from further afar. Obviously Australians too. So it’s in keeping with the modernisation of militaries in our region" External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 18, 2019 4:26:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said ( about Liu Kai ) : “CFC Liu Kai was well-liked and respected soldier,” “He served with pride and was remembered by his peers for his dedication and commitment. We mourn the loss of this precious son. And we hope that the measures we have put in place will prevent a similar incident in the future” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 14, 2019 7:30:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The COI noted that the rear guide had repeatedly given the order for the driver to stop reversing through the intercom via his helmet. The COI noted that the intercom system was working earlier in the exercise. They have asked for an independent technical assessment report on whether the intercom system was working properly all the time,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 14, 2019 7:30:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Based on the COI’s calculations, this final position of the LR (Land Rover) would have been at a distance of ‘at most 19.8m from the Bionix, but short of the safety distance of 30m stated in the TSR (Training Safety Regulations),’” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 14, 2019 7:30:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “The COI acknowledged the need for this type of training, even though it is high risk,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 14, 2019 7:30:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “The COI found that the rear guide issued stop commands into the intercom of his helmet set when the Bionix started reversing and did so repeatedly,” “The intercom of the helmet is the rear guide’s only means of communication with the other crew members in the Bionix. However, the Bionix continued to reverse” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 14, 2019 7:30:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “The COI was of the view that the servicemen involved had had their rest in accordance to the Training Safety Regulations (TSR), and that their mental and physical states were fit for participation in the activity and did not appear to have an effect on their attention to safety protocols,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 14, 2019 7:30:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Based on SIB’s investigations, the Chief Military Prosecutor will decide if any servicemen are to be prosecuted for criminal or military offences in a military court,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 14, 2019 7:30:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “In this particular incident, CFC (NS) Pang was first activated,” “But as he was unable to resolve the fault, CFC (NS) Pang requested and received the help of Regular technicians from the forward support group” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 14, 2019 7:30:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “When the gun is lowered, the flick rammer at the rear end of the barrel goes up and ends about 10cm below the top rim of the cabin. Because of this, no one should be behind the barrel when gun is being lowered,” “Unfortunately, CFC (NS) Pang was caught between the gun barrel and the interior of the SSPH as the gun barrel was lowered and sustained compression injuries to his chest and abdomen” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 14, 2019 7:30:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen stated : “At the first operation, the surgical team found that a number of organs were damaged and treated them accordingly,” “After the first surgery, CFC (NS) Pang did not require any ventilation and his vital signs were stable. In fact, after the first surgery, he spoke with his mother who had been flown over to New Zealand” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 14, 2019 7:30:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen stated : “No further damage was discovered at the second look surgery, but despite this, CFC (NS) Pang’s condition subsequently deteriorated,” “Despite being placed on artificial life support and further treatment, CFC (NS) Pang passed away” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 14, 2019 7:30:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "The ME2 Regular technician is overall in charge," "For the repair work in this case, the maintenance manual indicates that it is the responsibility of the technician in charge to ensure that the gun has been lowered and fixed in place before any maintenance work can begin" External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 14, 2019 7:30:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen stated : “All three persons who were in the cabin in this incident had been trained specifically on the SSPH and had conducted similar maintenance on it in the past,” “During the exercise, both CFC (NS) Pang and the Regular technician had conducted maintenance works on the guns daily” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 14, 2019 7:30:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “Inspections of the SSPH have not detected any machine malfunction of the gun lowering mechanism,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 14, 2019 7:30:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Our parents and grandparents suffered in the three-and-a-half years of deprivation and humiliation that followed," External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 14, 2019 5:33:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "The price of freedom is constant vigilance against threats old and new," External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 14, 2019 5:33:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "I'm sure that if the House wants us to debate the various points that he has brought up, I think we can find other fora to do so," External link

AsiaOne Tuesday, February 12, 2019 6:07:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : "I don't need for those who want to sue the Government to do so before the commanders are held accountable," External link

AsiaOne Tuesday, February 12, 2019 6:07:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “This imperative of NS and our national defence does not absolve or reduce the accountability of MINDEF and the SAF in any way, to ensure safe training,” “On the contrary, it compels MINDEF and the SAF to do all that is humanly possible to prevent training deaths for NSmen because precious sons have been entrusted to us by their families” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:13:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said ( about Inspector General ) : "This dual function is synergistic as the COS-JS has an overview of all operations and as Inspector-General, will have the authority to ensure that 'safety first' habits and processes are incorporated at all levels of training," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:13:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Commanders of units which do not meet standards and have committed lapses in safety procedures and processes will have this marked against them in their performance reviews,” “Let me emphasise that such commanders will be marked as having performed unsatisfactorily even if accidents have not occurred. This is the right emphasis to prevent accidents” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:13:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Once notified, the Conducting Officer should verify the report and when necessary rectify the safety breach or unsafe practice,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:13:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “If we are to achieve zero fatalities during NS training, we must have a strong safety culture in all our units, and safety consciousness down to the last soldier,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:13:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen stated : “But we still need NS technicians to be with their units to perform basic maintenance so that the equipment can function during operations,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:13:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Soldiers must also complete an individual risk assessment checklist and raise safety concerns to their superiors for mitigation before an activity begins,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:13:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen stated : “The IGO will review if further mitigating measures are needed to help NSmen adjust from civilian life to ICT (In-Camp Training),” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:13:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “This was probably due to multiple factors, but I think the new safety measures we put into place after the devastating incidents of 2012 had an effect,” “If we put our minds and efforts to achieve zero training fatalities, it can be achieved” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:13:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Our own experience shows, some years we may be able to achieve it. Can anyone guarantee that it will be zero fatalities for the rest of our future? Surely not,” “But that zero fatality sears into the consciousness of every commander and every soldier that to get there, you better be careful about what you are doing. That safety lapses will not be tolerated, that it will be safety first because at the end of the day, I want to train you, and I want you to be alive, to be able to fight when Singapore needs you,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:13:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “We have taken commanders or NS men who have been derelict, who have not done their duty to criminal prosecution. Not just civilian payouts in the courts - they go to jail,” “Their lives, in that sense, and careers are ruined. And justly so, they deserve it,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:13:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “This was probably due to multiple factors, but I think the new safety measures we put into place after the devastating incidents of 2012 had an effect,” “If we put our minds and efforts to achieve zero training fatalities, it can be achieved” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:13:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "I’ve said very clearly, on no uncertain terms, that anybody can stop unsafe training," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 4:08:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "We've come very far when national servicemen say I want to train as realistically as I can," "What if we had the reverse situation where everyone attends training but nobody trains? I think we have to take what is good in our system and respond practically" External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 4:08:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen replied : "I stated very clearly that there is a TSR (Training Safety Regulations) and anyone can stop it," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 4:08:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "If senior leadership has to go because they have been involved or have been derelict, then I don’t think our population will stand for that," "If you think that improves the system, push for it. But let’s deal with the issue on the ground" External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 4:08:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "We must never give up on NS that forms the backbone of our SAF for national defence," External link

elevenmyanmar Monday, February 11, 2019 2:41:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The COI noted that the rear guide had repeatedly given the order for the driver to stop reversing through the intercom via the CVC helmet. The COI noted that the intercom system was working earlier in the exercise. They have asked for an independent technical assessment report on whether the intercom system was working properly all the time,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “The COI was of the view that the servicemen involved had had their rest in accordance to the Training Safety Regulations (TSR), and that their mental and physical states were fit for participation in the activity and did not appear to have an effect on their attention to safety protocols,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The COI made several findings in their report: first, the COI noted that ensuring the safety distance is the responsibility of the vehicle commander of the Land Rover. In this case, the Land Rover ended up in a position that was less than the required safety distance from the Bionix; second, the reversing of the Bionix from the simulated enemy encounter brought the Land Rover into the path of the Bionix,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Based on the COI’s calculations, this final position of the LR (Land Rover) would have been at a distance of ‘at most 19.8m from the Bionix, but short of the safety distance of 30m stated in the TSR (Training Safety Regulations),’” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “The COI acknowledged the need for this type of training, even though it is high risk,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “The COI found that the rear guide issued stop commands into the intercom of his helmet set when the Bionix started reversing and did so repeatedly,” “The intercom of the helmet is the rear guide’s only means of communication with the other crew members in the Bionix. However, the Bionix continued to reverse” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said ( about Liu Kai ) : “CFC Liu Kai was well-liked and respected soldier,” “He served with pride and was remembered by his peers for his dedication and commitment. We mourn the loss of this precious son. And we hope that the measures we have put in place will prevent a similar incident in the future” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Based on SIB’s investigations, the Chief Military Prosecutor will decide if any servicemen are to be prosecuted for criminal or military offences in a military court,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “In this particular incident, CFC (NS) Pang was first activated,” “But as he was unable to resolve the fault, CFC (NS) Pang requested and received the help of Regular technicians from the forward support group” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “When the gun is lowered, the flick rammer at the rear end of the barrel goes up and ends about 10cm below the top rim of the cabin. Because of this, no one should be behind the barrel when gun is being lowered,” “Unfortunately, CFC (NS) Pang was caught between the gun barrel and the interior of the SSPH as the gun barrel was lowered and sustained compression injuries to his chest and abdomen” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen stated : “At the first operation, the surgical team found that a number of organs were damaged and treated them accordingly,” “After the first surgery, CFC (NS) Pang did not require any ventilation and his vital signs were stable. In fact, after the first surgery, he spoke with his mother who had been flown over to New Zealand” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen stated : “No further damage was discovered at the second look surgery, but despite this, CFC (NS) Pang’s condition subsequently deteriorated,” “Despite being placed on artificial life support and further treatment, CFC (NS) Pang passed away” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "The ME2 Regular technician is overall in charge," "For the repair work in this case, the maintenance manual indicates that it is the responsibility of the technician in charge to ensure that the gun has been lowered and fixed in place before any maintenance work can begin" External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen stated : “All three persons who were in the cabin in this incident had been trained specifically on the SSPH and had conducted similar maintenance on it in the past,” “During the exercise, both CFC (NS) Pang and the Regular technician had conducted maintenance works on the guns daily” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “Inspections of the SSPH have not detected any machine malfunction of the gun lowering mechanism,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “This imperative of NS and our national defence does not absolve or reduce the accountability of MINDEF and the SAF in any way, to ensure safe training,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “This move also responds to ERPSS (External Review Panel on SAF Safety) finding that while the safety policies and management systems of the SAF are largely in place, there was a need for more compliance checks and ground level audits,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Commanders of units which do not meet standards and have committed lapses in safety procedures and processes will have this marked against them in their performance reviews,” “Let me emphasise that such commanders will be marked as having performed unsatisfactorily even if accidents have not occurred. This is the right emphasis to prevent accidents” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Once notified, the Conducting Officer should verify the report and when necessary rectify the safety breach or unsafe practice,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “If we are to achieve zero fatalities during NS training, we must have a strong safety culture in all our units, and safety consciousness down to the last soldier,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen stated : “But we still need NS technicians to be with their units to perform basic maintenance so that the equipment can function during operations,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Soldiers must also complete an individual risk assessment checklist and raise safety concerns to their superiors for mitigation before an activity begins,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen stated : “The IGO will review if further mitigating measures are needed to help NSmen adjust from civilian life to ICT (In-Camp Training),” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “This was probably due to multiple factors, but I think the new safety measures we put into place after the devastating incidents of 2012 had an effect,” “If we put our minds and efforts to achieve zero training fatalities, it can be achieved” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen told : “It is a cost that we’re willing to bear to play a small part in this historic meeting,” External link

northkoreatimes Thursday, January 31, 2019 11:21:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen wrote : “No one needs to fear any disciplinary action for doing right to protect lives during training,” External link

themalaymailonline Friday, January 25, 2019 1:05:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "The delay in evacuation resulted as the persons attending to CFC Lee mistook his signs and symptoms as due to physical exhaustion," External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, January 24, 2019 12:26:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added ( about Pang Wei ) : "Even as the doctors do all they can, our prayers go to CFC (NS) Pang to turn this difficult corner, as well as to his family members for strength," External link

AsiaOne Wednesday, January 23, 2019 8:28:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen wrote : "Corporal First Class (NS) Pang’s condition is very serious and presently he needs artificial life support of his lungs, kidneys and heart," External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, January 23, 2019 12:28:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "MINDEF made an announcement that we are proceeding with our F16s replacement by F35s," "Having said that, that is part of our overall plan for modernisation of the (Singapore Armed Forces) and as I said, we will do it within the defence budget constraints" External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, January 20, 2019 1:39:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Our agencies will now have to speak to their US counterparts to move the process forward," External link

JakartaPost Friday, January 18, 2019 2:34:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen dit : "Elles (les agences de la défense) ont décidé que le F-35 représente le modèle de remplacement le plus pertinent" External link

challenges Friday, January 18, 2019 1:22:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Our agencies will now have to speak to their US counterparts to move the process forward,” External link

tribune Friday, January 18, 2019 12:44:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Our agencies will now have to speak to their US counterparts to move the process forward," External link

afp-en Friday, January 18, 2019 12:43:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Our RSAF’s F-16s that were in service since 1998 will have to retire soon after 2030, even after their mid-life upgrades,” “That’s not very far away, just over 10 years, to acquire their replacement and, just as important, to build the logistic support and train pilots individually and as a fleet to guard our skies” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, January 18, 2019 11:48:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said ( about Singapore Navy ) : "Since 3 December 2018, when intrusions by [Malaysian government vessels] began, our security personnel have repeatedly pressed these vessels to withdraw from [Singapore territorial waters off Tuas]" "We will continue to do so as their presence does not strengthen Malaysia's legal claims in any way and indeed, as we have said before, can result in mishaps or regrettable incidents," External link

janes Wednesday, January 16, 2019 3:13:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “Since Dec 3, 2018 when intrusions by MGVs began, our security personnel have repeatedly pressed these vessels to withdraw from the waters” “We will continue to do so as their presence does not strengthen Malaysia's legal claims in any way and indeed, as we have said before, can result in mishaps or regrettable incidents,” External link

bernama Tuesday, January 15, 2019 12:16:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Tensions and real risks increased during this incident," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, January 15, 2019 10:17:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said ( about Singapore Navy ) : "Our Police Coast Guard and Republic of Singapore Navy vessels responded promptly to this provocation, as they had to. As a result, the total number of vessels in the area more than doubled," "These provocations do nothing to help resolve disputes and indeed can precipitate incidents on the ground which will do lasting harm to bilateral ties," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, January 15, 2019 10:17:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen told : “It is a cost that we’re willing to bear to play a small part in this historic meeting,” External link

northkoreatimes Sunday, January 6, 2019 12:24:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : "Out of nowhere, Malaysian Government vessels now claim these waters as theirs and have been continually intruding since November," External link

AsiaOne Saturday, December 8, 2018 6:49:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Our security forces have acted with restraint despite continuing intrusions and provocations,” External link

themalaymailonline Friday, December 7, 2018 7:57:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said ( about Singapore Navy ) : "Singaporeans are peace-loving, but I strongly caution violators to leave Singapore territorial waters," External link

channelnewsasia Friday, December 7, 2018 4:44:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said ( about Singapore Navy ) : "For 20 years or more, the Republic of Singapore Navy and Police Coast Guard ships have patrolled our Singapore Territorial Waters at Tuas," External link

channelnewsasia Friday, December 7, 2018 4:44:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added ( about Singapore Navy ) : "Out of nowhere, Malaysian government vessels now claim these waters as theirs and have been continually intruding since November. These are serious violations of Singapore's sovereignty," External link

channelnewsasia Friday, December 7, 2018 4:44:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "These are serious violations of Singapore's sovereignty," External link

channelnewsasia Friday, December 7, 2018 4:44:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said ( about India Ocean ) : “I not only support but I would also encourage the Indian Navy to visit the Changi naval base more often. The bilateral naval agreement has provision for mutual logistical support,” External link

thehindu Thursday, November 30, 2017 12:40:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “We will exercise and patrol in your waters as you do in ours. We try to economise and support each other,” External link

thehindu Wednesday, November 29, 2017 1:49:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “They offered a ride. It was a beautiful flight... It has very impressive avionics, it is a superb plane…,” External link

thehindu Wednesday, November 29, 2017 12:06:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen told : "It is a very very capable plane," External link

rediff Tuesday, November 28, 2017 10:20:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "In fact the plane ride was so smooth that despite the G-turns and manoeuvres, I managed to even take some selfies," External link

rediff Tuesday, November 28, 2017 10:20:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Going forward, the demands on our RSN will increase. Part of this reflects both the rising trade as well as the military build-up of regional navies in our surrounding waters,” External link

janes Tuesday, November 14, 2017 4:36:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "If you hold exercises, you at least build understanding and trust," External link

china Thursday, October 26, 2017 5:11:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen told : "This idea was openly floated and I haven't heard any objections to it," External link

china Thursday, October 26, 2017 5:11:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen told : "This idea was openly floated and I haven't heard any objections to it," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, October 24, 2017 5:19:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "We will work out the details, the (logistics) and find a suitable area that ASEAN and China navies can exercise together," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, October 24, 2017 5:19:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “As we ask ourselves how long this battle will take, we take reference from communism. Communism without God took 50 years to fight. This one (will be) more troublesome. It has been 10 years. I do not know how long more we will battle it. It may be for a long time,” External link

todayonline Tuesday, October 10, 2017 4:24:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “deeply appreciated by the coalition aircraft” External link

todayonline Tuesday, October 10, 2017 4:24:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said ( about Singapore Navy ) : “If we had, for example, pre-emptive information that a particular ship was carrying either illegal cargo or had malignant intent towards Singapore, it could amount to boarding the ship or keeping it under close surveillance” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, October 2, 2017 11:58:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “In both these incidents, none of the ships were designated as potential threats to security, and correctly so,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, October 2, 2017 11:58:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The various parties involved with the collision will now have to investigate what went wrong and what remedial actions to take if necessary” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, October 2, 2017 11:58:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "One, that ISIS is falling faster than anticipated and now reduced to pockets of resistance in Iraq and second, the Iraqi Army has raised their capabilities over time," External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, September 27, 2017 3:49:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The attacks are orchestrated, the attacks are targeted, they want to steal specific information, there are minds behind this orchestration,” External link

taipeitimes Friday, September 22, 2017 10:47:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added ( about Chang Wanquan ) : "I extended to General Chang an open invitation to visit Singapore, for us to repay his warmth and hospitality during this trip," External link

channelnewsasia Friday, September 22, 2017 10:27:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : "I hope the missing seaman can be located," External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, September 13, 2017 9:13:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen wrote : “get more out of their NS experiences” External link

todayonline Thursday, September 7, 2017 6:31:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen wrote : "Finally, my thanks go to the US Navy, who despite this tragedy conducted themselves with utmost professionalism and steadfastness," "I know that they were in pain over their lost shipmates at sea, but acquitted themselves admirably in their demeanour and conduct. I wish all the crew of the USS John S McCain and the US Navy our support as they recover their morale" External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, August 24, 2017 6:23:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “RSS Resilience is currently escorting USS John S McCain back to Changi Naval Base,” External link

laht Tuesday, August 22, 2017 6:53:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "The problem has now come into ASEAN with the situation in Marawi. But it is clear that even if the situation is contained, other provinces are at risk," External link

channelnewsasia Friday, August 4, 2017 8:09:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "If these terrorist cells entrench deeper in Mindanao or any part of ASEAN, they will launch attacks against our people in Singapore and other cities in the region," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, August 1, 2017 11:05:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “This is a very useful exercise,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, March 9, 2017 9:31:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said ( about Modern ) : "Modern militaries can no longer choose to ignore these external threats through the digital front. We would be silly to do so and derelict in our responsibility. [The Mindef breach] is not a surprise, it is no revelation...we can expect more such cyberattacks in the future. The potential of the cyberthreat was recognised early, which is why even from inception, for the SAF (Singapore Armed Forces), our classified and operational networks were since we had those systems. separated from the internet " External link

zdnet Saturday, March 4, 2017 8:12:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Safti City (will) allow any battalion to fight across different terrains successively,” External link

todayonline Saturday, March 4, 2017 2:29:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The next-generation SAF needs to prepare for this environment where state-orchestrated cyber and information campaigns against another state are not only considered legitimate, but can be ongoing all the time,” “The impact of that threat can have real and damaging physical consequences” External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, March 4, 2017 12:25:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The SAF must keep up with the tactics and operations of aggressors in the cyber realm ... because this is a never-ending game, as we do in conventional warfare,” External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, March 4, 2017 12:25:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The work on robotics has already begun,” “Six Singapore Infantry Regiment soldiers are currently experimenting with unmanned aerial and ground vehicles to perform missions. The Navy has gone further and is putting Unmanned Surface Vehicles which can navigate and avoid collisions autonomously into operations” External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, March 4, 2017 12:25:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Singapore can lead in defence technology, even though we are small,” “The Summit will provide a global platform to invite leading figures and luminaries to come share their views, provide a window into the future, allow us the opportunity to network and increase our access to new ideas and innovation” External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, March 4, 2017 12:25:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The new SAFTI City will allow any battalion to fight across different terrains successively as they will do in real-life missions. It will therefore have both urban and conventional terrain. In the urban setting, there will be low houses and high-rise buildings. In the open terrain - jungles, hills and rivers to cross” External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, March 4, 2017 12:25:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "It is not possible for all our National Servicemen to only train overseas as the bulk of our training is still conducted locally, especially for our Army," External link

xinhuanet_en Friday, March 3, 2017 10:27:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “But this military prowess, while necessary, is insufficient for continued stability and progress in Asia,” External link

todayonline Monday, February 20, 2017 2:49:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “then I think the genesis of trading, (and) even security blocs, has begun” External link

todayonline Monday, February 20, 2017 2:49:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "I think these developments in part explain Brexit, the Trump victory, the rise of the anti- EU, and the anti-immigration parties in Europe," "And in retrospect, I think politically, most countries were - Singapore included - probably unrealistic to expect our populations to deal with that kind of pace of globalisation, especially when it had to do with migration," External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, February 19, 2017 4:07:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen pointed out : “And this is where it is worrisome because at the stroke of a pen, the US has pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that would have united 12 nations that accounted for 40 per cent of the world’s GDP. It would have been a very powerful instrument,” “And if the US withdraws from the Paris Agreement, which it might (and) which it says it would, I think the effect of any initiative on climate change will be severely dampened and retarded,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, February 19, 2017 4:07:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen noted : "So that common cause, I think, united the world even though there were differences, and particularly the Cold War," External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, February 19, 2017 4:07:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “So, in this multipolar world, you ask, ‘What is the common cause that countries in Asia, Europe, Central Asia, South America, and the Islamic nations can coalesce to build upon?’” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, February 19, 2017 4:07:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "I was also very reassured of his remarks about security in (the) Asia-Pacific, and especially that he valued (the) defence relationship with Singapore," External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, February 18, 2017 10:23:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said ( about James Mattis ) : "All in all, (we had) a very good first meeting. One that gives reassurance of stability and progress, and with very steady pair of hands in Secretary Mattis’ leadership. I hope that we have moved things towards a much more predictable and stable environment that we all hope for," External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, February 18, 2017 10:23:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Economic Defence recognises that without resources, we cannot protect Singapore,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 14, 2017 7:32:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “As we mark Total Defence Day on Feb 15, wherever we are, let us stand shoulder to shoulder and with that deep commitment and unshakeable resolve pledge that we will keep Singapore safe, secure and sovereign for the next generation,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 14, 2017 7:32:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “We cannot change the fact that we are a small country, but today, after 50 years of NS, we have built an SAF capable of defending Singapore,” “From time to time, relations with other countries may not be completely smooth, but our relations with big powers like the US, China and India are fundamentally sound and healthy” External link

todayonline Wednesday, February 8, 2017 12:00:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "But instead of stability came the annexation of Crimea and troubles in the Ukraine barely two decades later," External link

afp-en Tuesday, February 7, 2017 10:25:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "If a possible mental health condition is surfaced, the pre-enlistee will be referred to appropriate specialists to certify that that enlistee is mentally capable of performing their National Service duties and to handle firearms," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 7, 2017 12:47:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "MINDEF and the SAF will continue to periodically review and strengthen the mental health system, in consultation with the SAF Psychiatry Specialist Advisory Board, which comprises senior psychiatrists drawn from public healthcare institutions, to ensure that all our servicemen are able to discharge their duties and at the same time, to receive good emotional and mental health care," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 7, 2017 12:47:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “This issue is about the customs disputes... I don’t think there is any need to go beyond that,” External link

taipeitimes Wednesday, January 25, 2017 8:43:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "This issue is about the customs disputes... I don't think there is any need to go beyond that," External link

timesofoman Wednesday, January 25, 2017 4:24:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "The seaward passage from Hong Kong to Singapore directly will take about a week. Hopefully the Terrexes can leave Hong Kong soon and arrive back in Singapore to celebrate reunion for Chap Goh Meh," External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, January 25, 2017 3:56:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen told : "APL has told us that they will make special efforts to expedite the process despite this being a Chinese New Year weekend," External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, January 25, 2017 3:56:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "We said from the outset of this episode that we've encouraged APL to comply with all rules and regulations required by the Hong Kong port, that continues to be our position" External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, January 25, 2017 3:56:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "We have encouraged APL to comply with all the rules required by the Hong Kong port. That continues to be our decision. " External link

todayonline Wednesday, January 25, 2017 3:29:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "This issue is about the customs disputes ... I don't think there is any need to go beyond that," External link

reuters Wednesday, January 25, 2017 1:56:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “SAF Terrexes are coming home to Singapore. Looking forward to this happy reunion with all Singaporeans in the Year of the Rooster,” External link

japantimes Wednesday, January 25, 2017 8:36:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "SAF Terrexes are coming home to Singapore. Looking forward to this happy reunion with all Singaporeans in the Year of the Rooster" External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, January 25, 2017 6:47:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "SAF Terrexes are coming home to Singapore. Looking forward to this happy reunion with all Singaporeans in the Year of the Rooster" External link

reuters Tuesday, January 24, 2017 8:31:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “SAF Terrexes are coming home to Singapore. Looking forward to this happy reunion with all Singaporeans in the Year of the Rooster,” External link

seattletimes Tuesday, January 24, 2017 6:52:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “SAF Terrexes are coming home to Singapore. Looking forward to this happy reunion with all Singaporeans in the Year of the Rooster,” External link

therepublic Tuesday, January 24, 2017 5:57:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "SAF Terrexes are coming home to Singapore. Looking forward to this happy reunion with all Singaporeans in the Year of the Rooster" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, January 24, 2017 3:42:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "We both recognise, as indeed most of the world does, that we are entering a period of uncertainty. Many things are changing and we felt that in this period of uncertainty, we should really strengthen relations with those who are like-minded, share the same platforms that we have, like the Five Power Defence Arrangement and the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, January 16, 2017 7:13:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “These developments in part explain Brexit, the Trump victory, and the rise of the anti-EU, anti-immigration parties in Europe,” “The backlash against globalisation is emotional and will take time to resolve” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, January 13, 2017 11:02:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "What gives you the confidence that you can be a citizen of the world?" External link

channelnewsasia Friday, January 13, 2017 11:02:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The ability to change and adapt seems to be so relevant today because I believe that the world as we know is at an inflexion point,” External link

todayonline Friday, January 13, 2017 10:16:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen asked : “Can a global system, can citizens of the world operate under global trade, commerce, and security interests within a multi-polar world?” External link

todayonline Friday, January 13, 2017 10:16:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “If all individual interests are taken into account, the shared interests must necessarily shrink. That kind of domestic politics will polarise communities as we are witnessing today,” “So if you’re a political party and you want majority or popular support, I can’t have a central platform. I have to cater to many, many small interests, bring them together and hope that I can win the popular vote by a slim majority or by coalitions… but at the expense of an inclusive ideology and at the price of an ever reducing common space,” External link

todayonline Friday, January 13, 2017 10:16:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “If the country’s progress is measured by the number of political parties in it, I think you will have an interesting result. That’s not been shown to be the determinant to how a country progresses,” External link

todayonline Friday, January 13, 2017 10:16:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Singapore and Hong Kong have long enjoyed good and friendly relations. We hope the matter will be resolved satisfactorily and our friendly relations will endure," External link

bbc Friday, January 13, 2017 11:23:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The TSR (Training Safety Regulations) says you do it; you keep within the TSR. But if you push someone to run faster than he can and he collapses, and it is found that he had an undetected condition after the fact and the person, commander or even the fellow servicemen feel that he can be sued – not protected, how many commanders do you think will encourage their unit to train harder?” External link

todayonline Tuesday, January 10, 2017 9:24:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The facts are established by an independent body, and if there is criminal negligence and rash acts, (servicemen) are charged in criminal courts, and punished accordingly,” External link

todayonline Tuesday, January 10, 2017 9:24:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The TSR (Training Safety Regulations) says you do it, you keep to the TSR. But if you push someone to run faster than he can and he collapses and it is found that out he had an undetected condition and if the commander or fellow servicemen feels he can be sued, not protected, how many commanders do you think would encourage their units to train harder?” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, January 9, 2017 10:28:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen told : “They are protected by sovereign immunity, even though they were being shipped by commercial carriers,” External link

scmp Monday, January 9, 2017 7:35:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The TSR (Training Safety Regulations) says you do it, you keep to the TSR. But if you push someone to run faster than he can and he collapses and it is found that out he had an undetected condition and if the commander or fellow servicemen feels he can be sued, not protected, how many commanders do you think would encourage their units to train harder?” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, January 9, 2017 7:20:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “They are protected by sovereign immunity even though they were being shipped by commercial carriers. They are immune from any measures of constraint abroad. They cannot legally be detained or confiscated by other countries,” External link

japantimes Monday, January 9, 2017 6:12:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The Singapore government has asserted our sovereign rights over the SAF’s Terrexes,” External link

scmp Monday, January 9, 2017 3:23:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen told ( about Kong Special Administrative Region ) : “The legal position is that the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Terrexes and other equipment detained in Hong Kong are the property of the Singapore government. They are protected by sovereign immunity, even though they were being shipped by commercial carriers,” External link

scmp Monday, January 9, 2017 3:23:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "will take some time to complete" External link

channelnewsasia Monday, January 9, 2017 3:06:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added ( about Kong Special Administrative Region ) : “Adherence to the rule of law has been the fundamental basis for peace and stability for the last half century in Asia. It has enabled countries both large and small to build trust and confidence in one another, cooperate and prosper together… We therefore look forward to the Hong Kong Government returning our Terrexes in accordance with international law” External link

todayonline Monday, January 9, 2017 2:14:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said ( about Kong Special Administrative Region ) : “This principle is well-established under international law, and we are advised by lawyers that it is also the law in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR),” External link

todayonline Monday, January 9, 2017 2:14:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said ( about Kong Special Administrative Region ) : “Accordingly we have requested the Hong Kong authorities to return our property immediately,” External link

todayonline Monday, January 9, 2017 2:14:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Whether this increases the notoriety of the platform and therefore increases its selling potential or not, I mean who is to say but it’s theoretical and I want to defer from answering that question,” External link

todayonline Monday, January 9, 2017 2:14:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "They are protected by sovereign immunity even though they were being shipped by commercial carriers. They are immune from any measures of constraint abroad. They cannot legally be detained or confiscated by other countries," External link

thestar-my Monday, January 9, 2017 12:49:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "They are protected by sovereign immunity even though they were being shipped by commercial carriers. They are immune from any measures of constraint abroad. They cannot legally be detained or confiscated by other countries," External link

reuters Monday, January 9, 2017 12:04:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "They are protected by sovereign immunity even though they were being shipped by commercial carriers. They are immune from any measures of constraint abroad. They cannot legally be detained or confiscated by other countries," External link

reuters-af Monday, January 9, 2017 11:22:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The Hong Kong authorities have responded that the investigation is ongoing and will take some time to complete, and that the Hong Kong government will handle the matter in accordance with their laws,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, January 9, 2017 10:47:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “For example, for advanced weapon and sensor systems or submarines brought back by the SAF to Singapore previously,” “The special measures include chartering whole ships, mandating direct shipments, deploying protection forces or even converting the commercial ships to a State Marine Ensign” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, January 9, 2017 10:47:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “You can purchase the Terrexes and associated equipment on the open market, so they don’t contain any sensitive equipment,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, January 9, 2017 10:47:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added ( about Kong Special Administrative Region ) : “Adherence to the rule of law has been the fundamental basis for peace and stability for the last half century in Asia. It has enabled countries both large and small to build trust and confidence in one another, cooperate and prosper together… We therefore look forward to the Hong Kong Government returning our Terrexes in accordance with international law” External link

todayonline Monday, January 9, 2017 10:11:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said ( about Kong Special Administrative Region ) : “This principle is well-established under international law, and we are advised by lawyers that it is also the law in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR),” External link

todayonline Monday, January 9, 2017 10:11:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said ( about Kong Special Administrative Region ) : “Accordingly we have requested the Hong Kong authorities to return our property immediately,” External link

todayonline Monday, January 9, 2017 10:11:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “low point in 2016 from the defence perspective” External link

todayonline Saturday, January 7, 2017 2:48:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “the SAF will learn from this episode and has already changed its practices to better protect our assets” External link

todayonline Saturday, January 7, 2017 2:48:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “low point in 2016 from the defence perspective” External link

todayonline Friday, January 6, 2017 10:01:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “the SAF will learn from this episode and has already changed its practices to better protect our assets” External link

todayonline Friday, January 6, 2017 10:01:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The [Singapore armed forces] will learn from this episode and has already changed its practices to better protect our assets,” External link

scmp Tuesday, January 3, 2017 1:10:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “low point in 2016 from the defence perspective” External link

todayonline Friday, December 30, 2016 5:37:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “the SAF will learn from this episode and has already changed its practices to better protect our assets” External link

todayonline Friday, December 30, 2016 5:37:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The [Singapore armed forces] will learn from this episode and has already changed its practices to better protect our assets,” External link

scmp Friday, December 30, 2016 5:27:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “All in all, Singapore has been protected and Singaporeans kept safe,” “We enter 2017 with uncertainties about the global economy, international politics and regional security, and the ongoing threat of terrorism. But if we stay vigilant, united and support each other, we will draw strength and overcome all challenges that come our way” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, December 30, 2016 3:21:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen wrote : "Neither should Singaporeans allow this one incident to shake our confidence or weaken our solidarity," "We are a sovereign and independent country, and we will chart our own future" External link

channelnewsasia Friday, December 30, 2016 3:21:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said ( about Kong Special Administrative Region ) : “After the reasons and legal basis are made clear for the detention of SAF Terrexes by the Hong Kong authorities, Mindef and the Singapore government will then commence proceedings to recover our assets. Mindef aims to comply with all regulations and laws as well as exercise our full rights of recovery available to us” External link

todayonline Friday, December 23, 2016 4:31:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen wrote : “The prospect of a liver transplant would have caused any one of us to at least reduce our activities, review our life’s goals but certainly not take on major challenges,” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, December 21, 2016 2:58:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “For the present, Indonesian agencies are able to cope, but we stand ready to assist if needed,” “Our deepest condolences and prayers for recovery go to the Indonesian families affected by this earthquake” External link

todayonline Thursday, December 8, 2016 12:31:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “the reasons and legal basis for detention” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, December 6, 2016 7:46:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : "But I think this success brings a suite of new challenges as we contemplate U.S. foreign policy moving forward," "We ought to have larger strategic interests in mind" External link

globalsecurity Tuesday, December 6, 2016 6:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : "But I think this success brings a suite of new challenges as we contemplate U.S. foreign policy moving forward," "We ought to have larger strategic interests in mind" External link

peopledaily Monday, December 5, 2016 5:21:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “to ensure that it remains a dominant economic power as it has historically been” External link

todayonline Sunday, December 4, 2016 10:52:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "That very fact alone validates the US foreign and defence policies in Asia over the last few decades. But I think this success brings a suite of new challenges as we contemplate US foreign policy moving forward," External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, December 4, 2016 2:11:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "The president-elect’s administration team followed up after the phone call to say that they adhere to the one-China policy, as does Singapore and we are very careful and in fact, constructive," External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, December 4, 2016 2:11:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said ( about Singapore Air ) : "Well, all of us recognise that Singapore is a very small island, and that alone makes us vulnerable to threats, either from the air or sea. " External link

airforcetechnology Thursday, December 1, 2016 10:03:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "the reasons and legal basis for detention will be made clear" External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, December 1, 2016 10:38:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "People know where we train openly ... and any training matters between us and other countries are bilateral," External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, December 1, 2016 10:38:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “We aim to comply with all regulations and then exercise our full rights in recovering our assets,” External link

scmp Thursday, December 1, 2016 8:06:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “Singapore fully supports and adheres to the One-China policy and we’ve played a supportive role in cross-strait relations and will continue to do so” External link

todayonline Wednesday, November 30, 2016 12:50:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Singapore fully respects and supports the One China policy" External link

JakartaPost Tuesday, November 29, 2016 6:54:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Our training overseas has never been secret, people know where we train openly. We adhere to the One China policy. " External link

JakartaPost Tuesday, November 29, 2016 6:54:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “After this meeting, the reasons and legal basis for detention will be made clear. MINDEF and the Singapore Government will then commence proceedings to recover assets. We aim to comply with all regulations and then exercise our full rights in recovering our assets,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 29, 2016 4:14:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added ( about Singapore Air ) : "For small city states like Singapore, the need to put up defences must depend on layers of defence … we’ve procured this aerostat, and it adds another layer of defence and confidence in terms of what we are able to detect," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 29, 2016 4:14:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "a lot of confidence that we will be able to protect our skies under all conditions,” said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen on Sunday (Nov 13). Dr Ng was observing the exercise, codenamed Exercise Torrent, which saw a 2.5km stretch along Lim Chu Kang Road converted into a temporary runway. A total of 12 fighter jets roared down the runway, including the F-15SG aircraft, which made their debut in the exercise. “Singapore is a small country, we must always protect our airspace and this capability to be able to launch today 12 fighter jets – F-16s, and F-15s for the first time off Lim Chu Kang Road – shows that we can convert a highway into an airstrip," External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, November 13, 2016 3:57:00 PM EAT



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Ng Eng Hen said ( about Linda Reynolds ) : "My counterpart, the then-Australian Defence Minister Linda Reynolds, personally expressed how touched they were with our assistance... We were there, but to them it is their fire. They did not expect us to step up. It is not just our detachment stepping up, the energy we poured into it, the way we worked as if it was a fire in our own homes," External link

straitstimesSG Tuesday, December 14, 2021 2:44:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “In every mission, NDU soldiers display the highest standards of professionalism and commitment,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, December 9, 2021 1:41:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "NSFs (full-time National Servicemen) served as home recovery buddies – providing the first line of contact to patients placed on HRP, assisting them for administrative procedures and ensuring that communication channels remained open for patients," External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, November 24, 2021 7:36:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said ( about Taiwan Relations ) : "Taiwan goes to the heart of the political legitimacy of the leader, of the party and it's a deep red line. I can think of no scenario (in) which there are winners if there is actual physical confrontation over Taiwan," "So, I would advise us to stay very far away from that" External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, November 4, 2021 4:49:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The fact that despite the pandemic, where we could hold an exercise with close to 3,000 troops, many ships, planes, submarine, reflects the commitment of the five nation countries of this military group,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, October 18, 2021 10:41:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : "The need for frameworks to guide state and commercial behaviour in cyber, AI, big data and other emerging domains has become more urgent," External link

sinacom-en Tuesday, October 12, 2021 8:11:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen asked : “But can we tolerate mistakes, ultra-low statistically, but that result in loss of innocent lives or precipitate consequences from which there can be no retreat? What safeguards are needed, to be built in AI systems for robustness and accountability?” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, October 12, 2021 6:12:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “This year, we established the preliminary AI guiding principles of 'responsible, safe, reliable and robust' for our defence establishment, and will continue to participate actively in multilateral cooperation on AI technologies, governance and policy,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, October 12, 2021 6:12:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : "The need for frameworks to guide state and commercial behaviour in cyber, AI, big data and other emerging domains has become more urgent," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, October 12, 2021 6:11:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “During the helicopter's approach, the RSAF had issued calls to it to keep clear of our airspace, but there was no reply. RSAF F-16 aircraft were scrambled to investigate,” External link

myanmarnews Monday, October 11, 2021 11:30:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “RSAF F-16 aircraft were scrambled to investigate. After determining that our security was not compromised, the F-16 aircraft were stood down,” External link

themalaymailonline Tuesday, October 5, 2021 7:18:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "During the helicopter’s approach, the RSAF had issued calls to it to keep clear of our airspace, but there was no reply. RSAF F-16 aircraft were scrambled to investigate. After determining that our security was not compromised, the F-16 aircraft were stood down," "Our Ministry of Home Affairs has registered with their Malaysian counterparts our concern over the Royal Malaysian Police helicopter’s unauthorised entry" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, October 5, 2021 12:57:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “A medical team was also added to the regular crew in the event that hyperbaric care would be needed,” External link

themalaymailonline Thursday, April 22, 2021 10:18:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "A medical team was also added to the regular crew in the event that hyperbaric care would be needed," External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, April 22, 2021 7:17:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The attainment of FOC by 112 Squadron for the Airbus A330 MRTT obviously marks a significant milestone in the capabilities of the RSAF. The MRTT marks another step up in extending the range of RSAF’s fleet of planes” External link

airforcetechnology Wednesday, April 21, 2021 7:12:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : "In this context, the acquisition of the new Type 218SG submarines is timely" External link

elevenmyanmar Tuesday, April 20, 2021 10:58:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "The MRTT's better endurance and its ability to do tanker-to-tanker refuelling - which the KC-135 could not - extends its operating footprint, and we're now able to reach all our overseas detachments without layovers," "For our fighter aircraft, the MRTT provides the capacity to reach faraway parts of the globe, and correspondingly, assurance that we would be able to recover our assets from anywhere in the world when the situation warrants. That's a real source of assurance" External link

straitstimesSG Tuesday, April 20, 2021 2:41:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “For our fighter aircraft, the MRTT provides the capacity to reach faraway parts of the globe and correspondingly, assurance that we would be able to recover our assets from anywhere in the world when the situation warrants” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, April 20, 2021 2:03:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “The attainment of full operational capability (FOC) by 112 Squadron for the Airbus A330 MRTT obviously marks a significant milestone in the capabilities of the RSAF,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, April 20, 2021 2:03:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : "MINDEF will therefore invest about S$90 million for DSO to work with MOH to upgrade our facilities within DSO to the highest bio-safety level," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, March 1, 2021 10:18:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : "If the post-COVID recovery ensues, MINDEF expects its budget to stabilise and return to a growth trajectory targeted and announced in previous years – about 3 to 4 per cent nominal growth each year, to keep pace with inflation over a period," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, March 1, 2021 10:18:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "integrate capabilities from both (headquarters) to 'see better' and 'shoot faster' with less manpower" External link

channelnewsasia Monday, March 1, 2021 10:18:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "If it was a silent movie, you wouldn't know there was a dispute" External link

elevenmyanmar Thursday, February 4, 2021 8:52:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Let's be clear about this, for countries in this region, our entire lives are invested. Taking the analogy from the elephants, we are the grass and we can't move anywhere. So, of course, we have to invest in our own defence capabilities," External link

elevenmyanmar Thursday, February 4, 2021 8:52:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "There are many new areas, including defence technology, that both sides can build shared interests and shared capabilities. " External link

straitstimesSG Wednesday, January 20, 2021 5:30:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "The Shangri-La Dialogue will resume this year, as more effective safety measures are in place and vaccinations ongoing," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, January 18, 2021 1:08:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Those threats are evolving, whether they are longer-range munitions ... or non-traditional, from terrorist attacks – things you can buy on the dark web,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, December 17, 2020 1:56:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "The current training profile just ensures that our pilots maintain their proficiency. These same considerations apply to helicopter operations," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, November 2, 2020 7:21:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "The sight of Apache helicopters circling the skies over Sentosa, was a powerful deterrent against those bent on disrupting or causing harm during these high profile events," "These successful missions would not have been possible without the rigorous training that the men and women of the RSAF go through on a regular basis to maintain their skills, proficiency and a high state of operational readiness" External link

channelnewsasia Monday, November 2, 2020 7:21:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "If it was a silent movie, you wouldn't know there was a dispute" External link

elevenmyanmar Sunday, October 25, 2020 10:08:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Let's be clear about this, for countries in this region, our entire lives are invested. Taking the analogy from the elephants, we are the grass and we can't move anywhere. So, of course, we have to invest in our own defence capabilities," External link

elevenmyanmar Sunday, October 25, 2020 10:08:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "We are grateful for the support of the Australian Government and the good people in Darwin and in other areas for hosting our military training," External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, October 8, 2020 11:22:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "DSO (National Laboratories) is assisting the SAF (Singapore Armed Forces) to use other methods which are more suited for mass testing. For example, oropharyngeal mid-turbinate swabs (OP-MT) or saliva testing," "Initial results of our trials on both these different applications have been promising with regard to the acceptability and accuracy of these newer methods" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, October 6, 2020 5:22:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "They never stopped, whether during the 'circuit breaker' period, before that, or even now. They will not stop," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, October 6, 2020 5:22:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "I think the SAF has coped well with the challenges brought about by COVID-19. " External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, October 6, 2020 5:22:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : "While the SAF contributes to Singapore’s fight against COVID-19, it will not be distracted from its core functions," "The SAF recognises that Singapore’s security challenges do not diminish during this COVID-19 pandemic – in fact, our assumption is that would be aggressors can take advantage of the situation to do us harm," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, October 6, 2020 5:22:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen explained : “First, most of the local flying is conducted over waters rather than land, and avoiding residential areas except during take-off, landing and transit to and from training areas,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, October 5, 2020 5:59:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “This regular training both locally and overseas keep the RSAF sharp and able to protect us well. It’s not against theoretical or imagined threats,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, October 5, 2020 5:59:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "If the situation allows, we will bring NDP back to the Float @ Marina Bay - that's the plan - NDP 2021, COVID-19 is under control, we will go back to the Float," "And if it does, it will be the tenth time that NDP is held at the Float – I think a good round number to end off the series of NDPs for what was meant to be a temporary floating platform before it is rebuilt into the permanent NS Square" External link

channelnewsasia Friday, August 28, 2020 2:33:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "But as the number of infections rose through January, February, and the circuit breaker, I think it became quite clear that we had to jettison all these plans and instead come up with a relatively COVID-proof way to prepare for and celebrate NDP," External link

channelnewsasia Friday, August 28, 2020 2:33:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "NDP 2020 uplifted Singaporeans to rise above present difficulties, to forge ahead with the assurance that we will surmount each challenge taking care of one another," External link

channelnewsasia Friday, August 28, 2020 2:33:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "I’m not making an edict here, but I'm just asking that subsequent (executive committees) study what Singaporeans are asking for, which elements can be incorporated at every NDP at a sustainable level, and of course, depending on the ground support for these activities," External link

channelnewsasia Friday, August 28, 2020 2:33:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “To protect the health of our servicemen, the SAF will continue to undertake comprehensive safety measures, supported by robust COVID-19 surveillance and testing regimes,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, August 27, 2020 12:57:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Even as we face a more volatile external environment and a widening array of threats, the SAF’s enlistee pool will shrink,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, August 27, 2020 12:57:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “None of them has come down with infections,” External link

themalaymailonline Monday, July 27, 2020 2:53:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "If it was a silent movie, you wouldn't know there was a dispute" External link

elevenmyanmar Thursday, July 23, 2020 12:01:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Let's be clear about this, for countries in this region, our entire lives are invested. Taking the analogy from the elephants, we are the grass and we can't move anywhere. So, of course, we have to invest in our own defence capabilities," External link

elevenmyanmar Thursday, July 23, 2020 12:01:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Together, we must help residents through this difficult period,” “Especially for those with financial difficulties, we promise our assistance. If they have children, we want to help them through the community scholarship, ComCare and welfare funds” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, July 3, 2020 4:51:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen told : “We have been very clear that you cannot do what you have done before,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, June 29, 2020 2:02:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen wrote : "This gives (front-line healthcare workers) peace of mind that they do not bring back any virus to their homes" External link

straitstimesSG Thursday, June 25, 2020 3:15:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “I am all for prudence But we should guard against a mood of despondency overcoming us or allow individual preferences to divide us. If we allow despair to prevail in our national psyche particularly in this Covid-19 pandemic, then I say that will be the greatest harm to the future of Singapore — much more devastating than the economic impact, the loss of jobs and businesses,” External link

themalaymailonline Saturday, June 6, 2020 6:56:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “We expect air travel to pick up in the months ahead but this year, let’s turn this into an opportunity so that the SAF aircraft can fly in formation over the heartlands so that Singaporeans can watch from their homes,” External link

themalaymailonline Saturday, June 6, 2020 6:56:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The fireworks will not be as long or spectacular as recent centralised NDPs but I hope that it will lift the spirits of Singaporeans all across the island,” External link

themalaymailonline Saturday, June 6, 2020 6:56:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “As families will be at home, there is no need for single-use water bottles, neither plastic clappers nor packaging, and these have been done away with to reduce waste,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, June 5, 2020 8:20:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “For every NDP, the (executive committee) aims to be inclusive and they take in views and accommodate different interests where possible. I think this is good and forward-leaning. But let me just say this as a gentle caution,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, June 5, 2020 8:20:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will not be possible to hold the NDP in the traditional format, where thousands of participants practice for months, and for many more thousands of spectators congregated at the Floating Platform or Padang" External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, May 20, 2020 6:43:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. Through this unique way of celebrating NDP 2020, let us show that Singaporeans are indeed extraordinary," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, May 20, 2020 6:43:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “In essence, when completed, we can conduct complex training on a much larger scale, that only few militaries are able to, elsewhere,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, March 2, 2020 10:27:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “I think it’s natural to be concerned, and they are just as concerned as us because we have cases here,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, February 7, 2020 1:36:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “So, I’m very happy that they are here and that they put in so much effort,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, February 7, 2020 1:36:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “fluctuates considerably from year to year” External link

hellenicshippingnews Thursday, February 6, 2020 1:32:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : "Beyond regular conduct of sea and air patrols under the MSP, joint training and exercises as well as information sharing strengthen understanding and collaboration to deal with maritime incidents together," External link

straitstimesSG Tuesday, February 4, 2020 3:07:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Currently, he is able to breathe on his own, conscious and alert and able to talk with his family," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, January 7, 2020 12:30:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "It will examine all existing safety processes and procedures, whether they were adhered to and recommend areas for review and enhancement where needed," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, January 7, 2020 12:30:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Australia has welcomed SAF troops to train there for decades, and in their time of great need, it’s only natural that the SAF do our best to help their people and communities affected by this unexpected natural disaster" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, January 7, 2020 7:56:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Still raging, the bushfires have already destroyed more than 6 million hectares – 80 Singapores! – and killed half a billion animals, not to mention the tragic loss of human lives,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, January 7, 2020 7:56:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “We will also open the doors of NS Hub to the public, because it is a public place where we want them to gather for leisure, to learn more about NS and to consider a career with MINDEF/SAF,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, November 25, 2019 2:22:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Our defence ties have grown strength to strength...We appreciate India's continued support for our training in India. We talked about security challenges here in the region, the Indo-Pacific area and in South Asia. I would say that we concluded the dialogue very successfully and affirmed our commitment to deepen defence ties," External link

newindianexpress Wednesday, November 20, 2019 6:25:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Our defence ties have grown strength to strength...We appreciate India's continued support for our training in India. We talked about security challenges here in the region, the Indo-Pacific area and in South Asia. I would say that we concluded the dialogue very successfully and affirmed our commitment to deepen defence ties," External link

newindianexpress Wednesday, November 20, 2019 6:25:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Our defence ties have grown strength to strength... We appreciate India’s continued support for our training in India. We talked about security challenges here in the region, the Indo-Pacific area and in South Asia. I would say that we concluded the dialogue very successfully and affirmed our commitment to deepen defence ties,” External link

Hindu Wednesday, November 20, 2019 6:04:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Our defence ties have grown strength to strength... We appreciate India’s continued support for our training in India. We talked about security challenges here in the region, the Indo-Pacific area and in South Asia. I would say that we concluded the dialogue very successfully and affirmed our commitment to deepen defence ties,” External link

thehindu Wednesday, November 20, 2019 5:39:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Our defence ties have grown strength to strength... We appreciate India's continued support for our training in India. We talked about security challenges here in the region, the Indo-Pacific area and in South Asia. I would say that we concluded the dialogue very successfully and affirmed our commitment to deepen defence ties," External link

timesofindia Wednesday, November 20, 2019 4:21:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Our defence ties have grown strength to strength...We appreciate India's continued support for our training in India. We talked about security challenges here in the region, the Indo-Pacific area and in South Asia. I would say that we concluded the dialogue very successfully and affirmed our commitment to deepen defence ties," External link

timesofindia Wednesday, November 20, 2019 4:21:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen told : “The US and China need to find some common ground while agreeing to disagree on other issues, so as not to risk global instability,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, October 22, 2019 7:48:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Taken at face value, both narratives do not necessarily conflict, at least not geographically. The US and China share no land border or compete for any physical resource as high stakes,” “And yet, the world finds itself in the midst of a strategic rivalry which, for this generation, will be the single-most critical issue that determines the fate of our world, countries and citizens at large” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, October 22, 2019 7:48:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Singapore will maintain its strong friendships with both,” “But it is also acutely aware that the farther the US and China pull apart, the harder it would be for all countries to keep to this principled and neutral position” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, October 22, 2019 7:48:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Depending on the reports you read, from 700km to 1,500km. These medium and long-range drones are able to avoid radar detection and also hit their targets with great precision" External link

channelnewsasia Monday, October 7, 2019 1:03:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "The group there coordinated our supplies that flew to Indonesia and the relocation of displaced persons out of the affected Palu area," External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, September 19, 2019 4:39:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "These early efforts by the Chamber laid the foundation for a strong SAF today. And this Chamber continues to give strong support to national defence," External link

straitstimesSG Wednesday, August 14, 2019 9:54:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "We have to be prepared for the shift of the centre of gravity of terror attacks from [the] Middle East to this region," "And we have good reasons why all our intelligence agencies come to the same assessment" External link

janes Tuesday, July 2, 2019 4:41:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen told : “Even before an accident happens – the near miss – people are reporting, and that has gone up,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, July 2, 2019 12:33:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “We know that we have to win the confidence of soldiers, the parents, the community at large to be able to train effectively but train safely,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, July 2, 2019 12:33:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “But we’ve reached a level where you have to reach that last individual,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, July 2, 2019 12:33:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “So these are concrete examples of how we’ve entered a sweet spot of the technology cycle,” “Technology that allowed us to thankfully transform the SAF” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, July 2, 2019 12:33:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Even with all that, I think we have to find new ways to operate,” “So, we are going to put significant sums, both resources for people and finances, into groups that are fully dedicated to think of future concepts” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, July 2, 2019 12:33:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “We no longer think of an infantry soldier going out with one weapon,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, July 2, 2019 12:33:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “We’re looking to expand other aspects, even to … revocationalise NSmen if they are interested, where they have professional expertise,” “As well as mid-career regulars who want to be employed in cyber vocations” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, July 2, 2019 12:33:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “We shouldn’t do what others are doing because that’s just duplication of efforts,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, July 2, 2019 12:33:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The good news is that, that was the reason why we took our time to arrive at a conclusion and to put in our Letter of Request,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, July 2, 2019 12:33:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said ( about US Air Force ) : “You have instances like (with) the Japan Air Force, and I think we were in touch with the agencies and authorities to have a good analysis,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, July 2, 2019 12:33:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen told : “We are working closely with the police, and when we apprehend these errant operators, I think that a strong signal must be sent that (there can be) very bad consequences if you engage in these activities,” External link

BangkokPost Monday, July 1, 2019 3:31:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “If you wanted to shut down the airspace, you could, but the consequences are very large because, don’t forget planes need to fly and they also depend on communications,” External link

BangkokPost Monday, July 1, 2019 3:31:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen told : “We are working closely with the police, and when we apprehend these errant operators, I think that a strong signal must be sent that (there can be) very bad consequences if you engage in these activities,” External link

themalaymailonline Monday, July 1, 2019 7:10:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “If you wanted to shut down the airspace, you could, but the consequences are very large because, don’t forget ... planes need to fly and they also depend on communications,” External link

themalaymailonline Monday, July 1, 2019 7:10:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : "We're going to invest significant resources to develop, to train and raise a cyber formation, cyber officers and men as well as facilities," External link

AsiaOne Monday, July 1, 2019 4:40:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : "SAF will also have to gear up for non-state actors that want to do us harm. And then we have to think of techniques and procedures in order to deal with them" External link

AsiaOne Monday, July 1, 2019 4:40:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "If we have that continued strong support for the SAF, I think we will be able to defend Singapore for another generation" External link

AsiaOne Monday, July 1, 2019 4:40:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “When completed, SAFTI City promises to be among the most advanced purpose-built military training facilities for urban ops in the world,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, June 30, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “How they perform, whether individually or in units, will allow them to learn quickly from their mistakes,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, June 30, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “With what we could afford, facilities to train soldiers and commanders were basic,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, June 30, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen told : “Even before an accident happens – the near miss – people are reporting, and that has gone up,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, June 30, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “We know that we have to win the confidence of soldiers, the parents, the community at large to be able to train effectively but train safely,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, June 30, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “But we’ve reached a level where you have to reach that last individual,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, June 30, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “So these are concrete examples of how we’ve entered a sweet spot of the technology cycle,” “Technology that allowed us to thankfully transform the SAF” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, June 30, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Even with all that, I think we have to find new ways to operate,” “So, we are going to put significant sums, both resources for people and finances, into groups that are fully dedicated to think of future concepts” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, June 30, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “We no longer think of an infantry soldier going out with one weapon,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, June 30, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “We’re looking to expand other aspects, even to … revocationalise NSmen if they are interested, where they have professional expertise,” “As well as mid-career regulars who want to be employed in cyber vocations” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, June 30, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “We shouldn’t do what others are doing because that’s just duplication of efforts,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, June 30, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen told : “Changi Airport is very important to the economy. Safety you have tens of millions of passengers,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, June 30, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “From what I understand, they (the CAAS) know that they have to use a suite of levers, including enforcement,” “Nothing untoward has happened yet, and you really don’t want to wait for something before you act” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, June 30, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The good news is that, that was the reason why we took our time to arrive at a conclusion and to put in our Letter of Request,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, June 30, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said ( about US Air Force ) : “You have instances like (with) the Japan Air Force, and I think we were in touch with the agencies and authorities to have a good analysis,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, June 30, 2019 3:12:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "These problems are complex, and even more so the solutions with hard trade-offs," "But strengthening legislation and pre-agreed OB markers will certainly form part of our tool-box to tackle these challenges. Here, it is important for leaders in defence technology to be involved in the process early, to have your views clarified and sharpened before they get caught up in the legislative and political machinations of individual countries" External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, June 26, 2019 6:19:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen concluded : "The militaries that will serve this generation will have to deal with traditional rivalries, as well as expanded challenges related to terrorism, cyberspace, outer space and the forces of nature," "Increasingly, we will need the power of technology to amplify our efforts and improve our effectiveness to deal with such challenges" External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, June 26, 2019 6:19:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The Hunter replaces the Ultra M113 but represents a significant step-up in all areas – better firepower, mobility, and protection. The Hunter fleet will require less manpower to operate, but with increased potency through the use of advanced technology” External link

armytechnology Friday, June 14, 2019 2:58:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “These network synergies allow the Hunter to sense more accurately and quicker, to strike fast with deadly precision across all terrains,” External link

armytechnology Friday, June 14, 2019 2:58:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Two [fighter jets] scrambled to escort an inbound Scoot plane but it turned out to be a false alarm," External link

thestarkenya Monday, June 3, 2019 9:11:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Two [fighter jets] scrambled to escort an inbound Scoot plane but it turned out to be a false alarm," External link

bbc Monday, June 3, 2019 7:10:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "This is good news for all of us," "From the Singaporean perspective, both sides strengthening interaction will help lower risks and reduce misjudgement for either party" External link

sinacom-en Monday, June 3, 2019 6:33:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "This is good news for all of us," "From the Singaporean perspective, both sides strengthening interaction will help lower risks and reduce misjudgement for either party" External link

peopledaily Monday, June 3, 2019 3:59:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen wrote : “The SAF takes every threat as real and seriously, until proven otherwise. The RSAF will stay ever vigilant,” External link

themalaymailonline Monday, June 3, 2019 3:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "This is good news for all of us," "From the Singaporean perspective, both sides strengthening interaction will help lower risks and reduce misjudgement for either party" External link

ecns Sunday, June 2, 2019 7:38:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "The challenge for both the US and China, amid their bilateral struggle as dominant powers in Asia, is to offer that inclusive and over-arching moral justification for acceptance by all countries, big and small, of their dominance beyond military might," External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, June 2, 2019 1:03:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "it’s not really up to us or anyone else to decide" "The US has said it will stay and I don’t see anyone disagreeing, or even if you disagree, to changing that fait accompli," External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, June 2, 2019 1:03:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "If it was a silent movie, you wouldn't know there was a dispute" External link

elevenmyanmar Saturday, June 1, 2019 6:45:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Let's be clear about this, for countries in this region, our entire lives are invested. Taking the analogy from the elephants, we are the grass and we can't move anywhere. So, of course, we have to invest in our own defence capabilities," External link

elevenmyanmar Saturday, June 1, 2019 6:45:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “We had a very comprehensive discussion on a wide range of issues, including the South China Sea,” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, May 29, 2019 1:36:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Some of the incidents are from assertion of principles, but we recognize that the price of any physical incident is one that is too high and unnecessary to either assert or prove your position” External link

eurasiareview Monday, May 27, 2019 7:05:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “They carry every kind of product and commodity that are essential for modern economies to live, function and thrive,” “Maritime history teaches us that whenever and wherever there is conflict on the seas, surrounding countries and their common folk invariably suffer” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 14, 2019 7:44:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “It is good that ASEAN and China have come to an agreement on a single draft negotiating text, and all of us urge quick progress and an expeditious conclusion of a meaningful and impactful COC,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 14, 2019 7:44:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “These military initiatives between regional navies reduce the risks of misunderstandings and unintended escalation between our warships,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 14, 2019 7:44:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “Collectively, we need to step up our intelligence efforts as the centre of gravity of global terrorism shifts away from the Middle East and moves to other regions of the world, including this region, which have been susceptible to radical ideologies,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 14, 2019 7:44:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Over the past 10 years, (the centre) has consistently delivered actionable information to various maritime agencies,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, May 14, 2019 7:44:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "It is sad but undeniable that the direct cause determined by the COI that resulted in the death of CFC (NS) Pang was preventable had there been compliance to safety rules. " External link

AsiaOne Monday, May 6, 2019 11:48:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “As the gun barrel made contact with CFC (NS) Pang, the COI opined that instead of activating the emergency stop buttons, both the technician and the gun commander panicked and acted irrationally,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, May 6, 2019 11:00:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Police investigations to ascertain the causes and circumstances connected with these two deaths have been completed and submitted to the State Coroner," "The State Coroner found that there was no evidence of foul play and that the deaths were deliberate acts of suicide" External link

channelnewsasia Monday, April 1, 2019 6:53:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "The State Coroner did not identify any contributory factors related to their commanders or colleagues, (National Service) or work that could have led to the incident" External link

channelnewsasia Monday, April 1, 2019 6:53:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "What we are building in these two areas, to me, is a physical embodiment of those extremely close ties that Australia and Singapore have" External link

elevenmyanmar Saturday, March 30, 2019 11:32:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added ( about Singapore Air ) : "The Defence Science and Technology Agency's (DSTA's) assessment is that now is an opportune time to put in Singapore's request," External link

janes Friday, March 1, 2019 7:21:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “A new NS Hub will bring together different services which are now scattered across Singapore,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, March 1, 2019 9:13:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said ( about Bernadine Natalie Moni Elimbi ) : "Our LOR will request an initial acquisition of four F-35s, with the option of a subsequent eight if we decide to proceed," "Singapore has the endorsement of both the U.S. Administration and the Department of Defence for our proposed purchase of F-35s, but the Congress must still approve it" External link

4-traders Friday, March 1, 2019 8:09:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "The Defence Science and Technology Agency's (DSTA) assessment is that now is an opportune time to put in Singapore’s request," External link

channelnewsasia Friday, March 1, 2019 7:51:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “Nonetheless, MINDEF will continue to work with the US Department of Defense to optimise operating and maintenance costs,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, March 1, 2019 7:51:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Defence, especially for a small island like Singapore is crucial, if we are to safeguard our interests and deter aggression,” “Singapore is on track to build a modernised tri-service SAF... that can meet security challenges both in the real and virtual worlds in the 21st century. Advertisement. "If we continue our steady investments into defence and our NSmen maintain their commitment and resolve to defend Singapore, then our future will be secure for another generation. We can celebrate SG75 with the assurance that we have strong defences” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, March 1, 2019 7:51:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "But at the same time, we must ensure that the SAF is strong and adequate to defend our rights when diplomacy fails and when others choose to do us harm or ignore our rights... A strong SAF protects Singapore and Singaporeans," External link

channelnewsasia Friday, March 1, 2019 7:51:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “As I have previously committed to this House, we expect our nominal defence spending over the next decade to grow at 3 to 4 per cent each year, to at least keep pace with inflation,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, March 1, 2019 7:51:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “MINDEF will continue its efforts in defence diplomacy... We want to promote regional peace and stability,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, March 1, 2019 7:51:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “The Invincible-class submarines will have longer endurance, and also the latest locally-developed sensors and automated systems designed for optimal use in our surrounding waters. We aim to have a full fleet of four Invincible-class submarines by 2025,” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, March 1, 2019 7:51:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Some of the incidents are from assertion of principles, but we recognize that the price of any physical incident is one that is too high and unnecessary to either assert or prove your position” External link

eurasiareview Saturday, February 23, 2019 6:16:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : "In this context, the acquisition of the new Type 218SG submarines is timely" External link

elevenmyanmar Tuesday, February 19, 2019 4:54:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added ( about Singapore Navy ) : “The SAF (Singapore Armed Forces) will have to shape itself to deal with a multitude of security challenges, some of which are conventional, some like terrorism or weapons of mass destruction. "So the submarines are very much part and parcel of any modern military and I think it’ll add significantly to the RSN’s capability and the SAF’s capabilities in terms of options when the time is needed” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 18, 2019 4:26:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "When we acquired these vessels, we took into account the other militaries around us modernising their submarines," "Like Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, China, and from further afar. Obviously Australians too. So it’s in keeping with the modernisation of militaries in our region" External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 18, 2019 4:26:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said ( about Liu Kai ) : “CFC Liu Kai was well-liked and respected soldier,” “He served with pride and was remembered by his peers for his dedication and commitment. We mourn the loss of this precious son. And we hope that the measures we have put in place will prevent a similar incident in the future” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 14, 2019 7:30:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The COI noted that the rear guide had repeatedly given the order for the driver to stop reversing through the intercom via his helmet. The COI noted that the intercom system was working earlier in the exercise. They have asked for an independent technical assessment report on whether the intercom system was working properly all the time,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 14, 2019 7:30:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Based on the COI’s calculations, this final position of the LR (Land Rover) would have been at a distance of ‘at most 19.8m from the Bionix, but short of the safety distance of 30m stated in the TSR (Training Safety Regulations),’” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 14, 2019 7:30:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “The COI acknowledged the need for this type of training, even though it is high risk,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 14, 2019 7:30:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “The COI found that the rear guide issued stop commands into the intercom of his helmet set when the Bionix started reversing and did so repeatedly,” “The intercom of the helmet is the rear guide’s only means of communication with the other crew members in the Bionix. However, the Bionix continued to reverse” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 14, 2019 7:30:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “The COI was of the view that the servicemen involved had had their rest in accordance to the Training Safety Regulations (TSR), and that their mental and physical states were fit for participation in the activity and did not appear to have an effect on their attention to safety protocols,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 14, 2019 7:30:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Based on SIB’s investigations, the Chief Military Prosecutor will decide if any servicemen are to be prosecuted for criminal or military offences in a military court,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 14, 2019 7:30:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “In this particular incident, CFC (NS) Pang was first activated,” “But as he was unable to resolve the fault, CFC (NS) Pang requested and received the help of Regular technicians from the forward support group” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 14, 2019 7:30:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “When the gun is lowered, the flick rammer at the rear end of the barrel goes up and ends about 10cm below the top rim of the cabin. Because of this, no one should be behind the barrel when gun is being lowered,” “Unfortunately, CFC (NS) Pang was caught between the gun barrel and the interior of the SSPH as the gun barrel was lowered and sustained compression injuries to his chest and abdomen” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 14, 2019 7:30:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen stated : “At the first operation, the surgical team found that a number of organs were damaged and treated them accordingly,” “After the first surgery, CFC (NS) Pang did not require any ventilation and his vital signs were stable. In fact, after the first surgery, he spoke with his mother who had been flown over to New Zealand” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 14, 2019 7:30:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen stated : “No further damage was discovered at the second look surgery, but despite this, CFC (NS) Pang’s condition subsequently deteriorated,” “Despite being placed on artificial life support and further treatment, CFC (NS) Pang passed away” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 14, 2019 7:30:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "The ME2 Regular technician is overall in charge," "For the repair work in this case, the maintenance manual indicates that it is the responsibility of the technician in charge to ensure that the gun has been lowered and fixed in place before any maintenance work can begin" External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 14, 2019 7:30:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen stated : “All three persons who were in the cabin in this incident had been trained specifically on the SSPH and had conducted similar maintenance on it in the past,” “During the exercise, both CFC (NS) Pang and the Regular technician had conducted maintenance works on the guns daily” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 14, 2019 7:30:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “Inspections of the SSPH have not detected any machine malfunction of the gun lowering mechanism,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 14, 2019 7:30:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Our parents and grandparents suffered in the three-and-a-half years of deprivation and humiliation that followed," External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 14, 2019 5:33:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "The price of freedom is constant vigilance against threats old and new," External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, February 14, 2019 5:33:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "I'm sure that if the House wants us to debate the various points that he has brought up, I think we can find other fora to do so," External link

AsiaOne Tuesday, February 12, 2019 6:07:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : "I don't need for those who want to sue the Government to do so before the commanders are held accountable," External link

AsiaOne Tuesday, February 12, 2019 6:07:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “This imperative of NS and our national defence does not absolve or reduce the accountability of MINDEF and the SAF in any way, to ensure safe training,” “On the contrary, it compels MINDEF and the SAF to do all that is humanly possible to prevent training deaths for NSmen because precious sons have been entrusted to us by their families” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:13:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said ( about Inspector General ) : "This dual function is synergistic as the COS-JS has an overview of all operations and as Inspector-General, will have the authority to ensure that 'safety first' habits and processes are incorporated at all levels of training," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:13:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Commanders of units which do not meet standards and have committed lapses in safety procedures and processes will have this marked against them in their performance reviews,” “Let me emphasise that such commanders will be marked as having performed unsatisfactorily even if accidents have not occurred. This is the right emphasis to prevent accidents” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:13:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Once notified, the Conducting Officer should verify the report and when necessary rectify the safety breach or unsafe practice,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:13:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “If we are to achieve zero fatalities during NS training, we must have a strong safety culture in all our units, and safety consciousness down to the last soldier,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:13:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen stated : “But we still need NS technicians to be with their units to perform basic maintenance so that the equipment can function during operations,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:13:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Soldiers must also complete an individual risk assessment checklist and raise safety concerns to their superiors for mitigation before an activity begins,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:13:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen stated : “The IGO will review if further mitigating measures are needed to help NSmen adjust from civilian life to ICT (In-Camp Training),” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:13:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “This was probably due to multiple factors, but I think the new safety measures we put into place after the devastating incidents of 2012 had an effect,” “If we put our minds and efforts to achieve zero training fatalities, it can be achieved” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:13:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Our own experience shows, some years we may be able to achieve it. Can anyone guarantee that it will be zero fatalities for the rest of our future? Surely not,” “But that zero fatality sears into the consciousness of every commander and every soldier that to get there, you better be careful about what you are doing. That safety lapses will not be tolerated, that it will be safety first because at the end of the day, I want to train you, and I want you to be alive, to be able to fight when Singapore needs you,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:13:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “We have taken commanders or NS men who have been derelict, who have not done their duty to criminal prosecution. Not just civilian payouts in the courts - they go to jail,” “Their lives, in that sense, and careers are ruined. And justly so, they deserve it,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:13:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “This was probably due to multiple factors, but I think the new safety measures we put into place after the devastating incidents of 2012 had an effect,” “If we put our minds and efforts to achieve zero training fatalities, it can be achieved” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:13:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "I’ve said very clearly, on no uncertain terms, that anybody can stop unsafe training," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 4:08:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "We've come very far when national servicemen say I want to train as realistically as I can," "What if we had the reverse situation where everyone attends training but nobody trains? I think we have to take what is good in our system and respond practically" External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 4:08:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen replied : "I stated very clearly that there is a TSR (Training Safety Regulations) and anyone can stop it," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 4:08:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "If senior leadership has to go because they have been involved or have been derelict, then I don’t think our population will stand for that," "If you think that improves the system, push for it. But let’s deal with the issue on the ground" External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 4:08:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "We must never give up on NS that forms the backbone of our SAF for national defence," External link

elevenmyanmar Monday, February 11, 2019 2:41:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The COI noted that the rear guide had repeatedly given the order for the driver to stop reversing through the intercom via the CVC helmet. The COI noted that the intercom system was working earlier in the exercise. They have asked for an independent technical assessment report on whether the intercom system was working properly all the time,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “The COI was of the view that the servicemen involved had had their rest in accordance to the Training Safety Regulations (TSR), and that their mental and physical states were fit for participation in the activity and did not appear to have an effect on their attention to safety protocols,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The COI made several findings in their report: first, the COI noted that ensuring the safety distance is the responsibility of the vehicle commander of the Land Rover. In this case, the Land Rover ended up in a position that was less than the required safety distance from the Bionix; second, the reversing of the Bionix from the simulated enemy encounter brought the Land Rover into the path of the Bionix,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Based on the COI’s calculations, this final position of the LR (Land Rover) would have been at a distance of ‘at most 19.8m from the Bionix, but short of the safety distance of 30m stated in the TSR (Training Safety Regulations),’” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “The COI acknowledged the need for this type of training, even though it is high risk,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “The COI found that the rear guide issued stop commands into the intercom of his helmet set when the Bionix started reversing and did so repeatedly,” “The intercom of the helmet is the rear guide’s only means of communication with the other crew members in the Bionix. However, the Bionix continued to reverse” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said ( about Liu Kai ) : “CFC Liu Kai was well-liked and respected soldier,” “He served with pride and was remembered by his peers for his dedication and commitment. We mourn the loss of this precious son. And we hope that the measures we have put in place will prevent a similar incident in the future” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Based on SIB’s investigations, the Chief Military Prosecutor will decide if any servicemen are to be prosecuted for criminal or military offences in a military court,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “In this particular incident, CFC (NS) Pang was first activated,” “But as he was unable to resolve the fault, CFC (NS) Pang requested and received the help of Regular technicians from the forward support group” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “When the gun is lowered, the flick rammer at the rear end of the barrel goes up and ends about 10cm below the top rim of the cabin. Because of this, no one should be behind the barrel when gun is being lowered,” “Unfortunately, CFC (NS) Pang was caught between the gun barrel and the interior of the SSPH as the gun barrel was lowered and sustained compression injuries to his chest and abdomen” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen stated : “At the first operation, the surgical team found that a number of organs were damaged and treated them accordingly,” “After the first surgery, CFC (NS) Pang did not require any ventilation and his vital signs were stable. In fact, after the first surgery, he spoke with his mother who had been flown over to New Zealand” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen stated : “No further damage was discovered at the second look surgery, but despite this, CFC (NS) Pang’s condition subsequently deteriorated,” “Despite being placed on artificial life support and further treatment, CFC (NS) Pang passed away” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "The ME2 Regular technician is overall in charge," "For the repair work in this case, the maintenance manual indicates that it is the responsibility of the technician in charge to ensure that the gun has been lowered and fixed in place before any maintenance work can begin" External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen stated : “All three persons who were in the cabin in this incident had been trained specifically on the SSPH and had conducted similar maintenance on it in the past,” “During the exercise, both CFC (NS) Pang and the Regular technician had conducted maintenance works on the guns daily” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “Inspections of the SSPH have not detected any machine malfunction of the gun lowering mechanism,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “This imperative of NS and our national defence does not absolve or reduce the accountability of MINDEF and the SAF in any way, to ensure safe training,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “This move also responds to ERPSS (External Review Panel on SAF Safety) finding that while the safety policies and management systems of the SAF are largely in place, there was a need for more compliance checks and ground level audits,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Commanders of units which do not meet standards and have committed lapses in safety procedures and processes will have this marked against them in their performance reviews,” “Let me emphasise that such commanders will be marked as having performed unsatisfactorily even if accidents have not occurred. This is the right emphasis to prevent accidents” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Once notified, the Conducting Officer should verify the report and when necessary rectify the safety breach or unsafe practice,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “If we are to achieve zero fatalities during NS training, we must have a strong safety culture in all our units, and safety consciousness down to the last soldier,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen stated : “But we still need NS technicians to be with their units to perform basic maintenance so that the equipment can function during operations,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Soldiers must also complete an individual risk assessment checklist and raise safety concerns to their superiors for mitigation before an activity begins,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen stated : “The IGO will review if further mitigating measures are needed to help NSmen adjust from civilian life to ICT (In-Camp Training),” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “This was probably due to multiple factors, but I think the new safety measures we put into place after the devastating incidents of 2012 had an effect,” “If we put our minds and efforts to achieve zero training fatalities, it can be achieved” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, February 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen told : “It is a cost that we’re willing to bear to play a small part in this historic meeting,” External link

northkoreatimes Thursday, January 31, 2019 11:21:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen wrote : “No one needs to fear any disciplinary action for doing right to protect lives during training,” External link

themalaymailonline Friday, January 25, 2019 1:05:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "The delay in evacuation resulted as the persons attending to CFC Lee mistook his signs and symptoms as due to physical exhaustion," External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, January 24, 2019 12:26:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added ( about Pang Wei ) : "Even as the doctors do all they can, our prayers go to CFC (NS) Pang to turn this difficult corner, as well as to his family members for strength," External link

AsiaOne Wednesday, January 23, 2019 8:28:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen wrote : "Corporal First Class (NS) Pang’s condition is very serious and presently he needs artificial life support of his lungs, kidneys and heart," External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, January 23, 2019 12:28:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "MINDEF made an announcement that we are proceeding with our F16s replacement by F35s," "Having said that, that is part of our overall plan for modernisation of the (Singapore Armed Forces) and as I said, we will do it within the defence budget constraints" External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, January 20, 2019 1:39:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Our agencies will now have to speak to their US counterparts to move the process forward," External link

JakartaPost Friday, January 18, 2019 2:34:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen dit : "Elles (les agences de la défense) ont décidé que le F-35 représente le modèle de remplacement le plus pertinent" External link

challenges Friday, January 18, 2019 1:22:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Our agencies will now have to speak to their US counterparts to move the process forward,” External link

tribune Friday, January 18, 2019 12:44:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Our agencies will now have to speak to their US counterparts to move the process forward," External link

afp-en Friday, January 18, 2019 12:43:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Our RSAF’s F-16s that were in service since 1998 will have to retire soon after 2030, even after their mid-life upgrades,” “That’s not very far away, just over 10 years, to acquire their replacement and, just as important, to build the logistic support and train pilots individually and as a fleet to guard our skies” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, January 18, 2019 11:48:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said ( about Singapore Navy ) : "Since 3 December 2018, when intrusions by [Malaysian government vessels] began, our security personnel have repeatedly pressed these vessels to withdraw from [Singapore territorial waters off Tuas]" "We will continue to do so as their presence does not strengthen Malaysia's legal claims in any way and indeed, as we have said before, can result in mishaps or regrettable incidents," External link

janes Wednesday, January 16, 2019 3:13:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “Since Dec 3, 2018 when intrusions by MGVs began, our security personnel have repeatedly pressed these vessels to withdraw from the waters” “We will continue to do so as their presence does not strengthen Malaysia's legal claims in any way and indeed, as we have said before, can result in mishaps or regrettable incidents,” External link

bernama Tuesday, January 15, 2019 12:16:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Tensions and real risks increased during this incident," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, January 15, 2019 10:17:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said ( about Singapore Navy ) : "Our Police Coast Guard and Republic of Singapore Navy vessels responded promptly to this provocation, as they had to. As a result, the total number of vessels in the area more than doubled," "These provocations do nothing to help resolve disputes and indeed can precipitate incidents on the ground which will do lasting harm to bilateral ties," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, January 15, 2019 10:17:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen told : “It is a cost that we’re willing to bear to play a small part in this historic meeting,” External link

northkoreatimes Sunday, January 6, 2019 12:24:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : "Out of nowhere, Malaysian Government vessels now claim these waters as theirs and have been continually intruding since November," External link

AsiaOne Saturday, December 8, 2018 6:49:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Our security forces have acted with restraint despite continuing intrusions and provocations,” External link

themalaymailonline Friday, December 7, 2018 7:57:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said ( about Singapore Navy ) : "Singaporeans are peace-loving, but I strongly caution violators to leave Singapore territorial waters," External link

channelnewsasia Friday, December 7, 2018 4:44:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said ( about Singapore Navy ) : "For 20 years or more, the Republic of Singapore Navy and Police Coast Guard ships have patrolled our Singapore Territorial Waters at Tuas," External link

channelnewsasia Friday, December 7, 2018 4:44:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added ( about Singapore Navy ) : "Out of nowhere, Malaysian government vessels now claim these waters as theirs and have been continually intruding since November. These are serious violations of Singapore's sovereignty," External link

channelnewsasia Friday, December 7, 2018 4:44:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "These are serious violations of Singapore's sovereignty," External link

channelnewsasia Friday, December 7, 2018 4:44:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said ( about India Ocean ) : “I not only support but I would also encourage the Indian Navy to visit the Changi naval base more often. The bilateral naval agreement has provision for mutual logistical support,” External link

thehindu Thursday, November 30, 2017 12:40:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “We will exercise and patrol in your waters as you do in ours. We try to economise and support each other,” External link

thehindu Wednesday, November 29, 2017 1:49:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “They offered a ride. It was a beautiful flight... It has very impressive avionics, it is a superb plane…,” External link

thehindu Wednesday, November 29, 2017 12:06:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen told : "It is a very very capable plane," External link

rediff Tuesday, November 28, 2017 10:20:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "In fact the plane ride was so smooth that despite the G-turns and manoeuvres, I managed to even take some selfies," External link

rediff Tuesday, November 28, 2017 10:20:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Going forward, the demands on our RSN will increase. Part of this reflects both the rising trade as well as the military build-up of regional navies in our surrounding waters,” External link

janes Tuesday, November 14, 2017 4:36:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "If you hold exercises, you at least build understanding and trust," External link

china Thursday, October 26, 2017 5:11:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen told : "This idea was openly floated and I haven't heard any objections to it," External link

china Thursday, October 26, 2017 5:11:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen told : "This idea was openly floated and I haven't heard any objections to it," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, October 24, 2017 5:19:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "We will work out the details, the (logistics) and find a suitable area that ASEAN and China navies can exercise together," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, October 24, 2017 5:19:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “As we ask ourselves how long this battle will take, we take reference from communism. Communism without God took 50 years to fight. This one (will be) more troublesome. It has been 10 years. I do not know how long more we will battle it. It may be for a long time,” External link

todayonline Tuesday, October 10, 2017 4:24:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “deeply appreciated by the coalition aircraft” External link

todayonline Tuesday, October 10, 2017 4:24:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said ( about Singapore Navy ) : “If we had, for example, pre-emptive information that a particular ship was carrying either illegal cargo or had malignant intent towards Singapore, it could amount to boarding the ship or keeping it under close surveillance” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, October 2, 2017 11:58:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “In both these incidents, none of the ships were designated as potential threats to security, and correctly so,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, October 2, 2017 11:58:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The various parties involved with the collision will now have to investigate what went wrong and what remedial actions to take if necessary” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, October 2, 2017 11:58:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "One, that ISIS is falling faster than anticipated and now reduced to pockets of resistance in Iraq and second, the Iraqi Army has raised their capabilities over time," External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, September 27, 2017 3:49:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The attacks are orchestrated, the attacks are targeted, they want to steal specific information, there are minds behind this orchestration,” External link

taipeitimes Friday, September 22, 2017 10:47:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added ( about Chang Wanquan ) : "I extended to General Chang an open invitation to visit Singapore, for us to repay his warmth and hospitality during this trip," External link

channelnewsasia Friday, September 22, 2017 10:27:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : "I hope the missing seaman can be located," External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, September 13, 2017 9:13:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen wrote : “get more out of their NS experiences” External link

todayonline Thursday, September 7, 2017 6:31:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen wrote : "Finally, my thanks go to the US Navy, who despite this tragedy conducted themselves with utmost professionalism and steadfastness," "I know that they were in pain over their lost shipmates at sea, but acquitted themselves admirably in their demeanour and conduct. I wish all the crew of the USS John S McCain and the US Navy our support as they recover their morale" External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, August 24, 2017 6:23:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “RSS Resilience is currently escorting USS John S McCain back to Changi Naval Base,” External link

laht Tuesday, August 22, 2017 6:53:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "The problem has now come into ASEAN with the situation in Marawi. But it is clear that even if the situation is contained, other provinces are at risk," External link

channelnewsasia Friday, August 4, 2017 8:09:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "If these terrorist cells entrench deeper in Mindanao or any part of ASEAN, they will launch attacks against our people in Singapore and other cities in the region," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, August 1, 2017 11:05:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “This is a very useful exercise,” External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, March 9, 2017 9:31:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said ( about Modern ) : "Modern militaries can no longer choose to ignore these external threats through the digital front. We would be silly to do so and derelict in our responsibility. [The Mindef breach] is not a surprise, it is no revelation...we can expect more such cyberattacks in the future. The potential of the cyberthreat was recognised early, which is why even from inception, for the SAF (Singapore Armed Forces), our classified and operational networks were since we had those systems. separated from the internet " External link

zdnet Saturday, March 4, 2017 8:12:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Safti City (will) allow any battalion to fight across different terrains successively,” External link

todayonline Saturday, March 4, 2017 2:29:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The next-generation SAF needs to prepare for this environment where state-orchestrated cyber and information campaigns against another state are not only considered legitimate, but can be ongoing all the time,” “The impact of that threat can have real and damaging physical consequences” External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, March 4, 2017 12:25:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The SAF must keep up with the tactics and operations of aggressors in the cyber realm ... because this is a never-ending game, as we do in conventional warfare,” External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, March 4, 2017 12:25:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The work on robotics has already begun,” “Six Singapore Infantry Regiment soldiers are currently experimenting with unmanned aerial and ground vehicles to perform missions. The Navy has gone further and is putting Unmanned Surface Vehicles which can navigate and avoid collisions autonomously into operations” External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, March 4, 2017 12:25:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Singapore can lead in defence technology, even though we are small,” “The Summit will provide a global platform to invite leading figures and luminaries to come share their views, provide a window into the future, allow us the opportunity to network and increase our access to new ideas and innovation” External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, March 4, 2017 12:25:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The new SAFTI City will allow any battalion to fight across different terrains successively as they will do in real-life missions. It will therefore have both urban and conventional terrain. In the urban setting, there will be low houses and high-rise buildings. In the open terrain - jungles, hills and rivers to cross” External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, March 4, 2017 12:25:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "It is not possible for all our National Servicemen to only train overseas as the bulk of our training is still conducted locally, especially for our Army," External link

xinhuanet_en Friday, March 3, 2017 10:27:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “But this military prowess, while necessary, is insufficient for continued stability and progress in Asia,” External link

todayonline Monday, February 20, 2017 2:49:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “then I think the genesis of trading, (and) even security blocs, has begun” External link

todayonline Monday, February 20, 2017 2:49:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "I think these developments in part explain Brexit, the Trump victory, the rise of the anti- EU, and the anti-immigration parties in Europe," "And in retrospect, I think politically, most countries were - Singapore included - probably unrealistic to expect our populations to deal with that kind of pace of globalisation, especially when it had to do with migration," External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, February 19, 2017 4:07:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen pointed out : “And this is where it is worrisome because at the stroke of a pen, the US has pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that would have united 12 nations that accounted for 40 per cent of the world’s GDP. It would have been a very powerful instrument,” “And if the US withdraws from the Paris Agreement, which it might (and) which it says it would, I think the effect of any initiative on climate change will be severely dampened and retarded,” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, February 19, 2017 4:07:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen noted : "So that common cause, I think, united the world even though there were differences, and particularly the Cold War," External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, February 19, 2017 4:07:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “So, in this multipolar world, you ask, ‘What is the common cause that countries in Asia, Europe, Central Asia, South America, and the Islamic nations can coalesce to build upon?’” External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, February 19, 2017 4:07:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "I was also very reassured of his remarks about security in (the) Asia-Pacific, and especially that he valued (the) defence relationship with Singapore," External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, February 18, 2017 10:23:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said ( about James Mattis ) : "All in all, (we had) a very good first meeting. One that gives reassurance of stability and progress, and with very steady pair of hands in Secretary Mattis’ leadership. I hope that we have moved things towards a much more predictable and stable environment that we all hope for," External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, February 18, 2017 10:23:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Economic Defence recognises that without resources, we cannot protect Singapore,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 14, 2017 7:32:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “As we mark Total Defence Day on Feb 15, wherever we are, let us stand shoulder to shoulder and with that deep commitment and unshakeable resolve pledge that we will keep Singapore safe, secure and sovereign for the next generation,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 14, 2017 7:32:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “We cannot change the fact that we are a small country, but today, after 50 years of NS, we have built an SAF capable of defending Singapore,” “From time to time, relations with other countries may not be completely smooth, but our relations with big powers like the US, China and India are fundamentally sound and healthy” External link

todayonline Wednesday, February 8, 2017 12:00:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "But instead of stability came the annexation of Crimea and troubles in the Ukraine barely two decades later," External link

afp-en Tuesday, February 7, 2017 10:25:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "If a possible mental health condition is surfaced, the pre-enlistee will be referred to appropriate specialists to certify that that enlistee is mentally capable of performing their National Service duties and to handle firearms," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 7, 2017 12:47:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "MINDEF and the SAF will continue to periodically review and strengthen the mental health system, in consultation with the SAF Psychiatry Specialist Advisory Board, which comprises senior psychiatrists drawn from public healthcare institutions, to ensure that all our servicemen are able to discharge their duties and at the same time, to receive good emotional and mental health care," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, February 7, 2017 12:47:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “This issue is about the customs disputes... I don’t think there is any need to go beyond that,” External link

taipeitimes Wednesday, January 25, 2017 8:43:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "This issue is about the customs disputes... I don't think there is any need to go beyond that," External link

timesofoman Wednesday, January 25, 2017 4:24:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "The seaward passage from Hong Kong to Singapore directly will take about a week. Hopefully the Terrexes can leave Hong Kong soon and arrive back in Singapore to celebrate reunion for Chap Goh Meh," External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, January 25, 2017 3:56:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen told : "APL has told us that they will make special efforts to expedite the process despite this being a Chinese New Year weekend," External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, January 25, 2017 3:56:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "We said from the outset of this episode that we've encouraged APL to comply with all rules and regulations required by the Hong Kong port, that continues to be our position" External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, January 25, 2017 3:56:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "We have encouraged APL to comply with all the rules required by the Hong Kong port. That continues to be our decision. " External link

todayonline Wednesday, January 25, 2017 3:29:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "This issue is about the customs disputes ... I don't think there is any need to go beyond that," External link

reuters Wednesday, January 25, 2017 1:56:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “SAF Terrexes are coming home to Singapore. Looking forward to this happy reunion with all Singaporeans in the Year of the Rooster,” External link

japantimes Wednesday, January 25, 2017 8:36:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "SAF Terrexes are coming home to Singapore. Looking forward to this happy reunion with all Singaporeans in the Year of the Rooster" External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, January 25, 2017 6:47:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "SAF Terrexes are coming home to Singapore. Looking forward to this happy reunion with all Singaporeans in the Year of the Rooster" External link

reuters Tuesday, January 24, 2017 8:31:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “SAF Terrexes are coming home to Singapore. Looking forward to this happy reunion with all Singaporeans in the Year of the Rooster,” External link

seattletimes Tuesday, January 24, 2017 6:52:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “SAF Terrexes are coming home to Singapore. Looking forward to this happy reunion with all Singaporeans in the Year of the Rooster,” External link

therepublic Tuesday, January 24, 2017 5:57:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "SAF Terrexes are coming home to Singapore. Looking forward to this happy reunion with all Singaporeans in the Year of the Rooster" External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, January 24, 2017 3:42:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "We both recognise, as indeed most of the world does, that we are entering a period of uncertainty. Many things are changing and we felt that in this period of uncertainty, we should really strengthen relations with those who are like-minded, share the same platforms that we have, like the Five Power Defence Arrangement and the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, January 16, 2017 7:13:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “These developments in part explain Brexit, the Trump victory, and the rise of the anti-EU, anti-immigration parties in Europe,” “The backlash against globalisation is emotional and will take time to resolve” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, January 13, 2017 11:02:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "What gives you the confidence that you can be a citizen of the world?" External link

channelnewsasia Friday, January 13, 2017 11:02:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The ability to change and adapt seems to be so relevant today because I believe that the world as we know is at an inflexion point,” External link

todayonline Friday, January 13, 2017 10:16:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen asked : “Can a global system, can citizens of the world operate under global trade, commerce, and security interests within a multi-polar world?” External link

todayonline Friday, January 13, 2017 10:16:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “If all individual interests are taken into account, the shared interests must necessarily shrink. That kind of domestic politics will polarise communities as we are witnessing today,” “So if you’re a political party and you want majority or popular support, I can’t have a central platform. I have to cater to many, many small interests, bring them together and hope that I can win the popular vote by a slim majority or by coalitions… but at the expense of an inclusive ideology and at the price of an ever reducing common space,” External link

todayonline Friday, January 13, 2017 10:16:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “If the country’s progress is measured by the number of political parties in it, I think you will have an interesting result. That’s not been shown to be the determinant to how a country progresses,” External link

todayonline Friday, January 13, 2017 10:16:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Singapore and Hong Kong have long enjoyed good and friendly relations. We hope the matter will be resolved satisfactorily and our friendly relations will endure," External link

bbc Friday, January 13, 2017 11:23:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The TSR (Training Safety Regulations) says you do it; you keep within the TSR. But if you push someone to run faster than he can and he collapses, and it is found that he had an undetected condition after the fact and the person, commander or even the fellow servicemen feel that he can be sued – not protected, how many commanders do you think will encourage their unit to train harder?” External link

todayonline Tuesday, January 10, 2017 9:24:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The facts are established by an independent body, and if there is criminal negligence and rash acts, (servicemen) are charged in criminal courts, and punished accordingly,” External link

todayonline Tuesday, January 10, 2017 9:24:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The TSR (Training Safety Regulations) says you do it, you keep to the TSR. But if you push someone to run faster than he can and he collapses and it is found that out he had an undetected condition and if the commander or fellow servicemen feels he can be sued, not protected, how many commanders do you think would encourage their units to train harder?” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, January 9, 2017 10:28:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen told : “They are protected by sovereign immunity, even though they were being shipped by commercial carriers,” External link

scmp Monday, January 9, 2017 7:35:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The TSR (Training Safety Regulations) says you do it, you keep to the TSR. But if you push someone to run faster than he can and he collapses and it is found that out he had an undetected condition and if the commander or fellow servicemen feels he can be sued, not protected, how many commanders do you think would encourage their units to train harder?” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, January 9, 2017 7:20:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “They are protected by sovereign immunity even though they were being shipped by commercial carriers. They are immune from any measures of constraint abroad. They cannot legally be detained or confiscated by other countries,” External link

japantimes Monday, January 9, 2017 6:12:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The Singapore government has asserted our sovereign rights over the SAF’s Terrexes,” External link

scmp Monday, January 9, 2017 3:23:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen told ( about Kong Special Administrative Region ) : “The legal position is that the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Terrexes and other equipment detained in Hong Kong are the property of the Singapore government. They are protected by sovereign immunity, even though they were being shipped by commercial carriers,” External link

scmp Monday, January 9, 2017 3:23:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "will take some time to complete" External link

channelnewsasia Monday, January 9, 2017 3:06:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added ( about Kong Special Administrative Region ) : “Adherence to the rule of law has been the fundamental basis for peace and stability for the last half century in Asia. It has enabled countries both large and small to build trust and confidence in one another, cooperate and prosper together… We therefore look forward to the Hong Kong Government returning our Terrexes in accordance with international law” External link

todayonline Monday, January 9, 2017 2:14:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said ( about Kong Special Administrative Region ) : “This principle is well-established under international law, and we are advised by lawyers that it is also the law in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR),” External link

todayonline Monday, January 9, 2017 2:14:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said ( about Kong Special Administrative Region ) : “Accordingly we have requested the Hong Kong authorities to return our property immediately,” External link

todayonline Monday, January 9, 2017 2:14:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “Whether this increases the notoriety of the platform and therefore increases its selling potential or not, I mean who is to say but it’s theoretical and I want to defer from answering that question,” External link

todayonline Monday, January 9, 2017 2:14:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "They are protected by sovereign immunity even though they were being shipped by commercial carriers. They are immune from any measures of constraint abroad. They cannot legally be detained or confiscated by other countries," External link

thestar-my Monday, January 9, 2017 12:49:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "They are protected by sovereign immunity even though they were being shipped by commercial carriers. They are immune from any measures of constraint abroad. They cannot legally be detained or confiscated by other countries," External link

reuters Monday, January 9, 2017 12:04:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "They are protected by sovereign immunity even though they were being shipped by commercial carriers. They are immune from any measures of constraint abroad. They cannot legally be detained or confiscated by other countries," External link

reuters-af Monday, January 9, 2017 11:22:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The Hong Kong authorities have responded that the investigation is ongoing and will take some time to complete, and that the Hong Kong government will handle the matter in accordance with their laws,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, January 9, 2017 10:47:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “For example, for advanced weapon and sensor systems or submarines brought back by the SAF to Singapore previously,” “The special measures include chartering whole ships, mandating direct shipments, deploying protection forces or even converting the commercial ships to a State Marine Ensign” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, January 9, 2017 10:47:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “You can purchase the Terrexes and associated equipment on the open market, so they don’t contain any sensitive equipment,” External link

channelnewsasia Monday, January 9, 2017 10:47:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added ( about Kong Special Administrative Region ) : “Adherence to the rule of law has been the fundamental basis for peace and stability for the last half century in Asia. It has enabled countries both large and small to build trust and confidence in one another, cooperate and prosper together… We therefore look forward to the Hong Kong Government returning our Terrexes in accordance with international law” External link

todayonline Monday, January 9, 2017 10:11:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said ( about Kong Special Administrative Region ) : “This principle is well-established under international law, and we are advised by lawyers that it is also the law in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR),” External link

todayonline Monday, January 9, 2017 10:11:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said ( about Kong Special Administrative Region ) : “Accordingly we have requested the Hong Kong authorities to return our property immediately,” External link

todayonline Monday, January 9, 2017 10:11:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “low point in 2016 from the defence perspective” External link

todayonline Saturday, January 7, 2017 2:48:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “the SAF will learn from this episode and has already changed its practices to better protect our assets” External link

todayonline Saturday, January 7, 2017 2:48:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “low point in 2016 from the defence perspective” External link

todayonline Friday, January 6, 2017 10:01:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “the SAF will learn from this episode and has already changed its practices to better protect our assets” External link

todayonline Friday, January 6, 2017 10:01:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The [Singapore armed forces] will learn from this episode and has already changed its practices to better protect our assets,” External link

scmp Tuesday, January 3, 2017 1:10:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “low point in 2016 from the defence perspective” External link

todayonline Friday, December 30, 2016 5:37:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “the SAF will learn from this episode and has already changed its practices to better protect our assets” External link

todayonline Friday, December 30, 2016 5:37:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “The [Singapore armed forces] will learn from this episode and has already changed its practices to better protect our assets,” External link

scmp Friday, December 30, 2016 5:27:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “All in all, Singapore has been protected and Singaporeans kept safe,” “We enter 2017 with uncertainties about the global economy, international politics and regional security, and the ongoing threat of terrorism. But if we stay vigilant, united and support each other, we will draw strength and overcome all challenges that come our way” External link

channelnewsasia Friday, December 30, 2016 3:21:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen wrote : "Neither should Singaporeans allow this one incident to shake our confidence or weaken our solidarity," "We are a sovereign and independent country, and we will chart our own future" External link

channelnewsasia Friday, December 30, 2016 3:21:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said ( about Kong Special Administrative Region ) : “After the reasons and legal basis are made clear for the detention of SAF Terrexes by the Hong Kong authorities, Mindef and the Singapore government will then commence proceedings to recover our assets. Mindef aims to comply with all regulations and laws as well as exercise our full rights of recovery available to us” External link

todayonline Friday, December 23, 2016 4:31:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen wrote : “The prospect of a liver transplant would have caused any one of us to at least reduce our activities, review our life’s goals but certainly not take on major challenges,” External link

channelnewsasia Wednesday, December 21, 2016 2:58:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “For the present, Indonesian agencies are able to cope, but we stand ready to assist if needed,” “Our deepest condolences and prayers for recovery go to the Indonesian families affected by this earthquake” External link

todayonline Thursday, December 8, 2016 12:31:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “the reasons and legal basis for detention” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, December 6, 2016 7:46:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : "But I think this success brings a suite of new challenges as we contemplate U.S. foreign policy moving forward," "We ought to have larger strategic interests in mind" External link

globalsecurity Tuesday, December 6, 2016 6:43:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : "But I think this success brings a suite of new challenges as we contemplate U.S. foreign policy moving forward," "We ought to have larger strategic interests in mind" External link

peopledaily Monday, December 5, 2016 5:21:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “to ensure that it remains a dominant economic power as it has historically been” External link

todayonline Sunday, December 4, 2016 10:52:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "That very fact alone validates the US foreign and defence policies in Asia over the last few decades. But I think this success brings a suite of new challenges as we contemplate US foreign policy moving forward," External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, December 4, 2016 2:11:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "The president-elect’s administration team followed up after the phone call to say that they adhere to the one-China policy, as does Singapore and we are very careful and in fact, constructive," External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, December 4, 2016 2:11:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said ( about Singapore Air ) : "Well, all of us recognise that Singapore is a very small island, and that alone makes us vulnerable to threats, either from the air or sea. " External link

airforcetechnology Thursday, December 1, 2016 10:03:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "the reasons and legal basis for detention will be made clear" External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, December 1, 2016 10:38:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "People know where we train openly ... and any training matters between us and other countries are bilateral," External link

channelnewsasia Thursday, December 1, 2016 10:38:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “We aim to comply with all regulations and then exercise our full rights in recovering our assets,” External link

scmp Thursday, December 1, 2016 8:06:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added : “Singapore fully supports and adheres to the One-China policy and we’ve played a supportive role in cross-strait relations and will continue to do so” External link

todayonline Wednesday, November 30, 2016 12:50:00 AM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Singapore fully respects and supports the One China policy" External link

JakartaPost Tuesday, November 29, 2016 6:54:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "Our training overseas has never been secret, people know where we train openly. We adhere to the One China policy. " External link

JakartaPost Tuesday, November 29, 2016 6:54:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : “After this meeting, the reasons and legal basis for detention will be made clear. MINDEF and the Singapore Government will then commence proceedings to recover assets. We aim to comply with all regulations and then exercise our full rights in recovering our assets,” External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 29, 2016 4:14:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen added ( about Singapore Air ) : "For small city states like Singapore, the need to put up defences must depend on layers of defence … we’ve procured this aerostat, and it adds another layer of defence and confidence in terms of what we are able to detect," External link

channelnewsasia Tuesday, November 29, 2016 4:14:00 PM EAT

Ng Eng Hen said : "a lot of confidence that we will be able to protect our skies under all conditions,” said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen on Sunday (Nov 13). Dr Ng was observing the exercise, codenamed Exercise Torrent, which saw a 2.5km stretch along Lim Chu Kang Road converted into a temporary runway. A total of 12 fighter jets roared down the runway, including the F-15SG aircraft, which made their debut in the exercise. “Singapore is a small country, we must always protect our airspace and this capability to be able to launch today 12 fighter jets – F-16s, and F-15s for the first time off Lim Chu Kang Road – shows that we can convert a highway into an airstrip," External link

channelnewsasia Sunday, November 13, 2016 3:57:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
defence minister93.88%EN11/10/201310/11/2013
minister for defence6.12%EN10/22/201322/10/2013
Names Lang Count
Ng Eng HenEN52.63%
Ng Eng HenFR23.68%
Ng Eng HenDE23.16%
NG ENG HENEN0.53%


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