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Terrexgate: How Mindef’s tits got caught in the wringer?

In Uncategorized on 02/12/2016 at 4:37 am

The HK version of events as reported by BBC seems to imply that the customes officers were surprised by what they found because the vehicles were not supposed to have entered HK because no approval had been sought or given to enter HK. According to the BBC “strategic goods” must be licensed for transshipment .

Customs officers at the Kwai Chung container terminal became suspicious when they saw the shapes of the vehicles under tarpaulin in an open-top container, a Hong Kong government source told the South China Morning Post newspaper.

Hong Kong’s regulations stipulate that licenses are required for the transhipment of strategic commodities. Customs officers said they seized a total of 12 containers. Bomb disposal officers were called to the scene, but found no explosives.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38101345


“Sources said the shipment was impounded by local customs as the shipping company had failed to provide the required permits for bringing the military vehicles to Hong Kong.
Under Hong Kong’s Import and Export Ordinance, a licence is required for the import, export, re-export or transshipment of strategic commodities. The maximum penalty for failing to obtain a licence is an unlimited fine and seven years’ imprisonment.”

FB post by Toh Han Shih last night. He’s a ex-BT reporter working in HK for SCMP.

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The response of APL (once part of NOL) is interesting: “APL is committed to ensuring cargo security as well as full compliance with all regulatory and trade requirements in its conduct of business.”

It’s commited to  “full compliance with all regulatory and trade requirements in its conduct of business”, not that it did everything required by law.

S’pore has been vocal that this kind of transshipment has been done before.

So maybe our ministers and scholars were on auto-pilot and didn’t realise that these vehicles are now considered “strategic”*? Too busy looking at their monthly CPF statements and bank statements?

And neither did APL where senior and middle mgt is still full of true-blue S’poreans who operate on auto-pilot. Afraid of losing their cushy jobs now that APL run by industry professionals not scholars and ex-SAF or ex-Temasek amateurs?


Someone on Facebook posted this interesting analysis

*It is unlikely that a major shipping line like APL slips up on paperwork. All container vessels would send off their manifest (electronically) declaring all cargo …. including any dangerous cargo … to its next port of call. As the sailing time from Kaohsiung (assuming the cargo was uploaded there) to Hong Kong is about 24 hours only or one day, this means the manifest may have been forwarded well ahead for Hong Kong Port Terminal authorities to KNOW what is coming as they would have to plan how to unload (and load) containers on to the ship. It is ALL about China telling Singapore “I am the Big Brother and don’t fool around with me or I can make your life uncomfortable!” The Chinese Government knew well ahead of time what was on the ship and they made it a point to make a case out of it.

 

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  2. It’s a political problem, not a logistical paperwork or cross-border import-export legal issue. Chinese authorities have already made it crystal clear. And yet PAP is still adopting a holier-than-thou attitude by insisting that neither China nor HK have yet to submit formal legal basis for the detention of the Terrex’es. And proudly declaring that Singapore shall exercise its full legal rights to get back its property. PAP is still behaving like it does in Singapore. Unfortunately what is right on paper & in legal terms may not be enforceable or acknowledged in the real “wild west” & “jungle” world. PAP kena ambushed by China, just like how tigers & lions ambush their prey for easy kills. What does PAP need to do to extricate itself from this problem? Go watch how younger male lions/tigers behave when confronted & bested by the alpha lion/tiger.

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