Why I Won’t Be Coming To Singapore Soon

Early Saturday morning, I was sent numerous emails from people about a Financial Times story about American material scientist Shane Todd who was working at the National University of Singapore. Todd died under mysterious circumstances in shortly before he was to leave his position at NUS for a position in the United States. While the Singaporean police maintain it was a suicide, with a formal inquest scheduled for March, there are significant inconsistencies and extremely troubling aspects of this story.

First, Todd told friends and family that he was being forced by his NUS research laboratory to provide dual use military technology to Chinese company telecommunications giant Huawei. Huawei has been linked to a variety of questionable behavior including among other things selling internet spyware networking technology to Iran in violation of UN sanctions. According to the Financial Times report, the NUS research lab has refused to cooperate in the investigation.

Second, Todd told family that if anything happened to him they should call the American embassy in Singapore and that it would be linked to his work at the NUS research labs work with Huawei. When people tell other people what to do if they turn up dead and then turn up dead, those warnings should be taken seriously. Furthermore, his friends all indicate that Todd was in a good mood and happy to be returning back to the United States. There is no indication that he was depressed or suicidal.

Third, there are enormous discrepancies in the police reports. From official descriptions of the scene which do not match his apartment and refusal to consider evidence that someone was using his computer after his death despite electronic evidence to the contrary.

While I will render absolutely no verdict on the cause of death of Mr. Todd as it is important to gather a lot more evidence and information, there are many unanswered questions that warrant further investigation.

I can only speak to my personal knowledge that given the frequency with which Temasek and other government linked corporations have established joint ventures with known weapons proliferators selling high grade precision machinery to Iran or partnered with the largest Burmese drug lords, it comes as no shock that a respected NUS research lab would be accused of working to obtain dual use military technology for Huawei. Now again, I will render no verdict about whether NUS has sanctioned behavior Mr. Todd accuses it of doing as there is a lot more evidence that is needed before reaching a decision. However, there should be an absolutely full investigation of the accusations leveled against NUS in potentially acting in concert with Huawei to obtain military technology for the PLA.

Finally, I have been warned by many people to never come to Singapore. Whether it is to avoid a friendly “coffee” or more serious problems, like Mr. Todd’s. Given the seriousness of the charges I have made against people, I think it only prudent to wherever I go look over my shoulder and take other prudent measures. People will take extreme actions for a lot less than the $300 billion that I claim is missing from Singaporean accounts. Given events like this, I can understand others (my pregnant wife included) concern for my safety.

I would call on the Singapore government to not only thoroughly investigate the matter of Mr. Todd but to do so in a completely transparent manner providing all evidence to the public. Only by thoroughly answering all questions and providing the proof to interested parties will these questions be answered. Hiding evidence, obfuscating the truth, and refusing to fully investigate this matter will only raise more questions.

5 thoughts on “Why I Won’t Be Coming To Singapore Soon

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  2. Dear Mr. Balding,

    I just understood it is not only the CPF. Look at the foreign workers’ levy, according to which employers have to pay between 230-650 S$ per month per employee to the government (http://www.mom.gov.sg/foreign-manpower/passes-visas/work-permit-fw/levy-payments/Pages/levy-payments.aspx). In difference to the CPF this doesen’t even generate any entitlements towards the state and foreign workers should make around 30-40% of the Singaporean workforce. Imagine how much money that is! Adding this money to the CPF, COE and all the others quasi taxes and taxes, I can only come to the conclusion that the Singaporean government must be soaked in cash. They should have been able to build a golden skyscraper easily by now. How come they can’t even provide basic social security to the people? It should be peanuts to their budget. I guess they rather keep it in their own pockets. They didn’t build the city on rock ‘n’ roll, but on foreign slave labour and the backs of a good part of their citizens. What a horrible place!

  3. These sorts of suspicious “suicides” aren’t exactly unknown. There was one in SF a few years back. Police still think it’s a suicide – even though the weapon, a knife, was never found.

    It happens.

    FWIW, The deceased’s suspicions vis-a-vis his employer and personal safety could have been accurate… or they could be consistent with some sort of paranoia, mental illness, and eventual suicidal behavior. Also, people are frequently reported as particularly happy immediately prior to their suicides.

    Think what you will, I don’t mean to necessarily sway you one way or the other, but weird stuff happens, and this case seems explicitly less strange / bizarre than other suicides I’ve read of.

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