It's the kind of morality tale that makes you scratch your head and ask aloud, why? The army captain's route to a four month jail sentence started with the desperate need for $28,000 to repay a bank loan.
This guy was a SAF scholar (like PM Lee), he studied at Cambridge (like PM Lee), he received training at an overseas US military institute (like PM Lee). After Imperial College, he went on to a master's in philosophy at Cambridge, and a master's in Defence Technology and Systems programme at Temasek Defence Systems Institute. After all that studying, he traded classified information for cash right after school, during his stint as a weapons staff officer between 2007 and 2008.
As a SAF scholar, he was already on a accelerated escalator ride to a glorious future. With all those pieces of paper collected, he could easily end up as a general, an early retirement for a juicy CEO appointment in a government linked company (GLC), and/or possibly a seat in the cabinet.
So why did he decide to come to Jesus and tell the people interviewing him for promotion to major about his indiscretion? The clueless SAF had already sent him for courses after courses, all paid for by the taxpayers, and resulted in his spending more time in classrooms than in field training (like PM Lee). Did all that mollycoddling go to his head?
Apparently his weakness was gambling. He had reportedly racked up about $100,000 in debts on board cruise ships, the floating casinos of choice for those who prefer not to be spotted at the land based MBS or RWS dens of iniquity (built by PM Lee). As for his spontaneous confession, one assumes it was his human conscience and not his brain capacity that was at play. Perhaps he had a spiritual awakening, a realization that all the monetary attractions of mammon pale in comparison with being right with God. One thing's for sure, all those fancy degrees, masters, and doctorates won't be as deserving of adulation as before. Just look at the example of the PhD who connived his way for a 12-year disruption of his NS obligation.