Singapore needs Bold, Visionary Leadership to Face Future but Heng Provides None

Mr Heng Swee Keat’s appointment as the PAP’s 1st Assistant Secretary-General and likely choice as the next Prime Minister has not come as a surprise. He has been mentioned repeatedly as one of the candidates for the PM post.

The question that Singaporeans are concerned about is not who becomes the next PM but rather what he will do for the country.

Singapore’s future faces many unprecedented challenges that require bold and visionary leadership. Judging by what Mr Heng has said and done in the past, it seems that he is more concerned about toeing the party line rather than thinking and acting out of the box for Singapore’s sake.

For example, Mr Heng chairs the Committee on the Future Economy which came up with a plan that was widely panned by analysts for mouthing platitudes and resurrecting old ideas that have failed while not offering the country viable economic plans.

When he was Education Minister, Mr Heng, apart from making inconsequential tweaks here and there, continued with the exam-oriented system that has not taught students to think critically and creatively. Our youths are, therefore, ill-equipped to face a changed and changing global system where ideas and innovation determine a nation’s place in the world.

As Finance Minister, he went along with a slew of tax hikes and price increases that have made the most expensive city in the world an even costlier one, effectively piling on the financial stress for the average Singaporean.

Also, the idea that Mr Heng helped Singapore’s economy “come through safely” from disaster during the 2008 financial is but a fairy-tale. The GIC and Temasek Holdings were on the brink of losing hundreds of billions of dollars invested in Western banks.

If the US government had not pumped in enormous amounts of funds through its Troubled Assets Relief Program to bail out the banks, Singapore would have been in a deep crisis of our own.

Mr Heng has not articulated a plan that would take this country to a brighter future. Instead, he has been on auto-pilot mode cruising along with his fellow ministers, bankrupt of ideas but continuing to collect the astronomical salaries that they all feel entitled to.

No matter who gets chosen to be the next PM, the PAP script has been written and all the next leader will do is to follow it. Nothing has changed – and therein lies the danger for Singapore.

This is in sharp contrast to the anxiety and frustration that Singaporeans have over the present system. They want a change from the PAP’s politics of greed, exploitation and intimidation. They want a government that allows them to think and express themselves freely, one that inspires and maximises opportunity for them.

 

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24 Responses to “Singapore needs Bold, Visionary Leadership to Face Future but Heng Provides None”

  • JustKickThemAllOut:

    None of them has an independant thought or idea…
    Its all ‘follow the leader’ yes men.
    We truly need relief from these politicians w/o backbone.
    All afraid to rock the boat cuz their mil$ salary is at stake.
    Profit is their main aim..not the citizens’ welfare.

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  • LIONS:

    These are merely monkey$ as monkey sees what monkey do.

    Group-thinkers are no thinker at all!

    HSK will just CONtinue with the LEEderSHIT until KEE CHIU stabilises himself n takes over to make way for Ho-Lee son.

    The LEEga$y CONtinues unless sgs wake up.

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  • Dog Training School Owner:

    A well-trained puppy is always dependent upon its master – for food, love and care.
    Each time it sees its master, it will wag its tail in greetings with joy and glee.
    If you put it up on a pedestal in a puppy show and ask him to sit there for a short while, it will gladly and gratefully oblige. But if you want him to sit there for too long a time, it may become uncomfortable and uneasy. Because it is not used to that kind of attention and behaviour.

    Therefore, a well-trained puppy will vacate the pedestal seat willingly when it feels uncomfortable and uneasy. All the master needs to do is to dangle a small piece of bone in front of him and it will willingly jump off the pedestal seat – leaving it empty for anyone to occupy.

    That is a short and brief account of how a well-trained puppy behaves. Common sense, actually.

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  • It should more like:

    Singapore needs bold, visionary citizenry to vote for a future for the ordinary Singaporean.

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  • 鸟龙的人:

    阿吉仔忘了牠是拿纳税人的薪水
    照样找籍口起价赚人民的$
    下回晕倒就没那么的幸运
    一定坐輪椅去国会

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  • Bapak:

    We simply need to change the government, period.

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  • Entitlement Attitudes must go:

    Bold Visionary Leadership was lost once the 1G band of few good men passed on the reins (n some left this world too early).
    Anyway the new G cant ever hold a candle to them.
    Its probably becuz too much $$$$$salaries making them highest paid gov blinded them..

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  • All'sNotWellWithin:

    I feel each and everyone of them knows their place…and knew long ago who will fet what post.

    Tharman already said he’s not PM material
    .so he’s shoved out of the picture…could have been some conflict of interest somewhere.

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  • Onwards greater mortals:

    “It’s the difficulty we had with Mr. Bean, actually, when it went from TV to film. You certainly discover that you need to explain more about a character.”
    -Rowan Atkinson

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  • Vote for Improvement:

    I am trained in the Army to be a fighter. I will not be easily intimidated.

    I will not allow my family to live in intimidation and fear. That’s not the environment I want in. This retard my kids growth in ability to compete.

    I’ll vote for Change and not wait for sky rocketing prices escalation from them.

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  • Selfish Sinkie Syndrome:

    LIONS:
    These are merely monkey$ as monkey sees what monkey do.

    Group-thinkers are no thinker at all!

    HSK will just CONtinue with the LEEderSHIT until KEE CHIU stabilises himself n takes over to make way for Ho-Lee son.

    The LEEga$y CONtinues unless sgs wake up.

    Totally agree with you on the above.

    I just want to add that 69.9% of Selfish Sinkies are also “Group-Thinkers”, that’s why they love and consistently choose group-thinkers for LEEderShit. They see the similar trait in themselves lor.

    That’s also why Sinkingapore never did achieve any great global company or great invention or new business concepts or new scientific ideas for more than 50 tears post-independence.

    That’s also why Sinkingapore apparently appreciates “foreign talent” so much because they themselves cannot be creative nor talented, so have to import them and then just become “followers”.

    Just see all the new trends, Sinkies just merely follow them without using their own brains to discern.
    For example, new internet trend to do planking started overseas, then Sinkies also follow and “catch on” to the supposedly viral trend.
    Similarly, when Western countries started with the #MeToo movement or the #NotMyPresident movement, Sinkies also follow suit.

    Sinkies will only follow the easy stuff to do because they prefer the status quo and will only copycat and do what others do without any independent thinking, which is the quintessential definition of “group-think”.

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  • opposition dude:

    Stroke victim can’t do shit since goondu Loong will be in parliament keeping a close watch after he steps down just like the first 2 PMs. Heng might have some ideas he would like to try out but with the ex PM still around he knows there is little chance of that happening.

    So what to do but continue letting in hordes of third world aliens to ensure the GDP grows at 2% per year. Easy what, right?

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  • HarderTruths:

    ALL HAIL H!!!
    ALL HAIL H!!!

    BY ORDER

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  • bgkl:

    If no one individual is bigger than his own political party, this one is confirmed puppet and a muppet party-line toe-er.

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  • National Scriptwriter:

    No script??? Of course there’s a script, and it goes like this

    Keep the seat warm and don’t rock the boat.
    Once the true heir is (deemed) ready to take (back) the reins, do a UFO (yew fiack out-of-the-way!).

    These stoned & square boys from RI ain’t got no newer scripts, man!!!

    Not since 1965.
    Or Wijeysinghe.

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  • Bystander:

    Looks like another puppet to be strung on the strings.
    Then when he collapses once more, another more loyal puppet, the boy soldier will automatically take over, warming the seat for few years, paving the way for a younger Lee to take the PM seat, perpetuating the Lee Dynasty rule.
    Oh no, God forbids.
    VTO for change, at least get more Opposition into Cabinet, the SDP better than sleepy WP.

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  • lesser serfs to toil:

    //I will not allow my family to live in intimidation and fear. That’s not the environment I want in. This retard my kids growth in ability to compete.//

    aiyoh. but the white idiots and gang ‘will want’ to ‘ensure’ such environment lar if your lyrics does not align with their white idiotic scheme.

    sinkie land has many white idiots who believe in the order of natural aristocrats and lesser serfs to toil to the the former’s bidding leh.

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  • rukidding:

    The END is near for Pappy !

    Yippee !

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  • Tremendous:

    There’s an unmistakable profile about the next PM designate.
    For the millions they pocketed, he knows how to look after all his poor performing colleagues including himself.
    He, together with his party knows that calling for the next election early gives them lots of room after that to renege on promises like before. Promises on housing. Promises on cpf returns at age 55.
    He must toe the line and support the current president. Someone said the president is Malay from 9am-5pm and Indian after office hours. It’s hard to disagree.
    He must not champion a major cause enough to reverse the inequality trends in Singapore.
    His mouth must be muzzled on our sovereign fund losses, if he needs to keep his rice bowl.
    He has no earth-shaking socio-economic achievements for locals to his name.
    He has no detailed and proven plans to take the nation forward, because he was hired for his consummate textbook skills.
    He will continue to import more foreigners, because his solutions for raising the local (not pr) total fertility rates are not sustainable.
    He could even be a master in his own right, slipping the population white paper through after a so-called national conversation. If this is not betrayal, I don’t know what it is.
    He, or someone of similar profile will be the man, Yay!

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  • Malaysia boleh Singapore bodoh:

    “Different puppy, same (PAP) collar”. VTO.

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  • Wooden Cha tao man:

    I expect that he will be very much controlled by remote.

    Just like bamboo man .
    Unlike Longan.

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  • rukidding:

    Only and until that the Trump – Russia meddling in the USA Elections “using the electronic system” is PROVEN WRONG,….I am of the OPINION that Electronic Election is a Modern Day FRAUD !!!!

    I hope PAP will not resort to implementing this system come this election.

    I for one,…still have my “doubts” !

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  • PAP rule will extended:

    HSK is the right choice for ONE PARTY RULE.

    With him as pm, PAP will win bigger than before.

    If it were CCS, Opposition Might win one more seat.

    The pap mp’s know the ground and made the right choice .

    This is bad news for opposition.

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  • save singapore:

    Anyone from that party will continue the legacy because they are paying themselves sinful wages which is indirectly robbing the country which is worse then corruptions. So people be careful who you vote in the next GE and [email protected] make the same mistakes. They are more concerned about their million dollars in the bank account than looking into the welfare of the citizens. If the next person is promoted (why I said promoted because the head does not believe in voting system but rather promote someone that will not rock the boat) to be PM. He will make sure that he can control the person after stepping down and he does not leak out any of the dirty things that they are doing at the moment.

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