While the old guard Ministers led Singapore past various challenges, the 4G leaders are only good at book smart rethoric

Over the past 50 years since our independence, the very capable PAP ‘old guard’ leaders led us safely through challenges after challenges. From the British forces withdrawal to the prospect of mass unemployment to the Indonesian confrontation, all those challenges were no less daunting or dangerous than what we face today.

Let us not forget the Vietnam war that was raging so close to home all the way.
The time when we were ejected from Malaysia and became a vulnerable young nation, nobody thought would survive but had to crawl back to Malaysia and on their terms. Until today, one common thread ran across all those events and times and that is truly strong political leaders delivered us again and again from desperation and dangers to safety and prosperity.

Today, what sort of political leaders do we have? Just because our system grooms book-smart Generals and scholars and make them Ministers, does it mean that they will automatically become strong and capable political leaders?

Today, our so called “elite leadership” has led us to elderly suicide record level, graduate poor, world’s lowest Total Fertility Rates and about 100,000 to 140,000 absolute poverty families struggling among us etc. Under their leadership, it has also lead us into Malaysian government vessels encroaching into our territorial waters blatantly again and again and Malaysia has given us advance notice that they want to take back their sovereign airspace etc.

Singaporeans watched on televisions one after another PAP Ministers spoke about the territorial waters incursions. First it was Khaw Boon Wan then Vivian Balakrishnan, then Tan Chuan Jin and followed by Ng Eng Hen and the latest, Chan Chun Sing.

I will be straight talking. We don’t need parrots.

We need truly strong political leaders, and I doubt if we have a mere handful. My honest assessment of the current PAP government is a bunch of superbly book-smart and talk well but severely EQ-deficient Ministers.

To consider them as strong political leaders is naivety of the highest order. Technocrats and professionals? Yes. But strong and capable political leaders? I am sorry to say that, to me, many fall far short. If my assessment is correct, that definitely cannot be good for our country going forward.

 

Simon Lim

 

 

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21 Responses to “While the old guard Ministers led Singapore past various challenges, the 4G leaders are only good at book smart rethoric”

  • N.Jungne:

    If all their wives were to say something, how nice nobody dares to bully us.

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  • Ball l*ckers:

    Uncle sonehiw gets the uncanny feeling that all these 4G white miws, one by one promptly parrot the same tired ‘ warnings’ statements just to show and please pinky that they are working hard and remain in his good books. Otherwise $m job at stake.

    What do you think?

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  • Bapak:

    Hello, we have already gone backward to 3rd World’s, don’t even think of going forward. The only people have gone forward are the invited FTs with our taxpayers’ money free uni education, no NS call-up, job application priority, courtesy of our 3Gs. Sad.

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  • rukidding:

    Babe,….its all about $$$$ and Fame !

    Serving the nation and People ????…..Fat Hope !

    More about “self enrichment” and “Power abuses” !

    “Fattening” own Cronies,…whilst “sending” those Dafts to do the “dirty work” !

    ” Enslaving” the dafts and “profiteering ” themselves…

    That is what Singapore has become !!

    And now,???….”they” want “Us” to “defend and stand together” ??

    Ya !

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  • WatchTheirBodyLanguage:

    In the coming weeks we might be seeing /hearing from the miws, spewing ‘doom & gloom’ scenarios if we sgs dont ‘unite’ and stand behind the gov etc.
    If that happens and im sure it will, we’d love to tell them to their faces what i think!
    Like many netizens have already pointed out ,our gov are like parents who treat their stepkids better than their own kids!
    The miws look like a bunch of tired clowns!

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  • NotMyProblem:

    @Simon, every time when someone compares the current PAP’s ministers with the old guard, I always thinking that person was comparing kindergarten kids with PHD students.

    Please be reminded that the currents PAP’s members are in for fame, wealth, power and impressive resume and nothing else. And lately, nothing is in their pay grade to do anything!!

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  • LIONS:

    We need truly strong political leaders, and I doubt if we have a mere handful. My honest assessment of the current PAP government is a bunch of superbly book-smart and talk well but severely EQ-deficient Ministers.

    To consider them as strong political leaders is naivety of the highest order. Technocrats and professionals? Yes. But strong and capable political leaders? I am sorry to say that, to me, many fall far short. If my assessment is correct, that definitely cannot be good for our country going forward.
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    a handful,yes indeed.

    just thinking a GY-THARMAN combination would be decent but to have lee ah long mentoring a HSK-CCS combo is like going further down the chutes!
    already lee ah long is bad enough and the new combo to be moulded by ah long himself is unthinkably hopeless.

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  • No Israeli General need apply:

    Just because our system grooms book-smart Generals and scholars and make them Ministers

    They are all automatically (blindly) promoted to the ranks Generals based SOLELY on their past exam records by their same exam-smart Civil Servant peers without an ability to think critically. These book-smart ‘Generals’ probably would not make it even to the rank of Sergeant under the US or Israeli military assessment criteria.

    I have watched videos on privates in those countries who conduct themselves more impressively and professionally than these scholar Colonels and Generals.

    Look at these very top stratospheric PAP Civil Servant made 7-star General Chief-of-Staffs D.Kuek and N.Yat-Chung, and N.Joo Hee. Outside the blind unthinking assessment of their stupid Civil Servant peers, when they were put to the real test, how have they performed?

    Bear in mind there are another few hundred (thousand?) more (all paper**) Generals in tiny Singapore that have not been put to the real test yet. If the very top ones failed the test, how do you think the rest will fair?

    ** In Singapore, you have to be a scholar to be considered for the rank of a General by our Civil Servants. No Israeli or US General need apply.

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  • Mentoring Greater Mortality:

    What? Aren’t they way past mediocrity zone with their mega-bucks wages? Or are they bearing the angst of impotent existentialism?

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  • FTpora:

    Imagine 1 million Sinkies defended the 2 millions FTs and only 10 thousand return,

    Question, How many Sinkies males are left.?

    FTpora

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  • Kee chiu:

    I tot you said unless your ships get out otherwise we don’t even want to talk.

    Were you toking cok?

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  • opposition dude:

    The current crop of overpaid bodohs have been shown up time and again and it will just continue. You have an unreliable MRT that needs to close down early week after week because they couldn’t be bothered to do so earlier before letting in hordes of third world immigrants and overcrowd the system. Book smart people full of theory will tell you just add a few more trains into the network and abracadabra, problem solved. Heh.

    As long as these idiots are in parliament we will continue to have people who can talk but can’t do jack. Everything to them is good until the day comes when they aren’t in charge anymore.

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  • What Now ?:

    All the Ministers warned Malaysia to pull back their ship or we will not give face to Malaysia any more. In other words we will start attacking Malaysia as we have ordered fighter pilots to practice more live bombing and mobilize soldiers, tanks, armored personnel carriers, artillery guns etc.

    Then Dr M ordered his ships to continue their stay in the water. Suddenly all Minister mouths cannot open and speak anymore as mouth got stuck with Malaysian cocks.

    Say something please. What happened to Pinky ? On Holidays or already ran away to take cover in other countries ?

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  • Headache For Defense Minister:

    As a Brain surgeon he used to save human lives. Now as Defense Minister, he will have to give the order to kill other human beings especially innocent civilians.

    God is watching you.

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  • Boh Kia See:

    There is no way for the PAP to act tough with Malaysia. All the defense spending is purely for show.

    This is because the eco-system is interconnected. You bomb Malaysia you will be destroying Singapore as well. Isreal cannot use their nuclear power for the same reason. Destroying neighbours will destroy them too–simply by the fallout.

    Just imagine bombing Johore and the river that supplies water to Singapore. There is simply no land to defend.

    I remember the last referendum we have was to consider whether to join Malaysia or not. The result was to overwhelming wish to join Malaysia. It was the trait** PM at that time who was seeking absolute power and targetted the Sultans that caused Singapore to be kicked out.

    So think about it–this PAP is going to lead Singapore down the drain–they are already doing a great job now. You will see more of their actions affecting you if they remain in power.

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  • Bobo:

    Singapore is like a small company running by PM. All including elite ministers report to him 24/7. All are waiting for PM to raise any of his finger he feels like it. So just wait for PM to speak up.

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  • Worms in the head!:

    “Real power is – I don’t even want to use the word – fear.”
    Candidate Donald Trump, 31 March 2016.
    There is another guy who said he rather be feared than loved.
    In a way that is true, except that their understanding of “who to fear” is misplaced.
    If they think they should be feared then there are sadly mistaken.
    You have to truly fear something yourself and that will act as a deterrent and make you more disciplined and cautious and careful and a better person.
    It is fear of GOD, only HE qualifies to be feared.
    See the gap between a self-checking GOD fearing man and one who believes that he himself is like God.
    Good leaders and chieftains are those that acknowledge GOD every second.
    They are worthy of support.
    We are living in a big fish eat small fish world today.
    The glitterings are everywhere and coming out fast but could be extinguished just as fast if not careful,
    If they think their jellylike stuff in their heads could solve all problems, they are disillusioned in their underdeveloped immature heads.
    But the sad part is they don’t realize that, they are still in cloud nine.
    Then they grope and start to take off by learning meditation at the tail end of their life. Hope that gets them their entry certificate to the next dimension.
    And now the main story…..,,
    In their arrogance and greed and self-admiration of their capability and capacity, apparently a sly (stupid) strategy of a “winning” fixing formula is embarked on, yet again, by creating a bogeyman situation and positioning, to hopefully to keep and hold on to power and obviously preservation of wealth, by rallying the masses to become suspicious and brainwashed into a state of agitated anger and become all of a sudden hostile towards neighbors whom you visited recently with laughter grinning from ear to ear during festive occasions and congratulating within 24 hours on their victory and suddenly now you began to spew harsh warning words on them.
    It reveals many very sick fluttering minds in our midst.
    Suddenly it is heroism and bravado although of an awkward kind.
    If this is not big time hypocrisy, what is?
    And the orchestration one after another to sing the tune of solidarity ready to face the common enemy at the border is to say the least a laughable attempt at yet again “making fools of the people” gameplan.
    And many unwittingly are falling for it.
    Enough is enough,
    One man Bidadari got open space to declare his always never changing infantile suspicions and distrust. Why allow such a retard to run loose and unchecked every time. It is about country to country relationship not a backstreet game of cards.
    Leading a country to war on such premise by brainwashing the masses (guess orchestrated by 20 or so of them) is sinful and will earn the wrath of GOD…

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  • Bapak:

    The future PM talks down to locals can lah, but small boy doesn’t how high are mountains outside their aircon office.

    Kee chiu:
    I tot you said unless your ships get out otherwise we don’t even want to talk.

    Were you toking cok?

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  • Be worthy:

    Unlike other 4Gs, how come one hot shot ong bak goon so quiet and hasn’t spoken yet. Even ugly nose 4G disGrace quickly and gleefully chipped in tho it has nothing to do with her portfolio. Must show to pinky boss that you are on the ball mah.

    Hmmm, ah Ong no longer in the race for peed man post has ego ‘deflated’ oredi…

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  • Straight "A"s Marlboro Tan:

    PAP is just a small fry in the world… the rest of asean will bully it in the future…

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  • Prof Brown, Liester University:

    Reminds one of CCP when in session – or, closer home, UMNO (when they were in power, but thank God they’re gone – where one delegate rises to repeat along the same lines used by the one before him/her.

    Hey, even the Vietnamese communists know how to disagree sometimes, but heck, no, not the cadres of the Lightning Party! They must believe that if repeated often enough, many times over, a lie becomes the ultimate truth!

    Who do they think they’re kidding?

    Don’t they realize that the audience, the very people they’re trying very hard to sell their broken-from-the-beginning policies, aren’t the same unschooled uncles and aunties in the 1950s~70s?

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