Leaders should be responsible and accountable

We need our corporate and government leaders to be more responsible and accountable.

They have to come forward when big mistakes occur and tell the public transparently and honestly the cause of the mistakes and what actions will be taken to address them.

What are some of these mistakes? Here are some big mistakes that occurred in recent years:

a) Frequent breakdown of MRT train services
b) Death of NS men and reservists during training
c) Mistakes in treatment of patients in hospitals
d) Hacking into the SingHealth database.

When these mistakes occur, the response of the government is to call a committee of inquiry. The hearing of the COI takes several months . A report is finally produced, but it does not appear to do much to deal with the problem.

What is the alternative approach? How can the top person be more responsible or accountable?

I do not suggest that the minister or chief executive commit harakiri or that they should resign their office, as has often happened in other countries.

However, I like to see the top person address the public over this issue. I like to see that person be honest and transparent in telling the public what had happened and what to do about it.

Often, the information given to the public is vague and there is suspicion that some important information is hidden. Many people suspect that the people involved are trying to cover up some embarrassing mistakes.

Sometimes, the excuse is “state secret”. This was used to hide some key information about the recent hacking of the SingHealth database.

It is not acceptable to give a promise of “we will do better in the future”. Often, this is an excuse to close the matter. There is lack of accountability and lack of taking responsibility.

Why is it important for the top people to be involved in taking charge of this matter? Often, the big mistake, which led to harmful consequences, are the outcome of the government or corporate policies set at the highest level.

The junior level staff do not have the authority to changes these policies. In most cases, they are even afraid to bring up the issue, as the current policies are considered to be sacrosanct.

It is only the top people who can change the policies when they realized that the outdated policies are the cause of the problem. If they are not involved, they will never realize it.

It is a mistake to think that senior people can sit in the ivory tower and decide on recommendations put forward by junior staff.

In most great corporations or governments, the top people are hands on, and on in touch with the people on the ground and the customers.

We need to change our leadership culture, for Singapore to move forward.

 

Tan Kin Lian

 

 

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28 Responses to “Leaders should be responsible and accountable”

  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    ADMIT???…and ROCK the million dollar salaries???…have you ever face a wife to say you have lost your JOB of $$$Million by ADMITTING your stoopidity???

    Do you KNOW what it is like to walk around without a Pencil between your legs Mr Tan??? if you don’t ask a Eunuch

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  • When piggies fly...:

    They change ?
    Its better and faster if we change them!
    Correct?

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  • 格凌兰:

    我应该是没有看错吧?

    阿莲是在说,重要的事必须由政府最高领导人的口说出来才值得相信?

    如果说,阿莲是新科研究所的科学家。

    有一天,阿莲发现了点石为金的方法,阿莲自己招开纪者招待会来说明是无效的!必须由政府最高领导人替阿莲说明,才会有用,公众才会相信?

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  • Unbelievably Stupid:

    Dafts already voted in a PAP-only parliament,
    you expect them to self check self?

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  • LIONS:

    No TRANSAPENCY,NO ACCOUNTABILITY.
    Thats why the PAP religiously pin down n avoid being transparent.

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  • rukidding:

    Only way to change is to “get rid’ of Pappy…lot,stock, barrel !

    The whole party is already “infected with $$ and arrogance sickness” !

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  • Flabbergasted:

    Uncle Tan, learn from TCB, the less you talk, the more credibility you will have, and, people will love you more!

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  • Amazing Truth:

    Hahaha… The biggest irony in Stinkypore is that it is the exact opposite. The higher you are appointed, the larger than the pay, the least or practicaly
    never are you going to be held accountable for any blunder or failure, however serious

    In fact, you can continue to sit on your fat a*s to collect $m, never mind what the sinkies say or make noise. Coz it’s ok with one pinky chap. Ask Hen or Son of a Gan.

    That’s the Harderest Truth. What do you think?

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  • RDB:

    Easiest is to kick them out permanently. But with about 70% dafts always rooting for them, how to hah?

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  • opposition dude:

    Sorry Mr Tan but we all know that PAP will never hold themselves accountable nor be transparent except when it comes to the opposition who must be responsible, transparent and accountable in their town council affairs. Very big double standard there but then again, this is PAP after all.

    They can continue telling us they will do better, they will this and they will that. Lapses will still occur because no one gives a damn since they know that nothing will happen to them anyway. You want PAP to be accountable then you have to show them how at the ballot box this year.

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  • Nation of sheep:

    No hope lah…. The whole system stinks to the core.

    Why likè that? Coz 70% accept and don’t mind the stench from the rot. Even if they may mind, they aren’t going anything about it. Perhaps they have somehow grown to like it. Like s*x, the more perverted the more pleasurable it becomes

    What do you think?

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  • NotMyProblem:

    RDB:
    Easiest is to kick them out permanently. But with about 70% dafts always rooting for them, how to hah?

    Don’t expect the PAP to change. Only the voters can change them and that depends on the 70%.

    There was a saying; “Idiot politician is not the problem, the problem is we have idiot voters keep voting them in”.

    We need change, so simple as that. Forget about WTF Pioneer Gen Packet or the Merdeka Gen Packet. Whatever PAP gives you, PAP will take back and more!!!

    I am the Pioneer generation, I have to return more of what I got from the Package, trust me.

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  • Public or private sector?:

    Would it be far-fetched to say LKY is largely responsible for sending this nation on a downward spiral into the mire of crony-capitalist corruption by sanctioning ministers and MPs to simultaneously receive confidential salaries in government-linked companies. Dr. Goh Keng Swee, our beloved genius of economic planning had already warned his party decades ago against direct government involvement in profit making enterprises: Government cannot be run like a business corporation – without compromising social values and personal integrity.

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  • Bapak:

    To those parents whose sons’ & daughters’ died unnecessarily as the result of your blind support for PAP, go blame not PAP but yourselves.

    If there is no influx of FTs with TB, HIV+s and others we dont know yet, do you think TB will come back & we have so many HIV+ carriers around?

    To these parents, your blind support to an irresposible & forever unaccountable PAP has caused your child’s life. So, you are the responsible & accountable for your stupid action.

    NEVER BLAME PAP, for you have given them your permission to ‘kill’ your child. BLAME YOURSELVES. Well done, Sinkies.

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  • Technical Ppl:

    Technical ppl work like hell and knows lots of technical details are not given chances to move up but chances are given to those who TALK and TALk as it they know!
    Who want to contribute, everyone act blur!! To make matter worst, SG just want Foreign Talents who can plant SHIT into your SYSTEM!?

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  • MarBowling:

    Chinese Saying: need about 30% from the 69.9% DAFTS to SEE THEIR REAL COFFIN and shed TEARS before they wake up from their slumber to REALLY CARE and CONCERN for their Children and Children’s Children FUTURE!

    Right now MOST of the DAFTS occasionally only SEE a COFFIN belonging to OTHERS carrying young Singaprean, who died BECAUSE of negligence and incompetence by the various ministries under the watch of our World Class Ministers drawing obscene $millions salarie$$$$$$$$, in a hearse passing by! In their mind, quietly they must be THINKING “YOU DIE IS YOUR BUSINESS”!

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  • When trouble comes, Siam:

    Very true – When the MRT broke down in the past, Lui Tuck Yew was always on the ground to address the situation, and always interviewed on TV. When “come-clean” Khaw took over, “Siam” became the new strategy ! He was nowhere to be seen during breakdowns, hiding inside his underwear. Do we need such ministers around ?

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  • uNTil U欽亮C mati kockperatif:

    Hey, eye-shuttering & speech-stuttering (explaining the slow speed you use to cover up this deficiency of yours)
    Tan Kinlian ah, when will you shutter up your spout-only-nonsense buccal opening and justgo back to using it on chewing bananas like your namesake Pan Kinlian•潘金蓮 did for Women Want Song & Simon King?

    KINLIAN BACKGROUND
    She was a slut. Reborn a male – but still tge same depraved soul nonetheless – a lecher, a DOM (dirty old man, teekorpek) this lifetime, first name unchanged.

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  • Angry Rooster vs Pig:

    We need our corporate and government leaders to be more responsible and accountable.- Tan Kin Lian

    This is the trait of a flippant man. What does he mean by ‘more’? Responsible means responsible.

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  • Pro Ah-long Party:

    Law of attraction! Reflect the kind of person sitting at the top. The rots start at the very top, and he need to be removed for a better tomorrow for our children.

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  • Disgusted!:

    As a youngster we were taught that only cowards avoid
    taking responsibility and being accountable. looks like
    too many pple in charge here are cowards. as such you
    can hardly call them educated, much more scholars.

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  • LEEders are screwed up:

    Hmm… when upstair neighbour intruded inside our space, chosen one desiģnate didn’t step up to respond until more than one week later. Even then ah Heng just regurgitated what his lesser being colleagues had ceremoniously muttered muttered.

    When son of popiah emperor died, bug eyes quickly showed up to show condolences. When about young man who died from serving our nation, this chap is nowhere to be seen?

    WTF is going on? Is he doing the right thing?

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  • Bapak:

    When someone doesn’t even know mai siam got no hum, his priorities are all wrong.

    LEEders are screwed up:
    Hmm… when upstair neighbour intruded inside our space, chosen one desiģnate didn’t step up to respond until more than one week later. Even then ah Heng just regurgitated what his lesser being colleagues had ceremoniously muttered muttered.

    When son of popiah emperor died, bug eyes quickly showed up to show condolences. When about young man who died from serving our nation, this chap is nowhere to be seen?

    WTF is going on? Is he doing the right thing?

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  • White LEEches:

    When trouble comes, Siam:
    Very true – When the MRT broke down in the past, Lui Tuck Yew was always on the ground to address the situation, and always interviewed on TV. When “come-clean” Khaw took over, “Siam” became the new strategy ! He was nowhere to be seen during breakdowns, hiding inside his underwear. Do we need such ministers around ?

    Ya Lor, very disturbing trend, when boo boos appear, it appear that miws take cover. Or drop some remarks in their fb. Job done, ok?

    When some ultra rich kid passes away, they pop up quickly and to be readily seen giving support and sympathy.

    Why like that ah? So hypocritical

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  • New generals....old tricks:

    Outdated policies such as the heavy ar 15 for instance. The us is going to use a very light rifle which is equally effective. Throw away the ar15……….old politicies….not effective……..new scholar generals ……old policies

    Same like kee chui……….new scholar general………shd not be a Minister………Useless.

    Vote lim Thian, Cheng Bock, soon Juan……..throw out the rest………this year!

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  • exSG:

    The rot has begun. More and more public services are failing and there is no need to mention it here as Lianhe Zaobao has listed it out so nicely for us. This list covers only the most recent cock-ups and you will know there have been many cock-ups along the way, ever since Old Man passed on.

    Yes there were cock-ups even before Old Man passed on but they pale in comparison to post Old Man era cock-ups, of which the most glaring is the health records hacking by China and also the HIV records.

    Let the rot continue so that a change of government can occur

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  • chat-ba-lang hungry confidence:

    //The rot has begun. More and more public services are failing and there is no need to mention it here as Lianhe Zaobao has listed it out so nicely for us//

    what to do ? deep seated culture lor. this 1-in-50 years events are getting more and more common. maybe it has reached critical breaking point where the kiasi kiasu daft sinkie standard has been overwhelmed / replaced by more hungry can-do attitude & standard of our dear FTs (but chat-ba-lang standard) lor – very confident but all the chat-ba-lang hungry confidence. must learn from FTs if you want to survive hor ?

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  • Life unpredictable:

    Ben goi rich also pass away at prime.

    < 2 years, tracy lee become widow.

    So who should step down for accountability.

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