Poor quality of the people in charge

I am worried about the future of Singapore. I am worried about the poor quality of the people appointed to be in charge of our ministries and agencies.

Things appear to be falling apart.

The latest evidences are the fines imposed by the Singapore Medical Council on two doctors for minor lapses.  The amounts of the fines are $100,000 and $50,000 respectively.

These fines are egregious and were clearly excessive compared to the lapses that had occurred. These lapses were questionable anyway, based on the opinions of the medical profession. These two events caused the doctors to submit two separate petitions for the fines to be reviewed.

Our health minister and his officials were slow in responding to the public outcry. They must have felt that the initial decisions were appropriate. Who knows, maybe they were the parties responsible for those decisions?

The court is now asked to review these decisions. See here.

The Singapore Medical Council is not the only agency that has the authority to impose fines. What about the many other government agencies that have similar authority to impose fines on their regulated subjects?

We also have fines imposed on mobile operators and transport operators on failure to deliver the expected quality of service.

Who were the people who made these decisions? Are these people capable of determining what are the appropriate fines and punishments?

If the standard of the decisions made by the SMC  is any indication, I really worry for the future of governance in Singapore.

We are still suffering from the impact of the bad decision to ask for a tender for a water desalination and power generation project that has caused huge losses to the retail investors.

Should the Public Utilities Board, which was the agency in charge of this disastrous project, explain their shortcomings (if any) on this matter?

In the entire episode, I have not heard a word from the minister for water resources or the minister in charge of the electricity market.

For several decades, we put people in charge of government ministries and agencies who do not have experience in their relevant fields or in the commercial world for that matter. Are we now seeing this practice boomerang in a most harmful way?


Tan Kin Lian



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12 Responses to “Poor quality of the people in charge”

  • in dire need of a better gov:

    running around like chickens w/o their heads.
    many ‘mistakes’n lapses occurring of late..
    the citizens are paying the price,literally!

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  • Boh Kia See:

    It is not just the quality of the people running the country. It is also about the ideology that these people possess.

    When they pay themselves very high wages, saying that they are the best, then there is no need to improve or seek ideas as by definition they are the fount of all wisdom. So it closes their minds to all alternative options as though new ideas pose a threat to their position. If those new ideas and policies are good then by definition they would have thought about it earlier. If they didn’t then those ideas are not suitable.

    You get the Clown endorsing statements like making pragmatic decisions rather than based on ideology. Look at all the decisions made when he was PM–they are all based on ideology and nothing else. So the Clown’s utterances is not worth a penny. Remember “for you with you”? and how PAP is going to reduce your cost of living? It is all a joke. The point is, when the Clown says something it is an indication that his actions will be the direct opposite of what he says.

    Third world practices are also becoming a feature–nepotism. You see the tie-up at the top. In Eygpt, Tunisia, Ministers resign when things go wrong in their portfolio. This despite the fact that the Governments did not broadcast transparency and accountability principle. The PAP, on the other hand, can’t stop mouthing about their accountability and transparency. Did Minister resign when things go wrong in their portfolio? Then what kind of transparency do we have when the CEO Temasek’s salary is a state secret. Singapore Government qualifies to be among the most secret in the world.

    To solve all the issues—simply VTO and replace them with people that are tested through the flames of an election without riding on the coat-tails of others.

    VTO–the only way for Singapore to move forward.

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  • MarBowling:

    The deep-rooted culture of committing “honest mistake” was FIRST famously made by World Class ex-Minister Marbok Tan when he authoritised the payment of $338 millions to TeleCom when the company was privatized to become SingTel. How to change, it’s boh pian, ok!

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  • ISI:

    Conformity and morality.

    Doing things being told.

    Regardless if it’s right.(conformity)

    Doing what is RIGHT.what is the correct thing to do.

    (Regardless what boss or others tells you!)(morality).

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  • ganeshsk:

    The current G is way past its expiry date.


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  • clown pap has zero talent:

    For several decades, we put people in charge of government ministries and agencies who do not have experience in their relevant fields or in the commercial world for that matter. Are we now seeing this practice boomerang in a most harmful way?

    why put people who have zero talent in government ministries and agencies?

    because the pap clown himself has zero talent and his wife has below zero talent. proof? look at gic temasick and the tons of t-shirt contractors in pap PA who lend their names to clown pap c cc ccc cccc ccccc.

    if the top is crooked the bottom NEVER straight.

    so if the ffffing top is no talent all bottom is zero talent.

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  • Bobo:

    It’s on report only mah, and just into another pocket then Hilang. No sound, no shadow after that. Who knows better?

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  • NotMyProblem:

    This should be called the sighted leading by the blind. Those that can see but have to follow the blind because the blind is from the authority.

    This is worst than blind leading the blinds.

    A lot of those being led were just acting blind, quietly following the blind leader and not dare to tell him that he is blind. Just like the naked Emperor parading in his new clothe.

    That’s how the country is going down. It was said “idiot politician is not the problem, the problem is having idiot voters keep voting them in”.

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  • RDB:

    But the big problem lies with the 70% voters who remain status quo. They the dumbass jackasses. As, when countered for their choice at every GE, they stupidly say, if not vote for pap, thenvote for who. Then you tell they do have an opposition candidate to vote for why didn’t you. Reply is usually that they don’t know them! But don’t you know Low Thia Kiang, Sylvia Lim etc who have been around how many GEs already… silence.

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  • Of quality and criteria:

    Prophet Muhammad said: “I will stand as your surety for Paradise if you save yourself from six things: telling untruths; violating promises; dishonoring trust; being unchaste in thought and act; striking the first blow; and taking what is bad and unlawful.”

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  • rukidding:

    No chance of any Military coup here,….so lan, lan …just wait for the coming election lor !

    Whatever that will “happen”…if the new electronic system “kicks in”…we just have no way of knowing if the system has even been “tweek”.

    sillyporeans are “in for a ride” !

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  • HarderTruths:

    Poor quality will be a definite improvement to their ‘no quality’ leedership.

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