Weakening meritocracy under the PAP

Education Minister Ong Ye Kung declared: “In the last few years, meritocracy has taken on a negative overtones due to its association with elitism and there has been an ongoing debate over social inequality and stratification in society. Even those who rail against meritocracy struggle to come up with a better system”.

It is indeed true that meritocracy is a very noble ideal and comes from the word, Merit. Over the years, and especially during the early years of our nation building, true meritocracy had served us well when only the truly best people were selected to do the jobs according to his/her merits.

So, what has gone wrong with meritocracy in Singapore? More precisely, what has gone wrong with meritocracy in the PAP government until it has now been much weakened, questioned, despised and come under siege by our own citizens?

The answer is very simple, only if the LHL government is willing to be courageous and honest with itself. The examples in the PAP government are simply too many – growing numbers of senior military officers with zero private sector experiences whatsoever appointed to head important government organisations.

Calling all that meritocracy is like calling a Geylang one night stand romance. And even as inequality is growing, something deeper and more sinister have also been brewing too. If we ignore or pretend that it is not the case, our ostrich mentality must cost us a great deal as a people and as a country.

I urge the LHL government and its ministers including Ong Ye Kung to stop treating and insulting Singaporeans’ common decency and intelligence.

 

Simon Lim

 

 

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23 Responses to “Weakening meritocracy under the PAP”

  • problem of a pliant parleement:

    Mr Simon got it all wrong.

    fault seen is not due to meritocracy.

    fault seen is due to pap playing dirty via a pliant parleement.

    that is why money is possible to be channeled to pap PA for pap political advantage which cannot be done anywhere else in the world, not even in najib umno.

    meritocracy works as long as it is not in a society run via a pliant parleement. because true meritocracy is based on true talent, not on parleement approved INDIAN president masquerading as malay.

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  • PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20:

    Dear Simon,
    You wrote “I urge the LHL government and its ministers including Ong Ye Kung to stop treating and insulting Singaporeans’ common decency and intelligence”

    Singaporeans continuous voting of PAP into power show that only PAP ministers and MP had the intelligence.

    Yes, Singaporeans has spoken and confirm with their vote.

    Only PAP ministers and MP had the intelligence where ordinary Singaporeans lack.

    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20

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  • More Equal Than Others:

    The root of meritocracy came from the British aristocracy, meaning whether if the person has the right background… ie. the “Merit”, and not whether if it’s based on one’s capability or effort.

    It is only in US that the meaning of meritocracy evolved to be the current general known form, to base on one’s own effort.

    So which meaning of meritocracy are the Pigs referring to is anybody’s guess.

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  • opposition dude:

    Thanks to meritocracy the PAP justs puts whoever they like into a top job, never mind the fact that the person can’t even do the job! Meritocracy mah! More like uder the guise of meritocracy lah!

    Ah Kuek, Ng Yat Chung, Ho Ching to name but a few. All meritocracy indeed!

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  • Harder Truths:

    A despotic system recognises only one ruler and his subordinates.
    Then all the government posts are given to loyal friends and familee.
    Loyal to him, not the people.

    So what does anyone expect? How can some shit become a cake?

    You get the government you vote for.

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  • HDB flats depreciate to ZERO:

    Straits Times: ‘It saddens me to see how Tan Cheng Bock has lost his way’: ESM Goh Chok Tong

    GCT should put his ass where is mouth is. He should challenge TCB to a debate. Better still challenge he should challenge TCB to run against him a “neutral GRC” (not Marine Parade). Let us see who is lost.

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  • Entitlement of Highest Pay:

    By pegging their salaries to top percentile income earners, its in my opinion a form of Entitlement.

    This is Wrong. Not true meritocracy.

    True Meritocracy is pegging to performance.

    Eg. If they can be proven (independently audited) to have contributed to raising our salaries by 10% , then they will be awarded 10% salary rise.

    If not they will not be paid the performance bonus or salary hike.

    So, true meritocracy is not surprisingly to base on Merit and not ENTITLEMENT.

    No one should be entitled to world highest salary without earning it.

    SDP has proposed a great solution for ministerial salaries.

    So, a minister can be paid unlimited salary IF they can deliver Unlimited improvements to our lives. Else they should be fired and even investigated by a committee of inquiry into poor performance.

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  • Roger MC Fly:

    When someone says Meritocracy, what he actually means is Cronyism.
    I forgot who this someone is though.

    Eg. If not because someone’s father is someone, he or she would not have been given the position.

    Many rich people use Meritocracy to glorify themselves who actually got rich through Cronyism and immoral means.

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  • Rabble-rouser:

    Ong Ye Kung shows his laziness as Educational Minister.
    What had work in the past obviously can’t work for the future. That bit is so obvious to the electorate!
    Meritocracy Policy & Elite Schools aren’t the way forward. That will only create more electorate unhappiness because of greater income inequality. Already two-thirds of NUS medical students alumni come from 3 Elite schools (RI, Hwa Chong & ACS). This can’t go on! Because Elite Schools would continue to dominate at the expense of other schools! And Ministers were paid millions in salary so obviously it is they who have to “come up with a better system”, not the critics, not us. How can want money, but don’t want to work, meh!

    Harder Truths: Even those who rail against meritocracy struggle to come up with a better system”.

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  • Rabble-rouser:

    Oops! Sorry @ Harder Truths…should be Ong Ye Kung, sorry, mate!

    Ong Ye Kung: Even those who rail against meritocracy struggle to come up with a better system”.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Simon, what is there to URGE??? that is condescending to a Dynasty to be DESTROYED lah!!!…

    Destroying Nationalists & Patriots including their families is the Dynasty Past-time…Destroying the Dynasty is the best thing that can ever happen PERIOD!!!

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  • Henry John:

    Is he saying the education minister before him produced a better education system?
    Or his education system is better?

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  • Bapak:

    Obviously, they give the best blowjob. That’s why 70% felt so shiok.

    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20:

    Only PAP ministers and MP had the intelligence where ordinary Singaporeans lack.

    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20

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  • Evil, Greedy And Corrupt:

    The problem is with the people.
    What you have is what you get.

    A knife can both be a useful tool and an instrument of murder.
    It depends on the person using it.

    They lie, manipulate and hoodwink, say and do otherwise, tell what is convenient, selectively.
    Naturally they will say things that suit their purpose, frequently no good and almost always very expensive to you.

    These people have zero relevant experience and you have to wait for them to grow up. They milk you for the mistakes they made, scheme every policy to profit from you.

    Under serious democracy, there are checks to counter such behaviors, but they removed those checks.

    These are what make them a party of evil and a party of greed.

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  • Most Damaging:

    HDB flats depreciate to ZERO:
    Straits Times: ‘It saddens me to see how Tan Cheng Bock has lost his way’: ESM Goh Chok Tong

    GCT should put his ass where is mouth is. He should challenge TCB to a debate. Better still challenge he should challenge TCB to run against him a “neutral GRC” (not Marine Parade). Let us see who is lost.

    This cocky third-choice still owes us a Swiss living standard and HDB asset enhancement.
    He threw our doors wide open and coined the lie ” foreign talent” to put the locals down. Don’t forget the peanuts and golden tap, encouraged cronies to profit from the sick and donors.

    Our land price was inflated under his charge, pricing every parcel with respect to that of CBD area, causing irreparable damages to the nation with escalated costs of HDB and living, indirectly causing the CB mouth to declare HDB a zero value asset enhancement.

    If one care to trace the root causes of today’s issue, many could be traced back to this idiot policy agendas, who till now seems to still think highly of himself, with the situation made even worse by the dishonorable useless perpetual on job trainee.

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  • Just Like You:

    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20:
    Dear Simon,
    You wrote “I urge the LHL government and its ministers including Ong Ye Kung to stop treating and insulting Singaporeans’ common decency and intelligence”

    Singaporeans continuous voting of PAP into power show that only PAP ministers and MP had the intelligence.

    Yes, Singaporeans has spoken and confirm with their vote.

    Only PAP ministers and MP had the intelligence where ordinary Singaporeans lack.

    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20

    Then most sinkie voters are stupid.
    Can’t change when the brains are flawed, all in the genes as what old fcuk said.

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  • Rabble-rouser:

    S’pore educational mechanism is all corrupted by the PAP! And even the Meritocracy Policy is hijacked by them to be a Loyal-cratic, not Meritocratic (which is based on merit ie. capability. And that is why S’pore’s Economy is a crony-based mechanism; the govt civil service a political party-based loyalty mechanism, never serving the electorate but instead the politicians; the GLCs, a safe haven for Scholars yet creating a new norm – failure is the new name for their success!
    The S’pore Educational Mechanism ie. our S’porean curiousity for learning were so limited because our learning culture is benefit-based. S’poreans learn by using the rote-based mechanics, they don’t bother understanding the principles. It’s the marks that they’re after! And Another facet of learning is collecting “paper” qualifications & certification by the reams.
    You’ve got to do your own research, see the world for what it is & read a lot to understand, supplement your knowledge as you go along.

    PAP govt missed the boat obsessing over their Meritocracy Policy & promoting their obsolete Elitist School system when they should have focus the school curriculum on utilising Technology & fostering Coding studies across all schools to have the numbers for success. MOE should have instilled a STEM Curriculum instead of focusing on school ranking & the silly PISA scores mechanism.

    Now S’pore is 2 decades behind countries like China & the US. China has the capability of generating AI technology at the State Level because of their considerable investments in Supercomputing capacity & their considerable human capital (STEM). AI & machine learning relies on highly intelligent human inputs to make it function.

    The pace of New Knowledge rendering old knowledge into the weeds is progressing rapidly. Worse still, you have to unlearn the old ways simply to keep up abreast with the new.

    The era of plentiful jobs in S’pore & for the Global Context were over since 1998. And the link between education & good jobs had been truncated since the start of the Knowledge Economy. For most Millennials, instead of mugging on books, they should learn coding & all things Internet! Also, S’poreans should get out of S’pore & be soldiers of fortune in overseas markets. S’pore, frankly, is dead. S’pore is a true & true Crony Capitalist Economy where only the politically connected or those who have family ties count.

    S’poreans have no clue of the future & that is why their own children are behaving like a “Soft Toy” generation with their entitled expectations & unrealistic views with education. The world has changed (for the worse), yet they don’t realised it!

    - Cont’d -

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  • Rabble-rouser:

    - Cont’d -
    S’pore’s work eco-system is increasingly “Lies, Fantasy & Falsehoods” – the voices, the media narratives were all one-sided (no criticism, no analytical process), it is very difficult to see clarity in such a well-controlled environment.

    S’pore govt is only concerned with boosting Population numbers to 10 million, not realising that AI & machine learning will slash job numbers in the future. Population growth policies are obsolete yet the PAP is still banking hard on that

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  • got moral persuasion:

    //Even those who rail against meritocracy struggle to come up with a better system”.//

    yar lor. 4 = 5 and selected = elected plus all the wayang ?

    when wayang at the top most important part where the bigger picture really matters ? and keep on preaching meritocracy & integrity for the rest of sinkie land ? liddat that, sure win and sure bao jiak ?

    liddat, got moral persuasion meh ?

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  • Rabble-rouser:

    For those who would like to understand why Meritocracy Policy & the Elite School (“Gifted”) Mechanism cannot be the way forward, please read the following article:
    https://maalamalama.com/wordpress/2019/07/15/why-gifted-student-programs-make-education-worse/
    EXCERPTS:
    “I also gave a couple of public speeches about this topic in Asia in 2010 at prominent financial seminars, and I was again ridiculed for my non-consensus view of the global economy by the few economic professors in attendance.
    …they were always the ones that offered the strongest opposition and were the quickest to insist that my viewpoints were foolish and wrong. Their blind acceptance of “official” US data that produced a consensus view that THE US ECONOMY WAS GETTING MUCH BETTER, EVEN HALFWAY ACROSS THE WORLD IN ASIA…
    …they told me that students in the audience might actually believe my opinion and elect to forgo university due to my “foolish” belief that the global economy was not recovering to the degree that official government reported statistics claimed.
    In their words, THEY WERE CERTAIN THAT “ONE OF THE BEST JOB MARKETS IN US HISTORY” WOULD MATERIALIZE IN A FEW YEARS THAT WOULD ALSO TRANSLATE INTO ONE OF THE BEST JOB MARKETS IN SE ASIAN NATIONS IN THAT DECADE…
    In 2015, five years after I wrote the above article and delivered my speeches that the global economy would be not better than it was in 2010… …millennials in 2015 earned lower incomes, in terms of media income compared, versus people of the same age demographic from a decade prior…
    …we enter a period of time in 2019 in which the top 0.1% of wealthiest people in every nation are hoarding an increasingly greater and greater percentage of their entire nation’s wealth…
    …Unfortunately, innovation does not grow from consensus or an accepted methodology or narrative, but rather from radical, unproven ideas and from the ether of the unknown and the realm of the previously impossible.
    …the greatest amount of my real learning and education occurred outside of, not inside, the brick and mortar classrooms of universities.

    Please read! And broaden your knowledge! Meritocracy Policy isn’t the answer. Get rid of it!

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  • lol..he won't win:

    HDB flats depreciate to ZERO:
    August 4, 2019 at 9:17 pm (Quote)
    Straits Times: ‘It saddens me to see how Tan Cheng Bock has lost his way’: ESM Goh Chok Tong

    GCT should put his ass where is mouth is. He should challenge TCB to a debate. Better still challenge he should challenge TCB to run against him a “neutral GRC” (not Marine Parade). Let us see who is lost.

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    Go look up the only public debate between a young pinky lee and woody goh against JBJ on TV. Tag team also lose, scripted also lose. Don’t waste taxpayer money on it la, UNLESS MR GOH is willing to sponsor it.

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  • Be real:

    Ong, is entry to become a $m ministar via the backdoor based on meritocracy? Or cronitocracy?

    Anyway, you and the son of Ponggol koh bo coon, lack fighting spirit. That includes the useless paper general GY who ran road after losing Aljunied.

    So, don’t preach meritocracy coz you are not the right person.

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  • heng not 1st class degree:

    HDB flats depreciate to ZERO:
    Straits Times: ‘It saddens me to see how Tan Cheng Bock has lost his way’: ESM Goh Chok Tong

    GCT should put his ass where is mouth is. He should challenge TCB to a debate. Better still challenge he should challenge TCB to run against him a “neutral GRC” (not Marine Parade). Let us see who is lost.

    goh cock tong is truly a cock. he thinks he is greatest when in fact the rot started with his seat warming folly.

    anyway who has lost what way is not for goh cock tong to say. it is for voters to say. pap IBs say 70% sheep won’t change one. really? we don’t think so. humans, all humans, more or less the same. no different from Qing dynasty peasants who revolted. at that time, everyone said Qing peasants won’t change one, being kiasi kiasu. But Qing dynasty peasants revolted. Qing dynasty is no more.

    So when 70% sheep wakes up, pap is no more too. But that is not the best part. The best part is when New Government indicts pap Ljs and pap Cbs and put them in jail for long long. clap clap clap. That, is the best part.

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