It is not hindsight that the Government lacks

It is not hindsight that the Govt lacks. In fact, they had the foresight to anticipate a pandemic in the dorms, and even required dorm operators to have quarantine plans.

The legislation they passed specifically dealt with incidents like a pandemic or an infectious disease outbreak in the dormitories, and to have quarantine facilities and plans in place.

What seems to have happened is that the law was not enforced since it was introduced in 2015 and came into effect in 2016.

Read these parliamentary excerpts from then Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin’s speech during the reading of the Bill, where he specifically mentioned “pandemics”, “infectious disease outbreaks”, and “quarantine”.

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Andrew Loh

 

 

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19 Responses to “It is not hindsight that the Government lacks”

  • gaji buta ministars:

    too arrogant and over confident thinking that under their watch nothing will happen.
    well, this Covid19 showed up and it wasnt afraid of being sued or pofma-ed and caused havoc in our tiny country .
    now our unprepared ministars are running around like chickens w/o their heads tryjng to contain the virus..they
    definitely cant control it !

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Great Foresight but poor eyesight unless it is for “$$$ money & PORFMA” and they have Great HINDSIGHT!!!

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Very simple why this legislation was not enforced was dormitories were all run by cronies and those connected.

    It is a case of “You you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours”!

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  • opposition dude:

    Sorry Andrew Loh, ANYONE can come up with rules and regulation this and that but it’s a joke that the same people who came up with these regulations never ever bothered to enforce it.

    In short, this is yet another example of WAYANG. Just like they always say they care for Singaporeans, that no one will be left behind it’s all just words. Witness the hordes of aliens on the island leaving our retrenched PMETs having to drive for Grab and be security guards.

    It’s not about having hindsight sometimes, it’s the ability that gets things done. PAP loves telling us all they are the best and all that. When Covid was first reported they were telling us they learned from SARS (uh huh) and look what the dorms’ mess showed us all just how exactly they were “prepared”. They completely forgot that NONE of their much vaunted 4G weren’t even in politics back in 2003. And now their 4G has been shown to be worse than useless HA HA HA HA HA!!!!

    But PAP being PAP will just brush this off as a one off incident and next they will be telling us that only they can steer Singapore out of the incoming recession. Let’s see exactly how many Singaporeans will be able to land jobs within a year of being retrenched.

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  • Letting down Randolph:

    MOM certainly has not gone “overboard” in exercising their supervisory obligations over dormitory operators. Their so called “tools and levers to calibrate” their duties have by all accounts – in the aftermath of the disaster today – been really un-judicious.

    Demanding from employers those irrationally huge amounts of worker levy dollars has driven them to forego prudence with respect to their charges and to sardine-pack the labourers in the dormitories to cut overhead costs – it’s been dirt cheap labour a long time for filthy rich pappies.

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  • PANDEMIC ACTION PLAN:

    Pap govt has no Pandemic action plan since 2016! After the big win at GE2015, they start to rest on their laurels!

    That explains the explosion of infections at the dorms & this inaction to enforce the FEDA is a ticking time-bomb waiting for the novel coronavirus to ignite!

    TIME TO OWN UP & ADMIT MISTAKE & NEGLIGENCE! PAP MUST BE PUNISHED AND PENALISED BY LAW!

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  • Average Joe:

    Over the years this book-smart-scholars kept boasting about their foresight, quality and ability to plan for the nation 5; 10; 20yrs ahead and it take just one tiny virus (pandemic) to expose their idiocracy; hypocrisy and incompetency BIG TIME, the 70% should open their eyes wide and stop believing blindly all narratives/broken record played out daily as the gospel truth or be prepared to suffer another term as minority-second-class-citizens (which is playing out daily) in your own country!!!

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  • John Lim:

    “A Commission for Foreign Employee Dormitories will be appointed to oversee the administration of the new bill”

    Was this Commission ever formed?

    I’ve never heard of it!

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  • JUNelect:

    Post covid scenario = All Citizens Party 30%(comprising new citizenry) and OPParties 30% together forming coalition government for majority per the New Zealand model 2017 elections.

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  • Build,build,build:

    —-’MAINBOARD-LISTED construction group Lian Beng has won the tender for a S$174 million contract to build a private-home project for City Developments Ltd (CDL) and Hong Leong Holdings, the board announced on Monday evening.
    The deal for the 566-unit project ….Lian Beng Construction (1988) plans to start work in June 2020…….Mon, May 11, 2020——
    —Want to start work in Jun 2020, maybe workers still in lock-down
    —This is no longer a country.
    —-It is a Property Developer cum land-owner on steroid aiming not for 6.9mil but 10 mil.
    —–Where are we going to find the people to fill up all the new buildings coming up?
    ——Maybe give citizenship to all the FWs and Domestic maids; property developer will be happy, papigs will be happy to sell more land, collect more taxes…..since citizenship is already worth as much as toilet paper.
    —–If the next pandemic comes, leave the over-crowding problem for the next govt; ditto HDB=Zero timebomb..

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  • trublu:

    Andrew,HINDSIGHT OR FORESIGHT,THEY HAVE BLUR VISION!

    THEY ARE BLUR KINGS N *QUEEN*!
    THE REAL ISSUE HERE IS THEY HAVE ZERO OVERSIGHT!
    Look at ALL THE LAWS IN PLACE!
    BUT WHO CARES?!

    DENGUE STILL THRIVES AFTER 20 YEARS?
    ROADS N LONGKANGS MORE LITTERED DESPITE HIGH TECH OUTSOURCED CLEANING?

    LACK OF OVERSIGHT N DUE DILIGENCE.
    TAKE BIGLY SALARIES N SHAKE LEGS WHILE SINGING BIRDIE SONGS?

    WHY

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  • Shamed by Failures:

    We must not foolishly equate the govt as Representing Us.

    Their Failures is not Our failure.

    Their shame is not Singapore shame.

    They are they. We are we. SG is more than they. They are merely 80 plus.

    We must learn to point out their Failures without foolishly thinking they are we.

    SCMP wrote well and they have not been sued. :

    https://amp.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/3083352/coronavirus-singapore-city-failed-its-migrant-workers-and-rightly

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  • Straight "A"s Marlboro Tan:

    u still believe these idiots after 50 years? Sars was 2003, Tan Chuan-Jin’ talks about infectious diseases pandemic and contagion in 2016.

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  • Boh Kia See:

    How to enforce any rules when those operators are all mainly PAP stalwarts? This kind of situation will become increasingly common.

    We are paying a price for cronyism. The rules and regulations are there to control opposition operators not PAP members. that is why it is important for these people to be grassloots leaders.

    I believe you can identify any situation in Singapore, be it in construction food and beverage, transportation, any industry–you will find PAP members playing a key role somewhere in the midst and profiting immensely from it.

    Singapore citizens need to wake up and realise this. The path to wealth and riches lies with having a PAP membership card and demonstrate loyalty through being Community Leaders and Grasslotts. Many Singaporeans already realise this.

    The real question is while it may be good for the individual will it be good for the country. What sort of country will we be leaving for our children?

    So when the next GE comes around get out and vote to remove the PAP.

    VTO the PAP–there is no other way.

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    Right. The problem is NOT lack of hindsight. It is HUBRIS. LKY (and PAP) always believed (and still does) it is smart and started believing their own hype and bullshit and with the help of main stream media use “spin” to mislead Singaporeans. The pandemic exposed PAP’s stupidity and incompetence.

    BTW, former Singapore Chief Planner Lui Thai Ker said Singapore can have a population of 10 million. He is also an IDIOT like Tan Chuan-Jin.

    PAP is a “spent force”. Time to throw it out of Parliament and bury it with LKY.

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  • why pap today is failing:

    pap foresight? kosong nil zero. only monthly pap ownself pay ownself S$m wage guaranteed as long as yes men as long as yes women.

    when markets rise, pap says it is due to pap talent and pays each other S$m as a reward for pap talent.

    when markets fall, pap says it is due to market and continues to reward each other S$m as a reward for being present.

    this type of ownself pay ownself mindset sure as sunset going to ruin sheep life and empty their CPF monies.

    do we care? No.

    so why are we writing about it? Because we are old and too late to leave so we have a stake which we need to fight for until we pass on.

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  • Ptu:

    When a driver is careless.,accident create jobs.

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  • AristoCATs say Ooops !:

    AndrewLoh –
    “What seems to have happened is that the law was not enforced since it was introduced in 2015 and came into effect in 2016.”
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    Spot on !
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    Would they regard this as “honest mistake” – AristoCATs favourite phrase !

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    Or, Remember the Ballot Box ?

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  • Realistically:

    @ Shamed by Failures:
    May 12, 2020 at 9:20 am (Quote)

    “SCMP wrote well and they have not been sued. :

    https://amp.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/3083352/coronavirus-singapore-city-failed-its-migrant-workers-and-rightly

    An important point missed out by the sinkie letter-writers is the FAILURE of MOM to appoint a Commissioner under the legislation to carry out frequent checks on the dorms.

    I would write in a manner which would point out without any doubts, to the epic failure by the emperor without clothes.

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