COVID-19 and the quality of PAP leadership

Where is the often touted exceptional leadership of this Government in the COVID-19 crisis?

The COVID-19 crisis has undeniably cast a shadow on the People’s Action Party (PAP) Government’s carefully curated myth for infallibility.

Where was the vigilance and initiative when the news broke of people “falling sick with a mysterious pneumonia” in Wuhan on 31 December 2019?

However when you tout a quality of leadership that is so amply deserving of million dollar salaries, surely the expectation is a quality of leadership that delivers cutting edge initiative and vigilance.

Super talents or super headless chickens and blur toads?

Taiwan was vigilant and used their own initiative to set out an outbreak response right from the time they heard about people “falling sick with a mysterious pneumonia” in Wuhan on 31 December 2019.

‘When they heard about patients falling sick with a mysterious pneumonia in the Chinese city of Wuhan on Dec. 31, Taiwan’s health officials fired off an email to the World Health Organization asking for more information.’

However, Taiwan unlike Singapore did not rely on WHO. Their leadership team took the initiative to conduct their own investigation into the problem and immediately set up immigration controls once they realised there was a virus problem on 31 Dec.

On 31 Dec, the island began instituting health screenings for all flights arriving from Wuhan.

Between 13-15 January 13-15, two Taiwanese clinicians, along with experts from Hong Kong and Macau were on one of the first fact-finding teams to visit Wuhan and obtained game changing first hand knowledge that there was already “limited human-to-human transmission” and activated its Central Epidemic Command Center to coordinate an outbreak response even three days before Wuhan was itself locked down.

Why did Singapore not send a similar fact finding Mission? Where was this “outbreak response” in Singapore?

This “hyper-vigilance” and not taking anything for granted helped to safeguard the Taiwanese people from being affected by the first wave of the epidemic.

Where was the boast of vigilance in “I think when you are dealing with an epidemic of a new virus, you are never complacent about it.“ Or the touted assume and be prepared for the worst stance of the supposedly “very very” serious Singapore Government? Or the medical expertise in our leadership team who have been quoted as saying : “Let me speak as a doctor. This is a new virus. It is very dangerous and wishful to believe that it will behave according to previous viruses”…..

You will remember a certain CNBC interview where Singapore was congratulated as the “gold standard”.

Where was all this “never complacent about it” in the steps this Government took initially and for that matter since then todate?

Singapore was not so vigilant and we are paying the price for such failures and missteps today.

Why did our million dollar ministers not have the gumption or initiative to take immediate action?

Where were the necessary immigration controls in the crucial first days to stave off the infection?

The COVID-19 crisis exposes the lie of the PAP myth of quality thread bare for all to see.

I have confined myself here only to the very first days of the crisis now long past. The litany of missteps and failures that have ensued since those early days will be dealt with at the appropriate juncture as it is not my intention to undermine the ongoing efforts of the Government to deal with the crisis today for which I remain grateful even if critical.

 
Khush Chopra

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17 Responses to “COVID-19 and the quality of PAP leadership”

  • NotMyProblem:

    “Why did Singapore not send a similar fact finding Mission? Where was this “outbreak response” in Singapore?”

    @Mr. Khush Chopra; Singapore needs to be spoon fed! The taskforce wanted the fact to come to them. They depend on magic solution and looking for hindsight. They even wanted to re-wind the clock.

    The team depended on one Assoc Prof to provide advice, but this Assoc Prof had to look at his boss’s face to make the recommendation based on the boss’s liking.

    That was how Singapore works. It will be this way and always be this way!!!

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  • rate their performance:

    from 1 to 10, how do we rate our sgov’s handling of this CV19 pandemic..lets share.
    i rate them a 5.
    theyre not lousy but theyre not good either.
    Teacher says “could have done alot better”.
    too overconfident n arrogant.

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  • Top Money for Top Talents:

    Dear Khush,
    Stop quoting ROC Taiwan if you do not know the facts.

    The facts is PRC China help ROC Taiwan in curbing the mass spread of virus.

    How PRC China help ROC Taiwan ?

    Well, since beginning of 2019, President Tsai had been antagonizing PRC China with independence speech.

    Somewhere in July, PRC China retaliate by stopping their dirty, uncultured citizens from going ROC Taiwan for tour.

    This retaliation by stupid PRC China had indirectly help ROC Taiwan stemmed the mass spread of virus into Taiwan.

    Read the facts here.
    黃義霖醫師以真憑實據!重磅出擊!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiMYrVcos-Q&t=2s

    So, for frog sake, do not think so highly of the gay inclined Democratic Progressive Party who rather enjoy Poke Ass Party on 30, 31 Oct 2020.

    GE2020.PAP.Guarantee.Win.All
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$
    Singaporeans must be Cheaper, Better, Faster.
    Workers must accept wage sacrifices to keep businesses going.

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  • opposition dude:

    Didn’t PAP brag and boast back then that they learned from SARS? It shows just how much they learned did it not?

    One pandemic is all it takes to show just how utterly shit and useless PAP truly is. I hope this opens the kiasees’ eyes and shows them just how good their beloved party is. Oh perhaps these kiasees are like PAP, not wanting to EVER admit that the party they support can do any wrong and say this is a one off event, PAP has learned from this and will do better next time ha ha ha!

    We can see just how inept both the health minister and manpower ministers are. Can’t stop the spread of Covid and thus reporting hundreds of cases for more than a month now ho ho ho!

    I don’t know about the rest of my fellow Singaporeans but I think another deeper pay cut is overdue. These clowning monkeys clearly aren’t worth the obscene salaries that they are paid. If they were in the private sector they would have been shown the door ages ago.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Why??? Wuhan is so far away unlike Hong Kong & Taiwan who are next-door neighbours

    Moreover, they are The Best in Everything so why WORRY lah!!!

    when it arrives @ThePisai…still No Big Deal…we follow we don’t lead…WHO and USA will lead we ikut only leh!!!…

    No MASK needed if NOT sick, keep schools and Churches open even though the 1st Big Cluster was from a Church Congregation…

    Disaster!!! when FW Doms Explode and the whole system IMPLODE…

    and the Million dollar Monkeys show their worth with Rancid Peanut for solutions!!!

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  • Dr. Chan:

    @Top Money for Top Talents
    Good Observation. It was PRC who stopped sending their CCP virus infected people over to Taiwan that saved Taiwan from ending up like Singapore. A real blessing in disguise. The hygiene standards in PRC is appalling. So, naturally we can guess how safe is their ability to maintain their PL4 Lab – Wuhan Institute of Virology, located so close to a wet market for heavens sake.
    After this outbreak, the world is trying decouple and economic distance from China.
    To bring manufacturing back to their own country, stop depending on foreign cheap labour and maintaining secure supply chain.
    The world now realised the importance of not dependent on foreign cheap labour. I wonder if PAP is still going ahead with their 10 million cheap labour policy?

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  • Prevention:

    With more than 30,000 infected cases already,it will be difficult to prevent the spread to the general community..only can reduce the speed of the spread.
    Thankfully most will be mild cases with good recovery.Not many will need hospitalization.
    More important now is to protect the vulnerable.To save lives.

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  • When (paper) generals rule:

    “Super talents or super headless chickens and blur toads?”

    King Loong, Manpower Jin, SMaRTy Quek, NOL Ng, …… and the other bewildering brasses.

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  • Old man rolling in his grave:

    Dead old man was a strong believer of quality in leadership and governance, using the Japanese model of quality control.

    Sadly we cannot speak of quality in the current 4Gs team from the miserable fallout in handling the virus crisis.

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  • PAP doomed:

    PAP blunder started when they brought back 30,000 PRC folks back to SG after CNY. Singaporeans did warn the Govt against it.

    Now nearly 30,000 people are infected. Arrogant PAP. Serious failure in the 4G LEEdership.

    Singaporeans must be determined to give a strong mandate to the Opposition. We need more Opposition into Parliament to question every crap of PAP.

    We need to get rid of POFMA and CECA, to protect our future generations.

    The 4G team is useless, overly educated but no brains. It only reflects badly on the Emperor who appointed them.

    PAP will lose at least 2 GRCs in the coming election.

    Singaporeans, please support the Opposition.

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  • Mephisto:

    Our job as citizens is to make this a better place. So criticism should be directed towards that. The thinking of the current leadership is as follows. The PAP is Singapore and vice versa. There is some historical truth in this. But history, by definition, is in the past. The trouble is when they assume what is good for the PAP is therefore good for Singapore. We cannot assume that there is uniformity in the thinking of every member of government. We can only address their collective response. It isn’t true that the government is not hypervigilant. They are. But that vigilance is directed towards preservation of the party in power now. That’s where their energy goes now. And they can only concentrate on a few things. We do not have a political pugilist like LKY in charge, a national Bruce Lee who can defeat all comers. I predict that that is what will consume them until the election and beyond. Therein lies the danger to us. Especially now they know we have seen their feet of clay. To be fair, eventually, any party in power will tend towards this thinking. Power is heady and dangerous, when the National philosophy rests on nothing but pragmatism. Singaporean past strength lies in our national character. Our future weakness lies in the same.

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  • Realistically:

    @ Kush Chopra

    So what’s new in your post when I have already shown up the emperor without clothes epic failure, since the end of January 2020?

    You, like many who want to raise your respective profiles should give credit where due and not to pretend that what you post AFTER I have posted many articles and comments on the issue, and not pretend that what you post is in any way original.

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  • oxygen:

    @ Prevention

    BY THE TIME THE TESTING IS COMPLETE, maybe one hundred thousands infected walking pathogen ready to share the virus with the community.

    The elderly and those with compromised immunity just wait for their randomised turn to mortality.

    Those infected but subsequently faced compromised immunity and weaker health capacity to work and hold on to stressful jobs and mortgage pressures. THERE ARE A LOT OF CHEAPER FOREIGNERS LURKING AROUND TO DISPLACE NATIVE PEASANTS and help PAPpypolitics/PAPpynomics to reach its 10 million population target.

    LEE-jiapore is thoroughly farked by 4G fumbling incompetence RIGHT ON THE HEEL OF G3 THOROUGH ECONOMIC INCOMPETENCE in its population recycling economic agenda.

    Prevention: With more than 30,000 infected cases already,it will be difficult to prevent the spread to the general community..only can reduce the speed of the spread.

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  • Top Money for Top Talents:

    @Dr. Chan

    Yes, virus is evil so calling it PRC CCP virus is very appropriate.

    And we should call the H1N1 virus America virus as the full blown outbreak was in north america.
    https://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/frequently_asked_questions/about_disease/en/

    And you think only PRC CCP is evil ? Your Ang Mo Tua Kee is no better.

    Your Ang Mo Tua Kee fake stage a UN scam on an international scale.
    英美有何颜面向中国索赔
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdd78Z90gxA

    GE2020.PAP.Guarantee.Win.All
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$ $PAP$ Tua Kee
    Singaporeans must be Cheaper, Better, Faster.
    Workers must accept wage sacrifices to keep businesses going.

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  • No money no talk:

    Uncle has already used up $600 from Ah Gong.

    Hope come Tuesday, can draw some more from Heng Heng ATM.

    Thank you in advance.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    No money no talk:
    Uncle has already used up $600 from Ah Gong.

    Hope come Tuesday, can draw some more from Heng Heng ATM.

    Thank you in advance.

    No need to thank. Just remember you have to pay back! It may not be you, it could be your children and grandchildren.

    How much to pay back, you ask? Easy, every chicken wing you have taken, be prepared to pay back a whole chicken, minimum!

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  • DLLM:

    @GE2020.PAP.Guarantee.Win.All
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$
    Singaporeans must be Cheaper, Better, Faster.
    Workers must accept wage sacrifices to keep businesses going.

    Response:
    I can see you are working very hard to criticise anyone that thumb down PAP(SCP). I hope you are paid for your ‘hard work’ like CCP 5 cents army. The more you comment here it showed your weakness. I think you are the biggest idiot in TRE.

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