The politics of non-accountability in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic

Is this the face of a selfless politician masquerading in the dedication of service to the people? Hard to convince when they enrich themselves by paying themselves millions of dollars from taxpayers’ money. What is jangling the people’s mind right now is how much the prime minister’s wife is getting for helming the Temasek Holdings as CEO. Her appointment had actually raised some eyebrow as many people could not believe that she could qualifiy for the job if she were not the prime minister’s wife. It will be a million dollar question if a candid answer could come from her selectors. It looked like a fait accompli foisted on the people which could only leave them flabbergasted. But a more sinister surprise awaited the public and they could not be more flabbergasted than the concealment of the arcane salary by the run-of-the-mill PAP government that would be the last straw that breaks the camel’s back.

The people have never been so vociferous in their outcry for justice in demanding the government of the drollish PM Lee Hsien Loong to be upfront in disclosing the arcane salary of his wife Ho Ching. They could be under the initial miscalculation that this demand could fizzle out in time but I think that the intensity of the vocal demand has rattled them and put them in a very untenable position which can continue indefinitely until there is a goodwill response from the government. With the general election on the horizon maybe it may have an auspicious effect of leveraging the political myopia of the government to give a welcome acquiescence to the people’s demand. I think this will enhance the political standing of the PAP and is this really a great price to pay? The PAP leaders must show that they really have the interests of the people at heart.

It may not be out of place to give some adulation to the PAP Multi-Ministerial Task Force for showing some creditable imagination in their handling of the coronavirus pandemic with the circuit breaker measures notwithstanding the flaks that came from certain quarters. I think it s not an accident that Taiwan is showered with accolades for their exemplary handling of the coronavirus pandemic and it would not be a lack of humilty to take a leaf out of Taiwan’s book.

The world is changing and is changing rapidly and it would be matter of great regret if Singapore could not take the advantage of benefitting from the change.

 

Yoong Siew Wah

* The author was the director of Singapore’s Internal Security Department from 1971 to 1974. Before that, he was the director of the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB). Mr Yoong is now retired and blogs at Singapore Recalcitrant.

 

 

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17 Responses to “The politics of non-accountability in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic”

  • Andi:

    Is hiding inside toilet a good change?

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  • Asd:

    I think resident should explain how much reserve spent on foriegner per capita and how much reserve spent on citizen per capita should be addressed to nation

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  • Scam by PAP:

    “” PAP leaders must show that they really have the interests of the people at heart ”

    Yes PAP has a soft heart for Foreigners and dorm workers only, both problems created via CECA. Thousands have become New Citizens and Thousands more are now PR and waiting for their turns to become Citizens…

    Now they have to dig out millions of dollars from our reserve to fix this pandemic problem in Dorms. Thanks to all Singaporeans for their kind “donation”

    By the way, we still don’t know how much she is earning.

    Also, he maybe eyeing for the Minister Mentor position….

    Does JT still get to keep her job and million dollar salary ??

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  • Boh Kia See:

    Much have been said and guessed about Ho Jinx wages. they are always on the high side.

    However, I simply wish to postulate that it may well be that she is being paid a pittance for positions like hers. The reason being that it is more important to be in a strategic position of the Clown rather than the money she gets.

    We can see this through the use of Temasick to build those isolation facilities. Carefully crafted plan to maintain the form that there was no collusion with the Minister of MOM. Whether the substance equates to the form is anybody’s guess.

    However, why have this show of maintaining independence when there are other Government agencies that can do the contracting process.

    Whatever it is–the right thing to do is to rid Singapore of the PAP.

    VTO.

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  • Top Money for Top Talents:

    Dear Yoong,
    Yellow banana like you and Roy should not compliment dirty ROC Taiwan DPP on their handling of the virus when you do not understand mandarin.

    Stop quoting ROC Taiwan DPP if you do not know the facts.

    The facts is dirty/uncultured PRC China CCP help dirty/uncultured ROC Taiwan DPP in curbing the mass spread of virus.

    How PRC China CCP help ROC Taiwan DPP ?

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

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

    This retaliation by stupid PRC China CCP had indirectly help ROC Taiwan DPP 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 (DPP) who rather enjoy Poke Ass Party on 30, 31 Oct 2020.

    Welcome to dirty/uncultured Gay Party of DPP ROC Taiwan
    https://formosapride.com/

    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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  • Top Money for Top Talents:

    Dear Singaporeans,
    Be very proud of PAP, ROC Taiwan Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)
    is copying all our scholarly government policy.

    Read on… not for the yellow banana Ang Mo Tua Kee.
    假深化民主真箝制言論自由 (DPP using democracy as front to restrict freedom of speech)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdJTMpyTaN0

    Roy is in Taiwan for Poke Ass Party on 30 Oct, 31 Oct, 01 Nov… he is happy to be make use of DPP 1450 to attack SG.
    https://formosapride.com/

    Do not trust Roy or any opposition like Kenneth or Yoong.

    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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  • A Fistful of Dollars:

    James Simons–US$1.6 billion
    Ray Dalio –US$1.3 billion,
    Ken Griffin —US$870 million
    —-That is what the top brains in fund managment makes.
    —Empress Dowager Errr probably drawing one dollar only as public service.
    —-Temasek probably did a global search for her in order to find such a gem of a talent; the way they did Global Search for SMRT CEO
    —-So all of you oppies, please prostrate before the Dowager and stop speculating about her pay.

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  • Sojoürner:

    But to write these articles without mentioning Singapore’s Internal Security Act, allowing preventative detention and branding political opponents “subversive” is incredible. I’m stunned by all the praise or criticism and am reminded once again that our own intellectuals are rethinking autocracy as perhaps not the best system among the rest. Real people, leaders of pro-democracy movements, have been thrown in jail and had their lives ruined.

    Over the last decade, I see a real gravitation among our intellectuals. This makes me wonder where we’re headed…
    Call it pragmatism if you want, but Lee’s legacy is a nation built on political repression and foreign worker exploitation. To my great distress, we seem to be following in the same footsteps today.

    Even caged birds feel a sense of lost when the hand who has been keeping their cage clean, spotless and free from danger no longer does… Others watch us in our cage not knowing if we are better off than those who roam freely. They can only guess but the birds know.

    The door is open and some birds prefer to stay in the gold gilded cage. Whenever people start obsequiously praising/criticizing Singapore, make sure to keep one hand on your wallet.

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  • trublu:

    Well,CHANGE IS SURELY NEEDED.
    BUT HOW TO EFFECT IT?
    I only hope more OPPO SGS wake up to the idea of MOVING AS ONE UNITED PEOPLE.
    If not,sincerely,i dare say there will be NO CHANGE!

    Coming to TRANSPARENCY N SPECULATIONS/FAKE NEWS.
    IS IT MORE WRONG OF THE GOVT NOT TO PRACTISE TRUE TRANSPARENCY OR FOR THE CIVIC-MINDED BRAVES OF THE COWARDLY PUBLIC TO QUESTION OR EVEN *SPECULATE* BASED ON REASONABLENESS DRAWN FROM INDUSTRY STATISTICS??

    WE ARE FIRST WORLD N WE VOTED FOR FIRST WIRLD GOVT N THAT SHUD NOT BE COMPROMISED???

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    “Change is the Essence of Life when you STOP to Change you begin to DIE” …

    Mr Yoong, guess whose QUOTE was that???…your previous Boss when you were in ISD…Lie ConYou leh!!!

    How very TRUE we need a change and it can start with Replacing the Govt…and don’t forget to unlock your manuscript to the publisher after the Call from ABOVE on the Evils of ISD when you were there to show the “Way to The TRUTH”

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Boh Kia See:
    Much have been said and guessed about Ho Jinx wages. they are always on the high side.

    ……..

    However, why have this show of maintaining independence when there are other Government agencies that can do the contracting process.

    Whatever it is–the right thing to do is to rid Singapore of the PAP.

    VTO.

    Stop asking or speculating about Temasek CEO’s salary.

    Malaysians did not asked nor speculated what happened to 1MDB, now everything is known. Bossku and wife is now explaining in court what happened!!

    We can do the same, can’t we? Singaporeans, aren’t you better than Malaysians?

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  • Relishing the Forbidden?:

    “Those who devour usury will not stand except as one whom the Evil One has touched and driven him to madness. That is because they say: “Commerce is like usury”; but God permits commerce and God forbids usury.
    So those who after receiving directions from their Lord they refrain from usury, they shall be pardoned for their past – their case is referred to God (for judgement); but those who persist (in the perversion) will become companions of Hellfire, and there will they abide. The Lord deprives the fruits of usury from all blessings, but will grant prosperity for deeds of charity: for God loves not ungrateful and wi**** creatures.”

    Quran chap.2 v.275-276

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  • MarBowling:

    Hat off and salute the Laughing Duet in the above picture!

    While Rome oops SinKapore is BURNIG, both STILL CONTINUE to LAUGH their BLACK HEART OUT!

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  • Persecuted:

    One of Jesus’ missions was to eradicate the God-forbidden practice of Usury which had been
    practised by the people of that
    era. He was retaliated and persecuted by the adamant ones.
    And the Fake Economy persisted till the present days in a much more accelerated and complicated manner, making life more stressful and depressing for the common people while enriching the filthy rich aka the voracious evilites.

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  • Something More:

    Much has been said about Ho Ching high salary.

    What has been less said was ‘What qualified her for the obscenely high paying job given that she was trained in engineering and previously worked for Mindef?’

    Dirty pinky, you have to come clean, Singaporeans are not stupid.

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  • AristoCATs - say "Nope" . . .:

    GeorgeOrwell –
    “All animals are equal,
    but some animals are MORE equal than others.”
    -
    AristoCATs won’t be accountable to the Peasants !
    -
    So, Remember the Ballot Box !

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  • Straight "A"s Marlboro Tan:

    I was watching a video on North Korea. The commenter stated that North korea has now unprecedented levels of marketization, a concept alien to communist countries. Went to further to state that The kim regime closed one eye , very well knows not to step on people;s livelihood, as it could be their downfall.

    In SG u have these PAP forever telling people that their lunches can get stolen by FTs.And the 70% wholesale buys and endorses it. What ridiculous thinking they have

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