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Is the politics of the current PAP destroying our public institutions?

Year in and year out, we kept seeing the same ministries and public agencies squandering away public monies, as if the findings and recommendations from the AGO does not matter.

When we start adding the increase in their blunders and mismanagement of public policies, it is clear that public accountability is sorely lacking.

The collective commitment of the first generation of PAP politicians and patriotic Singaporeans had transformed Singapore from a Third World to a First World economy.

Yes, our collective effort and dedication in Nation Building was instrumental to our success.

The current 4G PAP politicians inherited a functioning economy, flushed with financial reserves and demanded that they be paid the world’s highest remunerations and benefits.

So why are we being “punished” by their lack of financial prudency, blunders and missteps?

The key reason has to be politics.

In their zeal to retain power and control, l guess the politics of the current 4G PAP has become toxic and self-destructive.

When any political appointee or public servant makes a blunder during LKY’s time, you can be sure that they will be fired.

This was to set a clear message that public service is not a game of cards but concerns our lives.

Unfortunately with the current 4G PAP, they are obviously struggling to find credible and competent candidates to join them.

So what happens?

Money politics became the new norms.

What is sad about this is that it only attracts “mediocres” and suddenly, we start seeing so many new portfolios for the position of Minister of State.

What exactly is Minister of State?

It is the equivalent of Management Trainee but with indecent remunerations and benefits.

When they make a blunder, they still get promoted or get shifted into another ministry until public anger has subsided.

In short, the current predicaments of the PAP is the result of its own desperation to hold on to power at all cost.

What this means is that the politics of the PAP will naturally get prioritised over the well-being of our country and those of Singaporeans.

As their politics become more pervasive, we have to empathise with dedicated public servants who got sandwiched between the party politics of the PAP and their sincere dedication to public service.

What happens next will be a drastic drop in the Service Quality of our public institutions, public policies that no longer make any sense and the horrendous execution of policies or compliance to protocols.

Why?

Public servants look to their superiors for mentorship and guidance.

If there is no leadership or when political appointees are clueless, the whole organisation will be in disarray.

In the case of the current 4G PAP, this malice has become so pervasive that literally, almost most of our public institutions are in disarray.

It does not help when the current Permanent Secretaries of our ministries are no longer of the calibre of our first and second generations of Permanent Secretaries, who were courageous in protecting their ministries from excessive influence of politics.

As the rot starts from the head, it is no surprise that all the findings and recommendations by the AGO will fall on deaf ears since public accountability has taken a back seat for many years.

More troubling is that even our GLCs are starting to become mediocre despite all the concessionary advantages.

Even LKY-loyalists, grassroots leaders and volunteers, and former public servants, are getting alarmed by how pervasive politics has become and are getting concerned that if nothing is done to restraint the politics of the 4G PAP, then Singapore will become more divided and risks degenerating from a Functioning Economy to a Dysfunctioning Economy of Asia.

Until PM Lee realise this danger and accept the Hard Truth that many Singaporeans are not against him or the PAP per se but the mediocrity of several of his 4G politicians and start firing a few to show his sincerity in putting the interests of Singapore first, he can expect more Singaporeans to switch their allegiance to the Alternative Government that is already taking roots.

Against a changing political tide, all is still not lost for Lee or the PAP if only they can accept the Hard Truth that the majority of Singaporeans want sincere and competent leaders who value the importance of public accountability and take their public offices seriously.

Lee knows well that DPM Heng Swee Keat is much more sincere and credible in putting Singapore and Singaporeans first than many of his shortlisted candidates to succeed him.

By himself, Heng obviously cannot tame the internal politicking within the PAP and the cronies of his adversaries in key public institutions unless Lee gave him absolute power to effect real change that Singaporeans truly aspire.

So why is he not appreciating the fact that the bird in hand, in Heng, is worth more than the two in the bush?

Are there no wise and courageous advisors left to explain this reality to him?

Until Lee starts getting to be more decisive and consistent in putting Singapore and Singaporeans first, then even the latest findings and recommendations from the AGO will go to waste and filing of police reports will not stop the rot.

Hope Lee still believes that Singaporeans deserve better…

 

Joseph Nathan

 

 

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13 Responses to “Is the politics of the current PAP destroying our public institutions?”

  • Close down PA:

    Close down PA. We don’t need it and is a waste of public resource!

    The money saved can then be distributed to the poor.

    Maybe the MPs can go door to door to dish out the cash?

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  • MarBowling:

    Don’t expect Mai Hum do any Firing. Donkey years ago his Doc POTONG away his pair of balls so NOW he is Balless! Period. His Wifey Holee Holee Jinx decides EVERYTHING for him. Moreover, most of those folks found WANTING are appointees of shim and buddies, kakiLang of the FamiLEE. Firing them reflect badly on shim.

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  • Asd:

    I think demolished many school years ago waste tax payer money build new school now say local not educated to take up the jobs so import foriegner trashes [email protected]$ts€/%^^

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  • liew mun leong must be jailed:

    Close down PA:
    Close down PA. We don’t need it and is a waste of public resource!

    The money saved can then be distributed to the poor.

    Maybe the MPs can go door to door to dish out the cash?

    so true. very well said. 1,000,000,000% agree.

    in kDramas, we are told all political parties need slush funds in S$billions to function.

    the bigger the political party, the bigger the slush funds.

    no exception.

    money is needed in pap too to run it.

    how does pap do it?

    pap abuses a pliant pap parleement to approve a slush fund scheme for pap to abuse in pap PA.

    that is why pap PA is chaired by pap clown himself. because like gic temasick, pap PA is the conduit to ensuring pap has the cotton sheep monies to trick cotton sheep into voting pap.

    it is rightly, in all honesty, a crooked thieving setup, this pap PA.

    just because a pap pliant parleement approves it does NOT make it legitimate. pap PA, however it is justified as it is now, is a crooked slush fund system instituted by pap for pap political purposes. it is highly irregular and is 100% illegal, no matter what pap says about it being approved by pap parleement.

    pap PA as it stands, abuses S$billions. we are suggesting to SK to make a kDrama delving into how pap does it, especially how pap gets away with the thieving of cotton sheep monies for pap political use.

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  • liew mun leong must be jailed:

    Asd:
    I think demolished many school years ago waste tax payer money build new school now say local not educated to take up the jobs so import foriegner trashes [email protected]$ts€/%^^

    even worse.

    pap lies that that ceca ah neh imported into small island creates jobs for cotton sheep.

    go figure.

    if ceca ah neh is so kilat, he stays at home to create jobs for other new delhi folks. why is he so free to create jobs for cotton sheep? after all, ceca ah nehs are ah ne coloured. cotton sheep are mostly coloured same as pap clown Chinese colour.

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  • I bet u bet:

    Not PAP,daft selfish sinkies.

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  • Blame It On LHL:

    He lets the Ministers go on Auto Pilot. Most of the people recruited are kaki lang.

    During LKY time, no Ministers dared to fool around or they will get the sack.

    Now all of them switch of as long as they got their million dollar salary.

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  • Admin support to MPs:

    Close down PA:
    Close down PA. We don’t need it and is a waste of public resource!

    The money saved can then be distributed to the poor.

    Maybe the MPs can go door to door to dish out the cash?

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    Shouldnt admin support to MPs to serve the residents?

    PA funding at $796 million with 70% $441 million on admin and $199 million on activities and projects. However with the exception of payment to the MPs, all the admin staff were voluntary staff. With the Meet the pple session closed, only way is to call and leave messages. Most is not attended to and these volunteers explained that they are just volunteers. They only attend to messages or call during the supposedly twice weekly meet the pple session timing from 7 to 10 pm. Should funds be allocated for administration and support for the MPs to attend to the residents. Isnt the reason why the MPs were voted in to serve the residents and hence be attended to expeditiousy?

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  • Admin support to MPs:

    Close down PA: PA funding at $796 million with 70% $441 million on admin and $199 million on activities and projects. However with the exception of payment to the MPs, all the admin staff were voluntary staff. With the Meet the pple session closed, only way is to call and leave messages. Most is not attended to and these volunteers explained that they are just volunteers. They only attend to messages or call during the supposedly twice weekly meet the pple session timing from 7 to 10 pm. Should funds be allocated for administration and support for the MPs to attend to the residents. Isnt the reason why the MPs were voted in to serve the residents and hence be attended to expeditiousy?

    PA funding at $796 million with 70% $441 million on admin and $199 million on activities and projects. However with the exception of payment to the MPs, all the admin staff were voluntary staff. With the Meet the pple session closed, only way is to call and leave messages. Most is not attended to and these volunteers explained that they are just volunteers. They only attend to messages or call during the supposedly twice weekly meet the pple session timing from 7 to 10 pm. Should funds be allocated for administration and support for the MPs to attend to the residents. Isnt the reason why the MPs were voted in to serve the residents and hence be attended to expeditiousy?

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  • Little is Action for People:

    Goh Keng Swee was the foremost of natural aristocrats yet he was the brilliant taskmaster who nurtured many fine men and women of the early decades – in all the sectors. LKY had no choice but to work by the principles of the founding fathers all of them….and then he planned the ascension of his intelligent son towards what is by now the throne of the Incorporated State.

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  • Pui Tam:

    I dont expect pritam singh to do anything about it.

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  • AristoCATs - Kosong?:

    > “Money politics became the new norms.”
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    The rot starts at the top.
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    More than 39% should know the Power of the Ballot Box !

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  • you're right!:

    @ Joseph Nathan, you’re right, the rot has already started in the head!!
    Those institutional heads were sleeping, and auto-pilot gears were switched on!!
    How come there are no internal checks and audit of all contracts, payments etc. during and after the works were completed?? Only when AGO reports come out then report police. Is this another case of repairing the stable door after the horses have bolted!!??

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