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It is ‘unrealistic’ to expect zero lapses on the use of public funds

I refer to Indranee Rajah’s parliamentary statement that it is ‘unrealistic’ to expect zero lapses on the use of public funds given the scale and complexity of government operations.

I disagree with her.

I want to start by complimenting and applauding the Auditor General Office (AGO) for doing an outstanding, without fear or favour job annually for scrutinising and uncovering financial wastages, lapses, questionable expenses and behaviours etc in the public sector. The AGO ought to be beefed up to enable it to continue doing its good work in our country’s interest.

Almost all wastages and lapses exposed by the AGO involved public funds, ie, our collective hard earned money. Nobody in his/her right frame of mind is asking for zero lapses like what Indranee Rajah alluded to and acted so defensively in Parliament. (Please read the sentence again).

The crux of the AGO’s report is on Recurring Lapses and I repeat, recurring lapses especially at the People’s Association, MOE, MOF, MINDEF and ACRA etc.

I accept that government operations is huge and complex and that lapses are bound to happen whether it is due to human or process factors but to defend and justify recurring or repeated lapses year after year and to defend and justify sub-standard performances is simply unacceptable.

What is even more insulting and disgraceful is that she and her ministerial colleagues know very well how to pay themselves the world’s highest political salaries, salaries that come much from the ordinary people but when their performances fell short and when exposed, she was fast and eloquent at defending their sub-par performance instead of assuring Singaporeans that recurring lapses will see steady decreases going forward.

I ask why haven’t I heard Indranee Rajah also said that their fat political salaries that they collect so punctually from Singaporeans is unrealistic?

In conclusion, I want to be absolutely clear about this commentary. I am not asking for zero lapses, rather, a recurring lowering of public sector performance standards, repeated lapses that resulted in the loss of our public funds, public trust and confidence and the minister’s defence and justification of her government’s sub-par performances that simply cannot be acceptable. Period.

If going by the late MM’s standard of ‘Everything works, whether it is water, electricity…. and if I am not satisfied and I often was not, the chief goes’, then easily half of lhl’s cabinet would have bitten the dust by now.

Think.

 

Simon Lim

 

 

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23 Responses to “It is ‘unrealistic’ to expect zero lapses on the use of public funds”

  • A:

    So does this also apply to opposition parties? Or exclusive to themselves only?

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  • Flickshit:

    is ‘unrealistic’ to expect zero lapses on the use of public funds given the scale and complexity of government operations. >>??

    In short, this minister expects there will be corruption or cheating involvedin the govt dept due to mass works involved.

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  • May I Ask You A Question?:

    Why are there so many highly paid Ministers taking care of one Ministry ?

    We may have First Minister, Second Minister, two Senior Minsters Of State and probably another two Junior Ministers of State. Our Ministry is small compared to bigger countries. These Ministers are paid in millions of Dollars from taxpayer money.

    Mr Tan See Leng from MOM mentioned the top 10 MNCs in Singapore have recently recruited 30,000 local PMETS. These local PMETS are only true blue Singaporeans or Singaporeans and PR. We need data on how many are the actual Singaporeans.

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  • Bono cha cha:

    Shamu will ask ,”are you. Capable to do your job? A simple yes or know will do.
    (Gov job as if not complecated one.as for shamu
    Replying to PSB Leong.ceca policies ( highly complex)

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  • Bono cha cha:

    Treat parliament properly.

    Parliament not open court!k

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  • Lta corrupt:

    You claim you are the best

    And you want the best pay

    And you want mistakes to be made including CORRUPTION?

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  • Bono cha cha:

    Parliament just need to pass new racing law and get people lock up for talking race matter.this is the way.parliment
    No waste time.talk until cork come out.

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  • oxygen:

    DICTATORIAL POLITICS cannot and must not be permitted to operate on the basis of “DON’T ASK” accountability.

    Otherwise, cancer of corruption or rorting will ignite sooner or later.

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  • Smart Nation:

    The Mentor would have zero tolerance for lapses, much less re-lapses! Weren’t they all hand-picked and mentored by him? How far have they fallen from his standard? When it comes to public funds, there has to be 100% accountability and vigilance.

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  • xoxo:

    You claim you r the Best and Brightest but when you cock up bigly,you are so lenient to yourselves and so UNFORGIVING to others

    Your LAPSES ARE WAY BIGGER THAN THOSE COMMITTED by others.

    You are so shameless!
    We shake head.

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  • Amazing:

    Ms rajah wp was penalised for what could have been ie open tender,no misuse of funds but just what could have been,
    When you criticise others look at the speck in yr eye
    Let him without sin cast the first stone
    I am pioneer n need not care ,watching debate on ceca yesterday made me sick

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  • Prevent recurring lapse:

    The whole purpose is to prevent recurring lapse and other ministries can learn from it.
    In the end is to have best practise so that the public is better serve with least wastage of public funds…

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  • the stink and shitty smear:

    //Replying to PSB Leong.ceca policies ( highly complex)//

    aiyoh ?? of course complex to the white monkey idiots and gang lar ?? getting into a pile of shit is easy when you do not know it is a pile of shit ??? but getting out of it (minus the stink and shitty smear ??) is complex lar ????

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  • OMG!:

    OMG! public funds involving millions of $$$ is no small matter!!As mentioned by Simon, most of these lapses are ‘recurring’!! Why the clowns never nip the matter in the bud, when so many lapses were discovered in previous years, only they themselves will know!!
    Go check up the yearly reports by AGO, she be ashamed to say what she have said!!

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  • Billy ma:

    Wow, it is so possible for PAP to pay themselves the highest salary in the world & probably Mars & Jupiter, yet these clowns dare to say this can not do & that is too difficult.

    Just shut up your gap & do what you paid yourself to do.

    Singaporeans have every rights to demand & expect world class results.
    Yes, PAP decides on topping their own bank accounts, likewise, the citizens get to decide what is good enough.

    So just shut up & do some works

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  • Income Tax:

    If make the same mistake every year on my income tax declarations, can I tell them it is impossible not to make repeated mistake? They will come after every zero in your tax form. I will be in Moon Crescent in no time.

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  • opposition dude:

    My my, how far PAP has fallen. We are now expected to still agree with daft terms and statements like ponding, stringent and robust measures and this unrealistic to expect no lapses rubbish.

    They know they are useless but I didn’t expect them to be brainless too. Since this is taxpayer money we are talking about then no, we cannot just say ok lor you say whatever we all nod our heads and agree with you. You will definitely be questioned time and again and all these yearly lapses will be remembered for when you start bragging and boasting you have done a fantastic job.

    And let us not forget that these donkeys are very well paid too. We have seen far too many instances of their incompetence and all the associated excuses that accompany their failings to honestly believe we should be paying them so much. We need another pay cut for sure since these monkeys are FAR too comfortable making up excuses time and again.

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  • Carta Blanca:

    We need more constituencies to deny Pappy a blank cheque.

    Sengkang GRC has done it at GE2020, BUT IT IS NOT ENOUGH!

    CAN WE AGREE WITH ZERO LAPSES BEING UNREALISTIC?

    IF YOU DISAGREE WE NEED MORE VOTERS TO DENY PAPPY A BLANK CHEQUE AT THE NEXT GE!

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  • Smart Nation:

    What has become of the Party? Can you believe your ears that a Member of the Cabinet would actually utter those words? Does she realize the implication and signal she is sending out to those below? Recurring lapses mean those directly responsible have taken a “bochap” or “tidak apa” attitude. No-blame culture after all.

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  • PAP extremists:

    PAP is very good with going to the extremes.

    Cannot expect ZERO lapses. Win leow loh. A million lapses ok lah. No worry.

    Give $100 welfare. Cannot. This will EMPTY the reserves. But throw away $100,0000,0000,000 ok. Profitable companies also get millions and millions free, unneeded, unsolicited.

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  • Asd:

    I think it’s lame getting lamer and lamer while pocket getting fat salary

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  • mrWie:

    i guess … the message is we peasants have to work harder and harder
    while have to expect less and less from them!

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  • Asd:

    I think also realistic to be a bit corrupt also right because cannot expect 100% ma

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