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Debunking an age old myth that Ministers are not all that capable as the PAP makes them out to be?

Health Minister YK Ong

I refer to the article “Singapore tightens COVID-19 rules despite 80 per cent vaccination rate” (The Sydney Morning Herald; Sep 24)

It states that “Residents are airing grievances over not being able to reach the health ministry quickly to discuss their concerns and fretted over the long lag between testing positive for COVID-19 and getting sent to a recovery facility.”

Comment:

For years, the ruling party has tried to subconsciously sell the idea that their Ministers are superbly capable policy makers, and there is no other alternative to govern Singapore. Over time, people rarely question why Ministers with no relevant experience in certain fields are ‘parachuted in’ to head that particular Ministry.

For example, I understand that the current Health Minister has no health background whatsoever but was put to head the Health Ministry in times of the worst ever health crisis facing the world. Another of his high profile ’4G’ Ministers was a former Military General but was put to head the Trade Ministry, and now the Education Ministry.

Besides the grievances as highlighted in the media, I also understand that people are disappointed at the lack of proper enforcement and hap-hazard policy announcements – for example, just 3 weeks ago, one minister of the task force said that the number of unlinked cases are not as relevant as before whilst another said that the concern is the rate at which the virus is spreading.

In this connection, is the rate of spreading not directly consistent with the number of unlinked cases?

I recall that the late LKY famously said:

You know, the cure for all this talk is really a good dose of incompetent government. You get that alternative and you’ll never put Singapore together again… my asset values will disappear, my apartments will be worth a fraction of what they were.

Given the lapses in the way this pandemic is handled, the notion that these Ministers are the most capable, is, arguably, flawed. Are we to repeat our unquestioning stance, say, when another paper general is put to head a certain ministry like National Development (which happened in 2011)? Can we say that the current Cabinet is competent that the late LKY will give his nod of approval?

As a country, how confident can we be in any of the 4G, in moving the country forward in more trying geopolitical times?

 

Leong Sze Hian

 

 

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19 Responses to “Debunking an age old myth that Ministers are not all that capable as the PAP makes them out to be?”

  • Asd:

    I think xia suay but still continue fill own pocket no accountability

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  • Greedy Gov:

    According to LKY, incompetent gov means our apartments will be worth a fraction of what they were.

    Now that our apartments will aim for zero value, what should we call this type of government?

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  • Yo-yo competition.:

    Even senior electrical engineers also can

    Get killed in their field.(Tuas incinerator plant incident)

    What’s more you’re not in medical emergency field.

    No use in salvaging.covid is the victor.

    No rematched.

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  • PAP snake oil seller:

    Whoever governs Singapore must have that iron in him, or give it up.This is not a game of cards. LEE KUAN YEW.

    Little did he know that his son “did not have the iron in him”. In 2008 Home Affairs minister was responsible for letting militant Mas Selamat escape. SAF was activate for an island wide search which went on for a about a week. Mas Selamat despite that still swam an escape to Johore. Despite public outcry for Wong KS to resign he still stayed on in cabinet for another seven more years.

    A the prime minister LHL was silent for two weeks and did not make any public statements. He did not fire Wong. The senior LEE came out after two weeks to blame Mas Selamat escape on the people of Singapore.

    LHL DOES NOT HAVE THE IRON IN HIM TO TAKE TOUGH DISSECTION. With so many blunder by his ministers he still puts up to them which is BAD FOR SINGAPORE. An at this point in time with the covid cases sky rocketing we shall see if he is LOYAL to the electorate or to his party members. If he cares for Singapore and Singaporeans he should replace the MTF and put them with a team who can do the job.

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  • theforgottongeneration:

    One thing everyone seems to always forget is how our million$ ministers/PM have gauged themselves. On this pandemic/endemic/whatevermic, yes it is a global problem, yes SG is doing better/worse than some other countries, yes no experts seem sure what is happening next. Meaning our ministers/PM is no difference from the rest of the world leaders. Then why are they paying themselves the highest salary in the world? If some countries are doing well, then it would be expected that our ministers/PM would be required to be doing several bars better, not just striving (or hiding behind the excuse) to be on par. Anything LESS, we should consider as bo liao.

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  • 4G CMI, SG dies:

    At present, sg only has no LEAder, only a LEEDer. A failed LEEder who filled his cabinet with all the YES men instead of competent men. A clueless LEEder who so very often plays musical chairs with his cabinet bcoz he simply has no idea what his YES men are capable of.

    Think la, when even OYK himself was “wordless” after he found out that he would be moved to helm the Health Ministry, what does that tell us? He was SHOCKED and probably also extremely worried with the LEEder’s decision, no? It’s the MOH, mind you! It’s the pandemic period, idiot! Is this even the right time to have a major cabinet reshuffle? How can suka suka play play and gamble with people’s life? How can any Gan, Kung or Lawrence lead the long fight against the ruthless and deadly cornavirus?

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  • LHL Playing Tikam Tikam Game:

    You are right. Many of the Ministers are put in charge of their Ministry without knowing what its all about. No experience.

    A good example the current Health Minister will be leading our seniors into Hell very soon. Wake up man.

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  • xoxo:

    Seems 4G are mostly over-paid spokesmen.
    They shud replaced with thinking sgs.
    Despite all the noises and self-praising,none is of the calibre of 1G like Sr Goh,Raja,Dr Toh or Hon Sui Sen.

    Echo-$ounding is not MINISTERING.

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    The LEEgacy “LIVE on with the EVIL”…reverse of LIVE is EVIL…The people LIVE The LEEgacy is EVIL…

    The next LEEgal amendment…

    NIMO…No Indian Malay Other allowed to be PM

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  • MarBowling:

    Great comments by Leong Gor.

    Think very few SinKaporean, except the 37.86% TRUE BLUE SINGAPOREAN, bother to QUESTION why our World Class Ministers with no RELEVANT EXPERIENCE IN CERTAIN FIELDS ARE “PARACHUTED IN” TO HEAD THAT PARTICULAR MINISTRY!

    THINK the GIST of ALL the Problems(e.g Mishandling Covid19, Ponding, Death as a result of Negligence at MOH, Hacking of personal records of citizen at MOH, Little India Riots, $800,000 cost of a shitbin oops dustbin centre, CECA, artificially HIGHLY inflated HDB flats, personal FamiLEE issue being brought to the ParLeeMent wasting taxpayers hard earned money and time, the selection of an Indian instead of a Malay(Original AIM and PURPOSE)to be our Pre$ident, etc and a LIST OF PROBLEMS as LOONG as a Cowpri*k oops Bullpri*k)IS NOT HOW OR WHO THE HELL ARE BEING “PARACHUTED IN” to head the Various Ministries such as MOT, MOE, MOH, MOM and Last But Least, the PMO(Puki Minister Office) BUT THE “QUALITY” OF THE DAMN PARACHUTE BEING USED TO DROP OFF THOSE WORLD CLASS MINISTERS INTO THE VARIOUS DESIGNATED MINISTRIES! Period. Apparently, the SELECTOR aka the ONE HAND THAT COVERS THE WHOLE SKY OF SINKAPORE, HAS SINCE HE SQUATTED ON THE IMPERIAL THRONE TILL TO DATE, HAS BEEN USING CHEAPSKATE and INFERIOR PARACHUTE(Probably made in India or Timbuktu)TO CARRY OUT ALL THE SHITS OOPS PARACHUTE DROPPINGS!

    WHICH IS WHY MOST OF THE DESIGNATED WORLD CLASS MINISTERS WHILE COMING DOWN FROM CLOUD NINE, AND DUE TO STRONG WIND AND QUALITY OF THE PARACHUTE, ARE BEING PARACHUTED IN HAYWIRE MANNER TO HEAD WRONG MINISTRIES. Good example: ex-MG(Marbok General)CCS(Cotton Comes from Shit)who without ANY Private Commercial Experience, has been in cloud Nine and is being “PARACHUTED” here and there since he left the Army in 2011. Straight as MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC cum MOS in PMO(Puki Minister Office), then as Indian Chief at NTUC before being KICKED upstairs to helm MTI and subsequently amidst the current Covid19 chaotic situation, helmed Ministry of Education, one of the Safest Ministry in Singapore, spending most oh his time, TKSS!

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  • mrWie:

    i guess … their job is clearly to protect the emperor, not the peasants?

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  • opposition dude:

    The daft will be daft, there is no cure for them.

    Anyone else with a brain can already see from some time back that these ministers are lousy. So in the end it doesn’t matter which of them becomes the PM since none of them are any good. Whoever the next PM is might even have more internal dissent leading to a breakup in the party’s ranks.

    Even if that does not happen the next PM won’t do any better than the current PM. PAP’s days are numbered and they can look forward to losing more seats in future elections.

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  • DeBarge:

    The myth is that that ARE capable.
    Capable of what we might ask.
    And capable enough is the question ?

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  • aiya kiss my arse all ok:

    sin is left only with all is ok if with kiss my a$$e culture painfully nurtured as the nepochief bumped off his real dedicated nobumkum ministers. so expert is just a matter of bs as they ppos n pees.not just paper general but croonies fexpert of legal terms n english language
    the seletsr top burreaucrats would rem how they saw nepochief pushing the insurace junk n his super high wall shielding them from the pigs across their estate
    many would remember the nus canteen save the sinners croony after he was publicly declared to have jinxed 3nof his 6 cylinders
    he too was bumped off
    Cotton sheep was lucky to have daved himself from similar execution if he has said his cotton sheep shits when the nepochief is still around. same as the shameless balllicking legal fiasco on CoF linklkage.

    well he told you what he left behind is garbages but if the garbages go stink he will rise again not to save sinners but to kill as he did with jeya &co. didnt he alerted u just b4 ge of the garbages n CBs plus the dynasty agenda of the j*n* paying highly for dubious services which wks bs n cootlicking dynasty CBs
    Anything to add?

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  • Lie Con u eat shit:

    With the MTF THERE IS GOING TO BE MORE DEATHS AND EVER RISING COVID CASES. The only way that the ministers on the MTF ARE GOING TO WORK AT REDUSING THE COVID CASES IS ONE OF THEIR FAMILY MEMEBER CATCHES COVID AND DIES.

    The only other motivating factor is THEIR SALARY BE CUT BY HALF.PM LEE DID AN UNFORGIVABLE MISTAKE BY APPOINTING Ong as HEALTH MINISTER.

    Singaporeans when you go to the polls in 2025 DO NOT FORGET THE BETRAYAL BY PM LEE and the MTF. I WISH THESE BASTARDS LOOSE THEIR SEATS IN PARLIAMENT.

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  • Delusions of Self-Entitlement:

    “The great man is he who does not lose his child’s heart… There is no greater delight to a person than to be conscious of sincerity upon self-examination.”

    - Mencius the Sage

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  • Harder Truths:

    This was the end result of the people stupidly voting them back into power. So what now? Let the 61% tell us the solution, since they know how to kiss ass.

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  • Trust only myself:

    Some people will have to wait and getting ready to die…………no choice.

    Hope these people are all those who voted for their beloved gov. and please don’t bring others along……

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  • Ah Meng:

    I think LHL really considers his senior ministers to be the smartest,the most capable,the most adaptable people that can be found here to look after Singapore.Hence,even if they have no background,they are deemed intelligent enough to be able to work something out,to learn while doing.

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