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Bad judgement call

Former MP Raeesah Khan

The similarity with the Trace Together (TT) episode is important to note: both the Cabinet and the WP CEC knew the truth months earlier, but both did not inform the public until much later, and both chose Parliament to do so.

And similarly, one would not accuse Dr Vivian or the Cabinet of deliberately lying or covering up the truth, one would not also accuse the WP CEC of doing the same.

Both needed more time to ascertain the fact, and both, apparently, decided that the person most involved in the matter should do the clarification.

Both the Cabinet and the WP CEC could have issued their own statements outside of Parliament, but both did not do so.

Ultimately, we come to intent.

And I do not and have never believed that Dr Vivian or the Cabinet had deliberately misled the public. It was, quite simply, an oversight.

Dr Vivian later disclosed that he knew in October that the police had access to the TT data, and he discussed this with his Cabinet colleagues in November.

It was only in January that he made a speech in Parliament about it.

The WP CEC made a judgement call, and we can argue if it was the right decision.

I do not believe it was a cover up. At most, it could be accused of bad judgement.

Bertha writes:

A better comparison would be Mr Vivian Balakrishnan’s mea culpa on the TraceTogether app being used for only contact tracing when it was in fact also being used for some aspects of criminal investigation. I have said before that I found it distressing that the G kept quiet about this for so long after Mr Balakrishnan made his initial declaration on its use. In that sense, the Cabinet was complicit in not setting the record straight promptly. And Mr Balakrishnan was allowed to sit on his hands.

Yes.

 

Andrew Loh

 

 

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25 Responses to “Bad judgement call”

  • Billy ma:

    A lie is a lie is a lie.

    The difference between the WP & that of the PAP is this :
    One only hurts the liar,but the other affects the whole population.

    There’re small lies & there’re lies that are big & have long lasting effects.

    The small lies may well be forgotten soon, the other lie will go on for a long time.

    Both lies will damage the reputation of the of the liars but one is slight, the other will be much significant.

    So you see, a lie may be a lie, but some lies are just not the same.

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  • Checkmate:

    The ownself check ownself in pariahment about buying nassim rd Condo at great discount is about telling the truth by father and son? Now we knowbhsien yang is staying in nassim rd.

    So how many family members bought units from hard rock boss? How come only father and son returned the discount n donate to charity? What about the rest?

    No mention in pariahment or the shit times! This is delay or forget to say!

    Can say now.,……..we can make judgement as well or is it still at 1st stage…….ie. OWNSELF CHECK OWNSELF?

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  • Trust only myself:

    Lying about the will and the real intention of old man wanting to demolish his house is a bigger lie by you know who in parliament, compared to the MP telling a lie about the police…….

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  • opposition dude:

    PAP is the bigger culprit because it’s the party in charge. Let us not forget that their ministers do not get sacked nor resign for wrongdoings. WP asked Raeesah to resign and she promptly did so. Did Wong Kan Seng, Mah Bow Tan, Gan Kim Yong or Josephine Teo resign over their mistakes and lapses?

    At least Sengkang voters saw the bigger picture and rejected 4G Ng Chee Meng since we have seen just how lousy the 4G are so 1 less monkey is better for us all.

    The PAP isn’t seen in such positive light because they choose, time and again, to hide information from the public. This only builds mistrust and not trust. People don’t have confidence when you take your own sweet time to inform us about how TraceTogether can be accessed by the mata or that our vaccination status is only good for 54 weeks.

    PAP’s mentality is that the public don’t have a need to know and the infor is buried until someone asks about it.

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  • Speechless:

    Some Sinkies are unbelievable. $1 same as $100 billion.

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  • KT2:

    What about the value of HDB flats ? Originally, it was said that HDB flat is our golden goose nest and we would be worrying our retirements. But now a millionaire politician has said when that value of our flats become zero cents when it ends at 99 years ? And what about whether we are te lessees or owners of our HDB flats ? So, who is telling the truth or otherwise ?

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  • KT2:

    KT2:
    What about the value of HDB flats ? Originally, it was said that HDB flat is our golden goose nest and we would not be worrying our retirements. But now a millionaire politician has said when that value of our flats become zero cents when it ends at 99 years ? And what about whether we are the lessees or owners of our HDB flats ? So, who is telling the truth or otherwise ?

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  • Harder Truths:

    This is about common sense. Any fool can see what the TraceTogether can be used for. In fact, they knew. Everyone knew.

    To say it was an ‘oversight’ is to make us bigger fools than them if we believe the wayang. Plus a million dollar scholar cannot think or maybe it takes a million manhours to understand the problem?

    Just admit TraceTogether is part of a facist plan to know everyone’s movements 24/7. Then arrest anyone for any reason they want. Who can fight the ‘evidence’?

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  • Lie:

    A lie is a lie.
    WP screwed up this time.Period.
    Better to learn the lesson and tighten up the selection process.
    Also learnt to handle such situation better. Timeliness is an essence.

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  • theforgottongeneration:

    The rot in the disgraceful lack of accountability by our politicians started with the million$ pappies. Recall the Hep C case back in 2015, where 8 patients died due to gross mismanagement by SGH/MOH. Then Health Minister GKY simply excused himself and SGH/MOH by saying the infamous “No Blaming Culture” – no public servant(s) was persecuted. And where is GKY now? Oh, he is the Chairman of the PAP CEC.

    A Dishonorable Boss can only begets a Dishonorable Rank-and-Files. Also, give a pig a super-long runway, and it will still not fly.

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  • xoxo:

    This lie is bad but not as bad as telling sgs * FTs create more jobs for sgs* or the GOVT IS TAKING $100 BILLION TO GIVE sgs $23.5 K grant per capita for *solidarity n resilience* when needy n deserving sgs got only $600???

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  • Relax:

    Your party tried to save you but you destroyed the party. Learn how to tell lies if you want to be politician, or else be a truthful MP.

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  • Pap FAIL MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIE:

    WHEN Raeesah khan admitted her mistakes,and untruths in parliament .
    SHE WAS IMMEDIATELY SUBJECTED TO PARLIAMENT DISCRIMINARY COMMITTEE.
    WHEN CHOO WEE KHIANG,(PAP MP) THEN MP FOR JALAN BESAR,DENIGRATED INDIANS BY SAYING WORDS TO SUCH EFFECTS.
    THIS HAPPENED SOME 25 YRS AGO.
    It was against parliamentary rules,and privileges by denigrating races.
    MR CHIAM SEE TONG IMMEDIATELY REBUTTED ” FOUL……”
    MR CHOO WEE KHIANG was no subjected to any parliamentary disciplinary committee.
    So u see when a party like PAP HAS ALMOST ABSOLUTE POWER ,IT CAN DO THIMGS WHAT THEY LIKE, NO ONE TO DISCIPLINE THEM.
    THEY ARE THE POWER, AND LAWS, BUT THEY DONT SUBJECTED TO THE LAWS THEY MADE.
    IN FACT THEY THUMPED THE LAWS THEY MADE ,AND ARROGANTLY JUST LIKE SOME PAP MPS, FLOUTING THE COVID LAWS JUST BEFORE THE GE 2020 CAMPAIGN.
    IN FACT THE KEPPEL O AND M ,THEY SIT ON FOR FEW YRS ,IT REFUSING TO PUNISH THE THOSE WHO ALREADY JUDGED CORRUPTED AND GUILTY IN UNITED STATE COURT.
    WHY NO PUNISHEMENTS FOR THOSE FOUND CORRUPTION AND TAINTED OUR COUNTRY NAME WORLDWIDE FOR THOSE KEPPEL TOP MANAGEMENT!!!
    OR ARE PAP GAGMT CONDONING CORRUPTION FOR THEIR CRONIES!!!
    FOR PAP GAGMT TO CHANGE AND LISTEN TO THE COMMON PEOPLE GRIEVANCES AND PROBLEMS,AND BE SUBJECTED TO THE LAWS AND ACCOUNTANBILITY, TRANSPARENCY
    ,U NEED 40 SEATS FOR OPPOSITIONS AND 60 SEATS FOR PAP IN 100 SEATS PARLIAMENT.
    HAVE U LEARN, AN OPPOSITION CAN NOT NEGIOTATE WITH ITS ENEMY UNLESS THEY ARE OF EQUAL STRENGTH!!!
    MAKE SURE U VOTE FOR OPPOSITIONS TO HAVE MORE SEATS IN NEXT GE!!!
    TO HELP YOUR CHILDREN,GRANDCHILDREN, AND FOR THE SAKE OF OUR COUNTRY!!!
    THINK AND REFLECT HARD!!!

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    She lied to add fact on hearsay…and paid the price…how often have we n that INCLUDEDS brilliant minds like a bastard who act on hearsay as facts to Present it to the Sheeple to CONvince their ignorance…
    She had NO MALICE or EVIL in her unlike the Evil bastard who had his planned Evil to create aristocrap & evil society preying on ordinary people

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  • fishball:

    When KeeChiu lied about the state of mask availability, did he resign ? He said that mask is enough, and it turned out there were insufficient masks.

    Singaporeans are a funny lot, when opposition make mistake, they must be punished, but when PAP make mistake, it is recognized as a move on, misunderstood, and honest mistake even though their mistake affect the livelihood and whole population. Singaporeans do not even have sense of proportion. No wonder LKY call Singaporeans daft.

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  • Trust only myself:

    Yes a lie is still a lie but such a small lie which ex-MP was worried about her own past, is now a national issue compared to poor handling of pandemic by the liars?

    No wonder unthinking Singaporeans are the majority…….

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  • theforgottongeneration:

    LOL, one lie in parliament and a Committee of Privileges is set up and looking into it in double quick time; reported that it is implied the WP leadership also supported the lie initially. Maybe it is true, but maybe it is FALSE. But why 8 patients DIED in SGH yet no committee of anything was set up to look into that? Only internal review, hor – and then the findings was NO BLAMING CULTURE (which was announced in parliament), fully supported & endorsed by the PAP leadership. So the pappies standards is: a lie by Oppies is much more significant than 8 people dying becos of gross mismanagement in SGH/MOH. And the pappies-doggies still wondering why SG was not invited to the world meeting on democracy, hor?

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  • Dr Tan Tai Wei:

    But do not let the lie about the process of the reporting to the police distract from the substance of the report. It’s about a purported lapse in the police response to a report of sexual abuse. That is what the erstwhile MP tried to alert Parliament to. Why she thought the lie would authenticate better her complain we rightly wonder. And technically it matters. But what matters not just technically but substantively is the complain itself, which should be seriously investigated and the MP praised for reporting it.

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  • TKL goondu:

    100b spent .. how was it spent ? Why No committe of Enquiry ?

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  • Imbecile lying girl:

    Personification about a Lapse in sexual assault now becomes standing before a committee with full glare of the world. — there is only one word to this person – imbecile

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  • Hopless:

    These type cases police investigate deeper lah!put some effort!

    This is what happen when need spoon feeding for your job.dare to consider
    Specialist.really malu!

    Special privileges committee now need to do investigation by taking people involved
    Statement.really fxxked.

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  • Hopless:

    Now you know why sg need forwhat talent!

    We need ministers to do investigation in statement?

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  • Indipendent:

    Don’t know when parliament then can do things that make society better.all rice eaten like wasted?

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  • Indipendent:

    Really jokers whole lot of them in parliament!

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  • Kk:

    Instead of finding out why just within 1 year,the death rate go so high up.the manpower now use to find out gossip!

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