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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

S'pore ministers do not gain due respect from many citizens.

Singapore ministers do not gain due respect from many citizens !

by Patrick Lee Song Juan (Notes) on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 8:27am


Respect is not sought but is gained. For the record, we are not talking about those old guard ministers that had etched a mark for S'pore and for themselves .

Present day newbie ministers of PAP are mostly jettisoned to their high post without even an iota of what politics is ALL about. They may be 'expert' in their paper qualification. Based on their scholastic excellence, each stepped into the political arena to exhibit their given power as a minister. What a sweeping way to induct a minister!!

But the reality of human interaction and understanding of human suffering is not what a political minister thinks he can handle in his controlling political way.

Let us take our PM Lee, all know his ability as a student from Cambridge. But then his path to stardom was all laid for him through the political connectivity of our system...Doubtless, it will happen anywhere in the world on political dominance.

He lacks true empathy and compassion for people. But he is good to own up to his wrongs and say 'sorry' but that is it. And everything is back to square one. His relentless pursuit to attain high GDP and strong economic growth, in fact made S'pore at the bottom of the table in terms of growth compared to other Asean countries.

There is no comparison of father LKY and son. But living in the shadow of such a father  who with the old guards transformed S'pore to today. PM LHL is wearing too heavy a hat for comfort.

Many of his policies failed miserably and directly affected citizens lives, more so the poor and struggling.

In political control of a country, it is always easy to run the country your way. Hence, we are seeing the decline of PAP dominance with such arrogance of his young ministers who as ministers think that it is their privilege and prerogative to speak even before perfecting on their silence.

The latest joke is when our gracious minister Grace Fu, with S'pore facing a dengue epidemic and patients are suffering from the disease, she can ask patients to avoid to be bitten by the mozzies. (Or did she really say that?) That is utterly preposterous of a million paid minister who as usual jettisoned to her position more so on her father James Fu who was the Private Secretary of LKY then. So, political connectivity is here to stay!
Is that what we want in our ministers who lack the emotional quotient (EQ)? And many would doubt her IQ too in this instance.

And who would forget what Vivian Balakhrisnan's heartless rendition of his symphony of  "you want to eat in hawker center, foodcourt or restaurant". It needs no elaboration on his lack of compassion to the poor and needy!

Other newbie ministers should take a cue from public sentiments to know their worth and popularity....
We can highlight more atrocious gaffs and bloopers of what our novice young ministers said and done.
But this is not what we want in our ministers. We want true down-to earth and non-pretentious human who can empathise with citizens hardship. We want a share in a inclusive S'pore , not a S'pore only for the PAP and their crony elites!

Acting minister Tan Chuan Jin (TCJ) from the 'army,' is one minister who started on the wrong note of his political infamy when handling the strike of the PRC bus drivers. And on to the regulation of on-line sites and blogs, TCJ had another round of below par performance on CNA live on the on-line regulation issue...But then everyone knows he was made a fall guy in place of Yaacob Ibrahim our senior veteran minister that should be his ministry to handle this issue. Well that is politics too!

One minister that stood out is DPM and Finance minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam....he is a measured man in his speech. I had watched him many times in his parliament speeches (from the public gallery). He has that bit of understanding of the complexities of human.

As we move on into the next GE 2016....PAP will know well that it is only the new citizens (brought in without due consideration of true blue citizens) that would support them....Singaporeans who have that little spleen left, would know well to decide on a new political awakening of at least a two party system of checks and balance...

Singaporeans destiny will be decided by the VOTES to come in GE 2016....

Are we citizens not looking for a more inclusive society and S'pore?

patrick lee song juan