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Indeed, Can They Be Trusted? Early Misgivings.

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Indeed, Can They be Trusted?

The track record of the ruling party govt has not been good for the individual Singaporeans and their families. 

The PM had reminded his party that they are ‘servants’ of Singaporeans.

He has publicly acknowledged, apologised and taken responsibility for the many woes besetting Singaporeans arising from govt action/inaction and policies.

He has promised to ‘do better’. 

He has relieved nine incumbents of their responsibilities and shifted around the responsibilities of almost his entire cabinet and included new faces.

He has given the ministers the mandate to re-look and review everything under them. (To leave no stone unturned and slaughter sacred cows in the way?)

Six months would be an appropriate time and space within which they ought to be able to come up with remedial ideas and actions and for us to decide on his sincerity. 

Hopefully, it would be concrete solutions and not more excuses and rationalisations why alleviation for affected Singaporeans is not going to be forthcoming.

Indeed, can we trust that his new govt can and will deliver?

Stop Press!

Sat 21 May 2011@22:31

I am already beginning to have doubts going by this latest breaking news: PM Lee appointed Gerard Ee to review Ministerial Salaries.

This is an early sign that the govt is NOT going to change the way it has always been conducting business.

With due respect, Gerard Ee is an accountant by training, he would have some ideas about the reward system in the commercial world, but what credentials and experience can he boast of  with regards to how politicians should be paid for their contributions to public service in the context of Singapore?

No doubt, going by his track record, Mr Ee will be a SAFE pair of hands – for PM Lee’s govt. 

To my mind, politicians are the best people to decide how they themselves should be paid in relation to the social, political and economic realities and challenges facing the people and country they have sworn to serve. In other words, how they choose to reward themselves with the people’s money must of necessity reflect their feeling of commitment, responsibility and sensitivity towards the people whom they want to serve. 

I have the feeling that PM Lee and his colleagues are risk-adverse to doing this. But that is what political leadership should be all about. You got to feel what the people feel and do the right thing.  

It is most definitely NOT a commercial decision unless, of course, the PAP ministers are still insisting that they are running Singapore Inc. and not Singapore, the Republic.


What a disheartening development. What a disappointment.  

On hindsight, Singaporeans may indeed be naive to believe that a leopard would change its spots.


N.B. The author has no affiliation with any political party. He was an admirer of the PAP until it became evident that it has changed beyond recognition and no longer bear any semblance to the party that he had originally once admired. He feels it his duty to point out that the country is going down the drain if current trends continue unarrested



  1. Singaporean says:

    Mr Gerald Ee is a PAP member who attends the party convention every year. He is not as non-partisan as some might think.

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