Sitoh: Not a question of “Can’t”

In Political governance on 03/06/2011 at 10:09 am

After it seems promising to keep all the Potong Pasir town council staff, Sitoh is saying he can’t keep his word. “Mr Sitoh reiterated that he could not keep all 16 employees as he had to abide by EM Services’ regulations, after bringing it in as the managing agent for the town council.”

What a dumb reason. He need not have brought in EM Services. By all accounts, the staff at PP town council were doing a gd job. So why change? EM Services, is I understand, is a joint venture between HDB and Keppel Land, whose CEO is former Hong Kah GRC MP Ang Mong Seng.

Here is the PM trying hard to convince S’poreans that the PAP understands the message it got at the May GE, while here is another MP who is behaving as though nothing has changed, despite being told by PM that this is new era. He is using the old PAP methods of bull-dozing, and spinning the truth by being legalistic and pedantic. It won’t wotk Sitoh. Ask Lim Wee Kiak.

Last week it was Lim Wee Kiak who was saboing PM. This week it is Sitoh. Whether their saboing is intentional or accidental is irrelevant. They are damaging the message that the PM is putting across: that the PAP is listening to our concerns and will do something.

With MPs like them, the PM doesn’t need enemies.

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  2. These MPs still think that they have control over the message. Unfortunately, they don’t control Internet as they do MSMs.

  3. These PAP people tend to give empty promises and break them, and then give excuses that it is beyond their control when it is clear that they are the one making the call and decision. Are they still thinking that lesser mortals are daft and they are smart ?

  4. The ugliness and corruption of the PAP dominance for over 40 years is being peeled off layer after layer.

    The younger generations -and that includes those in their 30’s even early 40’s – should wise up to the truism that power tends to corrupt and absolute power tends to corrupt absolutely. To be sure the govt has led the way and the PAP MPs are merely following in their foot steps- 有样学样 (yǒu yàng xué yàng).

    If the top is crooked, the bottom will simply follow suit.

  5. I seem to me that Sitoh is out sourcing his duty as a MP to the EM services. Why not ask him to pay the service that provide by EM using his MP allowance?

  6. The complete quote is even more damning:

    “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”
    John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton

    “Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it”
    William Pitt, the Elder, The Earl of Chatham and British Prime Minister from 1766 to 1778

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