“It’s like having the Ministry of Education, the civil servants are impartial and neutral but the Minister is a Government Minister,” said the PM when trying to explain that the People’s Association was part of the government, like the MoE, and not the PAP.
The problem with this analogy is that the MoE doesn’t have embedded within its structure of administrators and teachers, PAP MPs, defeated PAP MPs and candidates and possible MP candidates; and whose ranks cannot contain non-PAP MPs. On this ground alone the analogy fails.
The analogy only works if the PA only appoints civil servants to be grassroot leaders, to explain and promote government policies. Do PAP MPs, defeated MPs and candidates, and potential MP candidates, get invited to attend school and MoE functions as a matter of routine, while Opposition MPs are not invited as per standard operating procedures? I think not.
The PM should give give several tight slaps to whoever suggested that he use this analogy. Any chance it was Tin Pei Ling, via her hubby yr PPS? Sounds like her.