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Why PM needs to get a grip on incompetency and inequality

In Uncategorized on 30/01/2018 at 1:08 pm

As someone from Catholic High School, he should know his Chinese history: the “mandate of heaven” — the Chinese ruler’s divine right to rule — was always lost due to corruption, inequality and incompetency.

Here begins our tale: The empire, long divided, must unite; long united, must divide. Thus it has ever been.

Opening sentence of Romance of the Three Kingdoms

 

 

The SMRT woes have shown that there is unacceptable incompetence (Connecting SMRT failures, 4th gen ministers & change of PM) resulting in the PAP losing a fair amount of output legitimacy.


What is Output Legitimacy?

“Output legitimacy” is the idea that elected leaders make decisions that are unpopular in the short term but will be approved by voters once their success has been demonstrated.  A govt aiming for “output legitimacy” (most govts don’t, but the PAP is an exception) is a bold, self-confident govt because the govt and the politicians need to be proved right by events.  Sadly for S’poreans and the PAP, the record doesn’t look that great for one LHL. He had been DPM, and in charge of economic and financial issues, and the civil service, since the 1990s, until he became PM in 2004.

PAP has lost “output legitimacy”

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As to inequality, forget about S’pore’s really bad Gini score. Here’s something S’poreans can relate to: At 8.38 pm January 8, PM’s pay would pass Ah Beng’s yearly salary

Then there’s corruption. The US Marshall (not our mata mata) caught Keppel Corp, a TLC and GLC, with its pants down in Brazil. It had to pay fine of US$422 million as part of a global resolution with the US Marshall, Brazil and S’pore.

Here begins our tale: The empire, long divided, must unite; long united, must divide. Thus it has ever been.

Opening sentence of Romance of the Three Kingdoms

Need I say more?

Except that maybe that’s why

On Friday, Mr Lee, responding to queries from reporters on whether he was prepared to announce a potential successor by the end of this year, said: “If it’s settled, everybody will know, but my assessment is that it will probably take a bit longer”.

He also said that no new Deputy Prime Ministers will be appointed in the upcoming reshuffle which will take place after the annual Budget on Feb 19. Political analysts had earlier speculated that a new DPM could be appointed to signal that he is the frontrunner for the top job, and to give him exposure.

And

The country’s fourth generation leadership team need not be constrained by an “artificial deadline” to select a new leader among themselves, said Education Minister (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung on Sunday (Jan 28).

“I think it is useful, as our younger generation ministers would have said, we would select somebody to be the leader amongst us in good time,” he said at the sidelines of a community event in Yishun when asked to comment on how Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had said on Friday that the process will need a while longer.

Got no-one competent enough to be PM? Or rather competent enough to prevent the PAP from becoming juz another ruling dynasty.

Here begins our tale: The empire, long divided, must unite; long united, must divide. Thus it has ever been.

Opening sentence of Romance of the Three Kingdoms

 

 

 

  1. amos yee to be the next sg pm ! (but not happening).

  2. Hmmm, wondered why I started moving my assets out of this place from 2013…

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