(Or “What MinorGate tells us abt the “system” netizens love to hate)
Ignoring the personal tragedies of disproportionate consequences for the accused even if they are acquitted, and the sordid details, there are some important facts that we should take note of.
Among the scion of a rich family, an expat ang moh ex-banker from UBS, professionals from the finance industry, an executive director of a company, and senior managers are a former school principal, a former head of strategic planning at the Police Training Command, a former senior lawyer for Singapore’s environmental agency, a scholar-teacher and a naval officer. What it means is that senior public officials can afford to pay between $450 and $750 for one session of sex (the alleged range of fees).
So it is clear that salaries in the public sector are now comparable with that of the private sector. No need to worry about talents leaving public service for more money in the private sector.
(BTW, wonder if the senior officials used cheap hotels or were using the expensive hotels, including Marina Bay Sands, and M Hotel. If the latter, the WP and Lina Chiam should be asking questions in parliament abt whether the salaries being paid to senior officials and officers are excessive.)
Next, as this under-age sex case comes less than three months after Singapore removed its chief of civil defence and replaced the head of its police anti-drug unit in an investigation by the anti-corruption watchdog of “serious personal misconduct”, as “public” servants constitute 13% of the cases brought in MinorGate, and as there are rumours that an ex-senior, high-flying SAF officer, will also be charged, one can reasonably, mischievously and sardonically wonder if there is a hunger among senior public officials for illicit sex?
And given that these officials do not seem to have a hunger to make money illegally, maybe high public sector salaries to make sense. And maybe the Pyramid Club (where the elite of the public servants relax) should arrange sex sessions for members so that senior public servants don’t feel that they have to hunt for sex?
Seriously, the government should be concerned that these senior public officials seem to have an attitude to sex that is not reflective of the wider public mood. The public seems to be more puritanical than these officials, when it comes to sex: cheating on the wife, and using prostitutes are not acceptable behaviour. If the public starts getting the idea that there are many more senior public officials who are cavalier abt sexual morals, there will be a serious loss in the moral authority of the government.
So the HR people in the public sector should be seriously thinking of conducting courses for scholars and other high-flying senior officials on how they should behave sexually. And perhaps provide confidential counselling sessions for those who have trouble controlling their urges?
The government should also be concerned abt the loss of talent and the money wasted on educating and training these scholars and the others.
Now something nice to say abt the “system”.
The “PAP and government are bastards and always wrong” brigade are at it again. They rant and rage that the men charged, shouldn’t have been charged because the charged men didn’t know. (Obviously, they are gullible enough to believe the men’s defence. Don’t they realise that the men would say this, wouldn’t they?)
And that anyway the consequences for the men whatever happens to them is out of proportion to the charges. Very true this.
But if charges had not been brought, with only the pimp being prosecuted, these same people would be ranting and raging “cover up” because the “rich and famous”, an ang moh FT banker, scholars, and other senior government people were involved. “The system is corrupt,” would be a cry we would read in TOC and TRE, and SgDaily and S’pore Surf would be chock-a-block with links carrying the same message. And Yacoob would have another excuse to call us netizens “irresponsible” and other nasty names.
As it is, there are the usual anonymous defamatory allegations on, for example, TRE, that the gal is well-connected. And all because it is the law that she cannot be named publicly, because at the time she was allegedly having sex with the accused, she was still a minor. The authorities have no discretion on the matter of naming the girl.
The government, the police and the Attorney-General* deserve some credit for allowing the law to run its course so that justice is not only done, but seen to be done? A lot of credit in my opinion.
*There is a gd public policy reason for prosecuting all the alleged cases of paid sex with the gal, even if it is proven that the gal is a “hard core prostitute”. It is to ensure that the “excuse” of “I didn’t know” is never ever available in any such a case. Otherwise, every Ah Beng, Brudder or Countryman will claim “Didn’t know” as an excuse when making representations to the AG not to prosecute, and then bitch, moan and rant that he isn’t well-connected enough when the AG decides to prosecute.
BTW, ever tot that the gal has mental health problems? We juz don’t know, and shouldn’t rush to condemn her on media reports, and the statements of lawyers representing some of charged men.