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Over-Reliance April 24, 2008

Posted by The Truth in Im Allgemeinen.
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So the results of the COI board is out.  And despite hoping against the odds, what we expected happened – the heads of some small fry are about to roll.  I mean, we really should have seen it coming.  Where is the ‘responsiblity’?  Obviously not with the political leadership, because our leaders are infallible, or even if they aren’t, they must be given a chance.  Come on, Singapore, give Can’t Sing a chance.  Maybe he will sing better next time.

Still, this doesn’t do an iota towards helping us quell a huge source of disquiet – that of governmental responsiblity.  Instead, the Straits Times has very lovingly heaped blame on the blogosphere with their angry rants about this and that, about the bloodthirsty masses in the dangerous realm of Online Land.  So, dear readers, please read the Straits Times, and be happy that we have such an infallible government that they will fix the incompetent!

The Great Escape of Mas Selamat, however, is not really about whose heads should roll anymore.  Let’s look beyond the pure reactionary movement and consider the bigger picture.

This is reflective of the Government’s over-reliance on the system of filtration and grooming our so-called ‘future talents.’  Granted, it probably should work, but is it working now?  The helicoptering of ex-military generals into important leading positions also isn’t particularly reflective of a system which can breed confidence in the people.  Your aspiring minister probably has a PSC scholarship (let’s not talk about the other scholarship boards – chances are that you will go somewhat far, but not all the way anyway), has studied at some atas UK or US university, and probably will be idealistic, young and bright-eyed in the beginning, but perhaps frustrated at every attempt and then, jaded.  Success is redefined from achieving your ideals and realising yourself to getting as much money as possible, everyone else be damned, live a comfortable life, and worry about the rest later.

To do that, you have to keep to the party line.  Gahmen will take care of you after that, and you’ll be able to work in many fields (or, suborgans) in what is called Singapore, Inc.  Why does the Gahmen take care of you?  Because you have 4 A’s, which says something, but not everything about your aptitude and attitude, went to a good school, blah, blah.  So theoretically speaking, you have passed Uncle Lee’s ‘test’.  Well done.  But is it wise to invest such unwavering faith in your infallability?

Yes, the angry scholar would say, because i am in control of myself and i am a person with integrity.  But are you?  Will you even make just a formal attempt at resignation when something goes wrong?  No, you won’t.  Habit changes in the most insidious of ways.  And to make sure that the angry masses have as little ammunition to use against you as possible, you handle the investigation and case behind closed doors, release information sporadically, and all.  You’d rather be blamed for releasing the information late, because the whole truth on how he escaped would probably be your downfall.

After all, the mouthpiece of your party are all wandering around writing things jealously protective of your ass, so just call your old scholar friend and ask him to write something in your defence!  At the same time, they’re established, so use them to demonise the online community who are baying for your blood!  After awhile, it pays to ask the question: are you, or are the political leaders actually interested in continuing the survival of their party, the survival of their government, or are they actually just interested in their own tenancy?  Get paid, and get lost.  Have a one-page obituary when you die.

In keeping the system closed and being over-reliant on a selective mechanism, and then protecting the Chosen Ones fiercely by protecting them from public cricicism, i.e. by not giving others room for expression at all by simply ignoring them, i wonder: is the Gahmen plotting its own downfall?  Many of these so-called politicians have never been through a political campaign.  Are they politicians, or do they walk around every 5 years shaking hands and saying ‘here’s to another 5 years!’?  Politics is to them perhaps just another job – Work hard, but more importantly, work in your own interests.

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