Saturday, March 25, 2006
Meticulously chosen. Interviews, psychological testing, track record, grooming, grassroots work......what more can Singaporeans ask for? Teo Chee Hean said in Straits Times today that they are looking for people who are not doing it for self interest. I guess that is why when they become ministers they have to be paid millions of dollars to serve the people to compensate for the lack of self interest. The Opposition which is of full of self-serving men who end up becoming bankrupts, jailed and selling books on the streets, ....are mostly doing it (politics) for personal gains.
Once the selection process is in place, no need to bother much....the system is all set to pick leaders for our future. The selection process is like a Quality Control thing, once they go through it, you can be sure of the quality. The election is really secondary, they just need to put these new candidates together with ministers in a GRC and they will all get elected. Its like the instant noodles of politics - 2 days ago not a single one of us know these 3 people, about 1 month from now they will almost with 100% certainty be our MPs.
No other country ever has enjoyed this convenience of instant noodle politics except maybe the political monopolies of Soviet Union and Eastern bloc countries. They too had meticulous selection systems in place to pick representatives. The citizens of these countries are so lucky, they don't have to ponder over which person to elect to represent them. It is like a commercial monopoly telling you that their product is the best because their QC & processes are the best. See the advantage of having a virtual political monopoly, you don't have to think, you just have to trust that they done their best to pick the best people for you.
Some of you may get smart by saying that nobody ever give their best without competition - great governments are the product of having real opponents. Rubbish!!! Have you not read your Straits Times today! On page 31 an article "Are Opposition MPs a must have?", the Straits Times reporter concludes that because the PAP has a superior selection system, there is no need to vote for the opposition.
Once again lucky Singaporeans are the beneficiaries of yet another political innovation, the use of a meticulous selection process to pick suitable leaders. In other countries, leaders would have to work the ground for years to build a bond and trust with the people they represent very often facing strong opponents in lively debates .....but Singapore is different, we are able to get true leaders by selecting and grooming them. I've never seen a political debate in my 40+ years of existence here. Most Singaporeans would rather spend their time agonising over the next Singapore Idol anyway.
Posting Time 12:22 AM
Posted by Lucky Tan