Wow. Here's a great article by Chua Lee Hoong. She is almost as good as her sister Chua Mui Hoong but nobody can be as good as my favorite journalist Chua Mui Hoong not even her own sister.
The article blasted netizens for calling for DPM Wong's resignation and she believes they have not read the full account given by WKS and "feeding on each other's vitriol and try to outdo themselves calling for punishment. According to Chua, there is "no sense of perspective" to think that an escape of a detainee is sufficient to throw the govt into a flux by sacking a minister. Yalor, it is just a terrorist whose mission in life is to crash a plane full of Singaporeans - what is the big deal?
Yes, netizens are so irrational, unreasonable, emotional, bloodthirsty and "have no sense of perspective". ...no wonder Chua is so angry with them. I strongly suggest you read her article thoroughly......it is apparent that she too is blessed with the wisdom of her elder sister. I wonder if the netizens she refers to include that vicious Dr. Catherine Lim who posted an article asking for WKS to resign.
Yesterday I had the great misfortune of sitting with a group of Singaporeans during lunch who also wanted WKS to resign. It was me against 5 angry people and boy were they angry. They were probably the same type of people Chua wrote about in her article - people who "lacked perspective", and were emotional. I lost my appetite quarrelling with these people. They were putting forth all sorts of arguments that didn't make sense like "leaders must always take responsibility when something this serious happens". I tried my best to convince them that WKS should not resign but we all ended our lunch angry and disappointed with each other. I couldn't for the hell of it figure out these people who were my friends and normally mild mannered can be so emotional about this issue. I went home to think about it and I believe I have the answer......
Ordinary Singaporeans are starting to judge their leaders by the same standards that they themselves are judged. In the private sector, if you screw (oops mind the language) up a project and a serious overrun resulted, you will be sacked or asked to resign. It doesn't matter if it is due to a sub-contractor not being able to deliver or an equipment from a vendor that did not meet specifications or unexpected events. You're are the leader, you are made to take responsibility no matter what....there is no way to push the blame down the line. If you look at the subprime crisis, many bank CEOs resigned and took responsibility - they are responsibility for the bottomline of the company and if it is no good, they have to accept their responsibility. You don't see them trying to blame the their analyst or department heads of the bond department or the rating agencies who "misrated" the subprime bonds. They can easily point their fingers elsewhere but they don't because they are paid to shoulder the responsibility - when things go wrong, they don't form a board of inquiry to pin (point) the blame to someone below them.
In a country where elderly cleaners lose their jobs simply because younger cheaper workers from China are hired, people somehow don't take too kindly to leaders keeping theirs when serious mistakes occur especially when they are paid millions. It is so unfair and unreasonable that ordinary Singaporeans expect their leaders to be treated the same way they are treated and for their leaders to be judged the same way they are judged.
You must understand that our leaders are rare talents that are found after an extensive search. They are our nation's treasures because without them our nation will sink. You cannot expect them to be as easily replaced as ordinary Singaporeans. We as ordinary citizens should learn to appreciate that our leaders more and be grateful for their willingness to lead us. I hope Singaporeans don't let their leaders down because if things don't work out, it is likely that the ordinary citizens down the line did not work hard enough to achieve the success our leaders deserve.