Thanks for your comments to my previous posting. A few warnings that criticising the govt can be hazardous to my well being. ...I hope not and for the PAP sake, I hope not. Here is my response to your comments:
Do you know critics & the opposition calling for transparency and accountability now actually helps the PAP? ....Presently, the PAP still have sufficient support of the people. If it makes the positive changes now, it will really help to retain its power - the GIC & Temasek losses while they are large is still not devastating. If nothing is done, losses are hidden and these 2 entities accumulate more losses as the economy sinks, PAP's position will be weakened further. People are not fools, they will know even as these entities try to keep things secret.
It is strange, but true, that many of us are asking for things to be done that will help the PAP retain its support in the long term.I cite you this example...and it is interesting: When Tony Blair wanted to fight the Iraq War, he was strongly opposed by the members of his own party and general population. The Opposition which was the Conservatives supported the war and encouraged him to go to war. A few years later the Conservatives turned around and started condemning Blair for misleading the country to war, mis-managing theIraq Waretc. Blair had to resign for the Iraq War.
If you simply hate the PAP, you should be asking them to keep GIC & Temasek as it is, encourage them to invest in risky assets ...and let them continue to be secretive. Surely, one day the hubris and arrogance withinn these organisations will result in catastrophic losses ...and the PAP is finished.
What many Singaporeans want from the PAP is for them to do the right thing and work for the interests of the people. The PAP is better off listening to its critics....Michael Jordan when he was the best of the best at the height of his game paid millions to consultants to critique his play. The reason why he did that was because he felt that the people were so overwhelmed by his greatness and past success, they are incapable of giving constructive suggestions to improve his play. That was how Jordan reamained great until he retired. Chess great Garry Kasparov looking through analysis and commentary on the games of legendary Bobby Fischer found that many of these were wrong and influenced by Fischer's past success and reputation - mistakes were overlooked and even praised [Link]. For many organisations and people, their past successes led to their downfall - they live on these successes, surround themselves with people who say only good things, they get rid of constructive critics, deny their mistakes and eventual destroy themselves. If you hate the PAP, you should congradulate them and tell them that they are doing a wonderful job ...thank you!