I believe many scholars/ex-scholars are positioned high enough to have a good look at the system and do not agree with various PAP policies but while they are bonded and employed by the system, they do their work honestly and efficiently because the system is largely top down thus too difficult to change from within.
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Given PAP's position on the political compass, you can probably (& naturally) find more people with dissenting views than people who agree with them. However, the PAP co-opted many talented people through the scholarship system and its large network of GLCs. If you look through the resumes of MPs, many of them belong to GLCs, national universities etc, it is implicit(?) that they will not be able to keep these posts if they join the opposition e.g. PAP MP Wee Siew Khim has a job at ST Eng & Chee lost his shortly after joining SDP. This construct which exists primarily to maintain PAP's dominance by denying political alternatives of talent has led to political ossification and does not serve the interests of ordinary citizens. However, over time the system has become saturated and they can't keep all talents within the system i.e. today only colonels and generals transit to GLC positions e.g. General Ng Yat Chung to Temasek, while lower ranking officers leave the service & the system. At the same time, many middleclass families send their children to local universities and top overseas universities without scholarships. We should see more qualified people with passion and conviction stepping forward to join opposition parties. The PAP will recruit from its usual sources....the same old reluctant politician types - those who are selected and persuaded to serve as part-time MPs...and those who have to paid millions to leave their high paying GLC jobs to serve as ministers.
Hazel Poa maintains a blog [Link]
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23 Jan 2010, 1:30pm
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