Singapore hosts the inaugural YOG. Not much is known about how the rest of the world will take to this. Given that it comes just after the biggest and most spectacular sporting event in the last 4 years, World Cup 2010, some wonder if it is a little hard drum up the excitment for this event. When Singapore bidded for it, our leaders, given their extraordinariness and vision, must have factored in the timing of the event among other things. Whatever you think about this event, I tell you it will be a big success....and I'll tell you why.
There is alot at stake for the PAP govt to ensure that the event succeeds as it has put its reputation behind the event when they put in the bid to host it. Hosting events of this scale showcases the leadership and organisational skills of the establishment - we have MPs, Perm Secretaries, Deputy Secretaries and a BG (Res) in the organising committee[Link]. This event will impress the world with our globalised city - the modern infrastructure, tourist attractions, IRs etc.
You can see how determined the govt is to ensure its success. Insufficient budget of $104M? No problem quadruple it to $387M....just tell the public that the positive publicity about Singapore will more than justify this...Slow ticket sales? No problem get MoE to buy 80,000 tickets (to date 100,000 of the 250,000 tickets have been sold).
What am I getting at? See when something is important enough for the PAP govt, it will command the vast resources it has under its control to ensure its success be it people, time or money ...they will quickly move these resources to fix any problem that stands in the way quickly and efficiently to ensure success. The PAP govt effort in the YOG shows you how important the event is to the PAP leadership.
Cartoon by Joshua Chiang.[Online Citizen]
What about your problems - say, housing, transport & healthcare? What about the income gap and rising poverty problem in Singapore? The PAP govt seems to be willing to let these drag on and on - deny, debate, dither. You don't see any debate over the YOG $283M budget overrun. It shows you the priority this govt puts on problems that affect ordinary citizens ...versus the YOG. Your problems, your pain and your quality of life lets slowly debate about it and talk about how you can help yourself,, how you can get used to it, how Singapore is better than 100 impoverished third world countries so you ought not to complain, how the PAP govt has already done too much for you and ...it goes on and on. Lets get it clear - if you want the PAP govt solve your problems with a sense of urgency and get their priorities straigtened out and put the citizens ahead of their other interests, you better vote wisely and show them the blue dolpin fountain they want to put near your home as part of the next cycle of upgrading linked to your vote doesn't matter....all it does is make you forget your real problems for a while as they get larger and cause you more pain later on.