It’s just over a year and a day since the Singapore General Elections 2011. Many things have been said about how we are in the “new normal” and that the PAP-led government has seen the folly of its ways and will change.
366+ days later, I don’t think much has changed. The ruling party continues as it nothing changed. They have their internal lackeys doing the dirty work of their leaders. There is still no thought leadership nor vision. It was hilarious to read that Hsien Loong now has a “facebook” page. I kinda felt that he was slow, but did not realize that he was a laggard as well! In any case, that facebook page is not managed by him but by his handlers.
What is really disappointing are the following:
a) Why does the PM not have the gumption and thought leadership in calling for a by-election for Hougang? Enough has been said regarding this issue and some of them from his own party faithfuls. It is now three months since the seat was left vacant. Whether there is a court case pending or otherwise, if the PM is man enough to call for the by-election, it can be done today.
b) Clarity in separation of SMRT and rail infrastructure. It pains me to see the Transport Minister on 24 hour call in case the MRT has issues. I suspect he does not understand the pecking order which is Minister->LTA->SMRT not SMRT->Minister. We have one minister who says that the SMRT is private and they have to manage their issues while the Transport minister is on the beck and call when an issue erupts with the train system.
c) No public accountability of Temasek Holdings and GIC after continued calls for that to be made.
d) The importance of enacting a Freedom of Information Act in Singapore. We’ve just offered S$5 Billion to the IMF without a word about it to the public. I think there is a lapse in transparency here. I am not saying that we should not help the IMF at their time of need, it is just that we, as tax payers, should be asked or at least, brought up in Parliament first before making the offer. The MAS is a government agency after all.
I shall stop here. I really should.