Minister-Without-Portfolio and NTUC Chief, Mr Lim Swee Say, was quoted by Channel NewsAsia as having said:
“If you’re the best today, strive to be better. If you’re better today, strive to be ‘betterer’ and if you’re ‘betterer’ today, strive to be ‘betterest’ so that over time, Singapore’s service standards can just keep getting better, ‘betterer’ and ‘betterest’.”
Below is a response from one of TOC’s fans, Kayln Asahi, on our Facebook page:
Beyond all the rants about linguistic abilities, what I took away from his statement is that no matter how hard we try we will never be good enough. Because even when you are the best, you can still do better. No matter how much you have achieved, you can achieve more. If a parent or boss keeps saying that to you, how will you feel? – Never good enough. And that is a very stressful, pressured and unhealthy environment to be in.
With ministers sprouting brainless thoughts like these and the MSM publishing all these sh**, what kind of culture are they building here? There’s every economic indication that we are doing well here but there’s no heart matter in Singapore. We will never be anywhere near being the World’s Happiest Countries. How can we be happy when most regular folks are trying our darn hardest to do our jobs well and live with rising costs yet members of the government keep dropping statements like as if not enough is done. It’s never enough.
Look, if we are already the best, we strive to maintain that standard and keep that position. That in itself is already a tall task. Telling people to strive to be better than best, how more greedy can they get?
What are your thoughts on this?