by Joseph Nathan
Dr Goh Keng Swee who laid the foundation stones of Singapore’s economy and defence forces, has warned us about allowing politicians to manage our economy, knowing well that they will be clueless about the business of enterprising or what innovation is all about.
Now when clueless politicians start bringing in ex-generals to support their failed mission in governing our country and our economy, we saw how badly prepared Singapore was when the pandemic first hit us.
We saw how our world class MRT and NOL ended up as failures.
Now, we are witnessing how they had bring Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) to its knee and expect our government to use our reserve to bail them out.
Is SPH too big to fail?
Even if SPH is folded up or acquired by Mediacorp, we will still have our local news covered.
For citizens, there is literally no impact on our life whether SPH is kept alive on our reserve or divested to Mediacorp.
But for the politicians, it is like trading away their double-barrelled machine guns, which had served them well, and exchanging it for a single-barrelled gun. They are frightened by this loss of media-bullets.
Well, if we keep allowing the 4G politicians and ex-generals to lead our country, our future as a nation will be in serious jeopardy.
Look at how the 4G politicians are ruining the once respected People’s Action Party (PAP), and how much “hiccups” had occurred in their succession planning.
If they cannot get their party in order, how can they get our country in order?
Sad but true, l have to concur with Lee Kuan Yew’s vision that “that day has come when the PAP become irrelevant and will be voted out of power.”
Guess Heng Swee Keat, a prodigy of Lee Kuan Yew, shared his foresight to “step aside” and not be a part of the fall of the PAP.
PAP will most probably be destroyed by the “elites”, similar to the way how NOL, our MRT, our Gold Standard in Public Healthcare and SPH, SIA, Keppel Corporation and etc are destroyed.
Without talents and people with real leadership to save the PAP from itself, Singaporeans must wake up to this Hard Truth that if they cannot save themselves from their own follies, how can they save Singapore?
Unless we want Singapore to be ruined beyond hope, let’s appeal to the few good politicians left in Parliament to have the courage to speak up patriotically and start holding incompetent politicians and their failures to account.
As for the ex-generals, let’s give them meaningful mission like cleaning up our roads or helping to clean up our hawker centres etc, things that they can do well.
Let’s have the collective courage to be patriotic if we still believe that Singaporeans deserve better…