Sunday, August 24, 2014

PM Lee - leader of Low Productivity

No wonder our productivity is sliding and govt faces uphill challenge to boost it. PM Lee as leader is setting a bad example.  He probably does not even realise it and think he is pretty 'smart' by creating a new dept to liaise with other govt depts and agencies.  I am referring to the case of clearing of debris & rubbish from the narrow stretch of footpath, mentioned in his boring National Day Rally speech.

Currently there are 3 agencies involved - one handles the footpath, another the greenery to the left of it and the 3rd in charge of the grass verge to the right of it. So messy due to the bulky bureaucracy until no one seems to know who is in charge of what and 'taiji' becomes the way of life.

Any layman can see how ridiculous and unproductive it is. Instead of going to the root cause, which is due to the bulky bureaucracy, he chooses to layer it with another liaison dept. The fact that a liaison dept is needed indicates the system needs simplifying. 

Just look at his cabinet set up overloaded with overpay MPs and ministers.  Do we need so many of them ? They work only part time and spend the rest of their time, each holding directorship in many private companies. This is a glaring example of unproductivity.  Such bad practice of heavy bureaucracy trickles down from his cabinet to the rest of ministries.

PM Lee paves the way to low productivity by leading it. 

CPF rally on 23/8 at Hong Lim Park

The 3rd CPF rally was held at Hong Lim Park on Sat, 23 Aug. The crowd size was smaller than the previous.  The first 2 rallies had stronger speakers and were more informative.

The recent one had some new faces but unfortunately also weak speech content. Only Mr Leong, Ms Han and Roy were able to hold the audience attention.  Ms Han delivery has improved with each rally. There was more control of voice and slower speech delivery. She is one crowd drawer as she spoke in English, Mandarin and Hokkien - typical S'porean style.

Mr Leong with his humour and statistics make simple, is one speaker I always look forward to hearing. He spoke on the lease buy back scheme which now extends to 4 room-flat. It only means govt skimming off more money from the needy elderly, in the pretext of helping them.  Pretty typical of most, if not all PAP schemes.

Posters with the words -  "They suck you dry and then suck until you die. This is what they call subsidize" - sadly summarize PAP money grabbing policies pretty well.

The 2nd speaker articulation was not clear. The worst part  was he spent the last 10 mins speaking about his God.  Good grief !

The next speaker, a lady - tried to list out all PAP flaw policies. She took up too much time because there are so many of them.  It is rather boring as we are already familiar with our govt ridiculous policies. What she could have done is to highlight one or two and give us real life examples of how they have negatively impacted her. 

The next CPF rally is on 27 Sep.  Hope they could get strong speakers with good content and analysis of the current policies.