Sunday, February 1, 2015

Govt Assumption and Citizens Speculation

Minister Khaw gave some rather strange excuses for the mistake of awarding the tender to a private company to build a temple/columbarium in Sengkang. He said govt staff  assumed the company is a religious organisation and also that govt procedure has not caught up with times.  Then he tried to justify the govt  assumption with a lame reason based on the story of Butterfly Lovers.

The internet is having a field day laughing at his absurdity.  How can our govt award a multi-million tender without doing due diligent? Besides, that company's name ends with a PTE LTD and is a listed company with their company data easily available, as any one can goggle it.  This is very serious as not only we have human error (unforgivable) but also loop holes in the tendering procedure!

We need accountability from Head of Depts / Ministry.  Please do not push the blame again to low ranking staff like in the terrorist, Mas Selamat escape case.

What makes the issue more amusing is that we have MPs and Ministers actively defending the decision before this.  So why the sudden U-turn?

Perhaps they wish to avoid another AIM saga, where Town Council project was awarded to a dubious company with $2 paid up capital with no relevant experience and headed by former PAP men. PM Lee had to form a committee to look into it due to all the dirt being dug up.  Nothing came out of it as everything was found to be in order, though folks on the ground had different opinions.  Besides, the committee was not independent as it was headed by the concerned ministry. That did not go down well with the public.

Citizens are also speculating could the mistaken assumption this time be contributed by former PM Goh's son being on the board of director of the parent company?  He was appointed in 2011  according to internet source (S'pore Notes blog site). Perhaps govt officials thought with such 'powerful' link, everything must be in order.  Maybe the assumption in Singlish is : No need to check lah. Must trust, if not no respect, how can.

Then the timing of Mr Goh sudden spiteful outburst saying S'pore becoming a garbage city without foreign workers, after PM Lee chided S'poreans for not cleaning up after the event at Garden by the Bay which had many foreigners taking part too.  Mr Goh has said a lot of loony things in recent years, but he is not a spiteful person, unlike LKY and son who are known for their spitefulness.

Could this be diverted anger? There could be pend up frustration with citizens making so much 'noise'. 

He went on to say "monkey sees, monkeys do"  - not sure if he is giving the excuse that foreigners do like wise because they see S'poreans doing so.

Actually "monkey sees, monkeys do" would be more appropriate when apply to MPs and Ministers as they come up one after another to defend this tender award.  It is the same when they started bad mouthing blogger Roy during the 'heckling' saga at Hong Lim Park. So looks like MIW are the real monkeys.

In China 'kwan si' is opened secret in business dealing. Here it is more subtle but likely the forces are still at play.  We all know that MPs and Ministers are very popular with private companies and are invited to be on their board of directors, even though there are obvious conflict of interest and many first world countries do not allow such practices.  The reason is as crystal clear.  With the right connection things get moving. Remember how the FT with fake degree who cheated a rich widow through the lusting lasting power of attorney managed obtained his PR because he has the right connection?

It is perfectly the norm in S'pore to have our MPs and Ministers, each taking up numerous directorship in various private companies.  Leading the way is PM  and his key ministers all having involvement in GIC board of directors.  It all started off with LKY himself years ago. As LKY is considered to be the 'supreme' leader, since he can do it, there is no stopping the rest of the gang from taking part in this enriching side line.  PM sees no conflict of interest with his wife heading Temasek, though it is so glaring it is blinding us.

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