3/12/2008

Of ethics, pride and shame

Singapore is the second least corrupt country in Asia after Hongkong. Not a bad medal to wear. But is this tooth or truth? A CEO running a huge organisation may be stripped of all his responsibilities and kicked upstair and given a grand title like Master CEO or Grand Master... and continue to receive his obscene pay. His new job description could be in charge of the welfare of the tea lady and the toilet cleaners. And he continues happily going to office looking after the tea lady and cleaners, and with great pride and a lot of pay. Is this corruption? A board director who does not do anything material, who may not even attend board meetings, and continues to collect his fat director's fee happily. Is this corruption? In the strict sense of the definition, these are not corruption. The things that border people are ethics, pride and shame. Do these people have any ethical values to talk about? Are they proud of what they are doing? Do they have any sense of guilt or shame? Are they the role models in our society?

9 comments:

hmt said...

only when guilt and shame are absent, ethics and corruption become prevalent and an issue. Have you heard the news about the New York governor Eliot Spitzer . It is all about pride,values and ethics.

hmt said...

I forget GREED, POWER AND ARROGANCE.

redbean said...

just take it as the tooth and nothing but the tooth.

Anonymous said...

Fixing the opposition and their voters and rewarding those supporters who voted for them with all taxpayer's money. What is that?

redbean said...

this kind of accusation is dangerous as it cannot be proven. we shall learn to live with the truth and the tooth as well.

HMT said...

Yes mr bean we must blur the issue. What about MONOPOLY

Anonymous said...

Redbean, as always you are just trying to stay on the safe side of the law. It is people like you who are the cause of the ills of the country. You beat about the bush, and try to be ambiguous. Self censorship is your strong point, just like all the reporters of the country. For once stand up and be heard, stop hiding behind ambiguity.

Anonymous said...

Isn't it a fact that they promised upgrading in Hougang and Potong Pasir if ONLY they get elected? Isn't it a fact that the promise of upgrading was withdrawn when the opposition were elected instead? What does that mean?

redbean said...

it is a big challenge to get the points across without ruffling feathers. this is an acute art of communication. screw the bugger but let him few happy at the same time, or at least don't feel too offended.

never hit an egg on a brick wall.