11/25/2009

First major step in inclusiveness

The youngest son of JBJ, the embittered politician who had lost practically every material thing that he owned for being in the opposition party, for taking on LKY and the PAP practically single handed, has been appointed to one of the most important govt organisation, the Public Service Commission. Such an appointment was unthinkable a few years back. And it takes a very open minded man like Eddie Teo, Chairman of PSC, to welcome him into the fold. The PSC is the main body that charts and plans the recruitment and career development of top civil servants. Philip Jeyaretnam is in a way now involved the govt machinery and working with the govt for the country. It is better to have him on the right side than to see him joining his brother, Kenneth, in opposition politics. The appointment does not guarantee that he would not go into opposition politics, but is a big declaration that the govt is willing to embrace talents from the other side. It is also a clear message that the history of the fathers will not affect adversely the fortunes of their children. This is modern Singapore, there is rule of law, there is inclusiveness and a place for all who is willing to contribute to the country. In dynastic China, once a member of a family fell from grace, the whole family would be banished together to the frontier. This is not the case in 21st Century Singapore. Our frontiers are only as far as Tuas or one of the islands a few minutes of boat rides away. We are an inclusive country.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

delusion? great political move, one is kept in check, the other one's voice cancelled.

redbean said...

better to make friends than enemies.

Anonymous said...

Keep your friends close but your enemies closer.

Matilah_Singapura said...

You base your conclusions on a false premise.

There is no country. There is now only The State. The word "nation" in "nation-state" is a mere illusion. The Sheeple lost their country long ago.

Get used to it.

Matilah_Singapura said...

anon 956

Absolutely true. Sun Tzu was a genius. Unfortunately the "bad guys" read him as well.

Anonymous said...

This son is accepted because he has embraced the PAP. Check out who his wife is.

Anonymous said...

Hey, our system is you must repent before you can be forgiven. Stand firm against and you will be forever dammed. Chia Thye Poh is a perfect example.

We never will know the reasons or terms that turned Philip to decide to work for the Government, a path diametrically different from the father and brother.

redbean said...

there is really nothing wrong working for the govt. we need good people to work for the govt and also for the people. there are many good people working for the govt.

philip can work with the govt to better the general good of the people. it all depends on his motivation and where his heart lies.

Anonymous said...

Damned if you don't, damned if you do.

Some people are simply impossible to please because they are so fixated on fixing the enemy.

Matilah_Singapura said...

redbean conjectures:

> there is really nothing wrong working for the govt. <

I disagree. The government doesn't "produce" anything. It just takes money from one part of the economy and re-distributes it toward some arbitrary "policy" -- there are no voluntary clients -- you are compelled to pay taxes and then compelled to "consume" whatever the government "creates".

People who work in this system don't earn their money legitimately or morally in my opinion.