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Uncle Yap's productivity prognosis

I happened to read Uncle Yap's comment on how to raise productivity in Singapore. And he said it should start right from the very top. Right. He recommended that Hsien Loong chopped half of his cabinet to show the way. I was musing over it the whole night and concluded that he was half right and half wrong. He was right in his diagnosis but wrong in his prescription. Right in the sense that any major policy must be top down with the leaders taking the lead and showing the way. But I don't agree with his recommendations to axe the top talents at the very top of the pecking order. These are the rare talants and in very limited supply and should not be anyhow wished away. Instead, I will counter suggest that in order to make them more productive, they should be given more jobs to do. Appoint them as Chairmans and directors or advisors to more institutions and organisations so that their talents and expertises are out to good use. Each one can easily take on 3 more Chairmanships or 10 directorship or 20 advisorships at least. My suggestions are definitely more positive and effective and agreeable for implementation, and definitely will raise productivity at the highest level. Making suggestions that cannot be implemented or will be rejected is, yes, unproductive.


Wally Buffet said...

My suggestion is to "persuade" all high calibre retirees to be advisors to the young punks so that all unpopular policies that are making everyone so unhappy nowadays can be repealed and we will have harmony like the good 'ole days!

When there is goodwill, harmony and contentment everything flows like a stream of abundance thereby achieving productivity of human effort.


Robert Tan said...

Wow, Wally, your comments are so poetic - "poetry in motion" , especially the 2nd paragraph, can almost make a song out of it.... Tsk! Tsk!

Wally Buffet said...

Actually, I pen this hoping that someone would plagiarize it for a stanza in a new song for the coming National Day celebration in August. Hehe.

Wally Buffet said...

Actually too, you see those huge red chinese banners strung across public areas in China?

Hehe, I just translated one of them to English here but it sounds pretty sensible huh?

Robert Tan said...


Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

Wally is practising to talk like a politician. Invited for tea by Kenneth? : )

Two of you talk until song song.

Wally Buffet said...

I think I should invite Kenneth to a cappuccino and tell him what we expect of him if he ever comes near and photo finish clear the shifting goal post. :-))


Anonymous said...

Mr Chua's suggestions are only good if those talents do not pay themselves 100 of Ks or millions in SIN Dollar for every position they are given, literally given You know ?