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9/24/2012

Myth 232- Shattering the elitist myth

Elitism and the elitist class have been bundled and sold to the non elite masses as the cure all for all the ills in the country and society, and that the elite hold all the answers to the well being of the people. That followed a couple of decades of elitism pays, and the elite paid themselves handsomely like they were the gods of the day, or at least some openly compared themselves to the immortals. And be very grateful to the elite.

The first shock wave came with the admission in the fallibility of the elite, that the elite made mistakes. This was, for many years unheard of and inconceiveable to even mention it in official statements. The elite know best and admission of mistakes is simply undermining the myth and against the well being of the elite. This was a very successful facade built around the elite that they became unquestionable, godlike. But when mistakes piled up to a small mountain, there can be no denial, and no where to run and hide.

The next shocker came from the Law Society, the learned people who know the law, the defenders of justice, when certain members of the council put themselves in the limelight of public scrutiny and scorn. Now the members of this elite society are asking questions, unhappy with the ridicule they have to face up with and are calling an EGM to iron things out. This group of elite being caught in an embarrassing position in the public’s eye is more pertinent given the fact that they are a primary source of our political leadership. And questions of impropriety are going to make the public very uncomfortable with them.

The other highly regarded group, the medical profession, also came under the spotlight with the country’s top surgeon being questioned by the Medical Board for questionable pricing. The case ended with a single medical professional being found to be in the wrong was understandable as long as the profession and its coterie of highly regarded individuals are still respected and trusted by the public. Fortunately only ONE is found to have done wrong.

It would be dreadful if the Council of the medical profession, the highest body, is in question. And that was exactly what happened in Sunday’s headline. The judges of the Court of Appeal chastised the Singapore Medical Council with a number of ‘scathing comments’ that would put a big dent to the elite halo. This came after the Council took another medical professional, an aesthetician, to task for applying untested beauty treatments and excessive billings.

Some of the comments from the judges include, ‘unjust that the council chose to pick on one doctor, when many others were doing similar treatments, …hauling up a doctor for treatments done a year before guidelines were issued, and it was wrong to punish a doctor retrospectively,…the council for not knowing exactly what it wanted to punish the doctor for, and for not providing the necessary evidence, making the whole process “legally embarrassing”.’ Legally embarrassing!

Such comments led MP Lam Pin Min, Chairman of the GPC for Health to say, ‘MOH and SMC really need to relook and audit the SMC’s processes, to ensure that it lives up to its professional and ethical accountability to the medical community and the public.’ He added that ‘as professional watchdog, it “needs to be impartial, just and aboveboard in its dealings with patients and doctors”. Just read in between the lines.

Such public dressing down of professionals that are the elite of this elitist society has never been done before and will continue to chip at the infallibility of the elite. The impeccability of the elite, in govt, in law and in medicine, three of the highest paid professions, is now shaken. The elitist myth has now been brought down to earth from it rarified ethereal realm of existence. And many are being queued to face punishment at the courts for personal indiscretion.

The case of the Medical Council could prove interesting and many could and were asked to seek a second opinion or for redress for cases dealt with by the Council whose ‘professional and ethical accountability’ are now being questioned by the highest court of law in the country. Susan Lim may have a case to retrieve her honour.

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

Only idiots and leeders claim a monopoly on wisdom.
Real leaders seek the feedback of many.
And leave no stone unturned.
In order to benefit the citizens.

Anonymous said...

Our leaders are real, they are seeking feedback from the many, leaving no stone unturned, to benefit the citizens.

Veritas said...

Elite generally refers to someone or family who have greatest political and social influence in a society -- by definition of political science.

Many people see the word "elite" and wrongly believe that they are talent people. If you are born into an prominent family, you can be stupid and wicked yet you still command lots of influence.

And most of this "elite families" are intelink by marriage. When I do a research on LKY's relative, I can trace it to

Lim Nee Soon
Teo Chee Hean
Tony Tan
Tan Chin Tuan.....
.....
many many more.

All societies are the same.

These people move in and out of politics and business regardless how stupid and how ignorant they are. When things screw up, people get blame.They "move on". When Yong Pung How's daughter was made the first CEO of IDA, even she was aware she was ill qualified for the information technology appointment. Hence her infamous repartee, "I may not know what CDMA stands for, but I can always hire someone who does."

Put it this way, Singaporeans are brain washed to think elites are clever, but most can be the most stupid people. The appear clever on paper qualification because of family support and resources and if the poor people have access to it, they would perform as well.

Veritas said...

In every society, the elites are invariably some of the most wicked people. In very rare occasion, the elite create institution that allow a very small mobility for talented people to join their ranks. Bill Gate is who he is if because he is born in USA and not North Korea. Even with such small mobility, it unleashes vast potential of the creative idea of people that make a nation great.

Others such as North Korea would probably send Bill Gate to firing squad if he tries building software in his garage.

Singapore society is close to North Korea and Asian feudalism in a very subtle way that few notice. While USA still allow creative individuals to ascent and a small part of their elites are formed by these entrepreneurs, SG system is entirely repressive. Our elites are non other than the worst scumbag. If you look at the wealthiest individuals in SG, they are invariably people like Wee Chow Yew, Lee Kong Chian, Khoo family who runs usury business that was cursed by GOD in Bible, Koran and all religion in the world.

In addition, our elites are also idle landlords like Ng Teng Fong family, who extract their wealth through rent. Non of them produce value for society.

LKY is closely link to them via marriage and many other relationship. For example, his father in law Kwa Siew Tee is the father of FX department in OCBC. LKY grandfather got his wealth working as a skipper for greatest opium king in SE Asia Oei Tjong Ham.

If we studied the ecology of our elites, we would not be surprise why PAP wanted to create property bubble and how come science and technology cannot take root here.

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

You mentioned creativity. A cafe with a beautifully painted wall mural, also called graffiti, is having the URA knocking at its door.

Creativity is only allowed the govt says it is allowed.

Veritas said...

Elite is often the destroyer of creativity, then they blame people for being daft and lazy, or they blame foreigners sabotaging them.

The sunni mullahs if they can, will restrict woman from education. The shithead Brahmins kept knowledge sankrits to their breast, not to be shared to the Dalits. To the white man Jesuit priest, they open up everything.

When I went secondary schools, PAP forbid learning world history. I only learn Singapore history (propaganda) in sec 1 and 2.

Even today, Singaporeans are restricted in access to medical school while PAP imported most of our doctors. I exposed all this in my blog. This year SMC is unusually late in putting up their report on website(probably they wont do it).

In fact, the harm on Singapore society can be attributed to LKY more than anyone else.

Anonymous said...

It is said that man proposes
and god disposes.
So, if thing had gone so very
wrong, it shud not be man's
mistake. The man must had been
badly disposed by his gods.

Anonymous said...

God's name is Mr Lee.
And HE disposes very efficiently.
Just ask around.
They are all overseas.

ufo said...

If we blame most faults on LKY, then we must also blame Queen E. She was the one who gave singapore up to LKY. Instead of blaming, the positive action would be to pack and leave and go elsewhere and get a life.

Anonymous said...

Hell NO!
We won't go!

We gonna turn up the heat and make YOU go!
We'll hunt you down and expose your name and face as a card carrying Millionaire-In-White.

Anonymous said...

The Queen Of England looked after Singaporeans much better than the local rulers. That is, if You are over 60 year old.
Otherwise, You wont know.

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

Hi ufo, welcome to the blog.

Anything happen in the Law Society EGM? It is an elitist wayang and a lot of shadow play going on.

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