8/25/2014

Do we have good leaders?


One of the key points made by Chok Tong recently is, ‘we have good leaders, good government, good harmonious relationship between people of all races, and between people and govt.’ How true is this? In the past this will become a convenient truth. No want would argue or rebut back. Maybe Catherine Lim would, but likely to be dressed down for being out of place, ruled out of bound. And the MSM is unlikely to put up any contrarian views. And it will be accepted as the truth because no one was seen or heard to disagree.
Today things have changed. Like Hsien Loong said, whatever happened, said, would be splashed all over the social media instantly and everyone can have a bite at it and chew it thoroughly before spitting it out. How many people would agree or disagree with Chok Tong’s comments depends on what they have been exposed to.
 

Let me just touch on one specific point here, good leaders. I am not going to define what good leaders meant. The academics can write hundreds of books on it. I will do the layman’s way. Good leaders can be good when the people said so. Good leaders can be good because the leaders said so. No agreements here for sure. But sometimes the twains do meet.
 

The academics may academically list out 101 criteria or attributes of what they think a good leader means. They too would not agree among themselves. Some may try to be objective and quantitative and list out a number of things that a good leader could have done and be assessed on. Some may go technical and designed programmes, profiling etc into computers to churn out their version of good leaders, with inputs and outputs.
 

Let me try a simpler way by asking a few questions. When a leader stands up to speak, do the people start laughing at him? When a leader starts speaking, do the audience fall asleep or start to walk out? Or would the people make funny remarks behind the leader?
 

I think answering these questions would easily put a leader in his right place, good or bad or simply a laughing stock or whatever. So, do we have good leaders?

Kopi Level - Green

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

I shut off when they speak. Nothing inspiring all bullshit and half truth.

Anonymous said...

When leaders asked YEW and the audience kee chiu like peng kia, it speaks volumes of the LEEDERSHIP.

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Anonymous said...

Our Leeders are good - good at f@@king up the country.

Anonymous said...

I switched off the TV when see his face.

Anonymous said...



Rb. // Let me try a simpler way by asking a few questions. When a leader stands up to speak, do the people start laughing at him? When a leader starts speaking, do the audience fall asleep or start to walk out? Or would the people make funny remarks behind the leader?

I think answering these questions would easily put a leader in his right place, good or bad or simply a laughing stock or whatever. So, do we have good leaders? //



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Anonymous said...

For a leader to be accepted by all it almost an impossibility. As they say, you cannot please everyone all the time. It all boils down to percentage. As for Singapore, from the result of the last GE, there are 60% of the population who thought that the leaders were good. I wonder what the percentage will be in the next GE. Maybe it will be better than 60%. The Pioneer Package with medical help to the senior citizens would surely increase popularity.WE have to wait and see.

Anonymous said...

We have good LEEDERS, in growing GDP numbers via opening leg BIG BIG for tua kee FTs to massively penetrate SINKIELAND and cause massive PAIN, tears and bleeding in their pockets and with damage done, the pockets already poked with BIG HOLES and cannot heal back no matter what!

Anonymous said...

Rb: " Do we have good leaders? "


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Anonymous said...

//// Do we have good leaders? /////


Yes!

In residing in 1,000 storeys HIGH IVORY TOWERS.

And draw tens of millions of remunerations in one term of office.

Anonymous said...

Rb: " Do we have good leaders? "


Definitely confirm 100%.

In growing economy via VICES!

Build casinos, red lights, PIMP and prostitution.... etc etc


Anonymous said...

"So, do we have good leaders?"

If redbean asked this question in a room full of people ... this is what you get ..... SILENCE.

Matilah_Singapura said...

@ RB: I have issues with the adjective "good" as applied to Singapore leaders.

The only leader in modern Singapore who "gets it" is Lee Kuan Yew.

Singaporeans, culturally speaking, require AUTHORITY to lead them...occasionally scolding them and applying FORCE to get things done. Also, if there are obstacles or opposition in the way, Singaporeans want a person who can OBLITERATE the opposition and surmount the challenges.

People think in 49 years the culture has changed to be more "enlightened". Maybe it has, but what it has produced is soft leadership.

When required, a good political leader has to be a ruthless, amoral, cold asshole. Lee Kuan Yew is expert in these traits.

I say more here

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

'When required, a good political leader has to be a ruthless, amoral, cold asshole. Lee Kuan Yew is expert in these traits.'

Matilah, do you believe what you said above?

Matilah_Singapura said...

blur-king @RB:

»» Matilah, do you believe what you said above? ««

Depends. My beliefs change. I try to reject faith and beliefs -- they are inaccurate ways of describing "reality".

I don't take beliefs seriously.Never have, never will.

Matilah_Singapura said...

P.S.Since you have so much free time, you decide lah...you judge my intentions, you want to know, you make the guess ;-)...seriously, I dun give a flying fuck!

Anonymous said...

Nabeh.... hsien loong is the bastard... oop, sorrlee, he is the bestest

Look no further... vote 4 papigs

b said...

Politics is a game about power not good or bad, right or wrong, kindness or evil and definitely not about the people aka peasants.

Anonymous said...

Not only me, my HK friend who has become a S'pore citizen for decades also switch off the TV when PM Lee speaks. Yawn - boring. He thinks he is funny - but his jokes are terrible. only his die hard supporters will pretend to laugh

Anonymous said...

Matilah Singapura is a great fan of Lee Kuan Yew and he certainly decribes the Latter bestest.
Many sinkies are like MS, they respect, adore and rever Lee Kan Yee.
One really have to admire a man who worked for the World's Nomber 1 Chinese Murderers and get revers from the Majority Chinese in Sin

Anonymous said...

Matilah Singapura is an IB but pretending to be siow. His main purpose is to discredit RB in his blog. Look at all his posts, they have only one agenda to attack RB.

RB must be aware of this creep. Maybe RB already knows but just playing along.

Anonymous said...

MS and maybe a few others here are Pappies and if not Pappies' supporter. The least is they are elites. They like the Policies of the Pappies and align themselves with the Pappies' Ideology. They are likely benefitting from the System in Sin.

Anonymous said...

PAP is like fish to cats and steak to dogs to some sinkies.
Obviously, some sinkies will like and even love PAP.
Nothing wrong.
Right?

Anonymous said...

The only good leaders I know are the ones drawing a good pension and still in government, earning a good pay, to protect their pensions from being legislated away.

Saycheese

Matilah_Singapura said...

conspiracy theorist @828:

»» Matilah Singapura is an IB but pretending to be siow. ««

Fantastic theory! Don't forget to check for the monster hiding under your bed!