Minister Wong Kan Seng must be thankful for the breathing space and the respite that MM Lee has bought for him. From where I am lurking, dear MM Lee has started another storm by saying what he thinks and wants. His son, Lee Hsien Loong the Silent, has remained wisely quiet in the background as he knows that anything said will only makes things worse. The court of public opinion now is an angry lashing one. Any word, phrase or sentence would be met with extreme rancour as no amount of sugar coating can cover government complacency, negligence and incompetence.
Why can’t the government understand that they are responsible for this Mas Selamt mess and its far reaching implications? The home affairs minister already apologised (+1 public relations) that this happened. But they have this blank face when fingers point at them to step up more. I am not blaming the top leaders or the entire government for the escape, I am just asking that as leaders, highly paid ones at that, they should accept responsibility for the escape.
Responsibility is not the same as blame. Acceptance of blame is for negligence which led to the escape. Acceptance of grave responsibility is for leaders enlightened enough to shoulder the onus and rewards of being up there. Taichi-ing blame for the escape to custodians first (largely valid argument) and then to Singaporeans as well (totally invalid argument) just reflects unenlightened lost leadership
If Singaporeans are to be blamed for anything, it is our complancency to vote this government in over and over again.
Filed under: Control