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LIEgime quietly increased influx of foreigners by 2.3m, from 3m to 5.3m within a decade, without debate, without even thinking, so another increase by 1.6m to 6.9m as White Papered, got 2 huge protests in HLP

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  • Robert Ho
    The civil service and the lack of public trust [image:
    Message 1 of 1 , May 25, 2013

      The civil service and the lack of public trust

      The backlash against the White Paper on Population was “unfortunate” said head of the civil service Peter Ong in today’s issue of the ST (Saturday, 25th May 2013). The public outrage against the 6.9 million population figure in 2030 held up two lessons for the civil service. 

      One, it could have better anticipated that the 6.9 million figure could draw attention away from everything else. Two, the timing was off. Therein rest the nub of the issues on the erosion of TRUST in the civil service. 

      First, a Freudian slip that it would have been better to obscure the 6.9 million figure to lead the people away from the crux of the issue. Never mind if it was back-pedaling after the fact. Second, there is no question of timing in the release of the Population White Paper. 

      Quite clearly the public disquiet in a suffocating living environment, social and economic, brought to bear on the government and hence NPTD in PMO was compelled to quickly come up with the Population White Paper in an attempt to placate an increasingly disgruntled public.

      What timing are we then talking about? The question that really need to be asked is why was there not a Paper of any colour, with the increase in 2.3 million immigrants during the last decade. Why now an increase of 1.6 million by 2030, from 5.3 million to 6.9 million that you table a White Paper for debate in Parliament. Simply not a question that the timing of the Population White Paper was off, the establishment basically does not have a choice in the face of a questioning public. Like the proverbial frog in a boiling pan, we realize our population has grown by a hefty 2.3 million, from 3 million to 5.3 million in a decade consequent of a deeply flawed immigration policy.

      This stifling living environment noticed by the citizenry wasn’t help by the many untoward events caused by the foreigners in bringing about deep distress to the locals. To name a few; the “No Cook-Curry Day” imposed by a PRC family on a local neighbor, the infamous PRC Ma-Chi Ferrari crash, a New Zealander, a Briton and an Australian, all PRs, beating up Singaporean taxi-driver and a local in the Suntec City brawl. They subsequently ran-road. Interpol was called in and not least the NTUC Deputy Director PR Amy Cheong saga. 

      Why was the backlash against the Population White Paper unfortunate? If it negatively affects the lives of the citizenry we have got every right to vociferate and ventilate our frustrations. Incidentally, please do not run the country on the premise of fortune and the draw of the luck. Bad policies has got long lasting negative ramifications on the lives of the people. 

      The civil service should run independent of the political leadership. If it is “servile service” to the political leadership, the apparent loss of trust in the political leadership will rub on to the “servile service”. Like Humpty Dumpty’s fall, “All the king’s horses and all the king’s men, couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty together again”…..that’s the fragility of TRUST.

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      Unemployed & Forsaken. on May 25, 2013

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      *Article first appeared on The Alternate View Facebook : [ LINK ]


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