TODAY reader talks about Opposition ‘dismantling’ and ‘dismembering’ the ‘top layers of the apparatchik in the establishment’. He says the ‘replacement of personnel would be extensive’..’to ensure total control and to clear out the long, embedded tentacles of the 50-year incumbent government.’ He also says, in the last paragraph, that the Opposition would do the opposite of keeping a ‘steady course’ and upholding ‘all these institutions which make it different from the rest of the region,’ as envisioned by his Lee Kuan Yew in One Man’s View of the World. Well, but then again, if this ‘steady course’ does not deserve preserving, together with the entire network of PAP-affiliated organisations with conflicting, vested interests, then what is wrong in doing away with them?
While being pro-PAP and cynical about an Opposition takeover of power, most of his points are neutral in nature, and why wouldn’t a huge change in personnel in those top echelons of PAP’s service be good?
That probably also explains why TODAY, the doggie sheet, will not use our headline but their anti-establishment headline instead (scroll down to see it), to give people the false impression the writer was talking about the ‘crumbling down of govt’ shall someone else takeover. *Woof woof*
Letter from Tan Kok Tim as published by TODAY:
I refer to the report “PAP could lose ‘control, power over next 15-25 years’” (Oct 21).
Mr Ho Kwon Ping had to be specific and focused at the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS)-Nathan lecture. He did not cover the scenario of what then happens if a new government is in office.
I hope he will speak on this with equal eloquence in his next lecture. I believe that a new government would dismantle or dismember top layers of the apparatchik in the establishment, including the Civil Service.
The extirpation would include changes in policies and personnel at Singapore sovereign fund GIC, Temasek Holdings and its affiliated organisations, the judiciary, the military, the Home Team, the National Trades Union Congress, universities, et cetera.
I believe that the replacement of personnel would be extensive, thorough and done within months, if not weeks, of forming the new Cabinet, to ensure total control and to clear out the long, embedded tentacles of the 50-year incumbent government.
Mr Lee Kuan Yew, in his book One Man’s View Of The World, was asked about his hopes for Singapore and he replied: “The hope is that it will keep a steady course and uphold all these institutions which make it different from the rest of the region.”
His hopes would be a wishful dream, as any Opposition that replaces the People’s Action Party (PAP) Government would do the opposite of what he has hoped. Sadness would descend on PAP supporters if the change in government occurs.
PS: We changed TODAY‘s misleading heading for the letter: “Govt apparatus could be torn apart if Opposition takes office”.