Excellent speech by FinMin Tharman at Boat Quay. Obviously this guy has and is trying his best for Singapore. Clearly like many leading lights in the world, he is fairly clueless. So who is clued in? Well for a start you might want to read Michael Lewis very accessible book, "The Big Short". Now I am not suggesting the real life characters in that book run the economy. There is a different sort of guys who are regularly ignored till very late. E.g., Edward Hugh, a self taught economist living in Spain teaching English as a second language. Remember the great John Maynard Keynes wasn't given his due until much later. Before I forget, Dr. Goh was a late bloomer.
Fact of life: At the end of the day, we have to make the best of what we have got. Clearly Tharman has given the best of himself to us and we ought to be very happy and thankful for his service. However we must do even better in looking for the next Dr. Goh or greater especially when you know such types are often ignored. Remember Cao Cao had never heard of Zhuge Liang till he had to face him as an opponent.
Give me Tharman in my GRC, I will vote for him. Overall I think the PAP is run in such a way a Dr. Goh or greater will not appear among them. But in these days, he or she is likely to keep a blog, at least modestly publish his/her ideas. It is inexcusable that such talents are not yet found. This is made worse when the PAP are limited to selecting their version of "safe hands". It would eventually put this place at unnecessary risk.