Tan Chuan Jin was a soldier and not a business or finance person. The story he had shared on facebook is the sort of inane stories I get all the time especially from some American friends.
Leaders also can no longer hide their ignorance. To be fair all of us only know a few things well at a time when knowledge is created so rapidly. Our ignorance especially if you are a leader is easily and inadvertently displayed for all to see. Indeed leaders must not pass themselves off as knowledgeable but humble and quick learners. They must quickly set this expectation right because too many voters still unreasonably expect our leaders to have a good grasp of issues, which is no longer possible.
These days, we learn on demand. Those who are software developers would appreciate best what I mean.
Our leaders must go well beyond the bureaucracy to tap the brain trust of the people. They are very slow to learn that the old way of governing is not working.