Wednesday, July 11, 2012
No apology for the SMRT fiasco
The only way to make few mistakes is to take few risks, which itself will eventually be a fatal mistake.
I think the world has become messier and getting that way in a hurry too. It is becoming more like developing software, where mistakes are quickly made and fixed. You can't have the same attitude building a bridge or dam.
We must understand better or fail to leverage the PM's credo of "safe to fail".
The failure of the MRT system was a fiasco which the government should apologize for. This time there were no fatalities but it could have been a disaster because we were sitting ducks for a devastating terrorist attack.
I suspect the whole government sector have become complacent and the Transport Ministry was just unlucky to be caught napping. Also what is this "outcome based" regulation? Sounds like two things to me. One, do nothing until something you don't like happen. Two, regulating with a light touch, i.e., when in doubt err on the side of doing nothing.
Government now have to do more. Costs are going up!
Posted by PengYou at 10:05 AM