Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Fernvale Columbarium: Business capturing government?
Related: Fernvale Columbarium: Shallow people opposed this
Again pure serendipity. Just what I needed or this post would be too difficult and time consuming to write.
I think it is time to recognize that Singapore has over time become a money pot and very attractive to foreign business. I am probably very late to say this and we have all been distracted from suggesting growing corruption in government. The larger issue might be something else. Our version of how businesses try to weave themselves into government and capture it unaware to further their own interest. As an outside observer, the property sector try the hardest and most shamelessly. Good for us they lost their champion Mah Bow Tan.
Our increasingly less incorruptible government may be suffering more from stupidity than greed. Just like lobby groups capture the American law makers, we may be getting our equivalent. Therefore we must study the various cases carefully and learn from them. The latest could very well be how an ASX company successfully navigated itself into no more our columbarium services but businesses.
Years from now, not only is health care expensive, death rites and burial will also be inflating much faster than GDP and wage growth. I think this Fernvale columbarium just gave us the opportunity to see the moment of its birth.
A clueless government letting big business come in to screw us, typically under the guise of upgrading. True upgrading is when you can afford it. If it is a service that is needed by all, then something is wrong when it inflates faster than wage or GDP growth. Haven't they learn from the troubles at the public transport front.
This government is increasingly only book smart but not street smart. What is the use of book smarts?
Posted by PengYou at 2:54 PM