Friday, August 14, 2015
ESM Goh: Demand the same integrity from all parties
I am scratching my head how do you do that? Holding any political party or government to any standard of integrity. Typically I know they have no integrity after the fact. In other words too late. Many are not as careless, stupid or have powerful enemies as Najib.
Look at how the PAP selects ministers. Save a few lawyers and doctors the majority are people they had been observing since they were teenagers. These are their scholar generals, policemen and senior civil servants. The opposition parties have to take much more risk with their candidates. At least the quality of education and experience of the people they can bring in keep going up. However it is hard to judge if anyone is lacking integrity.
No, we can only try to reduce the risks when selecting people and I am doubtful we can do very much. Furthermore there is not much transparency and a deluge of data when they opt to be more transparent. Most of us must pick the issues to study because there is simply not enough time.
I watched how the Americans put their politicians especially Presidential candidates under a microscope. I don't think that is doable here. We are a different society.
My response to GCT is don't talk down to me. Say something more meaningful and practical.
At the end of the day, we are taking huge risks. It is difficult to do better.
Posted by PengYou at 9:38 PM