Saturday, August 8, 2015
Mah Bow Tan: Blindsided Minister retires
How many people can you personally touch, make a difference in their lives compared to policies which touch everyone including those yet to be born?
As the way to hell is paved with good intentions that is the tragedy of Mah Bow Tan as a minister. I never believed he took decisions to make us worse off but worse off we had under him. He was a blindsided minister or what in the SAF might say, on the ball but the wrong ball.
There are dark corners in every mind. That is why faiths like Buddhism spoke of the luminous ones. Mah had crafted policies that needed darkened corners in his mind to have been illuminated to avoid his mistakes. This has nothing to do with intellectual ability or wisdom. It had to do with empathy and the heart. Among ministers he wasn't the only afflicted but he had the misfortune of helming MND.
The man in the street see such darkened minds superficially as elites out of touch with their lives. They can't tell if you as minister were working for them or pleasing someone else, e.g., the property developers and wealthy. Just as there were actually good and evil Communists too, but that was a morally bankrupt ideology which rendered it impossible to tell good from evil. Who can see in the dark?
Therefore if the PAP wants you as a minister but you have no idea what the common folk worries, fears and aspirations are, be kind to yourself and us and say No.
I like to finish by recording my grateful thanks to Mah Bow Tan for imagining and championing Gardens by the Bay. I could also feel the PM's pain when he spoke about your role in making GBB happen. In this tiny Red Dot nobody should be in politics if he cared too much what others think. Do what is good for our country regardless of what the people think. If that his how he thinks, he will retire happy. I believed he tried his best.
Posted by PengYou at 4:26 PM