The Lee Family saga goes on with “Feisty Daughter” Lee Wei Ling releasing private emails while “Baby Bro” Lee Hsien Yang rebutting “Responsible Son” Lee Hsien Loong. Singaporeans are calling for calm as Singapore will be the biggest loser. But if you were the key players, it is the point of no return. The phrase “Pick your battles come to mind.”
Strong words from Wei Ling and Hsien Yang when they first issued joint statement “We do not trust Hsien Loong as a brother or as a leader. We have lost confidence in him.” Big words. But let’s get one thing straight.
“Lee Hsien Loong is not the Government and the Government is NOT Lee Hsien Loong.”
Once Upon A Time…
In 6 February 1819, our Founder Sir Stamford Raffles signed an agreement with the Sultan and Temenggung of Johor for the British East India Company (EIC) to set up a trading post on the island of Singapore. Fast forward to 1963, Singapore gained independence from Britain through merger with Malaysia. Under the new State Constitution, Singapore kept its own government and on 9 August 1965, Singapore left Malaysia and became a fully independent Republic.
The Government System
People like to blame and whack the government. Price increase, cost of living…even couple push old man at Toa Payoh hawker centre and shared-bicycles parked everywhere also government’s fault.
To be honest, the main functions are law making, controlling the nation’s finances, and ensuring ministerial accountability. They are assisted by a set of civil servants, who was described by Thomas Friedman of the New York Times as one of the most efficient and uncorrupted bureaucracies in the world, with a high standard of discipline and accountability.
The Prime Minister is appointed by the President of Singapore who is the effective head of the executive branch of government and chairs the Cabinet, the central decision-making body of the government.
Got Secret Committee meh?
From time to time, the Prime Minister may also determine the setting up of Cabinet committees to look into specific subject areas, such as national population policies. As such, the internal Ministerial Committee was tasked by the Cabinet to consider the options for 38 Oxley Road. The committee was tasked to look into various aspects, including the historical and heritage significance of the house, as well as to consider Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s thinking and wishes in relation to the house.
The Prime Minister is assisted by two capable Deputy Prime Ministers in Tharman (who has done an excellent work with our budget and recently appointed as chairman of top G20 group) and Teo Chee Hean who has been working behind the scenes with MHA and other security agencies will take action to “significantly increase” the awareness of the security capability of Singaporeans. Not to mention the other members of the Cabinets managing their respective ministries.
In fact, Teo Chee Hean himself, through a media statement refuted the accusation that there was nothing secretive about the committee. This committee, set up and chaired by him, included Cabinet members “responsible for heritage, land issues and urban planning”. He emphasized that Prime Minister had excused himself from all decision-making related to 38 Oxley Road.
Ultimately, at the end of the day, the government will always strive to be a team for Singaporeans. Rather than being a populist government, it also makes the tough decisions focusing on the greater good and need for the country. But the government can’t do it alone.
This is not the Lee family’s Singapore. This is not Lee Hsien Loong’s Singapore. This is OUR SINGAPORE. We need to stay strong and united. In spite of terrorism, inspite of China’s bullying tactics, inspite of the Lee Family saga, inspite of opportunist Chee Soon Juan trying to erode Singaporeans’ confidence in the Government, it is not NOW and definitely not the Lee family drama that will affect our trust in the government. Stay united.
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