Sunday, July 26, 2015
Dearth of local top talent? update to post on LHL's choices
JG left a comment longer than my blog post yesterday Time Interview: Perplexed by LHL's choice I decided if he misunderstood me then my children would also. Hence this blog post, but specifically against the PAP's thesis Singapore does not have enough top talent.
Well just nice ST has this story today and made my job so much easier. Why did we have Magnus Bockers here and not Phupinder Gill? We are so short of talent we filled the top rung of SMRT with former military officers? It is really hard to find anyone impressed with their performance. We are being taken for granted by this government.
Read the article, there is nothing to suggest that Phupinder Gill and many others who have done spectacularly well later would have been caught by the government talent radar.
Today our problem is not that we do not have the talent but that we do not know how to find them. I am convinced in a crisis they will offer themselves to be counted. Whether it would be too late by then is anyone's guess. If we have the right folks, they will surface themselves in a timely fashion. If we don't even if they are exceptional, by definition they never met the cut.
Our future is not chiseled in stone. It is always being sculptured. Whoever thought we can be secure about tomorrow is a foolish believer of fairy tales. On average I find too many of the supporters of alternative parties citizens of Disneyland. May your dreams not come true, i.e., if in the next GE the PAP is out.
What we must do to make things better is more evolutionary than revolutionary. Talent is not the problem in Singapore, but leaders with character and honesty are. People we can trust given that electioneering is a horrible way to assess such people. Even now I am sure there are crooks among the ranks of PAP MPs and perhaps ministers. We haven't manage to catch them that's all but as a team they are honest enough despite an overworked CPIB.
People talk about alternative parties but conveniently forget that as important is the party that can produce a good PM. LHL is not the best PM but to be practical he is the best we have. I am more worried about who would take over from him. People need to get real but even if they don't it is alright. They are not enough naive idealists to keep me awake at night. It is always good to have some such types but it is also sad to realize that only years from now will they realize they have wasted their time.
Posted by PengYou at 11:20 AM