Thursday, February 19, 2009

11 days or 56-man hours? Let's hear it from our Presidents.

Q: When you made the decision, did you have the information on like how big our reserves, how much of a draw this would be on the reserves...
President Nathan: Of course I have. Of course I have.

I'm simply amazed that it would have taken 56-man years for our late President Ong Teng Cheong to know how big our reserves were but it takes such a short time for our current President
Sellapan Ramanathan to know it all. Amazing! Read here .

In view of the exposure by President Nathan in the Straits Times, I can't help recalling the interview I read years ago that President Ong had with a foreign press. I did a google and found this:

Extracted from AsiaWeek dated 10 March 2000.
Maverick Politician
Ong Teng Cheong is out but not down

Public protests are rare in Singapore. Official ones, rarer yet. But 12 years ago, the then deputy prime minister, Ong Teng Cheong, led a noisy demo against American interference in Singapore's affairs. Some local lawyers had been detained without trial and a U.S. diplomat (later expelled) had suggested other Singaporean lawyers should stand as candidates against the ruling People's Action Party in coming elections. While PM Lee Kuan Yew and his designated successor Goh Chok Tong spoke out, it was the deceptively unassuming Ong who marshaled 2,000 trade unionists to stand in approved areas with anti-Uncle Sam banners. "Don't smile," said the DPM. "This is serious business." Unfortunately, a cameraman caught Ong doing just that. Please continue (read here)

MARCH 10, 2000 VOL. 26 NO. 9

'I Had a Job to Do'
Whether the government liked it or not, says ex-president Ong

Please read here for the extended interview.

It's good to see how much we have improved since 2000. The current civil servants that we have are so much more efficient than those during our past president's days! With them President Nathan can have information on our reserves, "Of course, I have, Of course, I have." which President Ong had to wait 56-man years.

By trying to come clean and validate their diligence, righteousness, dignity, honesty and whatyoumaycallit (including justifying million dollars salary) to the public, the President and his mintsters may have just shot their own feet and made themselves look cockeyed and preposterous.

Then again, with our 'golden age' money burning by the billions through GIC and Temasek, what is most laughable is having built up the hih worth of the A-Team mintsters, the performance has shown that they are worth a dime a dozen.

Hello, if you keep saying you are so bloody good, you had better prove your worth! Please do not put the blame on USA nor globalisation nor your dead grandmother for your poor performance. The proof is in the pudding!

We are a having a dose of bad government. Indeed!



At February 19, 2009 at 2:06 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The President left the meeting to let the CPA deliberate on the proposal among themselves. They were briefed by the CPA Secretariat on the reserves and what the Government’s budgetary proposal would involve."

he couldn't even be bothered to discuss together with his so called talented "advisers" !!!

in short he just signed after the cpa say ok.
thats less than 1 day!

At February 19, 2009 at 6:44 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The institution of the President is Dead.

Nathan may be dead tomorrow for all I care. What would I have lost?

The com care chairman? Find another?

A Japanese interpreter - so what?

A second key? THAT IS A JOKE.

Pity his sons and daughters who will outlive him and see his legacy. While I feel proud of President Ong and his sons.

At February 19, 2009 at 11:01 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

come on lah.. u look at at the man.. do u really think he has the intelligence to analyse the economics of wat's going on on the global and local front? ??

i bet he thinks as slow as he speaks!! its better off he shut his trap, eat his kueh lapis, take his afternoon naps and quietly collect his 3mil. dun need to come out with a PR blitz and tell ppl a i-dun-have-to-but-i-will-explain-coz-i-love-my-people story!!

mr president, wat else have you acheived during your term in office??? show up in NDPs and chingay parades?? at least Ong DID his job and questioned and pressed the govt for answers!!

At February 19, 2009 at 11:48 AM , Anonymous Fedup said...

Honestly, it's very sick for this guy to have such high pay and doing so little!But then again, I can't grudge him. Being the President of a tiny red dot, his pay has to be higher than the MM,SM & PM.right? I blame the greedy ministers!!

At February 19, 2009 at 1:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...Honestly, it's very sick for this guy to have such high pay and doing so little!But then again, I can't grudge him. Being the President of a tiny red dot, his pay has to be higher than the MM,SM & PM.right? I blame the greedy ministers!!..."

i disagree. there is always the option of WALKING AWAY. doesnt mean that others are doing it, your actions are justified.. just quit! dat fella has taken enough 3 mils. at least save some for others!

At February 19, 2009 at 4:09 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

He definitely has potential.

This is interesting.

At February 19, 2009 at 4:53 PM , Anonymous $Billion conjob said...

Yes Mr.Fish,
11 days means President Nathan and his advisors came up with the "mother of all short cuts" to solve the PAP's accounting problem,

or if it is 56 man-years[ not hours my friend ], then Nathan and his advisors have been utterly confused by the PAP's "mother of all complex accounting problems".

So actually what was told to our late President Ong T C was one BIG LIE !

Packaging Bullshit to make it pallatable for naive citizens is a clever way of telling LIES, and this damned PAP govt has been getting away with it.

However this has to be "the mother of all Bullshit" !

At February 19, 2009 at 5:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Hello, if you keep saying you are so bloody good, you had better prove your worth! Please do not put the blame on USA nor globalisation nor your dead grandmother for your poor performance. The proof is in the pudding!"

thanks for the words.
whenever anyone tries to say "if pap is lousy why don't u take over"
i will use this to shut his mouth.

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At November 10, 2012 at 10:47 PM , Anonymous Borsethhunn said...

The institution of the President is Dead. Nathan may be dead tomorrow for all I care. What would I have lost? The com care chairman? Find another? A Japanese interpreter - so what? A second key? THAT IS A JOKE. Pity his sons and daughters who will outlive him and see his legacy. While I feel proud of President Ong and his sons.  

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