National dialogue is going to be another empty exercise
Posted by temasektimes on August 13, 2012
I am very disappointed with Lee Kuan Yew about what he said with regards to falling birth rate yesterday.
He mentions lifestyle and people wanting to have more leisure time as the reasons behind low Total Fertility Rate but he does not want to admit policy failures of past and high cost of living as the main important factors for people not having children.
Re: new committee of young & inexperienced ministers – basically confirms that Lee Hsien Loong has no clue as to what is needed despite being in politics for almost 30 years.
He named three things in particular during his national day speech: the country must offer hope for the future, it must have an inclusive society and it must be a home that everyone loves.
Ironically – Singapore had all three (hope for future, inclusive society and home that people love) before Goh Chok Tong took over. GCT started the slide and LHL has accelerated the slide down the slope.
It is for good reasons that in private sector when the company needs change of direction and overhaul, they change CEO first.
It is difficult to change with same people – too much vested interests in current system, too much baggage of the past and in Singapore too much face culture too.
I have a feeling that this whole national dialogue is going to be an empty exercise. Enough people have said enough time what is ailing this country but they just don’t want to listen.
*The above was first posted as a comment on Facebook.