Lam Pin Min beat me to it again. I was just about to post this up, and I log on and find that he’s beaten all of us to the blog again. Well done, colleague.
Speaking of colleagues, we are all colleagues in this team, whether or not we are in Cabinet. And a lot of talk these past two days has been about accountability.
I agree with the Member from the Worker’s Party, saying that with private sector salaries comes private sector accountability. We are all accountable for whatever happens under our watch. And if we were in the private sector, we would have been asked to resign with a big dismissal payout, or at least, in the case of SociÃ©tÃ© GÃ©nÃ©rale, asked to take on a non-executive role in the same organisation.
But the question is, does sacking or asking the Minister for Home Affairs to resign do anything useful? The answer is a resounding no.
Mas Selamat won’t turn himself in when he hears that Kan Seng has resigned. I will run around Orchard Road without pants if that were to happen. I agree with PM that we have to keep things in perspective.
Take the recent outbreak of Hand Foot Disease in the schools. Will asking the Minister for Health resign cure the children or prevent an outbreak? Again, a resounding no.
My nephew, who is young and forthright, said with the Hand Foot Disease issue, it is the Minister for Education who should get the sack because the outbreak occurred in the schools.
As you can see, if we have this kind of incident-leading-to-resignation scenario, then we might as well dissolve parliament and call for elections every time there is a problem.
Personally, I am very satisfied with the report on the escape, and I think MHA has done all they can to remedy the problem, short of re-capturing Mas Selamat Kastari.
It is also heartening to see all MPs getting into the debate. Inderjeet “Interject” Singh especially, showing that just because we are on the same team, it doesn’t mean we say agreeable things all the time.
Non-Constituency MPs (I apologize for the NinComPoop joke) have also been constructively criticising. It is a pity Siew Kum Hong was not in town. He would have given Government a mouthful, with respect, I am certain.
Of the younger NMPs, it was very good to see Eunice Olsen pose and pose a few questions too. She is a really excellent role model for younger Singaporeans. Don’t worry, my wife thinks she is “hot” too.