The difference between MPs and aunties

13 Jan

Anyone who follows Singapore history and politics would know that SMRT was privatised in 2000 to boost its profits and efficiency. The privatisation of SMRT was just one of the many in the long line of state companies that were privatised, SingTel, Power Gen Co, SBS etc. However, the most ingenious stroke on the part of the ruling party was that they no longer had to account for matters within these privatised firms while they continue to exert their influence from behind the scenes through holding companies such as Temasek and GIC. It saved them the budget as well as streamlined the administration.

What I have stated above is nothing new. In fact, it is common knowledge to many Singaporeans who follow current affairs, not to mention civil servants, academics, politicians and so on. So it baffles me to see that our supposedly very talented and immensely well-paid MPs continue to ask questions in parliament regarding what are ‘internal matters’ of SMRT knowing full well that Lui (where the Tuck are Yew) would simply say govt does not have control over SMRT board matters.

And I quote from a TODAY article:

Ms Ng (Irene Ng) also wanted Mr Lui’s assurance that the new SMRT CEO will have the requisite experience in transport management to deliver a public transport system that Singaporeans can rely on. Mr Lui said this issue was best left to the SMRT board of directors, who are searching for a replacement for Ms Saw.

Similarly, Mr Lui said in response to a question from Non-Constituency MP Lina Chiam on whether the incoming CEO will hold multiple portfolios that it was up to the SMRT board to determine the new CEOs job scope.

Nee Soon GRC MP Lee Bee Wah questioned if Mr Lui was satisfied by the budget that SMRT had set aside for maintenance. Mr Lui responded that ìthe Government does not determine the budget, just the outcomes of the maintenance.  

Moulmein-Kallang GRC MP Denise Phua questioned the timing of Ms Saw’s resignation and whether the move was just a populist decision to placate the public. Shouldn’t the resignation take place after the completion of the public inquiry or ìat least until the next CEO is identified and there is a proper handover, Ms Phua wondered. Mr Lui replied: I know as much as what I have read in the press. Whether she resigns now or why she has resigned, that’s an internal SMRT matter. 

Irene Ng, Denise Phua, Lee Bee Wah and Lina Chiam – what’s the difference between you and the average auntie on the street besides the fact that you are highly paid at the rate of more than $15K/month and is supposed to be well-read and knowledgable so that you will be able to ask questions that benefit Singapore and Singaporeans?? Not much difference I would say.

Taxpayers monies are frivolously spent when compared to such low standard of questioning directed at the Transport Minister on an issue that is of concern to almost all Singaporeans and one of the most fundamental condition of our economy. More tax monies are wasted when the other 70++ MPs have to listen to this banal exchange of questions.

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One Response to “The difference between MPs and aunties”

  1. Patriot Missile February 21, 2012 at 10:26 pm #

    these aunties work whole life in a well. and they think they are very smart.

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