Stupid Genius

- Making mistakes is our rights, learning from them is our responsibilty.

- "I have no choice" is another way of saying "I've have chosen the easier option"

- Genius is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration - Thomas A Edison

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Saturday, April 11, 2009

I am just an average Joe. I don't have much experience with politics. But I have a view on the current situation of Singapore. I don't normally blog about political stuff. Partly because I am afraid of getting into trouble, and partly because I am quite influenced by the blogs I read. Most of the time I find myself agreeing with them (I guess if I do not agree with them, I won' really be reading them much). It ends up that I don't have much of an original view. I don't want to be a copycat and just regurgitate what I read from them. And I can't write as well as them anyway. This post is something I have not come across before. There's not too much research put into it. It's just a personal view on a situation. It would be good if there are comment on the validity of my view.

I think there are 2 phases to a country, nation-building (建国) phase and nation-running (守国) phase. Not sure if there is any official term for that. Maybe we can call it developing country and developed country. For now, I'll stick to use my own words.

For nation building, it's when a country is new. A lot of things need to be done to survive and to bring the nation to the next phase. What's at stake is only the future. You don't lose much of what you already have because you have nothing much anyway. What you need is the ability to react fast to changes, and to improve at as fast a speed as you can. You don’t have to worry too much about protecting what you have. You also need to make sure there are not too many voices around, as that will only distract you from what you need to bring the nation forward. If there are negative voices, you may even need to eliminate it as this may set you back considerably. This is the time where we need a good, strong and visionary leader. All our future will depend on the leader, but at least we have nothing to lose.

During nation running phase, the country has developed somewhat. Other than improving, we need to protect our assets. By now, we would have amassed some wealth; we stand to lose them all if things are not done properly. We need to divert our attention on protecting what we have and not jus put all our efforts into moving forward. We need more measures in place that will restrict the government from doing things that might harm ourselves. The government will probably have less leeway for that.

In Singapore, I think our government has done very well during our nation-building phase. Our then Prime Minister, now Senior Minister, is an exceptionally good and visionary leader. He has brought us leaps and bounds to what we are today. We owe what we have today to him. I speak this from the bottom of my heart, and I am sure not too many of us will disagree.

Over the years, our government has repeated says that it's OK to have 1 party winning every election, as long as that party is constantly changing and adapting to the situation. I am not sure if I agree with that. It sounds reasonable though. But the thing is, I don't think we have adapted well to situation and that there's enough changes made. We still have a law that can put anyone behind bars without a trial. We still have a police force that can deny a person caught a lawyer when they interrogate him. Our justice system is under the payroll of the government. We still have a fear of racial riots if the wrong thing is said. We still have a government that can pretty much do what they like if they think it's right.

A government that can pretty much do what they like if they think it's right. It's a good thing to have during the nation-building phase. It's not so attractive now as we may stand to do lose a lot if 1 day the government becomes corrupt. I am not accusing the government has gone corrupt now. But nobody knows what will happen in the future. Government can change, personnel can change in the government, and people can change. And we stand to lose too much when that happens to not try to control it now while we still have a chance.

And that’s what I think is wrong with Singapore now. We are using the wrong management style for our country.

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Anonymous Kelvin said...

TYM for PM!

4/12/2009 1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May I suggest that you use a spellcheck before you post?

4/13/2009 3:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When it comes to quotes, do attribute the source. Please also aim for accuracy. The quote is:

"Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration."

Thomas A. Edison

After all, when you code, you strive for accuracy, likewise, when you write, you should respect your audience and strive for accuracy too.

4/13/2009 3:21 PM  
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4/13/2009 5:22 PM  

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