Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Is Singapore mature enough for political appointments across party lines?

Is working in Singapore really based on meritocracy or on politics? I vaguely remember Barack Obama saying that he will appoint the opposition in the Cabinet so I did a quick search. Lo and behold, he did appoint the opposition into the cabinet for the following posts based on the article here:
  • Secretary of Transport
  • Secretary of Defense
  • Ambassador to Ireland
  • Ambassador to China
  • Secretary of the Army
  • Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Ambassador to Malta
  • U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad
  • Chairman of the Federal Reserve

The opposition was appointed to notable positions like the Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Transport and Chairman of the Federal Reserve. This is really true meritocracy at work, and the million dollar question will be: "Is Singapore ready for true meritocracy?".

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think your questions should be rephrased:
Is PAP mature enough for political appointments across party lines?

Singapore has always been ready. But it's the PAP, who is afraid of losing power, that has been stifling the opposition. Look at all the good men they crucified: Francis Seow, Tang Liang Hong, JBJ, to name a few.

If the opposition does not make a dent this round, then Singapore will forever be in the shackles of PAP and the Lees... [shake head]

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