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A New Era Has Begun: PM Lee announces new Cabinet lineup May 18, 2011

Posted by @Karen_Fu in change, Singapore.
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I can’t tell you all how happy I am about the new line up ! Hope this new change will spell a new start and that version 2 of nation building begins. I like the fact that there will be constant review of ministers and that will mean keeping a close monitor on progress. But I feel that the change of people should be also linked to the civil servants too.One of the main reasons for the miscommunication and the detachment of government & people may well be because there are civil servants who have not done their duties well. While we ensure the progress and work of ministers, I feel that the quality of their subordinates and many others who are below them, is just as important. The system is imperfect, and in some areas not good at all. But this election has done a great cause. It has basically enabled tough decisions to be ironed out fast.

Coming back to the new line up of ministers, it is obvious that the voice of the people are heard loud and clear; and that action has been taken almost immediately. It is a first move but I can feel that this is good move though we have yet to see more of its impact. It does appear that the PM has seriously looked into those open letters online too. There are a few others that are not done yet and I don’t expect those to be done easily.  It is a very wise move from the PM and the resolute move to take out ministers that the people do not like out. PM Lee is well-known to do what he has promised; and I can trust that the matters laid on the board will be seen. What I have noticed too that the transportation service has already taken effect. It is only wise to take these actions quickly and I think that they will look into other views of them seriously.

I have also been reading comments online and I have come to think hard. Though many bloggers appear to write in annoyanmously — some with oddball names; and for one particular instance: an egg shell face with a crazy looking smile that is indescribably painful looking. My take is that it is best to put some kind of identity to the blogs that are meant to be important. It shows credibility and trust of the site and to people who are reading them. Anyway, there are many who are worried about the future that lies ahead. And  I am of no exception.  The various problems in our society is not a simple one admidst a world that is constantly changing and with different problems emerging. But when I start to see alternatives, I too question about the pending problems. The ruling party is going to have a lot of issues to juggle with, apart from a new slate of opposition party members in.I can see a lot of nit picking & in some areas, probably a couple of storms in a few teacups ahead. Whatever happens, I hope both parties–ruling&opposition– in parliament will keep in mind that apart from the politics of slicing, thrashing and karate-ing; the most important is to win peoples’ hearts by sheer devotion into peoples’ needs. I wouldn’t like to see shouts, arguments, and ideas that do not work in the end. It may sound crazy to put this up but I think politics is great when it is demure (if that is possible), and that it is not an eye-popping session of ripping one another apart. ( I don’t know why I write this, but somehow it just has to be written down ?!) Maybe it’s because I have read and seen debates all the time on research and speeches. But hopefully all will be well. Cheers! — Karen Fu

Promoting Civic Mindedness — side thoughts after pending departure of MM Lee & SM Goh. May 15, 2011

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Following posts and comments on Facebook, and there are thousands who have posted their thoughts about the past election. Some are voicing their views about the pending departure of both MM Lee Kuan Yew and SM Goh Chok Tong.  The maturity of thought is evident. Most do not favour either of them to leave the Cabinet as mentors. They may have some views that do not tally with everyone, but what is of common knowledge is that they often give insights of issues that could be otherwise be missed by others — especially MM Lee’s, whose views are usually highly respected globally despite his usual iron fisted karate-chop.

I often  feel that we should look at the individual politician’s calibre and capabilities that will value-add to our society, regardless if they are from the ruling party or the opposition. Having said that, I also feel that some outstanding individuals should be allowed into parliament apart from the NCMPs (Non-Constituency Members of Parliament) to promote politics in a civil society. There are many outstanding educators, businessmen, engineers et cetra who may not like to be in the shoes of a politician but are civic minded to show their concern in mainstream social economic issues.  These people should be taken note of and be allowed to voice their views from time to time in parliament.  It will certainly make the Singapore parliament a more vibrant, intellectual and productive place of social interaction . — Karen Fu

Let the dust settle, Get the ball rolling — Singapore election 2011 thoughts on MM Lee’s & SM Goh’s pending departure. May 14, 2011

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Was listening to the news;went online to find a similar copy and there it was on Youtiube. With today’s technology, very little time is lapsed to get the latest news despite the huge geographical gap. That’s what I felt what social media has done to the world.  It has given an entirely new dimension to different areas of industry and governance. I wouldn’t doubt a cinch that our age old convention in education, health, innovation, et cetra could still remain in its old form. Obviously it will not and it will change.

Barely a week after the General Elections,  lots of changes have been happening in lightning speed. First, we have a slew of Singaporeans writing open letters to the PM (Prime Minister) via Facebook. I wonder if that had something to do with the decisions made by SM (senior minister) and MM (minister mentor). The passing on the baton to the young to govern our country appears to be too abrupt and has a strong bearing to the recent watershed election results. With the departure of BG (Brigadier General) George Yeo, this appears to be another setback to the ruling party.Though their resignations are pending and awaiting approval by the PM; I think the signal is there that the previous government style is on its way into a whole new era.

MM Lee Kuan Yew and SM Goh Chok Tong may leave the ruling party as MM and SM respectively pending PM Lee Hsien Loong’s approval, which the PM (Prime Minister) will reply on next Monday. However, I am wondering how would the new climate be like without them, espeially with the retirement of MM Lee ? I was thinking and am thinking. This country has been clinging on to MM Lee for more than half a century. His might and hold of the country is indisputable. Everyone listens to him though there are clearly some grudges behind the scene mainly because of the style of delivery. Regardless, many people still respect what he has to say. As I look upon the current elected ministers, I do not have the same sense of security as yet as they haven’t done anything yet apart from the talk and walk.  They seem to be short of the kind of foresight that is needed in policy making. Though not all his ideas are deemed correct, I feel that his relevance in politics is still present. The new govenment style will certainly be more in tune to our generation where people speak out their minds and go forth to realise our dreams. The grip will soon be gone. But I feel that seasoned advise is still relevant and cannot be totally dismissed until we see another formidable leader in place of him.The type that shows no fear, and give no damn to obstacles. Walk tall and set forth in almost flawless execution of policies that is very credible and respected.

A heightened interest in politics has made a lot more Singaporeans going up online into various social media like facebook and especailly on twitter, for political and election updates. People started to take close notice on their various social media tools to catch up of the latest news. This has never been the case in the past when walkovers were generally expected. But since the past few years, a general sentiment has grown, and with the upcoming of younger Singaporeans walking into the opposite camp, it is clear that the tide has come. People are more daring to voice directly about what and how they feel about politicians. The mist and the musk has come to dawn. What they will need, I think, would be to get hold on to the realities of politics and how this tiny dot can continue to prosper into the future; apart from how to solve the damage that is already done. Nevertheless, what they can do now is to regulate the policies in favour to citizens and subsequently replace them with totally new policies.

The national unity is there. The Singapore Spirit is there. We need to be very level headed about what’s needed to get things rolling. Let the dust settle, but get the ball rolling. — Karen Fu