My Response to MP Lam Pin Min’s blog

Well at least some of our P65 MPs are writing about the Mas Selamat issue and its aftermath.

Dr Lam Pin Min wrote a piece defending the PM and DPM’s arguments about how they see government responsibility. Here’s an excerpt:

Yes, the Minister is ultimately responsible for his ministry’s policies and operations, which was why a COI was necessary to account for the lapses and to be answerable to the public. Just like the PM is accountable for his cabinet ministers. But, does that mean that the minister is culpable for all the mistakes that his subordinate (sic) commits? This cannot be.

Here is a comment I left in response:

Dear Mr Lam,

I have already read PM’s speech. Why bother copying and pasting it here?

The more you defend your bosses, the deeper a hole you are burying yourself and others in your party in, simply because the Executive’s self-righteous arguments lack merit on their own.

I urge you and your PAP colleagues to put down your cheerleading pom poms for a moment and do a better job reflecting the feelings of the people on the ground.

Most of us are not asking for Mr Wong’s resignation. We just want some admission of personal accountability.

And for goodness sakes, don’t tell us that by punishing the Minister, it will demoralize the whole Ministry. On the contrary, but putting all the blame on the small guys at WRDC, the officers at MHA and ISD will get the message that when push comes to shove, they will be the fall guys when something goes wrong.

I’d like to end with a quote from Newcastle, one of the readers of my blog, who left this comment:

“Is this then the precedent being set among the ministers where things go right, I get my million dollar pay package and take the credit. When things go wrong, I get my million dollar pay package and blame my minions.”

Regards,
Gerald Giam

Afternote: It should be “Dr Lam” not “Mr Lam”. My apologies to the good doctor.

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Author: Gerald Giam

Gerald Giam was a Non-Constituency Member of Parliament from 2011-2015. He is a member of the Workers' Party of Singapore and currently runs a technology consultancy which he co-founded. The opinions expressed on this page are his alone. Published by The Workers' Party, 701 Geylang Road, #04-02 Teambuild Centre, Singapore 389687

One thought on “My Response to MP Lam Pin Min’s blog”

  1. Mr Giam,

    If I may request, pls convey my message to WP leadership to send someone
    “better” to Seng Kang West .

    LPM performance in my estate is really lousy.
    However, if you look at the demographic of this estate,
    There is a need to field someone who can speak and convince us
    To vote for an alternative voice.

    Take this SMC seriously. The chances are high here.

    Cheers!

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