Nation run by scholars = DISASTER

From: "truth"
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2009 08:44:40 GMT
Local: Sat, Aug 29 2009 4:44 pm
Subject: Nation run by scholars = DISASTER

A nation run by scholars
Two senior persons, a company director and a businessman, expressed a
similar view. They are concerned that Singapore is now run by scholars who
do not have experience about the business environment and try to solve the
problems by writing papers.

The handling of the mini-bond crisis is an example. Although the initial
response of the authority was appropriate, the subsequent events (especially
after the Hong Kong settlement) needed a new response. But, the scholars
were not able to handle this type of situation.

There were incidences of cheating in motor insurance claims. The situation
is getting worse over the years. Reports made to the authority were not
followed up or investigated, but were pushed aside. The insurance companies
were asked to solve this problem, but they do not have the regulatory power.

Many foreign workers reported that they had to pay a large sum of money (USD
9,000) to get a permit to work in Singapore. There were a suspicion that a
large part of this money goes to the pocket of the employer who held the
work permits.
A minister was reported to have said that as the payment was made in a
foreign country, it falls outside the jurisdiction of Singapore. Surely, an
investigation can be done in Singapore to see if the employer had received
some payments?

This lack of practical experience applies not only to the senior levels of
the civil service, but higher up in the chain of command. We have to move
away from writing papers to the real issues faced by the people in

Tan Kin Lian
Posted by Tan Kin Lian

1 comment:

  1. Paper qualification is the first impression in Singapore context.....without experience, you cannot fix a problem. As knowledge and experience makes a person skills. in my view, street smart are better than paper smart....thats the real world.