Thursday, September 16, 2010
Optically Challenged Minister
With a PAP dominated parliament, he must know he will be lobbed only soft balls when called to account for the gross misuse of public funds. When Singapore bidded $104 (US$75) million against the Moscow challenge of US$175, and with the Minister's own admission that "Moscow has hosted Olympic Olympic Games before, it has hosted Youth Games before, and they know what they are doing," why didn't he learn from the experts? Balakrishnan puts the blame for the debacle on his ministry's lack of experience in organising a "sports extravaganza on such an Olympian scale." Well, he should look himself in the mirror to see who is the inexperienced one, not only as an event organiser, but also as an overpaid Minister.
Again, in character with his personal penchant for highlighting the flaws of others without admitting foibles of his own, Balakrishnan said this of the Resort World Sentosa management on the subject of the free shuttle bus services targetted at the heartlands, "Because the profit motive is so strong, I don't believe there will ever be a final solution." The corollary of this is that with a Minister motivated by a million dollar paycheck, there will be no solution in sight for the future of Singapore. Of course, Singaporeans could see another eye doctor to remove the political cataract clouding their vision, and save our hard earned sovereign funds from being raped for another showboating extravaganza.
[Update: Someone has posted the link to the original budget. Click here for the screen capture.]