By the Singapore Democrats
25 June 2010
When Bukit Timah Road flooded in 2009, Environment Minister Yaacob Ibrahim told us it was a once-in-50-years freak incident. When Orchard Road was flooded, the problem was debris in a culvert blocking the water flow.
Always an excuse, never acknowledgement of failure of planning. This morning’s floods — now over several parts of Singapore including Upper Thomson Road, Bukit Timak Road (again), Boon Lay Road — have exposed the PAP’s hubris yet again.
When will the Government stand up like a true leader and accept responsibility, apologise to the public and make sure that genuine effort is made to aleviate the situation. If the situation warrants (as in the case of Mr Wong Kan Seng over the repeated security breaches), the minister should be replaced.
Instead, we see the PAP making the unseemly move of making the public servants take the blame. When Mas Selamat escaped, it was the police officers. When the MRT depot was broken into, it was the SMRT. When Orchard Road was flooded, it was the PUB.
Public servants take directions from the PAP politicians. The ministers determine how much resources is made available for infrastructure maintenance and improvement. Without proper planning and foresight from the political leadership, things go wrong.
This is why the PAP ministers, not civil servants, must be held accountable.
The Orchard Road flood was blamed on a blocked culvert, not a failed canal system. Translation: The former meant that someone at the PUB was not vigilant enough to make sure that the drain remained clear and unobstructed, the latter was lack of planning on the part of the politicians.
Were there more blocked culverts in this morning’s floods? Or will the Government finally take responsibility?
Through all these incidents the Prime Minister has, and is continuing, to hide. Mr Lee Hsien Loong has not uttered a word about the recent floods and the security breach into the MRT depot. He has shown absolutely zero leadership.
When there are accolades the ministers stand right in front to absorb the fragrance, using it to increase their salaries. When troubles come, they hide and push the blame to others. Welcome to the world of the PAP.