Dr Patrick Kee (link)

Where have all our morals gone? High flyers straying!
Where have all our morals gone? So many lusting.
Where have all our morals gone? Something is missing!
When will we ever learn? When will we ever learn?

The year 2012 has been described as “a year of lust.” Singaporeans have been entertained with R rated news this year, with the juicy sex scandals involving an MP, high ranking civil servants, teachers, and sadly, most recently, even our Speaker of Parliament. This is not a time for self-righteous condemnation but a time for deep reflection and self-examination for all Singaporeans. It is a time to recognise that we may be living in material prosperity but there is a famine of true love in our nation. We are in a deep spiritual poverty. It is time to understand that we need more than meritocracy in our nation – we need the spirit of compassion.

The loss of honour, status and power by those involved is heart-breaking, not only for those involved, but also for their families, friends, colleagues and even our nation at large. It is the price they have to pay for their indiscretion. We cannot condone their actions and turn their fall from grace into a badge of honour. It is foolish to think that one’s conduct in one’s personal affairs will not have an impact on one’s public service. If one is not trustworthy in the little things of one’s personal life, how can one be trusted with the bigger responsibilities of public office?

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