May 21, 2013

Where the Prime Minister is the chief cleaner, and a Minister is a cleaning inspector

The Straits Times published an article on 21 May 2013 about the town council problems in Singapore. Here is what it says about voters' view of their Member of Parliament.

The big 'G' question in town council politics:

"As a Straits Times poll published last Wednesday reported, most residents said they were not interested in the politics of estate management; they just wanted their neighbourhood cleaned."

Basically, the writer says that residents think of their Member of Parliament primarily as the person to clean their neighbourhood. When the Member of Parliament is a cleaner, the Prime Minister has to be the chief cleaner.

Has the Singapore democratic election become a selection of neighbourhood cleaners?

A Citizen-ownership Democracy depends on a good democracy.

The idea for this post comes from
My Singapore News: Doesn’t matter if Town Councils are politicised or not politicised:

Here's a story from NewNation 50% real news:
New political party offers to clean hawker centres for free

A Cabinet Minister is a cleaning inspector:
Dr Balakrishnan, Environment and Water Resources Minister, said: "After the place is clean, NEA and myself will be inspecting the quality of work." (Channelnewsasia, Jun 2013)

More dispute about cleaning:
AHPETC-NEA Stand-Off: What’s Really Going On? (Part 3)
If Only Singaporeans Stopped to Think
Members of Parliament should address important national issues. 
Talk about citizen dividend

Even more disputes about cleaning (July 2013)

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