Monday, July 03, 2006

B Vs B

The quality of the ministers and press secretaries' replies recently were appalling. I wonder if they've become weak and flabby due to the lack of opposition. The most recent being K Bhavani criticism on Mr Brown's article. It is interesting that she is the president of IPRS. I would expect a more tactful reply rather than a careless write up produced in a fit of anger. Perhaps our top-down-management-style- government are not used to being told that they are wrong.

The title "Distorting the truth, Mr Brown?" shows that they are out of touch with the citizens. How is it distorting truth when citizens are unhappy with the rising cost? Or are they trying to manage citizens' perception to champion the cause of the government. To present to the world and Singaporean with the 4 million smiles. Who are they trying to kid? A person suffering from a load of debts is not going to rejoice by just reading that the annual household income has increased. They will say "bullshit! I am breaking under the finacial strain here and the road ahead looks bleak." Will the government please do something!

Secondly I am not sure why she says Mr Brown is a partisan player in politics. He has no political affiliation. However I am not so sure of K Bhavani's agenda.

I also observed they try to demonise pseudonym. What is Mr Brown hiding from? Defamations suite? Don't tell me people don't know who Mr Brown is. On the contrary K Bhavani's gender is a mystery till someone post some info on her. It is funny we seem to know more about hiding Mr Brown then the open K Bhavani.

About constructive criticism I can only say that if the government is more transparent on how they use the funds I am sure you'll get lots of suggestion on how to lower the living cost. Besides, a criticism can be construstive or destructive depending on how you want to react to it.

It is interesting that she mentioned that it is not for journalist to campaign for or against the government but everyone knows that the papers are owned by the government and used to promote government's agenda. So who is the one distorting the truth????

I would say it is a very poor attemp to manage our perception. They let their emotions/pride do their thinking for them. It shows that after years of unopposed single party rule, they are not so sharp with words anymore.


Blogger Dr Oz bloke said...

Good point on how the government should tell us how they use their funds so we can come up with suggestions on how to lower costs.

1:10 AM

Blogger palmist said...

Of course it is nice to have everything transparent. :) However, I suspect we would never know what goes behind the scenes. :) Perhaps I am just engaging in polemics more than being constructive ;)

2:44 AM


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