We need to remove elitism

We need to remove elitism
Last year, Mr Inderjit Singh rebuked his own party, the People's Action Party, during the debate on the Population White Paper. He had said that policy misjudgments in population growth had resulted in current social problems.

He's back and in a repeat of last year's stinging speech in Parliament, Mr Inderjit Singh let fly at some in the civil service.

The Member of Parliament of Ang Mo Kio GRC did not mince his words.

Elites. Complacent. Out of touch.

They were all there in Mr Singh's Facebook post on May 26.

In his post, he wrote that some residents feel the Government does not understand their needs, and craft policies from "an ideal clean and sterile policy lab or an ivory tower perched high up".

"We will need to remove this elitism from the policy-making process, to reverse it to make it more bottom-up and driven by the man in the street," he said.

Citing the Marina Coastal Expressway fiasco, lack of hospital beds and the Little India riots as examples, Mr Singh said that "some amount of complacency may have crept into the system".

Parliament had been debating the President's address since Monday, but Mr Singh is overseas - he is in the United Kingdom on an urgent and personal matter. The Facebook post was his contribution.

Using the example of the hospital beds crunch to illustrate poor planning, he said: "I was shocked to discover last year that all our government-restructured hospitals are involved in promoting medical tourism around the region.

"Shouldn't the services in our government-restructured be for Singaporeans and residents first?

"That is one example of poor planning and complacency that bed demand would never exceed supply."

Last year, Mr Singh rebuked his own party, the People's Action Party, during the debate on the Population White Paper. He had said that policy misjudgments in population growth had resulted in current social problems.

But he was not the only MP from the ruling party to be critical of the performance of the bureaucrats.

NEED TO UPGRADE

Moulmein-Kallang GRC MP Denise Phua, who usually champions social issues, also dwelled on the need to upgrade the public service yesterday.

In Parliament, she questioned the need for an "elite Admin service which primarily admits persons of a specific form of intelligence".

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