20140826 The Municipal Services Office may need oversight by another agency in future

In his NDR speech, PM Lee announced the opening of the Municipal Services Office (MSO) will be on 1 October. This will effectively create new jobs for the PAP.

MSO’s task is to “get different agencies to work more closely together” and it will be part of the MND. This is a unique feature of our civil service where our government needs to set up an agency just to coordinate other government agencies. Only one of its kind in the world.

But setting up another agency to coordinate government agencies will cost tax dollars. Why do other countries not face a similar issue? Frequently, the PAP government only wants to throw tax dollars at ‘solutions’ without resolving the issue. The tax payers’ funded ‘wayang’ gives the impression that much has been done when in fact there will be hardly any improvement.

PM Lee cited the experience of MP and mayor Low Yen Ling who had received complaints about a walkway managed by 3 different government agencies and her ‘discovery’ of a fishball stick left along the walkway for more than a day.

So Low, who is paid close to $1 million by tax payers, has no suggestion other than to play along with the game of throwing tax dollars?

All public land belongs to the government. It is the government which demarcated the land and created many the different agencies to be in charge. This is therefore a self created systemic issue which cannot be resolved by creating another agency.

It’s a typical PAP approach ie setting up councils and committees to tackle chronic issues which are not only unresolved today but have worsened.

It shouldn’t surprise anyone when the MSO eventually fails. The MSO may just require oversight by another agency in future.

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One Response to 20140826 The Municipal Services Office may need oversight by another agency in future

  1. DP says:

    The actual reason is to take away power from the town council, should more fall in the hands of the opposition. The MSO is just a grand scale version of AIM but this time with powers and not just $2. Let’s not forget, the PA which took some heavy criticism for its under table actions is one of the agencies overseen by MSO

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