Braking news: Government to merge all ministries, severe cost cutting measure needed as economy has tanked
Pisstana, Orchid Road
Dear fellow citizens
Thank you for your understanding and sharing in the pain of the government during this difficult period.
The majority of you should have known by now that the government needs to continue to increase every possible cost because our economy has tanked. Foreign investors have skipped our high-cost country, good jobs are not being created, shopping malls are quiet as cemeteries, etc and all these have impacted our revenue in the most unexpected way. 😦
On the government’s part, we have been doing our very best and has introduced numerous cost cutting measures. One such measure is the recent merger of 25 schools and JCs from 2016 to 2019 which will shave 0.1% off MOE’s budget next year. Although this has understandably caused public outrage, Singaporeans are not to blame as the 2 greenhorn MOE ministers did a lousy job at engagement.
These 2 ministers should have learnt from a recent experience where public outrage caused by the 30% water tariff hike became acceptable overnight. The secret of our success was taking up 4 full pages on ST to fully explain the need for Singaporeans to bite the bullet. The subsequent complete silence from critics on this issue is testament to PAP’s wisdom and right approach.
I believe that if MOE had used a similar approach and explained the necessity of school mergers on 10 full pages in our broadshit, The ST, critics would have also been silenced.
After listening to a very good speech by former civil service head, I have realized that it is foolish of my government not to engage citizens on important issues.
Peter Ho: “What they (citizens) want is to be involved in the process, and it means the government must engage early, not late in the day.” theindependent.sg
Instead of simply announcing the intended merger of all ministries under one roof, as with schools and JCs, the government will be inviting feedback and debate the issue in Parliament. Whether it will be named Ministry of Ministries or something else, we will let the public decide.
The government’s rationale for merger is similar to that of JCs and schools: a dwindling citizen population. With less work, except perhaps for MOM and ICA, there is really no need to have 18 full ministers.
Although there will be some concern about ministers losing their iron rice bowl, there is really no need to worry.
Fact: Our talented MOS Teo Ser Luck who recently decided to leave after earning 12 million in tax dollars is expected to do very well in the private sector with his government network. link
In fact, some ministers have confessed to me that they feel guilty about having been overpaid for years and would like to leave for the private sector, eg Minister Lim SS has already earned tens of millions in tax dollars for about 40 years while productivity growth has stagnated.
Lim has expressed his intention to leave public office and wants to make an honest living in the toothpick industry or become an actor.
More junior ministers like Grace has hinted that she would like to go into the rubbish business and cited her experience overseeing NAC awarding a $880,000 contract to construct the world’s most expensive rubbish bin centre. And Moscow Circus has approached another junior minister whom they claim will make a very good clown.
The merger of all ministries under one roof will be the final merger resulting in cost savings of hundreds of millions in tax dollars. There will be no merger of nurseries, kindergartens, polytechnics or polyclinics. Please be wary of fake news and read the right thing from trusted sources such as our mainstream media.
I hope such frankness will help to regain at least some lost trust and look forward to your important feedback on the merger of all ministries under one roof.
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