We thought the PA was created to serve the people. How wrong we were!
The PA was not created to “serve” the people, it was created to serve the Government!
So says our PM, who personally cleared two letters written by PA to the press explaining why it appoints defeated PAP candidates as grassroots advisers in some constituencies.
It matters not that PA is funded by public money. So are HDB, CPF and all other stat boards.
PA is supposed to carry out govt policy.
While its activities– anything from guitar lessons to line dancing– may be wholly non-political, it is supposed to “explain” Govt policy to the people.
How can non-PAP MP’s do that?
The logic is irrefutable.
Those who think otherwise need a reality check: PA is a stat board created expressly for the purpose of carrying out Govt policy. PA is not an Organ of State which can act independently of the Govt. Unlike the Courts, for instance, PA cannot act against the Govt’s wishes.
Notwithstanding the above, I think it’s time for the PA to be disbanded.
Something is wrong if after 50 years of existence, we still need a People’s Association to explain Govt policy.
Million-dollar ministers should do it themselves, and their enthusiastic PAP MP’s who vote to ramrod such such policies down our throats should do it themselves.