Has anyone digested the new CPF proposals from the panel led by Prof Tan Chorh Chuan? I certainly haven’t, but guess what? On the day of the publication of the new proposals, the manpower minister’s letter accepting every single proposal in their entirety was also published alongside!
Isn’t it amazing how the govt can properly evaluate and agree to such radical proposals as slashing the minimum sum by half in less than the time you and I take to read the entire msm article on the proposals? That’s why our ministers are worth millions of dollars per year, they’re so efficient!
But personally I find the rapid ‘acceptance’ of all the proposals rather strange. I’ve never seen such well-thought out proposals that are accepted without a single question. I’ve also never seen proposals accepted so rapidly. And I find it strange that this govt can just accept such wide-ranging proposals without even giving parliament a chance to debate the proposals. In fact, I’d have expected the govt to go on a road show to sell the new proposals to the public, to take months on the road, presenting the proposals at dialogue sessions, consulting, explaining, persuading and then refining the proposals before putting them to a parliamentary vote.
Granted, there is no constitutional requirement for the govt to do any such thing. It does not need to organize a referendum to pass cpf changes. It does not even need to get parliament’s approval to make changes to the cpf rules.
Yet, cpf is such a hot button issue that if I were pm, I would want to know the mood of the people on this issue. I would explain, I would sell the proposals at dialogues held at libraries, cc’s, town halls, tv talk shows, etc. I would enlist my mp’s to do the same, get feedback. And I would then modify or even reject some of the panel’s recommendations if I find they lack popular support. And then I would put it to a parliamentary vote before I changed the rules.
But of course, what do I know about politics? I’m only a writer, while the pm is a $4m pa dollar man. If lky was able to change the whole cpf system overnight on the basis of just one report by Howe yoon Chong, surely LHL can do just as well by changing the cpf system on the basis of one panel’s recommendation.
Why waste time consulting or selling policies right? After all, the pap doesn’t do things that are popular, it only does things that are right for the country. Therefore, when you know you’re right, you should just do it. We don’t care about opinion polls or what people think, do we?