|Okay, now tell us what happened|
Singaporeans are used to the "dumbed down" approach from the bureaucrats. It's a given that the average citizen has too low an IQ to understand factual data that would explain where GIC gets its money to play the market, how HDB prices are formulated and why the CPI upped 4.5% in May despite MAS's expensive open market operations to maintain a strong Singdollar that supposedly fights imported inflation. That's why detailed accounting is so short in supply. But it has to be a tragedy when the private sector is adopting similar approach. The public is conned into signing up for gigabit internet access, without being enlightened that the Ethernet card in their computers is good up to 100 mbps only. Well, if ignorance can help fuel the GDP growth, who's to say it's wrong, seems to be new mantra.
Perhaps the top dogs in charge are too technically challenged to see through the fog generated by their subordinates. One is reminded of the first CEO of IDA, who responded to doubters of her qualification to lead the country's IT development with words to the effect, "I may not know what CDMA stands for, but I can always hire someone who does." Collect the pay, get someone else to do the job. That has to be the national sickness that resulted in another major glitch yesterday - a whole 4-hour service breakdown that disrupted train services at all 16 stations on the Circle Line. Will competent people ever be appointed to the right office in our nation?