Giving credit where it is due

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Sometimes, a single picture meme is good enough to replace the entire post.

But if you are still reading, here’s the fuller post.

At the risk of being mistaken once again for being a PAPpy dog, I think we should give some credit to the gahmen for having enough foresight to expand our drainage system and build all those NEWater and desalination plants to allow us to tide through this dry spell. My friends in Malaysia are basically stockpiling water because of looming water shortages and rationing. I am so glad we don’t have to go through that kind of inconvenience. Singaporeans may be known to queue for Hello Kitty quite willingly, but queuing for water is not something a first world nation should allow. So here’s a big “Thank You” to the government of the day for such effective planning.

Of course this doesn’t mean that we should tolerate all the inconveniences that MRT breakdowns are causing. The government still has to take the blame for that mess. Having suffered through a few of those myself, I really hope that the heavier penalty regime will instill the fear of god into SMRT and SBS. 10% of annual revenue (read: NOT profit) is steep. It’s a step in the right direction.

But really the intent of this post is to point out that we are quick to blame and not quick to thank. Is it any wonder that Singaporeans feel unappreciated, if we don’t appreciate others ourselves?

Now I am sure there’s going to be a whole bunch of people who believe that there is no need to thank the PAP ministers when they earn million dollar salaries, since they are being paid for doing their job, and hence we should demand perfect service. If you have this kind of attitude, I guess you are no different from the kind of person who doesn’t treat your waiter nicely because his/her job is to serve you. In which case, this speaks volumes about your own character.

Update: I wrote a “Part 2” right here.

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28 Responses to Giving credit where it is due

  1. Lily says:

    I have nothing against the waiter analogy, in fact I thought it was used aptly.

    But whatever about the waiter, that’s not the point. Thank you for your article. I’m glad its no longer the case that people are just blaming and complaining about Singapore’s leaders, people like you are showing appreciation and that’s a step towards a more gracious community.

  2. Roy says:

    Seems like at least half of the comments take issue with the waiter analogy.

    I’m choosing to read it as the writer sharing with us the need to be appreciative of the people around us and are done for us. Whether it is the hapless foreign worker, the servers in the eateries we dine in, the teachers who taught us or making a hyper-jump to our government who sometimes do make mistakes. Life would be a lot more pleasant for all if everyone is more appreciative and show their appreciation to the little and big things in our lives as opposed to living in resentment.

    That’s more two cents worth. Have a nice day all! 🙂

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  4. Anonymous says:

    “Now I am sure there’s going to be a whole bunch of people who believe that there is no need to thank the PAP ministers when they earn million dollar salaries, since they are being paid for doing their job, and hence we should demand perfect service. If you have this kind of attitude, I guess you are no different from the kind of person who doesn’t treat your waiter nicely because his/her job is to serve you. ”

    No politicians can survive politically if nothing works in Sin. If the plan works, fine….we expect that of them just like when the waiter gets your orders right or you get your job done daily and do not expect “song and dance” every time for doing a job expected of you.

    Furthermore, waiters are not paid in millions and rare theses days to find good service providers. As for the fat cats, they are the ones creating all the problems for the people and our world in the larger scheme of things.
    So up theirs!

  5. Mr Seah says:

    Hmm, I liked the post all the way till the last paragraph. The waiter analogy doesn’t really work for me too.

    But now I’m curious, who were the people responsible for Singapore’s water security? If you can find out, it’ll be an interesting topic for another post.

  6. DK says:

    Agree. I think PUB did a great job this time.

  7. Kerry Sdg says:

    Your analogy of a PAP minister making millions to a waiter (who usually doesn’t make millions) makes no sense.

    If I knew the waiter serving me was making $3m a year, I would quite justifiably demand very damn near perfect service. If he doesn’t I’ll just dine elsewhere. I don’t need to bitch about it to anyone.

    The difference with the PAP government is that I can’t just “dine elsewhere”. They have a monopoly on power, they give themselves $3m a year, so the only thing I can do is bitch about it when they fuck up time and again.

    • stanley says:

      o u dam well can. u can migrate and gtfo of Singapore, if not stop whining

      • Ryan Tan says:

        Having to migrate and gtfo out of the country you were born in is hardly a reflection of democracy. You’re too busy licking boots to even realize what a right is.

    • reallynow says:

      With all due respect to waiters, they do not do the jobs of governmental officials in terms of competence and complexity. These “ministers” do much more than taking orders and serving them, they are required to plan ahead, envisage scenarios, balance between competing policy considerations and manage huge budgets – all of which they are undoubtedly more accountable to the people than a waiter is for making a mistake to a customer, which is also more easily rectifiable. Skills, education, and critical perception are also required of them to perform their tasks satisfactorily, as compared to a waiter. Then again, accountability does not mean perfection. The money is of course disproportionate to a waiter’s salary, but so is the job. The analogy is simple. Different in magnitude, but in that way effective and accurate in conveying a layman perspective. That is how analogies simplifies understanding, afterall.

      Your conflating of the analogy with reality makes no sense.

  8. rtkl says:

    That’s not how this meme works.

  9. I give credit to the government for the foresight to build up our water reserves capacity. But pray tell, how how of of the current ministers and MPs are among the team credited for that foresight? Give credit where it’s due…

  10. dotseng says:

    ‘Now I am sure there’s going to be a whole bunch of people who believe that there is no need to thank the PAP ministers when they earn million dollar salaries, since they are being paid for doing their job, and hence we should demand perfect service. If you have this kind of attitude, I guess you are no different from the kind of person who doesn’t treat your waiter nicely because his/her job is to serve you. In which case, this speaks volumes about your own character.’

    I disagree completely with you!

  11. dotseng says:

    I do not believe you know what you r talking about. Even if you want to come across as a propagandist. I believe you need to stick studiously to facts – tell me, as I am based in Malaysia and run a plantation. Who is actually stockpilling water in Malaysia?

    Kindly come back to me on this. Or I will come down here and demand of you what you have just misrepresented.

    My name is Darkness 2014

  12. CC says:

    //Now I am sure there’s going to be a whole bunch of people who believe that there is no need to thank the PAP ministers when they earn million dollar salaries, since they are being paid for doing their job, and hence we should demand perfect service.//

    Wrong. I do not see a need to praise them not because of their high salary. But because I know the mainstream media will not miss any chance to do the highlighting & praising work for them.
    The past 50 years track record has shown that they are extremely good at taking credit even when it is not due to them. Plus when it’s a screw-up, they were also very good at blame-game.
    So the only time to say “thank you” or “give credit when its due” is during election time.
    That’s all they really care about. All these PG packages and semi-tweaks would not have come about if they were not feeling the fear of losing more votes in GE or PE or BE.

    And yes, I am nice to the service staff who serves me, and my domestic helper too.

  13. Saycheese says:

    liaogz82 says:
    “The technology wasn’t available back then.”

    The technology was available before the local water treatment company that built those purification plants came into existence. Other water treatment companies operating locally already had the necessary technical expertise.
    If the water treatment company was not owned by a meritocratic person favoured by the people running the SWFs, will there still be water contingency…?

  14. LC says:

    The PAP government should have set up the water plants a lot earlier than they did. Then we did not need all the song and dance with Malaysia whenever we have to negotiate the water agreements.

    I always thought the government to be extremely slow to secure our water resources in this way.

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